Following a year of strong gains, we believe stocks still look attractive. To help achieve growth with downside protection, consider tailoring a mix of solutions into a well-diversified growth portfolio.

Why you need to act:

  • In the last 20 years, equity markets have reached new highs and produced impressive returns, but it has come at the cost of volatility.
  • To help reduce the impact of equity shocks, many investors attempted to diversify, but inadvertently moved into riskier stocks.
  • At a time when cash and many bonds are producing negative real (after-inflation) returns, equities offer an attractive opportunity to grow your assets.

Allocate to Traditional Equities

While stocks are no longer as cheap as they were a year ago, we believe they also aren’t in bubble territory. We believe equities still have room to run and offer the best opportunity for growth.

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Mitigate Risk with Diversified and Alternative Strategies

To seek a more consistent experience, it is important to add alternatives and find strategies with broad flexibility to invest anywhere.

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Seek Conservative Equity Growth

Strategies focusing on dividend-paying stocks with a history of low volatility seek long-term growth with less risk.

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*Gallup, Nov. 2013.

More Growth Doesn’t Have to Mean Higher Risk

What to Know—and Do—in 2015

As the calendar turns to 2015, it's time to assess the investing landscape and your investment portfolio to ensure you're well positioned for the New Year. The List can help.

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Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal.

Diversification and asset allocation may not protect against market risk or loss principal.

There is no guarantee that dividends will be paid.

International investing involves risks, including risks related to foreign currency, limited liquidity, less government regulation and the possibility of substantial volatility due to adverse political, economic or other developments. These risks often are heightened for investments in emerging/ developing markets, in concentrations of single countries or smaller capital markets.

Investing in alternative strategies such as a long/short strategy, presents the opportunity for losses which exceed the principal amount invested.

The iShares Minimum Volatility ETFs may experience more than minimum volatility as there is no guarantee that the underlying index's strategy of seeking to lower volatility will be successful.

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