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Asset Class Outlook

1 Alternative Investments and Stocks trading less than $4 align with the Aggressive investment category, but they are not recommended.

2 Large-cap stocks that do not pay a dividend are in the Growth investment category.

Asset classes we don’t recommend separately include alternative investments and micro-cap equities.

Equity versus Fixed Income (Target = Middle) – Given the high level of economic and corporate earnings uncertainty, we recommend a neutral allocation between equity and fixed income. A laddered bond portfolio and an above-average amount in cash may help provide downside protection for portfolios when markets are volatile.

Domestic versus International (Target = Middle) – We recommend overweighting international equities (including emerging market stocks) and underweighting international fixed income. Global growth will likely take a material hit in Q2, but we believe output can recover in the second half of the year, assuming progress on virus containment. International equities look attractive because of low valuations and could benefit from the rebound.

Asset Class Diversification

Aggressive (Target = Middle): We remain cautious on commodity investments but recommend adding emerging market equities, which we think are attractively valued and can offer diversification benefits and exposure to secular tailwinds.

Growth (Target = Middle): Opportunities and risks appear balanced for U.S. small- and mid-cap stocks and international small-cap stocks as concerns about a sharp decline in economic activity are largely reflected in the price.

Growth & Income (Target = Middle): We think risks and opportunities are balanced for real estate investments and U.S. large-cap stocks. We recommend overweighting international developed-market large-cap equities within the recommended range of international equity holdings because expectations are low, dividend yields are attractive, and we expect them to benefit from policies to improve global economic growth.

Income (Target = Low): Long-term interest rates are likely to stay low for longer until disinflationary pressures from the slump in economic activity subside. The aggressive income target is middle because we think rates on high-yield domestic and international bonds compensate for their additional risk, even with default rates likely to rise.

Cash (Target = High): With economic uncertainty high, we recommend overweighting cash to cover short-term expenses and to invest during pullbacks.

Important Information:

Investors should understand the risks involved in owning investments, including interest rate risk, credit risk and market risk. The value of investments fluctuates, and investors can lose some or all of their principal. The prices of small-cap, mid-cap and emerging-market stocks are generally more volatile than those of large company stocks. Special risks are inherent in international and emerging-market investing, including those related to currency fluctuations and foreign political and economic events.

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