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Lower Risk, Lower Yield Mutual Fund Portfolio

February 2017

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Lower Risk, Lower Yield Mutual Fund Portfolio

How do you invest for income when rates are rising? Start by playing it safe.
 35% Stocks |  45% Bonds |  20% Alternative | 


 Data through August 31, 2017

FUND NAME SYMBOL % OF
PORTFOLIO
YTD
RETURN
1-YR
RETURN
3-YR
RETURN
5-YR
RETURN
10-YR
RETURN
MAX LOAD EXPENSE RATIO
StockAmerican Century Utilities InvBULIX25%3.19%7.61%8.56%10.53%6.35%none%0.67%
AlternativeFidelity Floating Rate High Income+FFRHX202.425.143.063.424.091.00r0.71
BondFidelity High IncomeSPHIX206.369.054.35.597.221.00r0.72
BondVanguard Short-Term Investment-Grade InvVFSTX252.251.51.991.953.14none0.2
StockVanguard REIT Index InvVGSIX103.55-1.437.218.956.34none0.26
   1003.474.984.835.825.27 0.53
** Closed to new investors. # Closed to new investors; other share classes are available.
r Maximum redemption fee charged when you sell shares. s Front-end load; redemption fee may apply.
— Fund has not existed for the specified time. Source: Morningstar, Inc..

We put 25% in short-term corporate bonds. Their main mission is to provide stability and a bit of income. We then added funds to create a diverse income stream from investments such as junk bonds, utilities and floating-rate bank loans.