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Lower Risk, Lower Yield ETF Portfolio

February 2017

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Lower Risk, Lower Yield ETF Portfolio

How do you invest for income when rates are rising? Start by playing it safe.
 25% Stocks |  45% Bonds |  30% Alternative | 


 Data through August 30, 2018

FUND NAME SYMBOL % OF
PORTFOLIO
YTD
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10-YR
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MAX LOAD EXPENSE RATIO
AlternativeAlerian MLP ETFAMLP10%6.24%4.64%-1.36%-1.75%—%none%0.85%
AlternativeInvesco Senior Loan ETFBKLN202.753.693.582.68none0.63
StockiShares S&P Global Infrastructure IndexIGF15-4.17-4.396.626.894.07none0.47
StockSchwab U.S. REIT ETF™SCHH105.447.88.9310.32none0.07
BondSPDR® Bloomberg Barclays Short Term High Yield Bond ETFSJNK203.124.175.583.53none0.4
BondVanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond Index Fund ETF SharesVCSH250.220.011.841.99none0.07
   1001.762.154.043.630.61 0.4
** 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 and floating-rate bank loans. Also in the mix are ETFs that focus on MLPs, REITs and infrastructure-related companies (such as railroads and toll-road operators).