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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, 2019

FUND NAME SYMBOL % OF
PORTFOLIO
YTD
RETURN
1-YR
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3-YR
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5-YR
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10-YR
RETURN
MAX LOAD EXPENSE RATIO
StockAmerican Century Utilities InvBULIX25%13.69%10.99%6.38%7.44%10.32%none%0.67%
AlternativeFidelity Floating Rate High Income+FFRHX206.193.314.263.364.3none0.68
BondFidelity High IncomeSPHIX2011.035.76.434.647.78none0.7
BondVanguard Short-Term Investment-Grade InvVFSTX255.155.762.412.342.84none0.2
StockVanguard REIT Index Inv**VGSIX1025.6614.415.598.0413.25none0.25
   10010.737.434.94.857.04 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.