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Multi-Asset ETF Portfolio

September 2014

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Multi-Asset ETF Portfolio

Get some detachment from the direction of stocks and bonds with alternative asset classes.
 70% Stocks |  10% Bonds |  20% Alternative | 


 Data through January 31, 2019

FUND NAME SYMBOL % OF
PORTFOLIO
YTD
RETURN
1-YR
RETURN
3-YR
RETURN
5-YR
RETURN
10-YR
RETURN
MAX LOAD EXPENSE RATIO
BondVanguard Intermediate Term Bond Index ETFBIV10%1.44%2.9%2.01%2.77%4.74%none%0.07%
AlternativeAGFiQ U.S. Market Neutral Value FundCHEP52.24-11.91-2.34-3.36none1.12
StockiShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETFIEMG58.35-14.4414.24.56none0.14
StockiShares DJ US Real Estate IndexIYR2011.419.799.159.1614.87none0.43
AlternativeIQ Merger Arbitrage ETFMNA51.832.54.884.01none0.76
AlternativeUnited States Commodity Index Fund, LPUSCI103.13-10.87-0.71-7.14none1.04
StockVanguard Europe Pacific ETFVEA157.34-12.428.073.268.52none0.07
StockVanguard Total Stock Market ETFVTI308.6-2.1814.2410.415.18none0.04
   1007.03-2.548.275.279.27 0.33
** 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..

The mutual fund industry has produced a slew of alternative offerings in recent years. The category includes a hodgepodge of diverse strategies, so choosing the right one is key.

We leavened our mix of 50% stock funds, and 10% intermediate-term bonds with 20% of real estate trusts, a fund that invests in commodities, and two pure alternatives:

The aptly named Merger Fund, which typically buys stock in a targeted firm after a deal is announced (and stands to benefit from more takeover activity) Also, QuantShares U.S. Market Neutral, which invests mostly in small-company stocks, to maintain an equal ratio of long and short positions.