Why is Rebalancing Necessary?

To make sure you keep your asset allocation mix on track.

Over time, some of your investments may grow more quickly or decline less than others, which can cause your allocation percentages to shift. As a result, you might end up taking on more risk than you intended or not pursuing your goals as aggressively as you would have liked. This is when your portfolio may need to be rebalanced – adjusting your investments to reflect your original allocation or modifying your asset mix to reflect changes in your goals, personal situation or risk tolerance level.

In the two pie charts below, you can see how a diversified 80% stock / 20% bond portfolio might have shifted over the past five years, taking on a different risk/return profile.

Original Allocation
December 31,2015

Allocation 5 Year Later
December 31,2020

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Keep in mind, asset allocation does not guarantee a profit or protect against a loss. All investments involve risks, including possible loss of principal.