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We believe that adopting a long-term approach to investing offers you the best strategy for taking advantage of the higher return potential of stocks. While stock prices may fluctuate substantially over short periods of time, a long-term approach may allow you to ride out downturns in the market. It's best not to try to "time the market," jumping in and out of investments in an effort to buy before a price increase or sell before a price decrease. Timing the market is a gamble, even for the most sophisticated investor. Investing over the long term gives you the opportunity to sell or redeem at a time that's more favorable for you. We'll make sure that the Personal Investment Plan we develop for you recommends appropriate investments for your specific time horizon.
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The chart on the risk-reward relationship page clearly illustrates the higher volatility of stock investments relative to bond and cash-oriented investments. While stocks have often had their ups and downs, they have historically provided a higher rate of return over long periods of time. Of course, past performance is no guarantee for future results.
We believe that adopting a long-term approach to investing offers you the best strategy for taking advantage of the higher return potential of stocks. While stock prices may fluctuate substantially over short periods of time, a long-term approach may allow you to ride out downturns in the market.
It's best not to try to "time the market," jumping in and out of investments in an effort to buy before a price increase or sell before a price decrease. Timing the market is a gamble, even for the most sophisticated investor. Investing over the long term gives you the opportunity to sell or redeem at a time that's more favorable for you.
We'll make sure that the Personal Investment Plan we develop for you recommends appropriate investments for your specific time horizon.
Long Term Statistics
Source: Micropal, AIM. The returns shown in the chart represent the performance of unmanaged indices which are not securities, and assume reinvestment of dividends and interest payments. The performance figures do not reflect the impact of any expenses, such as commissions or sales charges, that would have been associated with actual investments and would reduce returns. Indices used: S&P 500 (Stocks), Lehman Brothers Intermediate Government/Corporate Bonds Index (Bonds
Many different types of funds are available to meet your needs :
Because the choice of mutual funds mirrors the financial market place, you can find virtually any kind of investment. Here are brief descriptions of the major fund categories.
Stock Funds
Stock Funds invest in the stocks of various types of companies. Traditionally, stocks have kept pace with the economy and represent your best protection against inflation. Some stock funds, such as growth, aggressive growth and value funds are based on a specific investment strategy. Others, such as small cap, mid cap, large cap and blue chip, choose securities determined by the size or financial status of the selected companies. Index funds are funds that attempt to replicate the composition of industry benchmarks, such as the S&P 500.
Bond Funds
Bond Funds seek to deliver steady income from a portfolio of bonds. Because of the added risk from price fluctuation inherent in longer-term bonds, yields vary based on the term of the bonds in the fund's portfolio. Short-term bond funds are considered safer, but tend to pay lower yields than riskier long-term bond funds. Intermediate bond funds offer higher returns than short-term bond funds with less risk than longer-term bond funds.
Hybrid Funds
Hybrid Funds combine different types of securities in one fund to meet varying objectives. For instance, a growth and income fund might invest in both stocks and bonds.
Asset Allocation Funds
Asset Allocation Funds combine securities from different asset classes in varying proportions to help manage different levels of risk and return. An example of this type is CitiSelect Portfolios, a family of mutual funds available exclusively through Citibank. Each portfolio invests in a different mix of stocks, bonds and cash in seeking different investment objectives.
International and Global Funds
These funds invest in securities issued in other countries. International funds invest only in foreign securities, while global funds invest in both foreign and U.S. securities. Many other mutual funds of all types may invest a certain percentage of their portfolio in international investments. Investors should see the risk factors section in the fund's prospectus for details regarding international investing.
Money Market Funds
Unlike all other types of mutual funds whose share prices fluctuate, money market funds attempt to maintain a stable share price of $1. To try to accomplish this, they invest in very short-term securities and commercial paper, which have less price fluctuation. Money market funds are intended as a parking place for money between investments and a place to maintain cash reserves. Over the long term, they do not keep pace with inflation. Different types of money market funds invest in taxable, tax exempt and U.S. Government securities. While money market mutual fund managers strive to maintain a stable net-asset value, the funds are not federally insured and there is no guarantee that a stable net-asset value will be maintained.
For more complete information on mutual funds, including sales and distribution charges and other expenses, ask for a prospectus. Please read it carefully before you invest or send money.
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