Traditional investing involves a roller coaster of highs and lows

Markets can go up or down at any time, and traditional strategies have few tools to spare investors from short-term volatility.

UNPREDICTABLE

In the 16-year period shown, only twice did the same asset class lead the markets in consecutive years.

FRUSTRATING

Negative performance is not unusual. There were three years of negative returns on average for the indexes, excluding cash. Two indexes had negative results in seven years.

UNFAIR

While the average return of these indexes over the 16 years shown was just over 5%, the average spread between the highest and lowest annual returns for each index was nearly 50%.

* Source: InvesTech Research. **Source: Standard & Poor's.

Indexes in chart Avg. annualized return (12/31/02–12/31/17)
U.S. large-cap stocks 9.92%
Global high-yield bonds 9.11%
Emerging-market bonds 8.80%
International stocks 8.11%
U.S. corporate bonds 5.37%
U.S. bank loans 5.15%
U.S. mortgage securities 4.05%
U.S. government bonds 3.52%
Cash 1.28%
Commodities -2.48%