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Standard & Poor’s Investment Advisory Services LLC (“SPIAS”) is a registered investment advisor with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a wholly owned subsidiary of McGraw Hill Financial, Inc. SPIAS does not provide advice to underlying clients of the firms to which it provides services. SPIAS does not act as a "fiduciary" or as an "investment manager", as defined under ERISA, to any investor. SPIAS is not responsible for client suitability. Past performance is not indicative of future returns. SPIAS’ model portfolios (“model(s)”) are not collective investment funds. Assets managed in accordance with the models may lose money.
SPIAS and its affiliates (collectively, “S&P”) do not sponsor, endorse, sell, promote or manage any investment fund or other vehicle that is offered by third parties and that seeks to provide an investment return based on a SPIAS investment strategy or the constituents or the returns of any S&P Dow Jones index. SPIAS and its affiliates make no representation regarding the advisability of investing in any such investment fund or other vehicle. S&P receives compensation in connection with licensing its indices to third parties. With respect to recommendations made by SPIAS, investors should realize that such information is provided only as a general guideline. SPIAS does not take into account any information about any client, investor or investor’s assets when providing its services. There is no agreement or understanding whatsoever that SPIAS will provide individualized advice to any investor. SPIAS does not have any discretionary authority or control with respect to purchasing or selling securities or making other investments. Individual investors should ultimately rely on their own judgment and/or the judgment of a financial advisor in making their investment decisions.
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S&P Dow Jones Indices and its affiliates do not sponsor, endorse, sell, promote or manage any investment fund or other vehicle that seeks to provide an investment return based on the returns of any proprietary index of S&P Dow Jones Indices.
Exposure to the cash asset class is represented by allocations to money market mutual funds. For certain asset classes, SPIAS may substitute a mutual fund if an ETF does not yet exist that may provide the desired exposure or if SPIAS does not believe available ETFs meet selection criteria.
Based on a universe of funds provided to SPIAS, SPIAS may include in a model portfolio or substitution list, if applicable, otherwise present as an investment option and/or recommend for investment certain funds to which S&P licenses certain intellectual property or otherwise has a financial interest, including exchange-traded funds whose investment objective is to substantially replicate the returns of a proprietary S&P index, such as the S&P 500. SPIAS includes these funds in models, otherwise presents them as an investment option and/or recommends them for investment based on asset allocation, sector representation, liquidity and other factors; however, SPIAS has a potential conflict of interest with respect to the inclusion of these funds. In cases where S&P is paid fees that are tied to the amount of assets that are invested in the fund, investment in the fund will generally result in S&P earning compensation in addition to the fees received by SPIAS in connection with its provision of services. In certain cases there may be alternative funds that are available for investment that will provide investors substantially similar exposure to the asset class or sector.
S&P provides a wide range of services to, or relating to, many organizations, including issuers of securities, investment advisers, broker-dealers, investment banks, other financial institutions and financial intermediaries, and accordingly may receive fees or other economic benefits from those organizations, including organizations whose securities or services they may recommend, rate, include in model portfolios, evaluate or otherwise address
SPIAS may consider research and other information from affiliates in making its investment recommendations.
An investment based upon the model should only be made after consulting with a financial advisor and with an understanding of the risks associated with any investment in securities, including, but not limited to, market risk, currency risk, interest rate risk, political and credit risks, the risk of economic recession and the risk that issuers of securities or general stock market conditions may worsen, over time. Foreign investing involves certain risks, including currency fluctuations and controls, restrictions on foreign investments, less governmental supervision and regulation, less liquidity and the potential for market volatility and political instability. As with any investment, investment returns and principal value will fluctuate, so that when redeemed, an investor’s shares may be worth more or less than their original cost. S&P is not a tax advisor. A tax advisor should be consulted to evaluate the impact of tax-exempt securities on portfolios and the tax consequences of making any particular investment decision.
Models that allocate to the following assets classes are subject to additional risks: (i) Emerging markets and international developing equity investing involves greater risks such as economic and political systems that are less developed, and likely to be less stable, than those of more advanced countries and markets that are characterized by lack of liquidity and price volatility. (ii) Small Cap and Mid Cap companies entail greater risk than investing in larger, more established ones. (iii) Real estate investment trusts may be affected by changes in the value of the underlying property, the quality of credit extended, defaults by borrowers and heavy cash flow dependency. (iv) High yield bonds are lower-rated fixed income securities that may involve greater risk than investments in higher-rated (“investment grade”) securities. (v) Commodities are affected by underlying commodity prices which may exhibit high volatility. (vi) Mortgage-backed securities have heightened sensitivity to interest rate risk, are subject to prepayment risk and the resulting uncertainty of the timing of cashflow and are subject to the market’s perception of the credit worthiness of the issuer. (vii) Inflation-protected securities are subject to several general risks, including interest rate risk, credit risk, market risk, and inflation-protected securities risk. Interest payments on inflation-protected securities will vary as the principal and/or interest is adjusted for inflation and may be more volatile than interest paid on ordinary fixed income securities. (viii) Although funds may generally use derivative instruments such as futures contracts and swaps for hedging and risk management, funds in the alternative asset class may use them to a greater extent, which may result in magnified risks. These instruments are subject to certain risks such as unanticipated changes in securities prices and global currency markets and sudden changes in the liquidity of the market for the derivative instrument. The use of derivatives may also create leveraging risk which may cause greater volatility. (ix) The price of fixed-income securities fluctuates with changes in interest rates and in response to changes in the financial condition of the issuer. The value of fixed-income securities generally rises when interest rates fall, and fall when interest rates rise. (x) Indexing strategy does not attempt to manage volatility, use defensive strategies, or reduce the effects of any long-term periods of poor stock performance. Market fluctuations can cause the performance of an index to be significantly influenced by a handful of companies. Performance of a fund or ETF employing an index strategy may sometimes be lower than funds that actively invest in stocks that comprise the index, and as a result, performance may not match that of the index. Other risks are: (i) With an actively managed portfolio, the value of a fund’s investments could decline because the financial condition of an issuer may change, financial markets may fluctuate or overall prices may decline, or the manager’s investment techniques could fail to achieve the fund’s investment objective. (ii) Unforeseen events associated with a company. (iii) Declines in securities value due to factors affecting markets generally or markets may favor particular kinds of securities or asset classes at different times. (iv) Stock prices typically fluctuate more than other types of securities and move in cycles with periods of rising and falling stock prices. (v) Model portfolio returns are also affected by the ability of the underlying fund managers to achieve their investment objectives. (vi) The value of a model’s underlying investments could decline because the financial condition of an issuer may change, financial markets may fluctuate or overall prices may decline, or the portfolio officer’s investment techniques could fail to achieve the model’s investment objective.
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