Asset Allocation – A Useful
Investment Strategy

When market volatility feels overwhelming, it can help to step back and look at your holdings as a whole and consider a portfolio that is broadly diversified across equities, fixed income and cash equivalents.

A disciplined mix of assets may help investors weather the short-term ups and downs of the markets and make progress toward their long-term goals. That’s because asset classes tend to respond to changing market conditions in different ways. Typically, when one area is underperforming, another area may be performing well.

Allocating a portfolio across asset classes, sectors, securities and countries may be one of the most important decisions that an investor makes. In fact, studies show that more than 90% of the variability of investment returns is due to the asset allocation of a portfolio.*

There is no shortage of causes for today’s volatility. That’s why we at BNY Mellon Investment Management have created a host of resources that offer a helpful perspective. We are a source you can trust for economic insights, market updates, and strategic guidance that is grounded in expertise, including:

  • Conversations with Liz Young: Listen to our weekly audio updates from Liz Young, Director of Market Strategy, to learn about current opportunities in global equities and fixed income.
  • Weekly Market Roundup: Read Alicia Levine’s weekly publication to stay informed about the major factors affecting the investment universe.
  • Insights: Check in for information that focuses on current events effecting various sectors within the stock market and the economy.
  • Election Hub 2020: View a collection of election-related investment insights from BNY Mellon Investment Management’s experts.

In order to combat market volatility, allocate your assets appropriately and arm yourself with the facts. We have the capabilities and support you need. For more information on how asset allocation can play an important role in your investment plan, considering working with a financial professional if you do not have one. Visit our website, or call us at 1-800-443-9794 to learn more.

* “Does Asset Allocation Policy Explain 40, 90, or 100 Percent of Performance?” by Roger G. Ibbotson and Paul D. Kaplan, printed in the Financial Analysts Journal, January/February 2000. We believe this to be currently relevant.

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All investments involve some level of risk, including loss of principal. Certain investments have specific or unique risks. No investment strategy or risk management technique can guarantee returns or eliminate risk in any market environment.

Asset allocation and diversification cannot assure a profit or protect against loss. Equities are subject to market, market sector, market liquidity, issuer, and investment style risks to varying degree. Bonds are subject to interest rate, credit, liquidity, call and market risks, to varying degrees. Generally, all other factors being equal, bond prices are inversely related to interest-rate changes and rate increases can cause price declines. An investment in a money market fund is not a guaranteed investment; it is different to an investment in deposits as the principal invested is capable of fluctuation.

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