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2016 Q1 Vital Signs: Happy Birthday?

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The S&P 500® bull market notched its 7th anniversary in Q1 2016. It has more than tripled off of its March 2009 bottom. Hardly anyone is celebrating, however. That’s because nearly all major asset classes have had significant drawdowns over the past year.


1Source: Morningstar Direct. Period shown is 4/1/2015–3/31/2016. See following page for definitions.

Past performance is not indicative of future results.

Asset Classes: Large-Cap Equities represented by the S&P 500® Index; Foreign Equities by the MSCI EAFE® Index; Small-Cap Equities by the Russell 2000® Index; Emerging Markets by the MSCI EM Index; U.S. Bonds by the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index; High-Yield Bonds by the Barclays Global High Yield Index; Commodities by the Bloomberg Commodity Index; and Real Estate by the FTSE NAREIT Equity REITs Index.

Index Definitions—The S&P 500® Index is a free-float market-capitalization weighted index of 500 of the largest U.S. companies. The index is calculated on a total return basis with dividends reinvested. The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index represents securities that are SEC-registered, taxable, and dollar denominated. The index covers the U.S. investment grade fixed rate bond market, with index components for government and corporate securities, mortgage pass-through securities, and asset-backed securities. These major sectors are subdivided into more specific indexes that are calculated and reported on a regular basis. The Russell 2000® Index is a market capitalization-weighted index of the 2,000 smallest companies in the Russell Universe, which comprises the 3,000 largest U.S. companies. The MSCI EAFE® Index (net) is a free-float-adjusted market-capitalization weighted index that measures developed foreign market equity performance, excluding the U.S. and Canada. The index is calculated on a total return basis with net dividends reinvested. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index (net) is a free float-adjusted market capitalization-weighted index designed to measure equity market performance in the global emerging markets. The index is calculated on a total return basis with net dividends reinvested. The Barclays Global High Yield Index is a multi-currency flagship measure of the global high yield debt market. The index represents the union of the US High Yield, the Pan-European High Yield, and Emerging Markets (EM) Hard Currency High Yield Indices. The high yield and emerging markets sub-components are mutually exclusive. Until January 1, 2011, the index also included CMBS high yield securities. The Bloomberg Commodity Index is composed of futures contracts on physical commodities and represents 22 separate commodities traded on U.S. exchanges, with the exception of aluminum, nickel, and zinc. The FTSE NAREIT Equity REITs Index is designed to provide the most comprehensive assessment of overall industry performance, and includes all tax-qualified real estate investment trusts (REITs) that are listed on the NYSE, the American Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ National Market List. 

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

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