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Sample asset allocation details

Take a closer look at our sample asset allocations, including best, worst and median results over different periods.

Sample asset allocations 

This Sample A pie chart shows how assets are allocated for an investor who will retire in 20-plus years. The allocation is: 40% to growth, 35% to growth and income, 20% to equity income/balanced, and 5% to bond.
  • Has historically provided the highest long-term returns and the most risk of the four samples.
  • Growth and growth-and-income assets, those with the highest typical returns and volatility, make up 75% of the portfolio.

Results based on annual investments of $2,400 over various periods

Time period

Total amount invested

Best results

Worst results

Median results

5 years

$12,000

$24,044
24.13% a year
(7/31/1982 – 7/31/1987)

$7,955
–13.39% a year
(2/29/2004 – 2/28/2009)

$16,878
11.59% a year
(8/31/1976 – 8/31/1981)

10 years

$24,000

$69,911
18.83% a year
(8/31/1977 – 8/31/1987)

$17,800
0.00% a year
(2/28/1999 – 2/28/2009)

$44,326
10.91% a year
(3/31/2009 – 3/31/2019)

30 years

$72,000

$588,162
11.51% a year
(5/31/1977 – 5/31/2007)

$251,248
7.18% a year
(3/31/1990 – 3/31/2020)

$320,292
8.44% a year
(7/31/1980 – 7/31/2010)

This Sample B pie chart shows how assets are allocated for an investor who will retire in 5 to 20 years. The allocation is: 20% to growth, 35% to growth and income, 20% to equity income/balanced, and 25% to bond.
  • Designed to provide growth potential along with some stability.
  • Equity-income/balanced and bond asset segments can help temper the volatility of growth and growth-and-income assets, which still account for 55% of the portfolio.

Results based on annual investments of $2,400 over various periods

Time period

Total amount invested

Best results

Worst results

Median results

5 years

$12,000

$22,837
22.27% a year
(7/31/1982 – 7/31/1987)

$9,096
–9.09% a year
(2/29/2004 – 2/28/2009)

$16,287
10.36% a year
(4/30/1990 – 4/30/1995)

10 years

$24,000

$65,384
17.67% a year
(3/31/1977 – 3/31/1987)

$20,792
-2.62% a year
(2/28/1999 – 2/28/2009)

$39,908
9.07% a year
(11/30/2009 – 11/30/2019)

30 years

$72,000

$530,580
11.00% a year
(2/29/1976 – 2/28/2006)

$225,846
6.62% a year
(9/30/1992 – 9/30/2022)

$307,788
8.24% a year
(2/28/1983 – 2/28/2013)

This Sample C pie chart shows how assets are allocated for an investor who will retire in 5 years or less. The allocation is: 15% to growth, 30% to growth and income, 20% to equity income/balanced, and 35% to bond.
  • Aims to reduce risk while also providing some growth.
  • Largest category is made up of bond assets (35%), usually the least volatile of the four investment types found in the samples. 

Results based on annual investments of $2,400 over various periods

Time period

Total amount invested

Best results

Worst results

Median results

5 years

$12,000

$22,202
21.25% a year
(7/31/1982 – 7/31/1987)

$9,694
–7.03% a year
(2/29/2004 – 2/28/2009)

$15,954

9.64% a year
(8/31/1989 – 8/31/1994)

10 years

$24,000

$63,327
17.11% a year
(2/28/1977 – 2/28/1987)

$22,280
–1.36% a year
(2/28/1999 – 2/28/2009)

$38,304

8.35% a year
(8/31/2008 – 8/31/2018)

30 years

$72,000

$501,223
10.71% a year
(2/29/1976 – 2/28/2006)

$210,205

6.23% a year
(9/30/1992 – 9/30/2022)

$301,488

8.13% a year
(7/31/1984 – 7/31/2014)

This Sample D pie chart shows how assets are allocated for an investor who is in the first 10 years of retirement. The allocation is: 0% to growth, 20% to growth and income, 30% to equity income/balanced, and 50% to bond.
  • Has provided the most stability of the four samples.
  • Most income-oriented option, with 50% in bond assets and no growth assets.
  • A 20% growth-and-income asset allocation provides a measure of growth potential in retirement.

Results based on annual investments of $2,400 over various periods

Time period

Total amount invested

Best results

Worst results

Median results

5 years

$12,000

$22,083
21.06% a year
(8/31/1981 – 8/31/1986)

$10,930
–3.10% a year
(2/29/2004 – 2/28/2009)

$15,288

8.18% a year
(3/31/2008 – 3/31/2013)

10 years

$24,000

$59,754
16.11% a year
(2/28/1977 – 2/28/1987)

$25,424
1.04% a year
(2/28/1999 – 2/28/2009)

$35,970

7.24% a year
(7/31/1992 – 7/31/2002)

30 years

$72,000

$451,453
10.19% a year
(2/29/1976 – 2/28/2006)

$183,010

5.48% a year
(9/30/1992 – 9/30/2022)

$283,807

7.82% a year
(8/31/1983 – 8/31/2013)

These tables are for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to provide investment advice or portray actual investment results. Individual results will vary. Hypothetical average annual returns are calculated from 1976 (the beginning of the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index) to 2022 and reflect weighted averages of the results of unmanaged indexes used to represent each style category. The style categories are represented by the following indexes: Lipper Growth Funds Index (growth), Lipper Growth and Income Funds Index (growth and income); a blend of the S&P 500 with the Bloomberg  U.S. Aggregate Index weighted by their cumulative total returns at 60% and 40% respectively; this assumes the blend is rebalanced monthly (equity income/balanced); and Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index (bond).

These samples emphasize an investor’s time horizon and take into account the historic returns of different asset classes (growth, growth-and-income, equity-income/balanced and bond assets). Specifically, the samples seek to balance total return and stability over time. They are designed to take on more risk (in hopes of higher returns) the further an investor is from retirement and less risk (to help preserve capital) as an investor approaches retirement. The samples seek to give investors ample equity exposure as they get closer to retirement in an effort to help them outpace inflation over an expected distribution period of 20 years or more.

When evaluating particular asset allocation samples for your individual situation, you should consider your risk tolerance, as well as other assets, income and investments (e.g., home equity, Social Security benefits, savings accounts, and interests in other qualified and nonqualified plans) in addition to any investments in your plan(s) or individual retirement account(s) (IRA).

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