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The indexes are unmanaged. An investor cannot invest directly in an index. They are shown for illustrative purposes only and do not represent the performance of any specific investment. Monthly Update report available through your Financial Advisor. Because of their narrow focus, sector investments tend to be more volatile than investments that diversify across many sectors and companies. The value of equity securities may fluctuate in response to specific situations for each company, industry, market conditions and general economic environments.
S&P 500 Index: This benchmark index tracks the performance of 500 widely held large-cap stocks in the industrial, transportation, utility and financial sectors. A capitalization (or market value) weighted index, it gives greater weight to stocks with the greatest number of outstanding shares and highest share prices. The stocks included in the index, their relative weightings, and the number that represent each sector vary from time to time, at S&P’s discretion.
S&P Growth and Value Indices are exhaustive, containing the full market cap of the S&P 500 Index. They use a seven-factor model (three growth/four value) to determine style and are market cap weighted. One-third of the market cap in the broader index is fully allocated to growth, one-third fully to value, and the remaining stocks that do not exhibit predominant growth or value characteristics will be spilt proportionally between the two indices. This results in the number of companies in the combined growth and value indices being greater than in the related broad index. However, the growth and value sub indices each approximate 50% of the broader S&P indices. The indices are rebalanced annually and adjusted as needed to reflect changes to the broader S&P Indices.
MSCI Indexes: These indexes, computed by the investment firm Morgan Stanley’s Capital International group (MSCI), track stocks traded in 45 international stock markets, and are considered the benchmarks for international stock investments and mutual fund portfolios. The strong performance of the Europe and Australia Far Equity Index (EAFE) between 1982 and 1996 in relation to Standard and Poor’s 500-stock index (S&P 500) is often credited with generating increased US interest investing in overseas markets.
Thomson Closed-End Muni Market Price Index: The Thomson Closed-End Market Price Index is based on an equally weighted arithmetic average of market price changes of closed-end funds that invest primarily in municipal bonds. The index values are determined by linking the monthly change in the average to the previous month’s index value. The fund returns include reinvestment of dividends, capital gains and principal distributions. These funds invest in municipal bonds that are not necessarily confined to a single state.
Thomson Closed-End Taxable Fixed-Income Market Price Index: The Thomson Closed-End Taxable Fixed-Income Market Price Index is based on an equally weighted arithmetic average of market price changes of closed end funds that invest primarily in taxable fixed-income securities. The index values are determined by linking the monthly change in the average to the previous month’s index value. The fund returns include reinvestment of dividends, capital gains and principal distributions. These funds seek income by investing in corporate debt, taxable government debt and preferred securities.
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