Asset allocation can be an active process to varying degrees or strictly passive in nature. Whether an investor chooses a precise asset allocation strategy or a combination of different strategies depends on that investor’s goals, age, market expectations and risk tolerance.
Simply stated, asset allocation is investing your money in different categories of assets—typically stocks, bonds and cash equivalents such as money market funds—so your investments are well diversified.
** These allocations are presented only as options and are not intended as investment advice. The investment mix that is appropriate for you depends on your age, investment horizon, goals and attitude about risk. Please consult Ascendant if you have questions about these options and how they relate to your own financial situation.
The percentage allocations shown above are target allocations as of 4th quarter 2011 as an example. These target allocations, and the actual percentage allocations to each asset class, are subject to change at any time. In addition, the underlying funds included in a portfolio the may change. **