Diversification may reduce downside risk

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Note: Corrections are declines of 10% or more. Bear markets are declines of 20% or more.

Diversification strategies do not guarantee investment returns or eliminate the risk of loss.

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Key Takeaways

  • A diversified allocation may not experience losses as sharp as an all-equity position during an equity correction or bear market.
  • Attempting to reduce downside volatility is critical to long-term performance as it can allow a portfolio to recover more quickly after a crisis event.