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OVERVIEW

A Risk to Retirement

Investors may know that, statistically, recent periods should not provide the starting point for future assumptions, but they can’t help themselves. The recent market environment has been too intoxicating for many to remain disciplined. As a result, investors may be questioning the foundation of a diversified portfolio which includes alternatives.

The problem is, with only a limited amount of time to save for retirement, not every investor can wait for the “average” return of equities to make them whole after a market downturn. And many fail to realize that it’s not only about the loss of monetary resources, but also the loss of time in which to make them back.

A $500,000 Portfolio’s Recovery from a 20% Decline
Those nearing retirement may not have time to rebound from significant losses.


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The annual returns of 3%, 7% and 11% are hypothetical and used to demonstrate how long it may take to recover losses over time. The returns do not represent or predict the performance of any fund.

Think it can’t happen? Think again. Millions of people were headed for retirement with heavy equity concentrations in 2008 when the Dow began its precipitous fall, losing about 54 percent when all was said and done.1 With market indices again hitting all-time highs, pre-retirees are tempted to play roulette with their retirement assets.

1“Dow Jones Industrial Average,” WSJ.com

POTENTIAL BENEFITS

Alternatives: Preparing Portfolios for the Road Ahead

Investors nearing retirement face a challenge: how to generate real returns sufficient to meet their needs in retirement, while also protecting their savings against potential bear markets and black swans. Using alternatives in a portfolio may add a level of diversification by offering access to strategies with little or no correlation to traditional markets and help mitigate downside risk by utilizing trading strategies that attempt to counteract large market movements.

Diversifying Sources of Return
Alternatives have historically delivered more stability to investors over various market cycles.


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Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Source: Morningstar. Data from 1/1/1994-12/31/2017. Stocks are represented by the S&P 500 Index, Bonds by the Barclays Aggregate Bond Index and Alternatives by the Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

Alternatives Have Provided a Valuable Source of Additional Returns
Since 1994, alternatives have outperformed at least one element of an investor’s core* portfolio 75% of the time. With little-to-no correlation to traditional markets, certain alternatives can offer investors “true” diversification, while other alternatives may offer downside protection without sacrificing return potential.


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Past performance is not indicative of future results.
*Investor’s core is represented by stocks and bonds. Stocks are represented by the S&P 500 Index. Bonds by the Barclays Aggregate Bond Index and Alternatives by the Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.
Alternative investing is subject to increased risks including the possible loss of your total investment. Such strategies have the potential for heightened volatility and may not be suitable for all investors.
Investing in a long/short strategy, presents the opportunity for losses which exceed the principal amount invested. Diversification and asset allocation may not protect against market risk or loss of principal.

INSIGHTS

Learn More About the Potential Benefits of Alternatives in these Articles

Long/Short Equity:
What You Need to Know

Bull Markets Command Highlights Reels,
but Defense Deserves the Game Ball

Managed Futures:
Complex Strategy, Simple Purpose

RESOURCES

ALTERNATIVES RESOURCE CENTER

ARTICLES

CONVERSATION TOOLS

SOLUTIONS

Hedged Equity

Diversification

Morningstar Overall Rating™ derived from a weighted average of the fund’s three-, five- and 10-year risk-adjusted returns as of 6/30/2018.

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All mutual fund investing involves risk. It is possible that investors may lose some or all of their investment.

The 361 Global Long/Short Equity Fund Class I shares was rated 3 stars Overall and for the 3-year period among 194 funds in the Long/Short Equity Fund category.

The 361 Global Managed Futures Strategy Fund Class I shares was rated 5 stars Overall and for the 3-year period among 95 funds in the Managed Futures Fund category.

The 361 Managed Futures Strategy Fund Class I shares was rated 3 stars Overall among 95 funds, 4 stars for the 3-year period among 95 funds and 3 stars out of 58 funds in the Managed Futures funds category.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

The 361 Funds are distributed by IMST Distributors, LLC.