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Investing in securities involves risks, and there is always the potential of losing money when you invest in securities.

Past performance does not guarantee future results.

It is important to know that investing in bonds may involve certain risks, including the credit quality of individual issuers, possible prepayments, market or economic developments and yields and share price fluctuations due to changes in interest rates. When interest rates go up, bond prices typically drop, and vice versa.

Money Market Funds typically invest in government securities, certificates of deposit, commercial paper of companies, or other highly liquid and lower-risk securities. They attempt to keep their net asset value (NAV) at a constant $1.00 per share — the yield goes up and down. But a money market's per share NAV may fall below $1.00 if the investments perform poorly. While investor losses in money markets have been rare, they are possible.

For more complete information on any mutual fund, clients should be provided the prospectus, and/or if available, the summary prospectus, and should read it carefully. Before investing, they should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses of a fund. This and other information can be found in the fund's prospectus and/or, if available, summary prospectus.

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Asset allocation, diversification and rebalancing do not ensure a profit or protect against a loss.

In reference to bond return, risk and default potential, past performance does not assure future results.

Income from investing in municipal bonds is generally exempt from Federal and state taxes for residents of the issuing state. While the interest income is tax-exempt, any capital gains distributed are taxable to the investor. Income for some investors may be subject to the Federal Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).

Investors in mortgage bonds are subject to the general risks of bond investing, including interest rate risk, investment market risk, and issuer credit risk. In addition, mortgage bondholders assume collateral risk (the risk that the property offered as collateral may not have sufficient liquidation value to support repayment of mortgage principal), legal risk (the risk that the terms of the mortgage may be modified by a court of law), and prepayment risk (the risk that the borrower may unpredictably return some or all of the mortgage principal before it is due).

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Keep in mind that a systematic investment strategy cannot guarantee a profit or prevent a loss in declining markets. Since such an investment plan involves continual investment in securities regardless of fluctuating price levels, you should consider your willingness to continue purchasing during periods of high or low price levels.

Please also note that all asset classes and market sectors are not suitable for all investors. Each investor should select the asset classes and market sectors for them based on their goals, time horizon, liquidity needs and risk tolerance.

Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets.

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Investing in securities involves risks, and there is always the potential of losing money when you invest in securities.

Past performance does not guarantee future results.

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In reference to bond return, risk and default potential, past performance does not assure future results.

Income from investing in municipal bonds is generally exempt from Federal and state taxes for residents of the issuing state. While the interest income is tax-exempt, any capital gains distributed are taxable to the investor. Income for some investors may be subject to the Federal Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).

Investors in mortgage bonds are subject to the general risks of bond investing, including interest rate risk, investment market risk, and issuer credit risk. In addition, mortgage bondholders assume collateral risk (the risk that the property offered as collateral may not have sufficient liquidation value to support repayment of mortgage principal), legal risk (the risk that the terms of the mortgage may be modified by a court of law), and prepayment risk (the risk that the borrower may unpredictably return some or all of the mortgage principal before it is due).

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Mutual funds are not FDIC insured; are not deposits or obligations of, or guaranteed by, any financial institution; and are subject to investment risks, including possible loss of the principal amount invested. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. There are costs and fees associated with the purchase of mutual funds.

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Investors should beware that when they purchase or sell ETFs, brokerage commissions could become a significant issue if an investor pursues a strategy that involves frequent transactions. If that is the case, they may want to explore closely alternatives offered by mutual fund companies to minimize overall costs.

Please keep in mind that Exchange-Traded Funds are subject to risks similar to those of stocks. Investment returns may fluctuate and are subject to market volatility, so that an investor's shares, when redeemed or sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets.

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Investing in securities involves risks, and there is always the potential of losing money when you invest in securities.

Asset allocation, diversification, and rebalancing do not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets.
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