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This ETF is different from traditional ETFs. Traditional ETFs tell the public what assets they hold each day. This ETF will not. This may create additional risks for your investment. For example:

 - You may have to pay more money to trade the ETF’s shares. This ETF will provide less information to traders, who tend to charge more for trades when they have less information.

 - The price you pay to buy ETF shares on an exchange may not match the value of the ETF’s portfolio. The same is true when you sell shares. These price differences may be greater for this ETF compared to other ETFs because it provides less information to traders.

 - These additional risks may be even greater in bad or uncertain market conditions.

 - The ETF will publish on its website each day a “Proxy Portfolio” designed to help trading in shares of the ETF. While the Proxy Portfolio includes some of the ETF’s holdings, it is not the ETF’s actual portfolio.

The differences between this ETF and other ETFs may also have advantages. By keeping certain information about the ETF secret, this ETF may face less risk that other traders can predict or copy its investment strategy. This may improve the ETF’s performance. If other traders are able to copy or predict the ETF’s investment strategy, however, this may hurt the ETF’s performance. For additional information regarding the unique attributes and risks of the ETF, see the Principal Risks section of the prospectus.

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Asset allocation funds can help tame portfolio volatility

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Key points

Diversification

Asset allocation funds may help reduce volatility by spreading assets in several different types of investments.

Levels of risk

Asset allocation funds are designed to target different investor risk levels.


Volatility will always play a part in the performance of the stock market, but you can help mitigate the volatility in your own portfolio by investing in asset allocation mutual funds.

Asset allocation funds are designed to attempt to reduce volatility by spreading assets in several different types of investments, including a variety of equity stocks, bonds and other fixed income securities.

Although diversification—with several asset groups feeding into the performance of the portfolio—does not eliminate risk, it may help reduce losses during stock market fluctuations. For instance, when the prices of small-cap stocks are falling, large-cap stocks or international stocks within the portfolio may be moving up, along with bonds and other debt-related assets.


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It is important to note that bonds can also be volatile, particularly in times when credit quality comes under pressure or when interest rates are changing. However, over longer terms, bonds have historically had lower volatility than stocks. The two asset classes can often be correlated in the opposite direction (when stocks go down, many bond sectors tend to rise), so while multi-asset portfolios could have lower returns over the long term than an all-equity index like the S&P 500® Index—a market-cap weighted index that represents the average performance of a group of 500 large-capitalization stocks—they will usually have lower volatility, too, often resulting in a smoother ride for investors.

Standard deviation is a statistical measure of volatility. The higher the standard deviation, the riskier an investment is considered to be. The chart below shows the returns and standard deviation of returns over a recent period for five different Morningstar Target Risk Indexes that represent various levels of diversification (with a mix of assets that may include stocks, bonds and other types of investments). The baseline is represented by the S&P 500, which shows an annualized return higher than any of the sub-indexes—and a higher standard deviation. All five indexes had lower standard deviations than the S&P 500.

Chart depicting the risk & return over standard deviation of the S&P 500 vs Morningstar indexes
Chart depicting the risk & return over standard deviation of the S&P 500 vs Morningstar indexes

Asset allocation fund choices

Thrivent Mutual Funds offers four different asset allocation funds that range from moderately conservative to aggressive. Although each of the funds has an asset allocation target, the actual allocation can vary depending on the outlook and judgment of the fund managers. The funds are actively managed by a team of more than 140 investment professionals.

For example, Thrivent Moderately Aggressive Allocation Fund (TMAFX) has a target asset allocation of 80% equity securities and 20% fixed income securities, but the actual allocation typically varies somewhat as the Fund manager makes adjustments in the holdings to react to changing market and economic conditions.

This Fund typically invests in more than a dozen different asset groups. The largest group is domestic large-cap stocks, which typically accounts for over a third of the Fund’s total assets. The Fund also invests in several other equity groups, including international, small-cap and mid-cap. Bonds and other debt instruments make up the balance of portfolio assets, led by securitized debt, investment grade credit, short-term bonds and cash and government bonds. Other bond instruments include high yield bonds, floating rate bank loans and international debt.

The diversification of these asset allocation funds makes them less volatile than the performance of a single equity category, such as a fund that invests primarily in mid-cap stocks. Although the more conservative portfolios would tend to have lower potential returns over the long term, their losses tend to be more modest and less frequent than the more aggressive investments, and they tend to have lower volatility.

Gauging relative volatility and risk

To gauge relative volatility, investors often use a metric known as beta. Beta is a statistical measure of the volatility, or market risk, of an investment compared to a benchmark. The lower the beta, the lower the volatility of the investment compared with the benchmark.

The S&P 500 Index is considered a beta baseline, with a beta of 1.0. Anything over 1.0 is considered more volatile or risky than the market and anything under 1.0 is considered less volatile and less risky. For example, over a recent three-year period through March 31, 2024, Thrivent Moderately Aggressive Allocation Fund – Class S had a beta of 0.82, which indicated that it was 18% less volatile than the S&P 500 Index during that period.

In addition to the Thrivent Moderately Aggressive Allocation Fund, Thrivent also manages three other asset allocation funds, giving investors with moderately conservative to aggressive risk tolerances the opportunity to choose a portfolio suited to their objectives and threshold for risk:

  • Thrivent Moderately Conservative Allocation Fund (TCAIX). The target allocation for this fund is 57% fixed income securities and 43% equity securities. While this fund would probably trail the market and the other Thrivent asset allocation funds during a strong bull market, it would typically be the least volatile, with the lowest risk, during rocky periods in the market. Over a recent three-year period through March 31, 2024, the Thrivent Moderately Conservative Allocation Fund – Class S has had the lowest beta of the group at 0.56, which indicates that it was 44% less volatile than the S&P 500 Index.
  • Thrivent Moderate Allocation Fund (TMAIX). This fund’s target allocation is 65% of assets in equity securities and 35% in fixed income securities. Over the recent three-year period through March 31, 2024, the Thrivent Moderate Allocation Fund – Class S has had a beta of 0.72, which indicates that it was 28% less volatile than the S&P 500 Index.
  • Thrivent Aggressive Allocation Fund (TAAIX). This fund is geared to investors who want most of their assets in the stock market, but still prefer some diversification to offset the volatility of the market. The target allocation of the fund is 95% of assets in equity securities and 5% in fixed income securities. Over a recent three-year period through March 31, 2024, the Thrivent Aggressive Allocation Fund – Class S had the highest beta of the asset allocation fund group at 0.90, which indicated that it was 10% less volatile than the S&P 500 Index.

Thrivent Mutual Funds has more than 20 mutual funds spanning most major asset classes to help investors build diversified portfolios.

Although asset allocation funds cannot shelter you entirely from the ups and downs of the market, they can lower your exposure to the stock market and help reduce the volatility of your own portfolio over the long-term.

Learn more about Thrivent Asset Allocation Funds.

 

 

Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

Any indexes shown are unmanaged and do not reflect the typical costs of investing. Investors cannot invest directly in an index.

Asset Allocation Fund Risks: The value of the Funds is influenced by a number of factors, including the performance of the broader market, the effectiveness of the Adviser’s allocation strategy, and risks specific to the Funds’ asset classes, market cap groups, investment styles, and issuers. Debt securities are subject to risks such as declining prices during periods of rising interest rates and credit risk, or the risk that an issuer may not pay its debt. The Adviser's assessment of investments may prove incorrect, resulting in losses or poor performance. The Adviser is also subject to actual or potential conflicts of interest. These and other risks are described in the prospectus.

The Morningstar average represents the average total return annualized when greater than one year for all reported funds in the category. Morningstar averages do not include sales charges/fees. If included, returns would have been lower.

© 2024 Morningstar, Inc. All rights reserved. The information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete, or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information.  Past performance is no guarantee of future results.