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Month of Jan '17 YTD (31 Dec '16 to 31 Jan'17) Last 12 Months Last 3 Years Annualized Average Last 5 Years Annualized Average Last 10 Years Annualized Average Last 15 Years Annualized Average
Short-Term U.S. Bond Index (Barclays US Aggregate 1-3 Yr. TR USD) 0.19% 0.19% 0.97% 0.92% 0.92% 2.52% 2.76%
Short-Term U.S. Bond Mutual Fund Pick 0.68% 0.68% 6.10% 2.90% 4.30% 5.79% 5.30%
Short-Term U.S. Bond ETF Recommendation 0.20% 0.20% 2.36% 1.29% 1.56% N/A N/A
Intermediate-Term / Long-term U.S. Bond Index (S&P US & Barclays Aggregate Bond TR USD) 0.23% 0.023% -0.85% 1.91% 1.17% 4.01% 4.16%
Intermediate-Term / Long-term U.S. Bond Mutual Fund Selection 0.57% 0.57% 4.94% 3.63% 4.01% 5.30% 5.57%
Intermediate-Term / Long-term U.S. Bond ETF Pick 0.15% 0.15% 11.39% 5.87% 4.92% N/A N/A
Multisector Bond Index (S&P US & Barclays & S&P US Aggregate Bond Index TR USD) 0.23% 0.023% -0.85% 1.91% 1.17% 4.01% 4.16%
Multisector Bond Mutual Fund Recommendation 1.75% 1.75% 16.48% 7.27% 6.36% N/A N/A
Multisector Bond ETF Pick 0.49% 0.49% 3.62% 2.91% 2.16% N/A N/A
Short-Term Muni Bond Index (Barclays Municipal 1-3 Yr. TR USD) 0.48% 0.48% 0.31% 0.69% 0.82% 2.16% 2.21%
Short-Term Muni Bond Mutual Fund Selection 0.49% 0.49% -1.08% 1.11% 1.22% 3.03% 3.03%
Short-Term Muni Bond ETF Pick 0.20% 0.20% -0.21% 0.42% 0.54% N/A N/A
Intermediate-Term / Long-term Muni Bond Index (Barclays Municipal TR USD) 0.69% 0.69% 2.60% 5.90% 4.63% 6.28% N/A
Intermediate-Term / Long-term Muni Bond Mutual Fund Recommendation 0.22% 0.22% 0.25% 6.70% 5.40% 3.10% 4.81%
Intermediate-Term / Long-term Muni Bond ETF Recommendation 0.54% 0.54% -0.30% 2.71% 2.06% N/A N/A
High-Yield (junk) Bond Index (Barclays US Corporate High-Yield TR USD) 1.45% 1.45% 20.77% 4.92% 7.03% 7.49% 8.41%
High-Yield (junk) Bond Mutual Fund Selection 1.70% 1.70% 20.46% 5.93% 8.14% 7.68% 7.98%
High-Yield (junk) Bond ETF Pick 1.91% 1.915 30.35% 9.11% N/A N/A N/A
International (global world) Bond Index (Citi WGBI NonUSD USD) 1.43% 1.43% 2.24% -2.15% -2.03% 2.86% 5.10%
International (somewhat global) Bond Mutual Fund Pick 0.84% 0.84% 7.07% 3.84% 3.99% N/A N/A
International Bond ETF Pick 1.12% 1.12% 16.43% 4.78% N/A N/A N/A
Emerging Markets Bond (JPM EMBI Global TR USD) 1.44% 1.44% 12.00% 6.45% 5.38% 6.94% 9.11%
Emerging Markets Bond Fund Selection 4.08% 4.08% 29.11% 4.96% 6.03% N/A N/A
Emerging Markets Bond ETF Pick 1.91% 1.91% 19.05% 6.24% N/A N/A N/A
Month of Dec '16 YTD (31 Dec '16 to 31 Jan'17) Last 12 Months Last 3 Years Annualized Average Last 5 Years Annualized Average Last 10 Years Annualized Average Last 15 Years Annualized Average
Large-cap Value Index (Russell 1000 Value TR USD) 0.71% 0.71% 24.62% 10.16% 14.11% 5.66% 7.52%
Large-cap Value Mutual Fund Recommendation 0.59% 0.59% 16.07% 12.77% 12.87% 7.22% 9.16%
Large-cap Value ETF Pick 1.66% 1.66% 33.92% 15.25% N/A N/A N/A
Large-cap Growth Index (Russell 1000 Growth TR USD) 3.37% 3.37% 17.23% 10.82% 13.93% 8.42% 6.78%
Large-cap Growth Mutual Fund Recommendation 3.45% 3.45% 17.29% 11.96% 16.38% 8.28% 6.90%
Large-cap Growth ETF Pick 3.31% 3.31% 19.13% 13.13% N/A N/A N/A
All / Mid-cap Index (Russell Mid Cap TR USD) 2.41% 2.41% 24.72% 9.50% 13.92% 7.76% 9.73%
All / Mid-cap Mutual Fund Selection 1.36% 1.36% 29.64% 10.99% 16.05% 7.26% 9.57%
All / Mid-cap ETF Pick 0.41% 0.41% 34.19% 17.91% 17.22% 4.81% N/A
Small-cap Index (Russell 2000 TR USD) 0.39% 0.39% 33.53% 7.89% 13.00% 6.93% 8.59%
Small-cap Mutual Fund Recommendation 3.26% 3.26% 36.32% 13.23% 14.97% 9.27% N/A
Small-cap ETF Pick -3.03% -3.03% 44.23% 6.93% 13.31% 6.25% N/A
Micro-cap Index (Wilshire US Micro TR USD) -1.02% -1.02% 29.09% 4.29% 13.52% 5.46% 9.49%
Micro-cap Mutual Fund Recommendation 0.42% 0.42% 41.42% 11.19% 15.89% 7.02% 9.25%
Micro-cap ETF Pick -3.06% -3.06% 40.64% 12.96% 16.14% 6.91% N/A
Technology (DJ US Technology TR USD) 4.80% 4.80% 26.74% 15.03% 14.46% 9.86% 7.025
Technology Mutual Fund Selection 2.36% 2.36% 49.98% 23.70% 18.62% 10.14% 5.89%
Technology ETF Pick 2.53% 2.53% 43.86% 18.48% 18.98% N/A N/A
Biotech/Health Care Index (DJ US Biotechnology TR USD) 3.64% 3.64% 6.81% 5.48% 22.03% 14.16% 11.80%
Biotech/Health Care Mutual Fund Pick 7.03% 7.03% 24.81% 15.27% 18.87% 12.43% 12.27%
Biotech / Health Care ETF Selection 4.24% 4.24% 32.42% 13.59% 17.04% N/A N/A
Internet Index (First Trust Dow Jones Internet: FDN - NOT AN INDEX, but that's all there is) 6.90% 6.90% 29.17% 12.45% 20.41% 13.72% N/A
Internet Mutual Fund Selection 5.46% 5.46% 32.18% 10.41% 13.80% 7.17% 12.94%
Internet ETF Pick 6.90% 6.90% 29.17% 12.45% 20.41% 13.72% N/A
International All-cap Index (MSCI EAFE NR USD) 2.90% 2.90% 12.03% 0.71% 6.04% 0.97% 5.87%
International All-cap Mutual Fund Recommendation 2.31% 2.31% 13.84% 7.58% 11.82% N/A N/A
International All-cap ETF Pick 1.96% 1.96% 31.16% -1.05% 0.36% N/A N/A
International Small-cap Index (MSCI EAFE Small Cap NR USD) 3.53% 3.53% 14.82% 3.82% 9.57% 3.09% 9.95%
International Small-cap Mutual Fund Recommendation 3.91% 3.91% 19.655 5.19% 11.26% 5.29% N/A
International Small-cap ETF Pick 4.31% 4.31% 19.47% 4.06% 7.48% N/A N/A
Emerging Markets Index (MSCI EM NR USD) 5.47% 5.47% 25.41% 1.44% 0.19% 2.49% 9.65%
Emerging Markets Mutual Fund Selection 7.33% 7.33% 37.08% 2.20% 3.62% 4.31% 12.00%
Emerging Markets ETF Pick 7.16% 7.16% 49.91% 4.22% -0.40% N/A N/A
Real Estate Index (FTSE EPRA / NAREIT US TR USD) 0.17% 0.17% 12.78% 11.51% 10.64% 4.24% 10.79%
Real Estate Mutual Fund Recommendation 0.27% 0.27% 12.14% 14.305 12.20% 5.23% 10.34%
Real Estate ETF Pick 0.03% 0.03% 40.17% 13.46% 14.27% N/A N/A
Water Index 3.12% 3.12% 41.73% 8.85% 13.67% N/A N/A
Water Mutual Fund Selection 2.43% 2.43% 24.04% 0.645 8.55% N/A N/A
Water ETF Pick (same as the index for now) 3.12% 3.12% 41.73% 8.85% 13.67% N/A N/A
Tangibles Index (S&P North American Natural Resources TR USD) -0.74% -0.74% 33.25% -4.69% -2.12% 0.71% 5.81%
Tangibles Mutual Fund Selection 4.88% 4.88% 42.70% 1.28% 3.18% 3.23% N/A
Tangibles ETF Pick -0.57% -0.57% 73.53% 5.31% 11.47% N/A N/A
Month of Dec '16 YTD (31 Dec '16 to 31 Jan'17) Last 12 Months Last 3 Years Annualized Average Last 5 Years Annualized Average Last 10 Years Annualized Average Last 15 Years Annualized Average

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