Investors seeking to diversify their investment portfolios can consider an approach to risk management through exchange traded funds that incorporate a type of buffered strategy to help mitigate risk and reduce volatility.

“In the new decade, investors are facing an unprecedented market dynamic defined by persistent volatility, historically low-interest rates, and a global health crisis,” Greg Goin, Risk Management Consultant, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, said in the recent webcast, Keep Calm and Buffer On: Seeking Stable Returns in Volatile Markets.

Since 1957, calendar year returns for the S&P 500 have been positive 45 times and negative 18 times. Full year negative returns for the benchmark occurred 29% of the time. Negative returns for the year also exceeded 10% nine times and 20% three times. The number of daily 1% moves up or down in the S&P 500 so far in 2020 was 68 times, compared to

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