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Equities offer attractive opportunities for long-term investors and are central to a diversification strategy that seeks to maximize portfolio performance while reducing risk. Much of equities’ utility is due to their historical ability to produce returns over the long haul that outpace rising prices. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, since 1945 the purchasing power of the dollar has declined in value every year except 1949 and 1950. Since the mid ’80s, inflation has been in the 2%-4% range and 1.7% in 2012.

Stocks have historically provided higher returns than other asset classes. If your time horizon is over 10 years, stocks may provide the best potential for returns that exceed inflation. According to Standard & Poor’s, between 1926 and December 31, 2010 the annual return for a portfolio comprised exclusively of stocks in S&P 500 was 9.93% – well above the average inflation rate of 2.99% for the same period.

When helping you choose investments, your IPI financial consultant will calculate a real rate of return that factors in inflation.

Sixty percent of baby boomers won’t be able to maintain their current lifestyle without continuing to work, 60 percent of older boomers already suffer from chronic health problems, and by 2015 there will be 21 million single 51- to 70-year-old boomers – over twice as many single households as the previous generation had at the same age.

Based on your investor profile, once you are sufficiently diversified at the asset class level – into cash, fixed income, stocks and real estate – your financial consultant may suggest further diversifying within the equity sector into small-cap, mid-cap, growth and value stocks or mutual funds.

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1 Best Companies To Work in Texas Source: February issue of Texas Monthly Magazine. Study conducted by the Texas Association of Business, TSC-SHRM and Best Companies Group. Of eligible respondents, 60 companies were chosen in the state of Texas. The confidential survey, data and analysis were handled by an independent research firm.

2 Top Places to Work San Antonio: Survey conducted by Quantum Market Research.

3 Fast Track: Qualifying companies & completed questionnaires are tallied by certified public accounting firm, BDO USA (formerly Carneiro, Chumney) on percentage of revenue growth.

4 Employee Benefits Research Institute. 2012 Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Submcomittee on Economic Policy Hearing

5 Pew Research Center. The Sandwich Generation: Rising Financial Burdens for Middle-Aged Americans. January 2013