Economic Commentary Disclosures

We want to making understanding commentary and investing easier for you so we created this page to provide definitions and some more information about risks that investments of all kinds have. Remember, there are risks with all investments but understanding the different types of risk can help you create the right investment strategy for you.

Investment Risks

When considering which investments to select for your specific goals it’s important to understand some of the differences in each since there is potential to lose money. Investments that have similar characteristics and behave similar in the marketplace are referred to as asset classes. The following asset classes have different risks to consider.


Stock prices and returns are typically less stable than bonds (also known as fixed income investments). While stocks have the potential for higher gains, those gains are not guaranteed, and could also lead to loss.

Small Cap Equity

Stocks of new or smaller companies have the most equity risk since they are less established compared to medium or large company stocks.

Fixed Income

While fixed income securities usually contain less risk than other equity investments they can still be impacted by interest rates and other factors. Some fixed income products, such as bonds, are investments that can't be used until they have matured. It's important to understand that interest rates and bond prices tend to move in opposite directions so there are economic considerations with these investmetns as well.


International investments have additional risks to consider, including political instability and different industry practices (such as accounting standards).

Real Estate

Investing in real estate can also be risky since there are additional economic factors that affect real estate values.


Commodities (such as coffee or copper) have prices that fluctuate more than other assets and can be affected by a economic factors as well as weather or political developments. You can invest in these type of assets either directly or through products linked to commodity prices.

Money Market

A money market fund is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any government agency. The typicaly goal of the fund is to preserve your investment however it is still possible to lose money.

Other Investing Related Terms

These are terms that are used frequently in market updates so we thought it would be important to explain them a little further to help you better understand what they mean.


An index is a common way to measure market performance however is not something you can invest in directely. All index references and performance calculations are based on information provided through Bloomberg. Bloomberg is a provider of real-time and archived financial and market data, pricing, trading, analyticals and news. Examples of different indexes include: S&P 500, MSCI EAFE, Dow Jones Industrial Average and Barclays Capital US Aggregate Bond Index. There are also indexes that measure prices of diffrerent US goods. Examples of that include producer and consumer price indexes.

Treasury Note

A treasury note is a marketable U.S. government debt security with a fixed interest rate and a maturity between one and 10 years.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

Measures the market value of all goods and services produced during a certain period of time.

Credit Rating Agencies

Standard & Poor’s, Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investor Services issue credit ratings for the debt of public and private corporations.

Market performance can't be predicted so nothing in our commentaries are ever meant to be any kind of guarantee of future results. To learn more about how investing fits into your financial plan visit