Model Portfolios for All Risk Tolerances

If an employee isn’t sure which investments to select or prefers the simplicity of picking a managed investment portfolio, the ShareBuilder 401k offers model portfolios.

The five model portfolios below are available to all ShareBuilder 401k clients and they’re designed to range from stable to aggressive. The selected investments and allocation percentage of the model portfolios take into account various time horizons and risk tolerance levels that an investor chooses to accept.

ShareBuilder Advisors Investment Committee regularly reviews the model portfolios and will adjust the investments and asset allocations to better align with the model portfolios goals, economic climate, and other variables as needed. The Investment Committee leverages advanced financial models and modern portfolio theory to help in these decisions.

For performance data current as of the most recent quarter’s end and access to the fund’s prospectus, click on the fund symbol.

Stable Portfolio

Stable investors prefer lower-risk investments that don't tie up money in long-term commitments. Their priority is to earn interest while taking minimal risk. Stable investors are low risk investors. They may have a need for income from investments now or in the next 1 to 2 years. View important disclosures about the Stable Portfolio.

Allocation Chart

Chart Stable
Model Portfolio Allocation
Symbol Fund Allocation
Schwab Short-Term US Treasury 85%
Vanguard Total Bond Market 5%
Vanguard Short-Term TIPS 10%
Portfolio performance* 3-month 1-year 3-year 5-year 10-year Since inception Expense ratio
As of 6/30/2019 1.34% 3.20% 0.47% 0.38% 1.00% 1.63% 0.06%

Conservative Portfolio

Conservative investors have a 2 to 5 years time horizon, typically because they are nearing retirement or have a short-term need for their investment. They prefer a higher level of income than does the stable investor. Conservative investors are low- to medium-risk investors. View important disclosures about the Conservative Portfolio.

Allocation Chart

Chart Conservative
Model Portfolio Allocation
Symbol Fund Allocation
Schwab Short-Term US Treasury 37%
Vanguard Total Bond Market 14%
Vanguard Short-Term TIPS 14%
Vanguard Value ETF 10%
Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets 6%
Vanguard Growth ETF 9%
Schwab US Mid Cap ETF 4%
iShares S&P Small-Cap 3%
iShares Core MSCI Emerging 3%
Portfolio performance* 3-month 1-year 3-year 5-year 10-year Since inception Expense ratio
As of 6/30/2019 2.31% 4.61% 4.23% 3.33% 5.94% 4.18% 0.06%

Balanced Portfolio

Balanced investors will have a time horizon of 5 to 10 years and choose to diversify across both aggressive growth-oriented investments and more conservative interest-earning investments. They emphasize income over growth. Balanced investors are medium-risk investors. View important disclosures about the Balanced Portfolio.

Allocation Chart

Chart Balanced
Model Portfolio Allocation
Symbol Fund Allocation
Schwab Short-Term US Treasury 28%
Vanguard Value ETF 13%
Vanguard Total Bond Market 12%
Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets 11%
Vanguard Short-Term TIPS 10%
Vanguard Growth ETF 12%
Schwab US Mid Cap ETF 6%
iShares S&P Small-Cap 4%
iShares Core MSCI Emerging 4%
Portfolio performance* 3-month 1-year 3-year 5-year 10-year Since inception Expense ratio
As of 6/30/2019 2.57% 4.68% 5.82% 4.01% 7.38% 4.44% 0.05%

Moderate Portfolio

Moderate investors will have the same time horizon as balanced investors, 5 to 10 years. However, they will lean toward a slightly more aggressive balance of investments. They emphasize growth over income. Moderate investors are medium- to high-risk investors. View important disclosures about the Moderate Portfolio.

Allocation Chart

Chart Moderate
Model Portfolio Allocation
Symbol Fund Allocation
Vanguard Value ETF 21%
Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets 19%
Vanguard Growth ETF 20%
Schwab US Mid Cap ETF 12%
Vanguard Total Bond Market 8%
iShares S&P Small-Cap 8%
Schwab Short-Term US Treasury 7%
iShares Core MSCI Emerging 5%
Portfolio performance* 3-month 1-year 3-year 5-year 10-year Since inception Expense ratio
As of 6/30/2019 3.14% 4.74% 9.61% 5.92% 10.17% 6.05% 0.05%

Aggressive Portfolio

Aggressive investors have a time horizon of more than 10 years. Aggressive investors are willing to risk losing some money from time to time for the potential of making greater returns in the long run. Their focus is on wealth creation. Aggressive investors are high-risk investors. View important disclosures about the Aggressive Portfolio.

Allocation Chart

Chart Aggressive
Model Portfolio Allocation
Symbol Fund Allocation
Vanguard Value ETF 25%
Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets 21%
Vanguard Growth ETF 23%
Schwab US Mid Cap ETF 13%
iShares S&P Small-Cap 10%
iShares Core MSCI Emerging 5%
Vanguard REIT 3%
Portfolio performance* 3-month 1-year 3-year 5-year 10-year Since inception Expense ratio
As of 6/30/2019 3.21% 4.62% 10.92% 6.62% 11.44% 6.73% 0.05%

Model Portfolios Offer Advantages Over Target Date Funds

Time and risk can be an advantage of model portfolios over target date funds. Target date funds consider just one risk-tolerance level by target year, and don’t consider how this can vary by investor, nor necessarily make clear what level of risk is assumed. Target date funds tend to include an added investment management fee to manage the portfolio—ShareBuilder 401k pricing is the same whether an employee selects specific funds from the roster or one of the model portfolios.

  • * These are based on past performance, and are not forecasts of future results. Returns reflect the asset management expense of 0.75% and the model portfolio expense ratio. Your asset management expense may be less as ShareBuilder Advisors, LLC offers lower asset management expenses for plans with larger total account assets, typically beginning at $500,000. If your company uses an additional advisor or registered representative to support your plan, your asset management could be up to 0.50% higher but is capped at 1.25%.
  • Total returns are historical and include change in share value and reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. Any holdings, asset allocation or other composition data shown are as of the date indicated, are subject to change at any time and may not be representative of the past model portfolio's investments. Your actual model portfolio will vary based on date of purchases, if you use auto-rebalancing and other variables.
  • Past performance is not an indication of future results. The value of your investment will fluctuate over time and it is possible to lose part or all of the amount invested.
  • A Note on Model Portfolio Performance and Considerations
    Although ShareBuilder Advisors, LLC, carefully evaluates the make-up of the Model Portfolios on a regular basis, ShareBuilder 401k makes no representation regarding the likelihood or probability that any or all of the portfolios will in fact achieve a particular investment goal or fulfill the risk tolerance profile as described for each portfolio. ShareBuilder 401k is unable to predict or forecast market fluctuations or other uncertainties that may affect the value of any investment. As a self-directed investor, you must carefully consider the merit of a 401(k) plan and the appropriateness of the available investments under your employer's plan in light of your own personal financial circumstances, including your other assets, income and investments (e.g. equity in a home, IRA investments, savings accounts and interests in other qualified and non-qualified plans), cash flow needs, tax circumstances, or other complex or subjective concerns. You are urged to use all available resources to educate yourself about investing in general, these investment products in particular, and the composition of the Model Portfolios. As an alternative to the Model Portfolios, you can combine individual Exchange Traded Funds offered in the ShareBuilder 401k to create a customized portfolio with a risk and return profile similar to that of any of the Model Portfolios, although you should consider obtaining the assistance of a qualified investment advisor in doing so. Monitoring and adjusting your ShareBuilder 401k investing plan to suit changing circumstances is your responsibility, and it is recommended that you reassess any investing program on a regular basis to ensure that it remains consistent with your current financial resources and investment objectives.
  • You should carefully consider information contained in the fund's prospectus, including investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. For a prospectus containing this and other important information, please visit the fund's detailed quote page. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.