Use common benchmarks to assess the performance of a portfolio. See how a hypothetical portfolio would have performed in comparison to common benchmarks over various time frames.
A benchmark is a standard against which you can measure the performance of investments. Benchmarks can help you evaluate the performance of a portfolio as a whole rather than focusing on individual investments.
You can use benchmarks to compare a portfolio’s performance to a passive investment strategy with a similar level of risk. Active investment strategies try to match or beat the benchmark, and any difference reflects the value of the strategy relative to the benchmark.
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Factors like the length of time investments are held for, whether the portfolio was rebalanced annually to the original asset mix, and annual contributions or withdrawals affect portfolio performance over time.
Due to differences in the performance of each asset class, the original asset mix changes over the course of the investment period. If you rebalance, the account is returned to its original asset mix at the end of each year. Portfolio rebalancing can result in lower overall returns in some years, but also improve performance in volatile times.