An Update on Manning & Napier's Funds in Your Annuity

Much like union workers, Manning & Napier’s value is based on our expertise, our experience, the safety of our approach, and our disciplined process. For more than 45 years, our goal has been to ensure our job is done effectively and is in the best interest of our clients.
The Manning & Napier Retirement Target CITs, the target date funds available in your annuity plan, were developed as a fully diversified, single solution intended to balance the need for long-term growth early in your career with the need of preserving money later in your career. Each Retirement Target CIT automatically becomes more conservative as you get closer to your retirement date. We use an active management approach to adjust the CIT’s stock exposure within the preset ranges shown along the Glide Range below to help you navigate the market’s ups and downs over time. The actual allocation to stocks within each Retirement Target CIT can vary and takes into account the time until the target date, as well as the risks and opportunities in the current market environment.
Today, we are in the midst of one of the longest bull markets in history; the market has grown more than 300%, valuations are up dramatically, and we believe this is the beginning of a new era of volatility. This doesn’t suggest a downturn is imminent, but it does suggest the potential for lower returns and increased risk going forward.
To prepare for potential volatility ahead, we have reduced stock exposure in our Retirement Target CITs that are closer to their target date. This will help in not only managing risk, but also allows us the flexibility to purchase more stocks at a lower price if the market does go down.
In the end, our competitive long-term investment performance demonstrates that the ability to adjust a portfolio’s asset mix based on the current market environment aids in achieving member goals.
As one of the investment managers on your annuity plan, we are pleased to be a trusted partner in your retirement plan and look forward to helping you achieve a more meaningful and secure financial future.

Jeff Coons
Co-CEO & President
Manning & Napier Advisors, LLC

Source: Morningstar Analysis: Manning & Napier. Data as of 04/30/2018.

Manning & Napier provides investment advisory services to Exeter Trust Company (ETC), Trustee of the Manning & Napier Collective Investment Trust. The Collectives are available only for use within certain qualified employee benefit plans.

Each Manning & Napier Retirement Target (RT) CIT is invested in one or two of four proprietary risk-based funds, the Manning & Napier Pro-Mix® CITs, based on the Retirement Target CIT becoming increasingly conservative over time.

Because target date funds invest in both stocks and bonds, the value of your investment will fluctuate in response to stock market movements and changes in interest rates. Investing in target date funds will also involve a number of other risks, including issuer-specific risk, foreign investment risk, and small-cap/mid-cap risk as the underlying investments change over time. Investments in options and futures, like all derivatives, can be highly volatile and involve risks in addition to the risks of the underlying instrument on which the derivative is based, such as counterparty, correlation and liquidity risk. Also, the use of leverage increases exposure to the market and may magnify potential losses. Additionally, some target date funds invest in other funds and therefore, may have additional risks associated with the underlying funds. Principal value is not guaranteed at any time, including at the target date (the approximate year when an investor plans to stop contributions and start periodic withdrawals). Investments will change over time and as the target date fund gradually becomes more conservative.

Performance through the inception date of the Retirement Target CIT Class U1 units (10/22/2015 for 2060; 05/14/2015 for 2055, 2050, 2045, 2035, 2025, 2020, 2015; and 04/17/2015 for 2040, 2030, and Income) is based on the historical performance of the CIT’s oldest unit class. Performance through the inception date of the oldest unit class (09/18/2015 for 2060, 08/17/2012 for 2055; 05/10/2007 for 2050; 08/03/2012 for 2045, 2035, 2025, and 2015; and 01/06/2005 for 2040, 2030, 2020, and Income) is not the past performance of the Retirement Target CIT and is based on historical performance data of the Manning & Napier Pro-Mix® CIT(s) that would have been held according to the Retirement Target CIT's glide path. Returns are net of the Class U1 expenses. The Retirement Target CIT will gradually become more conservative over time. Performance data quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Your investment may fluctuate in value and there is a potential for loss as well as profit.

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