AB Dynamic Asset Allocation
Objective And StrategyObjective
Generate income and price appreciation.
The Portfolio's strategy is to smooth out volatility and mitigate extreme losses without necessarily sacrificing long-term returns. At the heart of this strategy are adjustments to the exposures of a portfolio’s underlying asset classes as guided by both our quantitative risk and expected return forecasts and our deep fundamental analysis, rather than by expected returns alone. Under this approach, we strive to be compensated adequately for the risks we take by adjusting the asset allocation whenever conditions affecting risk-adjusted returns change materially in the economy and financial markets.
* This portfolio invests in securities of foreign issuers which involves risks not typically associated with domestic issuers, including currency fluctuations and the possibility of political and economic instability. Emerging markets involve risks in addition to those generally associated with foreign securities, because political and economic structures in many emerging markets may be undergoing significant evolution and rapid development.
* This portfolio can leverage or use leveraged instruments or derivatives. Portfolios that use leverage, that is, borrow money, are subject to the risk that the cost of borrowing money to leverage will exceed the returns for the securities purchased or that the securities purchased may actually go down in value. Thus the portfolio's net asset value can decrease more quickly than if the portfolio had not borrowed. Portfolios that use leveraged instruments or derivatives such as futures, options and swap agreements, may expose the portfolio to additional risks that it would not be subject to if it invested directly in the securities underlying those derivatives. The more a portfolio invests in leveraged instruments, the more the leverage will magnify any gains or losses on those investments.
* The portfolio's exposure to the US Dollar Index and/or foreign currencies subjects the portfolio to the risk that foreign currencies will fluctuate in value relative to the US Dollar or, in the case of short position, that the US Dollar will decline in value to the currency being hedged. Currency rates in foreign countries may move significantly over short periods of time for a number of reasons including changes in interest rates, the imposition of currency controls or other political developments in the US or abroad.
* The Fund could lose money if the issuer of a debt security is unable to meet its financial obligations or goes bankrupt. This fund may invest in securities rated below investment grade or "junk bonds." Junk bonds may sensitive to economic changes, political changes, or adverse developments specific to a company.
* The value of your investment in a Fund is based on the net asset value ("NAV") of the underlying funds and, in turn, the securities that the underlying funds hold. The Funds are subject to the risk that one or more underlying funds will not perform as expected or will under perform other similar funds or that the combination of underlying funds selected by the Funds' investment will not perform as expected. The Funds will be exposed to all of the risk of an investment in the underlying Funds.
* Fixed income securities are subject to interest rate risk because the prices of fixed income securities tend to move in the opposite direction of interest rates. When interest rates rise, fixed income security prices fall. When interest rates fall, fixed income security prices rise.
* Credit risk is the risk that the issuer of a security may be unable to make interest payments and/or repay principal when due. A downgrade to an issuer’s credit rating or a perceived change in an issuer’s financial strength may affect a security’s value, and thus, impact the VA Short-Term Fixed Portfolio’s performance.
* During periods of declining interest rates, the issuer of a security may exercise its option to prepay principal earlier than scheduled, forcing the portfolio to reinvest in lower yielding securities.