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Volatility Resource Center

Helping advisors navigate through market volatility

Managing Investor Anxiety


Fear, Finance & The High-Anxiety Client

MIT AgeLab offers insights about the effects of anxiety on your clients—especially their investment decisions.


Media Replay

Illustrate the market's ability to grow wealth despite recessions and bear markets to help clients avoid panic decisions when the next "crisis of the day" marks headlines.


Beyond Investment Illusions

Show common misconceptions about investing alongside the facts to help replace those "illusions" with investment reality.

Educate Clients

Client Conversations: How to Learn to Worry Less and Love a Market Correction

A downturn could actually be good news for long-term investors—if everyone stays calm and has a plan.

Client Conversations: 10 Things You Should Know About Bear Markets

What you need to know about bear, or down, markets.

Client Conversations: Don't Fear the (Market) Reaper

History shows that rather than giving in to fear, staying invested and buying stocks during volatile times can be beneficial in the long run.

Client Conversations: Are CDs as Safe as You Think?

The so-called safety of CDs could actually introduce far more risk than you anticipate, especially if your CDs automatically roll over.

Client Conversations: Duration Risk Is Rising: Are You Prepared?

Rising interest rates may have a significant effect on fixed-income investments.

Client Conversations: Managing Risk in Your Fixed-Income Portfolio

Changes in the economy and interest rates can have a big impact on your fixed-income portfolio.

Client Conversations: Fasten Your Seat Belts

Volatility is an ever-present part of investing.

Market Insights

Challenges of Timing the Market

What happens to investors who pull out of the market because of volatility? They end up missing its best days.

2019 Outlooks (Wellington)

Thought leaders from Wellington Management provide their outlook on issues that may influence markets and portfolios going forward.

2019 Outlooks (Schroders)

Thought leaders from Schroder Investment Management provide their outlook on issues that will influence markets and portfolios going forward.

Take Better Risk in International Equities

There are several potentially volatility-reducing tools that may make investors more comfortable increasing their international allocations.

Time to Dust Off the Defensive Playbook?

While investors are celebrating the longest-running bull market in history, experience tells us that good times don’t last forever.

Investment Options

Designed to offer growth potential without taking excessive risk

Seeks to provide high current income and long-term total return

Seeks total return on an after-tax basis

Emphasizes investment-grade rated securities

Seeks a competitive total return with income as a secondary objective

Core bond investment that can provide diversification with a quality bias

"Financial Advisors must be prepared to actively address how their clients feel as well as how they invest. Client anxiety is at a record high and current events suggest that it will remain elevated or even increase."

- Dr. Joe Coughlin, Founder, MIT AgeLab


For more than a decade, we’ve partnered with the MIT AgeLab to uncover what investors are thinking about lifestyle trends, who they trust, and the future of retirement—all of which influence their decision-making process.

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MIT AgeLab is not an affiliate or subsidiary of Hartford Funds.