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The opposite of inflation – a decline in the prices of goods and services.


A decrease in the value of an investment.

Designated Investment Alternative

The investment options picked by your plan into which participants can direct the investment of their plan accounts.


The practice of investing in multiple asset classes and securities with different risk characteristics to reduce the risk of owning any single investment.


Money an investment fund or company pays to its stockholders, typically from profits. The amount is usually expressed on a per-share basis.

Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow or DJIA)

A widely followed price-weighted index of 30 of the largest, most widely held U.S. stocks.