In Brief: Nov. 13, 2000

EQUITY BUFFERS While bonds haven't historically provided the same high return as stocks, they are proving their worth this year in reducing a portfolio's volatility. Consider funds with intermediate-high-quality corporate bonds and government bonds; these funds are not only low risk but are also up an average of 6.54% for the year. Junk bonds, on the other hand, are down 5.87%.

BOND YTD 5-YEAR FUND RETURN RETURN*

Exeter Defensive A 9.04% 6.47% Pilgrim GMNA Income A 8.02% 6.84% GMO Domestic Bond III 9.56% 6.29% Fremont Bond 8.23% 7.09%

*Through 10/30/00. Source: Morningstar, Inc.

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