Two Paths to Saving for Retirement - Benefits Online

Two Paths to Saving for Retirement - Benefits Online

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for Retirement



Which one is right for you

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documents, the plan documents will govern.


Build your own

investment portfolio

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terminate, suspend, withdraw, amend, or modify the plans at any

time and for any reason.


Prepared for participants in the Northrop Grumman Savings Plan and Financial Security and Savings Program


Path 1

Let a professional investment manager design and manage an investment portfolio based

on your target retirement age.

Path 2

Build and monitor your own investment portfolio with several core investment fund

options and the Schwab PCRA ® .

Northrop Grumman’s Retirement Path portfolios

are designed to simplify saving and investing for

retirement. If you’re too busy to actively manage your

retirement savings or you simply prefer to delegate

the task to an expert, a Retirement Path portfolio may

be right for you.

Each portfolio is managed by an investment

professional, so you can feel confi dent that your

retirement money is being managed in accordance

with sound investment principles. Under the

leadership of this professional, your portfolio will be:




Targeted to a specific retirement date —

All you have to do is choose the portfolio that’s

closest to the year you plan to retire or withdraw

your money

Broadly diversified — The investment manager

determines the portfolio’s asset allocation, investing

among a wide range of investments from several

different asset classes to help minimize your risk

Adjusted over time — The investment manager

gradually adjusts the investment mix to maximize

your return for a given level of risk, based on your

current life stage.

Northrop Grumman offers fi ve Retirement Path

portfolios ranging from the 2040 Retirement Path

Retirement Path Portfolios


Retirement Path


Retirement Path


Retirement Path

portfolio, designed for investors who will retire in 30

years or more, to the Target Retirement Path portfolio,

designed for investors who are approaching or have

already reached retirement. To address these two very

different investment needs, the 2040 portfolio invests

primarily in assets that offer high long-term risk and

return potential, such as stock funds, while the Target

Retirement Path portfolio allocates a larger portion to

investments that emphasize capital preservation and

the potential for medium to low risk and return, such

as bond funds and money market funds.

Over time, the asset allocation of your selected

portfolio is adjusted to refl ect your changing

objectives — slowly moving from an aggressive

investment strategy when retirement is many years

away to a conservative strategy as retirement

approaches. When a portfolio reaches its target year,

it is merged into the Target Retirement Path portfolio.

For example, the 2010 portfolio will be merged into

the Target Retirement Path portfolio in the year 2010.

By choosing just one Retirement Path portfolio, you

can implement a diversifi ed, professionally managed

retirement strategy in just one easy step. If you prefer

to invest more aggressively or more conservatively

than others in your age group, you can simply

choose a portfolio (or a mix of portfolios) with a

higher or lower target retirement date than your own.


Retirement Path


Retirement Path

If you prefer to design and manage a savings and

investment strategy on your own, the Northrop

Grumman Savings Plan and Financial Security and

Savings Program offer a wide range of investment

options from which to choose, including:



Eight core investment funds that provide a

range of risk and return potential. These core

funds provide a convenient way to diversify your

investments on the basis of your individual needs

and strategy.

The Schwab Personal Choice Retirement

Account ® (PCRA), a self-directed brokerage

account offered through Charles Schwab & Co.,

Inc. The Schwab PCRA enables you to invest

among a selection of more than 3,200 available

mutual funds and individual securities (e.g., stocks

and bonds).

Core Investment Funds


Value Fund

U.S. Fixed



Lower risk/short time horizon



Asset Class

U.S. Equity


Capital Preservation




“Do It Yourself” Investing

When you invest in the core investment funds, it’s up

to you to select the mix of investments that will best

help you reach your investment goals. This “do-ityourself”

approach may be ideal for investors who

want to personally manage their investments and

are comfortable making their own asset allocation

decisions, yet still prefer to invest in well-diversifi ed

funds rather than select individual securities.

The core investment funds give you the opportunity

to diversify your investments among a range of asset

classes, including capital preservation, income,

balanced, and growth.


Equity Fund

Small Cap


The position of the

various funds on the risk

spectrum does not refl ect

an absolute relation of

the funds, but only their

expected, relative ranking

over the long term.



Equity Fund




Higher risk/long time horizon

Individual Investing

If you are looking for an opportunity to exercise even greater control over

your investments, the Schwab PCRA* may be right for you. It offers the

fl exibility to choose from a wide range of mutual funds and individual

stocks and bonds so you can build a portfolio uniquely customized to

you.** The Schwab PCRA is appropriate if you have time to evaluate,

select, and monitor your investments.

As you evaluate whether the PCRA approach is right for you, keep in mind

the following:






Developing and monitoring your own investment strategy requires time

and attention.

Investing through the Schwab PCRA requires a higher level of

attentiveness and account management effort than do the other

Savings Plan options. In addition, the Schwab PCRA may charge

a fee each time you place a trade order, which may result in higher

administrative fees than you would pay if you invested solely in either

the Retirement Path portfolios or core investment funds.

To enroll in the Schwab PCRA, you must be a participant in the

Savings Plan so that you can transfer balances from your core funds

or direct new contributions to the Schwab PCRA. In addition, you

must keep a minimum balance of $1,000 in the core funds. See the

summary plan description for your savings plan on Benefits OnLine

for more information.

The Schwab PCRA is not offered under the Financial Security and Savings Program.

The Schwab PCRA offers access to more than 3,200 mutual funds from over 360 mutual fund families. More than

1,700 of these funds are Mutual Fund OneSource ® funds, which are available without loads or transaction fees.

More than 600 of the 3,200 funds are load-waived funds that are typically only available to institutional clients.

Which Investment

Approach Is Right

For You

Retirement Path


You don’t have the

time and/or desire

to manage your

investments and

prefer to delegate

that task to an


Core investment


You have the time

and interest to learn

about investment

fundamentals and

are comfortable

making your own

asset allocation


Schwab PCRA:

You have the time

and interest to

actively manage

and monitor your


and want the

opportunity to

personally research

and select from

a wide range of

mutual funds,

individual stocks,

and bonds for your


Lower risk/short time horizon

• US Large Cap

• US Mid/Small Cap

• Developing/Emerging Markets

• US Real Estate

Higher risk/long time horizon

• US Bonds

• US Infl ation-linked Bonds

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