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The Guardian Investor IISM Variable Annuity (B Series)

Standardized Performance

Values as of 3/31/2024

Reflecting all charges including the impact of surrender charges.

The average annual total returns reflect all charges for the variable investment options of Guardian Investor IISM Variable Annuity (B Series). These returns reflect fund-level, separate account level, and contract level charge, including the contingent deferred sales charges as of  3/31/2024 and are calculated from the date of initial offering of the investment option in the separate account. These returns are only for Guardian Investor IISM Variable Annuity (B Series) basic contract. If you have a contract with any of the optional riders available with this product, returns would be lower.

Guardian Investor IISM Variable Annuity (B Series) and its underlying investment options are sold by prospectus only. Prospectuses contain important information, including fees and expenses. Please read the prospectuses carefully before investing or sending money. Please consider the investment objectives, risks, fees and charges of the investment company carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other important information. To obtain a prospectus, please Click here or contact your financial professional or call 1-888-GUARDIAN (1-888-482-7342).

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Fund NameDate of Initial Offering In Separate Account1 Year
3 Year
5 Year
10 Year
Since Initial Offering In Separate Account
6/04/12 3.64% -2.15% 1.20% 2.12% 3.33%
12/09/13 -6.70% -5.91% -1.67% 0.21% 0.41%
1/26/09 4.35% -2.36% 4.53% 3.55% 5.37%
2/09/15 -4.71% -1.34% -0.81% N/A -0.32%
1/26/09 -11.94% -6.47% -5.78% -2.65% 0.69%
5/01/15 26.17% 9.69% 13.37% N/A 10.30%
MFS TECHNOLOGY PORTFOLIO[A,B,C,F,1] 6/04/12 43.61% 5.75% 14.47% 15.15% 16.43%
9/01/16 2.95% -3.21% 5.83% N/A 5.87%
GUARDIAN LARGE CAP DISCIPLINED GROWTH VIP FUND[A,1] 9/01/16 30.63% 5.93% 14.24% N/A 14.71%
GUARDIAN LARGE CAP DISCIPLINED VALUE VIP FUND[A,C,1] 9/01/16 18.05% 7.47% 10.04% N/A 9.63%
GUARDIAN LARGE CAP FUNDAMENTAL GROWTH VIP FUND[1] 9/01/16 33.71% 7.59% 13.03% N/A 13.71%
GUARDIAN MID CAP RELATIVE VALUE VIP FUND[B,C,1] 9/01/16 8.42% 5.94% 9.53% N/A 8.59%
GUARDIAN MID CAP TRADITIONAL GROWTH VIP FUND[A,B,F,1] 9/01/16 7.54% 1.86% 8.69% N/A 10.91%
GUARDIAN MULTI-SECTOR BOND VIP FUND 10/18/19 -7.88% -7.09% N/A N/A -3.96%
GUARDIAN CORE PLUS FIXED INCOME VIP FUND[A,C,D,E,F,1] 9/01/16 -7.06% -6.08% -2.13% N/A -0.87%
GUARDIAN DIVERSIFIED RESEARCH VIP FUND[A,B,1] 9/01/16 24.96% 8.49% 13.55% N/A 12.96%
GUARDIAN GLOBAL UTILITIES VIP FUND 10/18/19 -5.30% 0.83% N/A N/A 3.15%
GUARDIAN GROWTH & INCOME VIP FUND[B,1] 9/01/16 12.66% 6.12% 8.88% N/A 9.46%
GUARDIAN INTEGRATED RESEARCH VIP FUND[A,B,C,1] 9/01/16 21.26% 5.96% 11.43% N/A 10.66%
GUARDIAN TOTAL RETURN BOND VIP FUND 10/18/19 -7.66% -6.76% N/A N/A -3.96%
GUARDIAN U.S. GOVERNMENT SECURITIES VIP FUND 10/18/19 -8.32% -5.68% N/A N/A -3.16%
GUARDIAN SMALL CAP CORE VIP FUND[] 10/18/19 7.49% -3.61% N/A N/A 3.15%
GUARDIAN INTERNATIONAL EQUITY VIP FUND[A,B,1] 9/01/16 2.18% -2.45% 2.30% N/A 2.91%
9/01/16 17.99% 3.89% 9.45% N/A 7.81%
3/08/04 17.78% 7.62% 9.41% 8.08% 7.43%
VICTORY SOPHUS EMERGING MARKETS VIP SERIES[A,B] 3/08/04 0.83% -9.78% -0.25% 1.67% 4.98%
VICTORY HIGH YIELD VIP SERIES[E,F] 3/08/04 1.15% -3.01% 1.71% 2.79% 4.20%
VICTORY RS INTERNATIONAL VIP SERIES[A,B,F] 3/08/04 9.13% 2.18% 5.10% 4.09% 4.99%
VICTORY 500 INDEX VIP SERIES[F,1] 3/08/04 20.22% 7.46% 12.51% 11.03% 8.13%
VICTORY RS SMALL CAP GROWTH EQUITY VIP SERIES[A,B] 3/08/04 14.44% -11.27% 0.98% 5.82% 7.18%

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Investments in The Guardian Investor IISM Variable Annuity (B Series) or any of its investment options are not deposits or obligations of, or guaranteed or endorsed by any bank or depository institution; further, neither the contract nor such investments are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the National Credit Union Association (NCUA), the Federal Reserve Board, or any other government agency.

Investments in any of the variable investment options involve risk, including the possible loss of principal. This information is authorized for use with the public only when preceded or accompanied by a prospectus for The Guardian Investor IISM Variable Annuity (B Series).

Performance data quoted is historical. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The Guardian Investor IISMVariable Annuity (B Series) contract unit values and investment returns will fluctuate to reflect the investment performance of the investment options, and may be higher or lower than the amount invested through purchase payments. The Guardian Investor IISMVariable Annuity (B Series) contract owner units, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original investment. Investment in any of the variable investment options involves risk, including the possible loss of principal.

The charges and expenses of the B Series variable annuity include: a) the investment division charges consisting of fund-level expenses, which are similar to the charges on traditional mutual funds, (these range from 0.28% to 1.35% for the year ended 12/31/19 for all funds, after giving effect to applicable fee waivers, expense reimbursements or reductions, offset arrangements, or custody credits; in the absence of such arrangements these fees would be higher), b) the separate account level charges consisting of the annual mortality and expense risk charge (M&E charge) of 1.15% and the administrative charge of 0.25%, and c) contract level charges consisting of: i) the $35.00 annual contract fee (fee is waived for contracts with an accumulation value over $100,000), and ii) for Non-Standardized Average Annual Total Returns (adjusted for all charges) and Standardized Average Annual Total Returns only, the contract's CDSC. The contract's CDSC is a percentage of the amount withdrawn, in excess of any free withdrawal amount, that consists of premiums that were paid into your contract during the seven years prior to the date of the withdrawal. The charge declines annually over a seven year period based on the number of full years completed since the premium payment was made in accordance with the following schedule: 8%, 7.5%, 6.5%, 5.5%, 5%, 4%, and 3% respectively. After a premium payment has been in the contract for seven years, the charge is zero.

Please note that performance results for contractowners who elect an enhanced death benefit or other optional rider would be lower if the charges for these features were reflected. These charges are as follows: for the Highest Anniversary Value Death Benefit Rider, 0.40% of variable investment option assets; for the Earnings Benefit Rider, 0.25% of variable investment option assets; for the Guaranteed Lifetime Withdrawal Benefit Rider (GLWB) single life options, a current charge of 0.95% to 1.30% (1.00% to 2.50% maximum) of the adjusted guaranteed withdrawal balance at the time the charge is deducted and, for the GLWB Rider with spousal options, a current charge of 1.05% to 1.55% (2.00% - 3.50% maximum) of the adjusted guaranteed withdrawal balance at the time the charge is deducted. The optional death benefit features of the GLWB Rider will increase the rider percentage fee by 0.50% (GLWB Step-Up Death Benefit) or 0.60% (GLWB Return of Premium Death Benefit) annually.

The performance information for some funds in this section may reflect a very short period of time and should not be the sole basis on which to determine investment option selection. In order to assist you in determining which investment options may be suitable for your individual investment objectives and risk tolerance, we have included the average annual returns for the life of each investment option in the non-standardized section.

The following funds have asset-based distribution fees (12b-1 fees) that were imposed on the dates noted. Returns for these funds prior to the dates on which these fees were imposed do not include the effects of the 12b-1 fees and returns listed would have been lower for these funds if these fees had been in place and reflected in the performance. All time periods for any funds not listed below reflect the effects of any applicable 12b-1 fees.

AB VPS Dynamic Asset Allocation Portfolio (Class B) 4/1/2011
BlackRock Global Allocation V.I. Fund (Class III) 11/18/2003
Fidelity VIP Government Money Market Portfolio (Service Class 2) 1/12/2000
MFS® Blended Research® Core Equity Portfolio (Service Class) 8/24/2001
MFS® Technology Portfolio (Service Class) 8/24/2001
Pioneer Bond VCT Portfolio (Class II) 11/9/2007
Putnam VT Small Cap Value Fund Class IB 4/30/1999
Templeton Global Bond VIP Fund (Class 2 Shares) 1/6/1999

Risk Disclosure

Certain portfolios may have similar investment objectives and policies and, in some cases, similar names to retail mutual funds managed by the same manager. The portfolios named are not the same funds as the retail funds. As a result, specific investments may be different and investment results may be higher or lower. While all funds involve some risk, including possible loss of principal amount invested, there may be additional risks to consider when investing in certain types of funds or certain types of asset classes that comprise a fund’s portfolio. Below are some common risks associated with certain funds; however, these may not be all of the risks associated with investing in the funds. For information on specific risks associated with the funds available in your contract, please see the fund prospectuses.

[A] Foreign Securities and Emerging Markets Risk. Investments in foreign securities involve special risks, including changes in currency rates, foreign taxation and differences in auditing standards and securities regulations, political uncertainty and greater volatility. These risks are magnified in emerging markets.

[B] Small Cap and Mid Cap Companies Risk. Risks associated with investments in small and mid cap companies include less publicly available information, higher volatility, and less liquidity than investments in larger companies.

[C] Concentration Risk. Investments concentrated in specific industries, market segments, regions or securities may be subject to increased share price volatility.

[D] Debt Securities Risk. Investing in Bond funds or funds that invest any of their assets in debt securities exposes the Policyowner to the general risks of investing in debt markets, such as interest rate, credit, and prepayment risk. Generally, when interest rates rise, bond prices fall, and when interest rates fall, bond prices rise. Therefore, an increase in interest rates would decrease the value of a bond fund's holdings. The ability of an issuer of a debt security to repay principal prior to a security's maturity can cause greater price volatility if interest rates change. Credit risk is the risk that a bond issuer will default by failing to make the required payments on its debt obligations.

[E] High Yield Debt Securities Risk. Investments in high yield bonds or lower rated and unrated debt securities are subject to greater credit risk and price fluctuation than investments in higher-rated securities.

[F] Derivatives Risk. Since the value of a derivative instrument derives from an underlying asset, the use of derivatives involves risks different from, and possibly greater than, the risks associated with investing directly in the underlying assets. Derivatives can be highly volatile, illiquid, and difficult to value.

[G] Alternative Risks. Investing in alternative asset classes involves special risk because they may be highly speculative and leveraged or may use various hedging techniques, like options and derivatives. Hedging techniques could increase losses since they are not reflected in historical standard deviation measurements. Also, there may be unique tax implications if the fund is traded in foreign markets and may be highly dependent on the manager's techniques for investing and selecting appropriate risk. Often, alternative asset classes are subject to less regulation than publicly offered investments because alternatives are not registered under U.S. Securities laws or similar laws in other countries.

[H] Fund of Funds Risk. The risk that the Fund's investment performance and its ability to achieve its investment objective are directly related to and depend on the performance of the underlying securities, such as the closed-end funds or ETFs in which it invests. The Fund's investment in underlying funds exposes the Fund to the risks associated with the types of securities in which the underlying fund invests and the investment techniques that they employ. Market fluctuations will change the weightings of the underlying funds in the Fund's portfolio from their target weightings. The Fund is subject to the risks of the underlying funds in direct proportion to the allocation of its assets among the underlying funds. Shareholders in the Fund will bear the Fund's operating expenses as well as the Fund's proportionate share of the expenses of the underlying funds. It is possible to lose money by investing in underlying funds.

[I] Closed-End Funds Risk. The risk that closed-end funds in which the Fund invests will expose the Fund to negative performance and additional expenses associated with investment in such funds, and increased volatility. Closed-end funds frequently trade at a discount from their net asset value ("NAV"), which may affect whether the Fund will realize gain or loss upon its sale of the closed-end funds' shares. Closed-end funds may employ leverage, which also subjects the closed-end fund to increased risks such as increased volatility.

[J] Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF) Risk. The risk that the ETF will not closely track its benchmark index, or that the value of an ETF will be more volatile than the underlying portfolio of securities the ETF is designed to track, or that the costs to the Fund of owning shares of the ETF will exceed those the Fund would incur by investing in such securities directly.

1Total returns for these investment options reflect the effects of one or more of the following during some or all of the time periods reflected in this report: fee waivers, expense reimbursements or reductions, and offset arrangements. In the absence of such arrangements, total returns would have been lower.

Fidelity VIP Government Money Market Portfolio

Yield Based on 7-day period ending 3/31/2024
Current: -1.70% Effective: -1.70%

Investments in the Fidelity VIP Government Money Market Portfolio are neither insured nor guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. In addition, during extended periods of low interest rates, and partly as a result of asset-based separate account charges, the yield on this investment option may become low and possibly negative. Although the underlying fund seeks to preserve the value of your investment at $1.00 per share, it is possible to lose money by investing in the Portfolio. The Fund’s sponsor has no legal obligation to provide financial support to the Fund, and you should not expect that the sponsor will provide financial support to the Fund at any time. The 7-day yield quotation is net of all recurring contract fees and charges, is prorated and more closely reflects the current earnings of the Money Market Portfolio than the total return quotation.

All guarantees are backed exclusively by the strength and claims paying ability of The Guardian Insurance & Annuity Company, Inc. (GIAC). Individual variable annuities are issued by GIAC, a Delaware corporation, and distributed by Park Avenue Securities LLC (PAS). GIAC and PAS are wholly owned subsidiaries of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian). Guardian, GIAC and PAS are located at 10 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001. Contract provisions and investment options vary by state. PAS is a member of FINRA, SIPC