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How should residents of smaller economies allocate their portfolio between domestic and foreign assets?

Investment advice is often written from the perspective of a large domestic economy, where global effects have less impact. I live in Australia, where GDP is $1.13 trillion and our stock exchange has ...
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How do annual risks translate into long-term risks?

Suppose that the annual return of a 1 dollar investment has a standard deviation s and mean m. How does this translate into the risk of this asset over let's say 20 years? We may assume that annual ...
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How often should one's retirement portfolio be adjusted (rebalanced), and how?

I'm opening my Roth IRA Account. My question is: How often should I adjust my portfolio? I know this depends on a variety of factors: I'm 23, plan to retire when I'm in my 60s (or at least withdraw ...
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First 401K portfolio with high expense ratios - which funds to pick? (24yo)

Just got my first 401K at work through Mass Mutual. I have 17 options to choose from. I don’t think we have index funds, and most funds have high expenses between 0.75-1.66%. So I decided to care ...
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Allocating money for investment

Context So I'm allocating around $500 per month for investments and I have enough savings for about 6 months should anything happen. I have no debts and I'm living a comfortable life in my early 20s ...
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Justification for aggressive investment strategy when young?

I've frequently heard that the conventional wisdom is to be invested in an 'aggressive' investment strategy when young, and as you approach retirement age, migrate to a more conservative strategy. ...
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Index Fund Style: Blend or Value and Growth

I am trying to put together a portfolio and I am looking at ETF index funds. As i cover the different sectors, in the past I have had small, mid cap and large cap funds/etfs with both Growth and value ...
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What fraction of a portfolio should P2P lending comprise?

Based on what I understand, traditionally we are supposed to put 70% money in stocks and 30% money in bonds (based on individual age, I am 33 right now). I have been experimenting on P2P lending and ...
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With all the different asset allocations out there, why is rebalancing important?

I understand the notion that I need to determine an asset allocation based on my risk preference and then rebalance annually or biannually to keep my asset allocation in line. However, consider that ...
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Is my mutual fund strategy to rebalance to fixed portions of cash, equity, & bonds a good one?

Is this a good mutual fund strategy: Once a year I adjust the asset allocation of all my mutual funds, equity and bond. I maintain a fixed percent of cash, equity, and bonds. If any fund gets ...
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What evidence or research suggests that mid- or small-capitalization stocks should perform better than large caps?

I'm 26. In my 401k I have always allocated a greater percentage of my portfolio into mid cap funds because they seem to be riskier and have a higher upside. Yet, as of the past year or so, the large ...
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Why do US retirement funds typically have way more US assets than international assets?

I have noticed that US retirement funds generally seem to allocate far more space to US stock than international (non-US) stock. Of course, there is not really any such thing as a prototypical ...
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Does the common advice about diversification still hold in times of distress

The common advice about diversification goes something like this: (just as an example) 40% us large cap 20% us govt and AA corporate bonds 20% us growth stocks 20% international equities. My ...
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Fundamentals of creating a diversified portfolio based on numbers?

There are a number of articles and posts across the internet describing how to diversify your portfolio. But, each claim typically focuses on how to allocate your portfolio rather than describing ...
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What is the standard deviation and mean return of oil?

Let's use WTI. I'd like to add oil to my portfolio, and I was wondering how much I should have. I'm in 60-70% index and 40-30% individual value stocks. I want to cut back on my value plays and add ...
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Does anyone know where I can find a free efficient frontier tool, or an informative and legitamate/academic graph of the efficient frontier?

I'd like to build a portfolio based upon modern portfolio theory and I'd like to find a tool I can use to calculate the proper mix of asset classes. Can anyone help with this? I think a good chart/...
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Can I use Quicken asset class information to rebalance my portfolio?

Common wisdom is that a good low-effort investment strategy is to choose an asset allocation, then rebalance your portfolio to stick to it. I've been using Quicken Deluxe for this. Obviously it's ...
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Is it smart to only invest in mid- and small-cap stock equity funds in my 401(k)?

Historically, mid-cap and small-cap company stocks have outperformed the market. Correct? Since I'm not going to touch the money in my 401(k) in over 40 years, wouldn't it make sense to invest ...
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What are the pros/cons of these investment types?

My UK pension company allows me to make one-off online payments, and surprisingly I found out I can invest the money in any way I want. My options are as follows: International All Share ...
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Why I cannot find a “Pure Cash” option in 401k investments?

I am of an opinion that I should decide where my money should get invested and if it should get invested at all or not. When I looked at the investment options I have with my 401k money, I figured ...
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Asset Allocation and Timing with a Cash Windfall in Q1 2015

Alright so I'm 30 years old. I'm sitting on cash to invest for the long haul. It's decision time. Here is what I have learned from my research over the last few months: Proper asset allocation ...
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Optimal Asset Allocation

Something I've recently gotten into is asset allocation optimization and using AI (Extended Kalman Filter) & statistics in this area. Anyway, I was ready to move 100% into stocks so I put 80% into ...
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Best Way to Allocate Invest Dollars Using a Market Timing Investment Approach

I was wondering if anyone knows of a way to best allocate my investment funds when using a Market Timing approach. For example, I have a market timing system I developed and tested since 2005. Every ...
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How should I allocate short-term assets in a rising-interest rate environment?

I'm looking to rebalance my portfolio and move some of my stock investments into lower-risk investments, largely because I want to use some of it in the not-too-distant future (say 2-3 years). How ...
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Bonds vs equities: crash theory

Let's presume a market crash is coming sometime within 6 months to a year. Theoretically speaking, would it be wise to reallocate my index fund, which is presently about 80 % stocks and 20% bonds, to ...
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How to choose a good 401(k) investment option?

I am starting my first 401(k) which will have 9% of my salary invested each month. I have the option of doing a Roth 401(k) or a traditional 401(k) with a range of investment options. I think the ...
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Allocating IRA money, clarification needed

I transferred my 401k to Vanguard IRA and allocated 70% of my money across: VIG (Dividend growth) VYM (High Dividend) VXUS (International) VTI (Total stock market) With market being ...
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Portfolio theory and the business cycle: Determining ideal allocation to stocks?

Historically, there is a level of mean reversion with stock prices. So the expected return of a market portfolio changes with boom and bust periods. Is there a generalization of portfolio theory that ...
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For young (lower-mid class) investors what percentage should be in individual stocks?

For relatively speaking young, middle / lower middle-class investors, what percentage of our investments should be individual stocks? I've done an excellent job keeping my credit outstanding and my ...
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Should I be more aggressive in a Roth IRA, 401k, or taxable account?

I presently have a mix of Vanguard funds spread throughout taxable and non-taxable accounts. Some advisors claim it's better to take risk in the taxable accounts while placing bonds in the IRA. ...
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Why do both stock and bond seem overvalued in 2014?

The general wisdom is that when stock is overvalued, bond is undervalued, and vice versa. Why are both suggested to be in a bubble in 2014? Also, if one believes in tactical allocation, what asset ...
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Switch between funds - Standard Life pension scheme

I have a pension scheme with Standard Life UK where my employer contributes monthly. Currently money is invested in a BlackRock fund. It is an equity fund. I was wondering how does the switch ...
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Allocation of HSA assets

I have a health savings account (HSA) linked to my high-deductible health plan (HDHP). I have been contributing to it for several years at the annual maximum. I have the HSA through UMB. The account ...
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How does Vanguard determine the optimal asset allocation for their Target Retirement Funds?

Until 25 years before retirement, Vanguard Target Retirement Funds all have an identical asset allocation of 63% U.S. stocks, 27% international stocks, 8% U.S. bonds, and 2% international bonds. I ...
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Investing in alternative strategies for people in their 20s/30s

I'm exploring alternative investing / trading strategies for my personal portfolio and had questions regarding their viability and appropriateness as a retail investor. Here's my risk / liquidity ...
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Retirement & asset allocation of $30K for 30 year old single guy

Recently came into some money, 30K via inheritance, which I would like to invest. I Would like to put some if not all of it towards retirement, as I have no plans to touch the money for at least 10 ...
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Should my retirement portfolio's asset allocation become more conservative over time?

It seems to be common advice that a retirement portfolio should be invested aggressively when one is young, and conservatively when one is older and closer to retirement. Is this good advice? Shouldn'...
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How to treat multiple currencies in global asset allocation?

Say I'm trying to diversify my portfolio along multiple asset classes and countries. Many of those assets are in different currencies. For example, I'm based in the UK and I'm evaluating a 3 asset ...
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Does long term asset growth really converge to that derived from compound interest formula?

Many websites/experts claim that the longer you hold your assets, the likelier your asset's return is closer to that predicted by the compound interest formula. However, some other experts claim ...
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What does it mean that a mutual fund is some percentage “short in cash” or “long in cash”?

http://portfolios.morningstar.com/fund/summary?t=PTTRX&region=usa&culture=en-US Trying to understand this fund as I'm learning more about it. I don't understand this: What does it mean when ...
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Where can I get current data on US equity/bond markets as a share of the global markets?

I would like to periodically rebalance my asset allocation to match the world market capitalization for domestic vs. international holdings. Rick Ferri's "All About Asset Allocation" book has a pie ...
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Couch Potato Portfolio for Europeans?

I recently came across the Couch Potato Portfolio concept and was happy to find an investment strategy that made sense to me. Its origin seems to be the Canadian version, and it has been translated ...
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Can GoogleFinance access total return data?

I'd like to be able to access historical total (market) return data with the end goal of creating a rolling return histogram of various asset allocations. However, it looks like the GoogleFinance ...
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How much in inflation protected securities (TIPS) should I buy?

I'm wondering whether it's worthwhile to allocate some of my bond portfolio in the Vanguard TIPS fund. I plan to work until about 2040, and I prefer (efficient) risk over return. I plan to buy and ...
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What is the best resource for determining a specific age-based asset allocation?

I found a lot of information about how to allocate between stocks and bonds based on age, but I cannot find much about the proper allocation between domestic/international assets, large cap/small cap, ...
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Overall portfolio vs. your investment product's portfolio?

I'm just starting to invest and going with a managed account. I'm sure any investment firm would love to manage all my available money, however I'm not ready to put all my eggs in one basket (if ever)...
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Asset Allocation Tools that understand Mutual Funds

I am looking for a tool that will help me understand my current asset allocation given that I invest only in mutual funds. What I want is something where I can enter my current fund share balances ...
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Is my first 401(k) fund allocation reasonable, and with respect to fees?

I just started my first job after school and am now being enrolled in my company's 401k plan, which is handled by Vanguard. By default, I was put into the Target Retirement 2050 Trust II fund, which ...
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What else besides fees should I consider in rebalancing my fund portfolio's asset allocation?

My portfolio is currently $10k invested in VWNFX. I also have a 401k (contributing about $13k/year) and an emergency fund. But for the purposes of this question I am just talking about my non-...
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Is it possible to manage my multiple accounts and my wife's multiple accounts as a single portfolio with TD Ameritrade?

Is it possible to manage my multiple accounts and my wife's multiple accounts as a single portfolio with TD Ameritrade's online tools? I would like to do easy asset allocation across all those ...