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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 ...
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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? ...
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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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Question on asset allocation

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to convince someone they're too risk averse or conservative with investments?

I have a friend who is very risk-averse, by self admission. By my standards he is too much risk averse for his own good. He says that his personal experience over the last 15-20 years taught him that ...
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How to find a good third-party, 401k management/advice service?

I have a 401k with my employer that offers a pretty good contribution matching benefit. I am young and I've had the plan for about 5 years and my money is starting to grow into a pool that is big ...
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How to LAY/SHORT SELL multiple mutually exclusive outcomes in sequential events?

(n.b. Still not sure if this is the right place, but it was suggested by @SRKX) How would I calculate the percentage of my wealth to invest when LAYING/SHORT SELLING multiple mutually exclusive ...
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International (ex-US) ETFs with low exposure to financial sector?

I've noticed that many international ETFs (especially emerging market funds) have a large stake in the financial sector. Are there any ETFs that de-emphasize financials? Conversely, are there any ...
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Are there any online tools to examine asset allocation and portfolio diversification?

Are there any good online tools to examine asset allocation, portfolio diversification? I would be interested in being able to plug in numbers, run scenarios etc. I could build a worksheet in Excel ...
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Should I include retirement funds in calculating my asset allocation?

When calculating my asset allocation for applying allocation guidelines, should I include my retirement funding or not? You see, my investments have an asset allocation. But then, so do my ...
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What is the best way to balance my asset allocation with world allocation (aka “Go Anywhere”) mutual funds?

I purchased a couple of "world allocation" (aka "Go Anywhere") mutual funds. When I plugged one of them (FAIRX) into Morningstar and it showed up as a "large blend" fund. So I figured I could ...
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Should I fund retirement with a static asset allocation or an age based glide path?

It seems a lot of people recommend lifecycle funds. They're even an allowed default investment for 401ks now. But given how little I trust Wall Street, I'm curious if there's any quality academic ...
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Balanced medium horizon investment for today's situation?

I am looking for a balanced investment for a medium term (max 8 years). At the beginning I looked at bonds in their different forms, but actually they offer almost the same interest rate as saving ...
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What percentage of my portfolio should be in individual stocks?

It's easy to find guidelines for how much of my non-retirement portfolio should be in stocks as an asset class (i.e. via mutual funds) but I'm having trouble finding recommendations for how much ...
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Analysis of Valuation-Informed Indexing?

My question. I've been reading about Valuation-Informed Indexing (VII). What is your reaction? Would you recommend this strategy? What are its potential strengths/weaknesses? Background. For those ...