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Questions tagged [asset-allocation]

for questions that relate to asset allocation. Asset allocation is an investment strategy that attempts to balance risk versus reward by adjusting the percentage of each asset in an investment portfolio according to the investors risk tolerance...

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Investing in a target date fund for retirement [closed]

Any suggestions about investing in a Vanguard target date fund 2045 for a Roth IRA? I'm 38 years old. Is 90/10 stocks/bonds too heavy for my age?
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What is the “definition” of a “diversified” portfolio and why a diversified portfolio is better?

A short version of my question - What is the "true" definition of a diversified portfolio and why is it better? A long version of my question - Regarding portfolio diversification, people ...
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Post Tax 401k or Taxable Brokerage Account?

I max out my pre-tax 401k, HSA, and do a roth IRA or backdoor Roth IRA. With my additional savings is there any reason i would want to do a post-tax 401k instead of keeping it in a regular taxable ...
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Understanding bond ETFs

I am failing to understand the bond ETFs. I somewhat understand stock ETFs: ETFs own stocks, I buy a part of ETF, therefore, I also indirectly own stocks. When I sell my share of ETF, the ETF gets ...
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Allocation basics not so basic [closed]

I've been trying to put together a long-term (15-20 years) ETF portfolio (stocks only, no bonds). As I read about the investment and allocation basics, I realized it's far from simple. I would like my ...
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What does one typically use as a money reservoir for stocks, when they are “on sale”?

I've read about people who claim to have made a lot of money investing in stocks (or funds) after a crash. They say the stocks were "on sale". But I wonder, where did they get the money to buy these ...
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Is adjusting my portfolio's distribution according to bad signals from news risky?

I'm distributing my investment to stock(mostly MSCI ACWI) and bond funds, Basically 60:40. I also rebalance monthly as I got paid monthly. I recently worried about the global and local(South Korea) ...
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How to allocate alternative assets?

I'm doing diversification with stocks and bonds. Basically 60%:40%. But when I'm trying to add alternative assets(like gold or REITs) or high-risk high-return bonds(like Brazil bonds), I'm not sure ...
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Asset Allocation, Risk Free Part with Negative Yielding Bonds

I read a few books about asset allocation, e.g. Bernsteins's Asset Allocation states that mixing bonds with stocks lowers the risk significantly but only decreases the profit slightly. So there is a ...
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Is it a bad idea to frequently change my stock/bond mix in response to the market?

I'm currently investing in a couple of Betterment retirement accounts, and if you have used Betterment, you know that the site makes it easy to adjust your portfolio mix of stocks and bonds (see ...
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Why does a target 2050 retirement fund hold so much cash?

I'm specifically looking at BlackRock's STLFX LifePath Dynamic 2050 Fund. As the target date is so far out (2050), I'd expect almost all of the portfolio to be allocated to stocks. However I noticed ...
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Asset allocation across multiple retirement accounts

I am a 47 year old passive investor (i.e index funds) with 2 investment accounts (401K & IRA). I have 50,000 in my 401K and 20,000 in my IRA for a total of $70,000 to invest. My proposed ...
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How can a retail investor short the German car industry and its suppliers?

Suppose that I want to make a small investment of around 1000€ and that I want to short the German car industry and its suppliers over the long term (5-15 years). How would you do this?
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Does it make any sense to have individual stocks, bonds, preferred shares

I have a self-directed trading / investment account that has only ETFs in it. Each trade is $10. Does it make any sense to have individual stocks, bonds, preferred shares and if yes, what is the ...
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How could I invest to earn income of $240,000/year on principal invested of $3,000,000? [closed]

If I wanted to extract $20,000 a month from $3,000,000 invested, what moderately safe, moderately profitable, asset mix/approach should I consider? (240k a year, 8% growth, so as not to touch my ...
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Consider pre-tax status of retirement accounts in determining portfolio allocation?

I have a mix of accounts for my investments including brokerage, 401k and Roth IRA. I handle all my own investments and my current target allocation is 48% US stocks, 24% international stocks, 8% ...
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Diversification for large bond investments

I do all my investments with four index funds, and I currently have a fairly aggressive approach with 20% in a bond ETF (AGG) and 80% in three equity ETFs. As I get older, I'll put more money in ...
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Bond ETFs as a means to achieve risk parity

Background One of the investors that I really look up to is Ray Dalio. He has stated that a 50/50 stock to bonds allocation does not acheive risk parity because 80% of your risk is still in your ...
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Should I exclude bonds from our retirement investment portfolio if our time horizon is still long enough?

My wife and I (ages 35 and 38) have 25-30 years until we reach retirement age, and I'm doing some research regarding our asset allocation. In addition to various podcasts, articles, and online posts, ...
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Cash or Bonds (UK)

I'm currently making my way through Benjamin Graham's book. He mentions that ± %25 of assets should be held in either cash or bonds. Could someone clarify the government bonds situation in the UK? Is ...
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What's the simplest, cheapest way to reproduce the WMA private investor indices's “income index”?

I'm aware that some discretionary wealth management and advisor types use the WMA private investor indices as a benchmark and as a guideline for asset allocation. (Update: that link is now broken/...
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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?

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 cap funds ...
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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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Setting and measuring risk profile target for retirement account

I understand that as you age you want to slowly lower the risk profile of your retirement account, but how should I determine how much risk I should take on currently and how do I measure how much ...
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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 high ...
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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 ...