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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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What is the best asset allocation for a retirement portfolio, and why?

Based on financial conversations I've had with trusted family members, I believe that asset allocation is one of the more critical things to "get right" during retirement savings. Based on an ...
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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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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 there any benefit to investing in an index fund?

Does an index fund comprise of stocks that mimic the index? So when the index is altered to include new players/exclude old ones, the fund also adjusts? But how can this be, since index funds are not ...
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What is a good asset allocation for a 25 year old?

I have a mid-sized portfolio (under $100K). And am currently in 100% stocks. I have seen some advice being given that states 80/20 bonds will yield similar returns as 100% stocks with less volatility.
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What are some examples of “fixed income” investments?

I'm using an online tool that my broker provides for balancing my portfolio according to my investor profile and it breaks down the suggested allocation into the following categories: Large Cap ...
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What is most time-efficient way to track portfolio asset allocation?

I've recently decided I wanted to track my investments over time so that I could accurately determine really cool financial things like: My actual asset allocation My actual rate of return over time ...
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Are there index tracking funds that avoid the “buy high - sell low” problem?

An index tracking fund is a fund that buys direct stocks with a view to directly matching a particular index (e.g. the S&P500 or Russell 2000). One way to allocate assets in such a fund is to ...
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Any Experience with the Gone Fishin' Portfolio?

In doing research on How to Select IRA Investments, I stumbled across the Gone Fishin' Portfolio. This link where I found out about the portfolio claims that it is based on the 1990 economics Nobel ...
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Asset allocation software: Application or tool to help me rebalance my investment portfolio? [closed]

I'm looking for an application that can help me rebalance my investment portfolio. I'm not looking for something that will suggest percentages for each asset class. I'm looking for something that, ...
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Is there a general guideline for what percentage of a portfolio should be in gold?

I have some gold (GLD), but not much - a little over 1% of my net worth, and about 2% of my non-retirement investments. I'd like to increase this position as an inflation hedge and to have something ...
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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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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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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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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 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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How do I find an ideal single fund to invest all my money in?

Suppose I wanted to follow the advice on this blog post: An ideal bal­anced port­fo­lio would be a sin­gle fund. This forces you to look at your invest­ments as one big bucket, elim­i­nat­ing ...
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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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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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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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The Asset Allocation Paradox

I've had this problem stuck in my head for a while and I'd like some help with it. In David Swensen's Unconventional Success, the argument is made that asset allocation is the best way to get a good ...
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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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Invest in low cost small cap index funds when saving towards retirement?

This is a question about "Personal investing and asset allocation". About me: I earn more than I spend I may retire in 15 or 20 years, and I have savings to be invested in something or managed ...
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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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Is the Yale/Swenson Asset Allocation Too Conservative for a 20 Something?

Is the Yale Portfolio by David Swenson: http://www.etftopics.com/yale-etf-portfolio/ Too conservative for a twenty-something with a mid-sized portfolio (under $100K)? What are some of the pro's and ...
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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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Which assets are best suited for a Roth IRA?

What are the most suitable assets types to own within a Roth IRA vs. a taxable account? Generally, Roth IRAs are best suited for assets that a) generate a high return over a long holding period and ...
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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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Is the stock market too risky for long term retirement funds? Why should a 20- or 30-something person invest in stocks?

Given the crash of 2008, how do you explain to a person in their 20's or 30's why a good portion of their retirement funds should go into the stock market? (And if you wouldn't, what would you ...
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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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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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Should I manage my asset allocation by style or market cap?

There are some sources (eg. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Money with Mutual Funds) that suggest a portfolio based on style (eg. value, blend, growth) such as 30% growth mutual funds 30% value ...
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Strategies for saving and investing in multiple foreign currencies

My wife and I are both expatriates and our financial situation is complicated by having accounts in different currencies. A frequent topic between the two of us which accounts are the best for keeping ...
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How can I tell if a mutual fund is inflated?

To reach a prudent asset allocation, I need to add a small cap mutual fund to my portfolio. I'm a little concerned that I am "buying high" because all the small cap funds I'm considering (below) have ...
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Using P/E Ratio of an ETF to decide on asset mix

I am a conservative investor with an asset mix of around 50% bonds/cash and 50% stock via large index ETFs. Recently I've been thinking about settling down on a non-emotional way to decide whether ...
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re balancing portfolio by only buying more or by both selling and buying under and over allocated assets?

For doing a re-balance of a portfolio, is it a better idea to just buy more of the under allocated assets or sell some over allocated assets to buy the under allocated assets. For my background, 28 ...
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What type of investments should be in a TFSA, given its tax-free growth and withdrawal benefits?

What does an optimal TFSA portfolio look like? What type of investments should be in it given its tax-free growth and withdrawal benefits?
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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 is a good asset allocation for a 24 year old planning to do a startup?

I am planning to quit my current job and do a tech startup. How should I invest my savings of ~$210K? Assume that a fixed amount X = $2000 gets withdrawn per month and the aim is to maximize the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the best way to manage your hard earned money?

This is all about money management which we need to do on a periodic basis to have financial freedom. There are many articles which say about this, but in real life I found many people managing it in ...
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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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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 ...
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help with asset allocation for an early-30s guy with an uncertain future?

I've read a lot of guidelines on asset allocation but am basically hoping for more individualized advice like I've seen on so many posts here. I'll do my best to keep this brief: Me - 32 years old, ...
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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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Asset Allocation Tools that understand Mutual Funds [closed]

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 ...