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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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Single investment across multiple accounts… good, bad, indifferent?

Are there any implications associated with investing in a single investment across multiple accounts? For instance, investing in 100 shares of Stock XYZ in both my Roth IRA and my Traditional IRA. ...
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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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Asset allocation on Betterment.com: What's the make-up of the stock & bond portfolios?

Is there any Betterment user that could tell me if it's possible to have more information about how my invested money are allocated besides simple portfolio allocation between treasury bonds and stock ...
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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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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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Need help understanding asset allocation vs stock picking

Is there an easy to understand explanation of this statement: Asset Allocation is more important in determining over all returns of the portfolio as opposed to picking the right stocks.
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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 Assume that a fixed amount X = $2000 gets withdrawn per month and the aim is to maximize the ...
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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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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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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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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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Why are typical 401(k) plan fund choices so awful?

I don't expect a huge number of funds to choose from in a 401k plan, but all the plans I've ever seen are loaded with funds that have outrageously high management expense ratios (MERs) and they ...
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What is the best resource to research the current state of asset classes for mutual funds?

I have a fairly simple asset allocation as follows: 50% Large Cap stocks 15% Small Cap Stocks 5% REIT 10% International Stocks 20% Bonds What is the best web site to track how each one of these ...
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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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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's the most conservative split of financial assets for my portfolio in today's market?

Mid 30's, looking for what split I should have between Australian shares, International shares, property, cash, interest, bonds, options, etc. or maybe none of the above. What is considered to be a "...
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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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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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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?