Questions tagged [portfolio]

Questions relating to the collection of an individual's investments, looked at at a whole.

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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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Why not invest in precious metals? [closed]

I have been considering a mix of precious metals in my portfolio; mostly gold, but also some silver, platinum, and palladium. I'd like to hear some arguments why this would be a bad idea given ...
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What are the benefits and disadvantages of investing $60-70K in the following methods?

I have $60-70K that I'm planning on investing in stocks/ETFs/funds. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of investing this amount of money with a human financial advisor vs an automated "...
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Why should a person approaching retirement age make their portfolio less risky?

It seems to be common knowledge that a younger person should invest their retirement funds in growth stocks since they can ride out any market swings. It is also common knowledge that as a person ...
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Fee-only financial advice vs. asset management (which includes advice)?

My wife and I are looking for a financial advisor. I am 52 and she is 48. We have a million plus in assets, with most of that in 401k... about 500,000 in a brokerage account. We have found a ...
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As a 22-year-old, how risky should I be with my 401(k) investments?

As a 22 year old guy, how should I plan my financial life regarding my 401(k) investments? How much risk should I be taking? Also, is it a good idea to invest in a dynamic portfolio with smart beta ...
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To rebalance or not to rebalance

I have not been able to understand the concept of rebalancing in investing. To me it's a form of the gambler's fallacy. Let: s_n = stock price at time n s_{n+1} = stock price at time n+1 E[x] is ...
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For higher returns, put money in fewer or more ETFs? w/rebalancing in the equation

I'm evaluating my long-term investing strategy. I am somewhat aggressive and want to stick with ETFs. Scenario A 60% Vanguard S&P 500 Index ETF (VOO) 40% Vanguard FTSE All-World Ex-U.S. ETF (VEU)...
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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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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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What is the difference between fund and portfolio?

I am new to the finance world, and I keep hearing fund and portfolio. What is the meaning of these words and how are they related? Can someone please explain with examples? Is there any difference ...
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What kind of investments should I have in my RRSP?

I plan to retire in 15-20 years... what kind of investments should I consider holding in my RRSP? I don't like very risky investments, but I also don't want to be too conservative.
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What to sell when your financial needs change, stocks or bonds?

Say I have a portfolio composed of 80% index funds, and 20% bonds. This portfolio was created under the assumption I would have a relatively large income, and wouldn't need to withdraw any funds for a ...
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Is there data and proof that a diversified portfolio can generate higher returns than the S&P 500 Index?

I wanted to ask a follow up questions to the questions linked below. Why would I want a diversified portfolio, versus throwing my investments into an index fund? I have a personal financial adviser ...
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What low-fee & liquid exchange-traded index funds / ETFs should I consider holding in a retirement portfolio?

I'm still (one year later) going through an exercise to restructure my retirement portfolio. To date, I've been using a mix of exchange-traded index funds. Some trade on the TSX, and others trade in ...
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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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Long-term cash-equivalent ETFs for “cash” allocation in a portfolio?

My retirement account goal analyzer advises that I keep 3% in cash. My retirement date is over 30 years from now, so I can tolerate heavy volatility and certainly don't need liquidity. Does it make ...
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What kinds of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) should specifically be avoided?

This is related to my other question. There, I was asking what exchange traded funds I should consider for inclusion in my retirement portfolio. That got me thinking: What kinds of exchange-traded ...
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Is the ESPP discount profit?

My employer offers an ESPP program through which we can buy stocks with some discount. Assume the discount is D and the market price in the day when the stock is purchased is P. The stock is purchased ...
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Where are Bogleheadian World ETFs or Index funds?

The term bogleheadian is a bit ambiguous term but its simplification means low-cost, diversified, tax-efficient -- solutions. The slant is ETFs or index funds. William Bernstein wrote in some of his ...
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Explain the details and benefits of rebalancing a retirement portfolio?

What exactly does rebalancing entail? Does it mean that if I originally had 50% in stocks and 50% in bonds and my stocks do amazingly well that I end up with 75% in stocks and 25% in bonds that I ...
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Pros/cons of replicating a “fund of funds” with its component funds in my IRA?

I'm interested in investing in the Vanguard Target Retirement Income Fund in my IRA. That fund is made up of 5 funds: Total Bond Market II Index Fund Investor Shares (very similar to the Total Bond ...
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Is there anything wrong with having a portfolio consisting of a single fund?

Aside from cash reserves, the entire portfolio is in a Vanguard mutual fund that has a good split between domestic stocks and bonds. The split is at the target ratio the investor is looking for. Is ...
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Legal documents required for managing an investment portfolio among friends?

I am considering setting up a personal kind of hedge fund / stock portfolio among friends. I am trying to figure out what kind of a legal agreement I should have them sign for investing with me to ...
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Looking for suggestions for relatively safe instruments if another crash were to happen

My current investment strategy involves having 20% as liquid cash, 30% as bonds (aggregate bond fund), and 50% as a mix of domestic and international equity. The stock portion is invested via index ...
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Is it clever to balance a portfolio across different account types?

I thought about how to balance my portfolio between low-risk and high-risk investments and at the same time between IRA, IRA Roth, and normal investment accounts. (This question is not about how to ...
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Investment time horizon: When is it acceptable to withdraw money from investments?

I have received a windfall of 300K dollars. I am 23, have no debt, college educated. I want to have a mini retirement when I am ~40 years old. I plan on managing a diversified portfolio of index ...
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Including the region where you live in your investment portfolio?

Diversification in an investment portfolio is generally recommended. Can my portfolio benefit from avoiding investment in my local economy? When browsing several US sites for investment advice, they ...
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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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What is a typical investment portfolio made up of?

I understand the idea behind an investment portfolio (investing one's money in diverse ways), but I'm not sure where to begin. I have a 401k with my current employer and a savings account at a bank, ...
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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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Investment Portfolio Analysis: Could you recommend software or a web application with these features?

I'm looking for software to track my various investments. I have brokerage accounts at TDAmeritrade, Interactive Brokers and ShareBuilder (now part of ING). I also have a 401K at ING. What I'd like ...
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How to rebalance a portfolio without moving money into losing investments

I've read a number of conflicting opinions on whether portfolio rebalancing is a good idea. The question of whether rebalancing is a good idea has been addressed in some questions here, too, such as ...
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Senior in College, need advice on my investing plan

I am a rising senior in college and saved up $3,000 dollars from my summer internship. I have done a lot of research online about investment options for my age and I decided that opening a Roth IRA ...
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Official site to follow Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway change in investment holdings?

Recently, from a public web site unofficial source, I found out that Warren Buffet's company Berkshire Hathaway is increasing its stake in Wells Fargo. Is there a web site where I can get official ...
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How Warren Buffett made his money

Is there any authoritative treatise or publication or book or white paper that explores (with all the math included) that how Warren Buffett really made his money? Something that explores the facts ...
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Should retail investors learn and use the capital asset pricing model (CAPM)?

I heard that the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) is commonly studied by finance students, and can help in controlling risk in stock portfolios. The CAPM looks rather complex as it seems to require ...
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Vanguard retirement portfolio suggestions for my 403(b)?

I'm 28 years old and going to start my 403(b) retirement investment. My investment contributions will be 5% by me and 5% by my employer. I'm planning to invest 8% in pretax and 2% in Roth. The ...
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I would like to publicly share the details of my investment portfolio. What websites add value in this regard?

I want to have the ability to share the details of my holdings and have a website track the return over time while making this information 100% public to anyone who may be interested. What websites ...
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Rebalance or just change allocation of next purchase?

My portfolio only has 3 ETF funds (emerging markets, S&P and STOXX 600). I do not pay any commissions on purchases over 500€ and I usually buy 2000€/month. Since I don't have any costs to buy ...
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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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Calculating Simple Portfolio Returns with Rebalancing or Adding/Removing Securities

Given a set of portfolio weights, w, and historical security prices, I am looking to calculate a simple portfolio return via: where R is the simple return for a given security from time t to t+1: ...
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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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Do mutual fund companies deliberately “censor” their portfolios/funds?

In Survivorship Bias, David McRaney writes: In finance, this is a common pitfall. The economist Mark Klinedinst explained to me that mutual funds, companies that offer stock portfolios, ...
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Unmarried couple, should we open a joint investment account or separate accounts?

My partner and I are unmarried and will be remaining that way. We want to finally start an investment portfolio and taking advantage of things like IRAs etc. I will be managing the portfolio(s) for ...
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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 can I compare my portfolio to others' portfolios? [closed]

There are a number of free online portfolio trackers that offer various features such as analyzing one's portfolio in terms of risk, making suggestions for individual assets, and so forth. It is ...
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Is there a way to set a stop for a stock before you own it?

Here's the situation: I like to place buy orders when the market is closed. However, I do not like to wake up at 630 (pacific time) to set a stop order to sell the stock. Is it possible on merrill ...
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How is the Efficient Frontier drawn?

I know efficient frontier is the collection of expected return on a portfolio and the level of risk(e.g. standard deviation). What I don't understand is that is the efficient frontier really drawn ...
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Does financing a portfolio on margin affect the variance of a portfolio?

For example, if the portfolio is financed with 50% margin, does it affect the portfolio variance?

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