Asset Allocation

My Best Lazy Portfolio – Lazy Investing Can Lead to Wealth

My Best Lazy Portfolio – Lazy Investing Can Lead to Wealth

By in Asset Allocation, Investing, Mutual Funds | 9 comments

The Best Lazy Portfolio The best lazy portfolio is the one that you maintain. In investing there’s no one right way to invest or manage your portfolio. In fact there are hundreds of different approaches, and probably more. Consider the active portfolio managers, they all have their own ideas about how to get the highest returns for their particular strategies. Then there are the hedge funds, clamoring to get alpha from creative investment strategies. Finally, the market timers think they will outsmart the indexes and know how to invest at the bottom and get out at the top. In...

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Warren Buffett’s Advice to His Heir’s is Wrong

Warren Buffett’s Advice to His Heir’s is Wrong

By in Asset Allocation, Bond, Investing, Retirement | 4 comments

Warren Buffett’s Advice to His Heirs Here’s Warren Buffett’s advice for investing – to his heir’s. It’s great advice – just not for you. “My advice to the trustee couldn’t be more simple: Put 10% of the cash in short-term government bonds and 90% in a very low-cost S&P 500 index fund. (I suggest Vanguard’s.) I believe the trust’s long-term results from this policy will be superior to those attained by most investors — whether pension funds, institutions or individuals — who employ high-fee managers.” ~ Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway 2014 letter to shareholders (page 20) Warren Buffett is arguably...

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Speculative Investments – What Percent Should I Invest?

Speculative Investments – What Percent Should I Invest?

By in Advanced Investing, Asset Allocation, Reader Question, Stocks | 13 comments

Are Passive Investments for You? “What is your take on passive investing? If passive investing, what percentage of your portfolio would you allocate for “speculative investments”, like single tech stocks and such?” ~ Jake at I Heart Budgets asks this two part investing question. Passive Investing and Speculative Investments You don’t usually see these two topics discussed together. Passive investing is the cornerstone of John Bogle’s index fund investing platform. Backed by empirical research and millions of practitioners, one topic that’s rarely discussed with passive investing is speculation.  Well, here goes….  Passive Investing-My Take Jake asks about my take on...

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Best Asset Allocation Based On Age & Risk Tolerance

Best Asset Allocation Based On Age & Risk Tolerance

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How To Figure Out the Best Asset Allocation For You Graham from Moneystepper asks; What metric (rule of thumb) would you recommend for asset allocation based on age and risk appetite? Choosing your best asset allocation is not as simple as it might seem. Let’s attack it from several investment angles and throw in a bit of research as well. What Is Asset Allocation?   The asset allocation decision divides total investable funds by percent into specific investment categories. An asset allocation represents the investor’s choice of broad asset classes and the percentages distributed across the categories. The two most...

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Buy and Hold – The Best Way to Succeed With Investing

Buy and Hold – The Best Way to Succeed With Investing

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Buy and Hold Investment Advice for Volatile Markets Get ready, I’m going to reveal the biggest investing secret. And it’s not a bunch of hooey, but based on research by Dalbar, a top investment research firm, findings from Standard and Poor’s research and other investment performance studies. If you think you know how to invest or if you’re a newbie investor, just starting out, you must heed this investment advice. It’s not complicated and anyone with a modicum of sense can beat most of their investing peer. And here’s why: “Investors are more often than not their own worst...

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Rebalancing Your Investments and Other First World Problems

Rebalancing Your Investments and Other First World Problems

By in Advanced Investing, Asset Allocation, Investing | 0 comments

I’m practically cringing as I write this article. There are so many real problems in this world, that rebalancing your investment portfolio shouldn’t even make the top 10,000. But, with that caveat, I’ll tell you that there’s some stress and anxiety when buying and selling investments.  Annual Investment Portfolio Rebalancing – Need More Fixed Assets In January, I manually update our family accounts and input the amounts into an excel spreadsheet to track the asset allocation. Although I use Quicken and Personal Capital, I’m old school and like the control of my own, personally designed excel sheet. I programmed...

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