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What is the David Booth portfolios?

David Booth Portfolios can be built with 15 ETFs. They are exposed to between 60% to 100% equities and between 0% to 40% bonds. They are low-risk, medium-risk and high-risk portfolios. They are tilted towards small-caps and value stocks.

For the past 10 years, the David Booth (DFA) Aggressive Portfolio has returned 9.85 with a standard deviation of 13.29. The dividend yield is 1.93. The 30-year return is 8.87%. Year to date the David Booth (DFA) Aggressive Portfolio has returned 10.86%%.

What is the historcial return of David Booth portfolios?

Below you can see the historical return of David Booth’s portfolio.

NameAsset class countYear to dateReturn in 202010 year returnCAGR since 1989 (%)Risk levelExpense ratio
David Booth (DFA) Fixed Income Portfolio4-1.58%6.212.554.4410.06%
David Booth (DFA) Conservative Portfolio151.98%6.224.065.8210.08%
David Booth (DFA) Moderate Portfolio155.54%6.235.517.0810.10%
David Booth (DFA) Normal Portfolio159.09%6.246.918.2220.12%
David Booth (DFA) Aggressive Portfolio1512.65%6.258.279.2430.14%
David Booth (DFA) Equity Portfolio1116.20%6.269.5710.1230.17%

How do David Booths portfolios compare to the best portfolios?

Below you can see the returns of the best portfolios that we have benchmarked.

NameSee PortfolioYear to dateReturn in 202010 year returnCAGR since 1989 (%)Draw Down
Premium Portfolio15.92%18.2913.8410.77-37.63%
Premium Portfolio8.30%18.118.6311.14-44.87%
Premium Portfolio13.48%19.712.8410.49-32.77%
Premium Portfolio20.78%3.198.5210.59-36.46%
Premium Portfolio20.17%3.668.6210.48-36.35%
Premium Portfolio15.18%21.0313.7810.83-37.00%
Premium Portfolio19.24%8.711.5610.65-35.26%
Premium Portfolio15.41%7.488.3910.64-37.91%
Premium Portfolio16.16%5.3610.8811.23-35.43%
Premium Portfolio20.81%3.4210.2110.47-40.85%

How do you build David Booth portfolios with ETFs?

Here is how you build David Booth (DFA) Aggressive Portfolio. You can find all of his portfolios below.

  • 16.00%  US Large Cap Value (VTV)
  • 16.00%  US Large Cap (VV)
  • 8.00%    US Small Cap Value (VIOV)
  • 8.00%    US Small Cap (VIOO)
  • 8.00%    REITs (VNQ)
  • 2.40%    Emerging Markets (VWO)
  • 8.00%    International Large Cap Value (EFV)
  • 4.00%    International Small Cap Blend (VSS)
  • 5.00%    Intermediate-Term Treasuries (VGIT)
  • 4.00%    International Small Cap Value (DLS)
  • 3.20%    Emerging Markets Small Cap (EWX)
  • 2.40%    Emerging Markets Value (FNDE)
  • 5.00%    1 Year Fixed Income (BSV)
  • 5.00%    2 Year Global Fixed Income (BNDX)
  • 5.00%    5 Year Global Fixed Income (BND/BNDX)

Who is David Booth?

David Booth is the Co-founder and former CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA) David Booth propose several portfolios in his article “Index and Enhanced Index Funds.”

What is unique about the David Booth Portfolios?

The Dimensional Fund Advisor methodology is weighted towards value and small-cap. This is no surprise as two of the investment committee members of DFA are Eugene Fama and Kenneth French. They two of them pioneered the model for describing asset class premia. In other words, they explained why classes have returns in the first place!

More importantly, they also described which asset classes do better over time and why. Value and small-cap are among those asset classes that have the highest returns. The impact on investing by Fama cannot be understated and is eloquently detailed in The Myth of the Rational Market by Justin Fox.

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Asset Allocation of David Booth Portfolios

Pie chart of the David Booth Aggressive Portfolio

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David Booth (DFA) Equity Portfolio                        

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David Booth (DFA) Aggressive Portfolio               

  • 16.00%  US Large Cap Value (VTV)
  • 16.00%  US Large Cap (VV)
  • 8.00%    US Small Cap Value (VIOV)
  • 8.00%    US Small Cap (VIOO)
  • 8.00%    REITs (VNQ)
  • 2.40%    Emerging Markets (VWO)
  • 8.00%    International Large Cap Value (EFV)
  • 4.00%    International Small Cap Blend (VSS)
  • 5.00%    Intermediate-Term Treasuries (VGIT)
  • 4.00%    International Small Cap Value (DLS)
  • 3.20%    Emerging Markets Small Cap (EWX)
  • 2.40%    Emerging Markets Value (FNDE)
  • 5.00%    1 Year Fixed Income (BSV)
  • 5.00%    2 Year Global Fixed Income (BNDX)
  • 5.00%    5 Year Global Fixed Income (BND/BNDX)

David Booth (DFA) Normal Portfolio                      

  • 12.00%  US Large Cap Value (VTV)
  • 12.00%  US Large Cap (VV)
  • 6.00%    US Small Cap Value (VIOV)
  • 6.00%    US Small Cap (VIOO)
  • 6.00%    REITs (VNQ)
  • 1.80%    Emerging Markets (VWO)
  • 6.00%    International Large Cap Value (EFV)
  • 3.00%    International Small Cap Blend (VSS)
  • 10.00%  Intermediate-Term Treasuries (VGIT)
  • 3.00%    International Small Cap Value (DLS)
  • 2.40%    Emerging Markets Small Cap (EWX)
  • 1.80%    Emerging Markets Value (FNDE)
  • 10.00%  1 Year Fixed Income (BSV)
  • 10.00%  2 Year Global Fixed Income (BNDX)
  • 10.00%  5 Year Global Fixed Income (BND/BNDX)

David Booth (DFA) Moderate Portfolio                 

  • 8.00%    US Large Cap Value (VTV)
  • 8.00%    US Large Cap (VV)
  • 4.00%    US Small Cap Value (VIOV)
  • 4.00%    US Small Cap (VIOO)
  • 4.00%    REITs (VNQ)
  • 1.20%    Emerging Markets (VWO)
  • 4.00%    International Large Cap Value (EFV)
  • 2.00%    International Small Cap Blend (VSS)
  • 15.00%  Intermediate-Term Treasuries (VGIT)
  • 2.00%    International Small Cap Value (DLS)
  • 1.60%    Emerging Markets Small Cap (EWX)
  • 1.20%    Emerging Markets Value (FNDE)
  • 15.00%  1 Year Fixed Income (BSV)
  • 15.00%  2 Year Global Fixed Income (BNDX)
  • 15.00%  5 Year Global Fixed Income (BND/BNDX)

David Booth (DFA) Conservative Portfolio                          

  • 4.00%    US Large Cap Value (VTV)
  • 4.00%    US Large Cap (VV)
  • 2.00%    US Small Cap Value (VIOV)
  • 2.00%    US Small Cap (VIOO)
  • 2.00%    REITs (VNQ)
  • 0.60%    Emerging Markets (VWO)
  • 2.00%    International Large Cap Value (EFV)
  • 1.00%    International Small Cap Blend (VSS)
  • 20.00%  Intermediate-Term Treasuries (VGIT)
  • 1.00%    International Small Cap Value (DLS)
  • 0.80%    Emerging Markets Small Cap (EWX)
  • 0.60%    Emerging Markets Value (FNDE)
  • 20.00%  1 Year Fixed Income (BSV)
  • 20.00%  2 Year Global Fixed Income (BNDX)
  • 20.00%  5 Year Global Fixed Income (BND/BNDX)

David Booth (DFA) Fixed Income Portfolio                          

  • 25.00%  Intermediate-Term Treasuries (VGIT)
  • 25.00%  1 Year Fixed Income (BSV)
  • 25.00%  2 Year Global Fixed Income (BNDX)
  • 25.00%  5 Year Global Fixed Income (BND/BNDX)

Alternatives to David Booth portfolios

There are three similar groups of portfolios to David Booth portfolios. The first is the Index Fund Advisors (IFA) Portfolios. IFA makes extensive use of DFA services, so it should come as no surprise to see similarities. The second group is Dan Solin’s portfolios. Dan Solin used to work at IFA. The third group of portfolios is the FPL Capital Management Portfolios.

Suggestions for your next steps

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