Build Frank Armstrong Ideal Portfolio With ETFs

Build Frank Armstrong's Portfolios with a few ETFs. How do they compare against other portfolios?
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What is Frank Armstrong Ideal Portfolio?

Frank Armstrong’s Ideal Portfolio is exposed to 70% stocks and 30% bonds. It can be built with 7 ETFs. The portfolio is a high-risk portfolio.

For the past 10 years, the Frank Armstrong Ideal Portfolio has returned 6.51 with a standard deviation of 11.0.

The dividend yield is 2.19. The 30-year return is 7.47%.

Year to date Frank Armstrong’s Ideal Portfolio has returned 12.35%. Last year it returned 6.8%.

What is the historical return for Frank Armstrong’s Ideal portfolio?

Here is the historical return for Frank Armstrong’s Ideal portfolio.

Data was last updated on September 1, 2021 at 04:09 a.m. ET

NameAsset class countYear to dateReturn in 202010 year returnCAGR since 1989 (%)Risk levelExpense ratio
Frank Armstrong Ideal Index Portfolio712.35%6.86.517.4720.08%

How does Frank Armstrong’s Ideal portfolio 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 Portfolio21.59%18.2913.8410.77-37.63%
Premium Portfolio12.73%18.118.6311.14-44.87%
Premium Portfolio18.42%19.712.8410.49-32.77%
Premium Portfolio23.29%3.198.5210.59-36.46%
Premium Portfolio22.84%3.668.6210.48-36.35%
Premium Portfolio20.56%21.0313.7810.83-37.00%
Premium Portfolio23.03%8.711.5610.65-35.26%
Premium Portfolio19.10%7.488.3910.64-37.91%
Premium Portfolio22.72%5.3610.8811.23-35.43%
Premium Portfolio25.26%3.4210.2110.47-40.85%

How do you build Frank Armstrong’s Ideal Portfolio with ETFs?

Here is how you build Frank Armstrong’s Ideal portfolio with ETFs.

  • 9.25%    US Large Cap Value (VTV)
  • 6.25%    US Large Cap (VV)
  • 9.25%    US Small Cap Value (VIOV)
  • 6.25%    US Small Cap Growth (IJT)
  • 8.00%    REITs (VNQ)
  • 31.00%  International All-World ex-US (VEU)
  • 30.00%  Short Term Treasuries (VGSH)

The letters in brackets denote the stock symbol for the recommended ETF. You can look up the symbols at your stockbroker. You can see a listing of all the ETFs we recommend on this page.

Who Is Frank Armstrong?

Frank Armstrong III is an investment advisor and the author of The Informed Investor: A Hype-Free Guide to Constructing a Sound Financial Portfolio.

He is the CEO and founder of the advisory firm Investor Solutions.

Investor Solutions takes the fiduciary role very seriously.

Frank Armstrong has written several books, but the most famous one is The Informed Investor.

You can currently get his newest book for free on his website.

He often writes for Forbes.

Description of Frank Armstrong’s portfolio

Frank Armstrong presents the Ideal Index Portfolio in his book The Informed Investor: A Hype-Free Guide to Constructing a Sound Financial Portfolio. Frank Armstrong’s portfolio is tilted towards small-cap and value stocks.

It is relatively conservative. It holds 30% in short-term treasuries, which are considered an ultra-safe and a very low-volatile asset class.

The portfolio may be ideal for some people, but for others, it may be too conservative. If you are in your twenties, for example, you want to be at least 90% invested in stocks and preferably 100% in stocks.

the informed investor by frank armstrong

Resources for Frank Armstrong’s portfolio

Frank Armstrong’s business website, Investor Solutions.

I found his book Save Your Retirement: What to Do If You Haven’t Saved Enough or If Your Investments Were Devastated by the Market Meltdown to be optimistic and very relevant at the moment due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Save Your Retirement What to Do If You Haven't Saved Enough or If Your Investments Were Devastated by the Market Meltdown

Suggestions for your next steps

Finding the correct portfolio is hard. Maintaining your portfolio is also daunting. If you are still in doubt about which portfolio to choose, we suggest you read our article How To Invest Money: 5 Simple Steps That Work For Anyone

If you have already committed to a portfolio – good for you! If you need help maintaining the portfolio you will find our rebalance worksheet useful. Rebalancing your portfolio lowers your risk and may provide higher returns in the long run. It is completely FREE.

You can find the rebalance worksheet in our article Here Is The Most Easy To Use Portfolio Rebalance Tool.

Rebalancing lowers your portfolio risk and may increase your returns.


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