Which investment will give me the best bang for my buck?
- Which investment will give me the best bang for my buck?
- Investing situations that you need help with
- What we do for you
- Why are you doing this?
- Can I trust the data?
- Where do I go from here?
- How you can help
That is the question we will help you with.
There are tons of portfolios everywhere. They are in magazines, they are found on the web made by financial experts, you can find them in books, wealth advisories parade them, one-stop ETFs and funds are based on asset allocation. You probably got an asset allocation as well.
But which one is best? What you need is a way to clue you in what kind of investment returns and risks you can expect from a model investment portfolio.
Then you need options.
We have 100’s of portfolios on site ready to be implemented for every conceivable investing scenario.
- They are all benchmarked with data going back to 1989. The benchmarking includes CAGR, drawdown, Sharpe ratio, and standard deviation. We just added expense ratio and expected dividend yield for all portfolios.
- They can be compared very quickly against one another.
- They are documented.
- They have an asset allocation.
- There’s no mumbo-jumbo (well at least less mumbo-jumbo)
Investing situations that you need help with
Some common investing scenarios those below. They all require investing decisions. Decisions that, above all else, requires you to have an asset allocation. This is important!
They ALL have an asset allocation within them. The question is, will you construct it yourself or leave it to fate (or others)?
- Solo 401(k)
- Roth IRA
- Self-directed IRA
- 529 plan
For college savings
- 529 plan
- Custodial Account
- Traditional savings account
For individual investors
- Saving for a rainy day portfolio
- Goal-based investing, new car, wedding, new phone in 5 years.
- Grow your wealth
- For business owners wanting to invest surplus capital in non-correlated asset classes.
For family-offices, institutional investing or legacy endowment funds
- Secure higher returns with fewer expenses
- Achieve lower complexity with fewer asset classes
- Secure income in perpetuity
What we do for you
We break down portfolios to find their asset allocations. We then benchmark the asset allocation of other portfolios. This is not as straight forward as it sounds due to the sheer number of asset classes out there (and ingenious marketing schemes).
All investment portfolios has an asset allocation that can be broken down and mirrored
Here are three examples of how we break down a portfolio:
Example 1: The 3 Fund Portfolio
This is a portfolio proposed by Taylor Larimore. It is straight forward and contains three asset classes. US stocks, international stocks, and bonds. We take the recommended asset allocation mentioned by Taylor Larimore and run it through our backtest engine that has data going back to 1989.
Example 2: The Goldman Sachs target-date retirement funds
These are one-stop funds. It means you can buy them as a fund and be done with it. But what do the funds contain – what are you buying? To find this out, we need to go to the fund’s prospectus.
But here we find that the funds have an allocation to futures on the Russel 2000 index, which in layman terms mean it has exposure to a small-cap index. We then use a small-cap asset as a proxy.
We also find the fund has exposure to smart-beta beta funds. In this case, we need to look up those particular smart-beta funds and see what risk premia factor they are exposed to. Only then can we find an appropriate asset class to cover what the Goldman Sachs retirement fund smart-beta allocation.
Example 3: The case of the made-up asset classes
The third group of asset allocations is what I call made up asset classes. These are asset classes that are simply made up, either to sound smart for marketing purposes or because it is a mix of several asset classes. Some of these include hard-alternatives and aggressive income. To benchmark these, we usually have to dig one layer deeper and discern what funds they use to cover those asset classes.
We like to think we take the Google approach to portfolio allocation. Instead of coming up with one-optimal super optimized but non-existent herculean best asset allocation, we will try to collect as many portfolios as possible and let the best surface. Whatever best means for you.
Why are you doing this?
I’m doing this to help you cut through the marketing speak, duplicity, murkiness, and the jargon that exists in the investing world. Some portfolios are not worth considering, while some portfolios are a recommended must-have. Without a proper benchmarking list, you would not be able to see which portfolios are crap and would leave you miserable in retirement and which portfolios would leave you wealth beyond comparison!
Can I trust the data?
We take great pains in checking, rechecking, and triple-checking the data we present. With the amount of data we juggle around there are bound to be errors. We recommend to always do your due diligence before implementing a specific portfolio. If you do notice or even suspect a mistake, we would love a shoutout so we can correct it
Some useful tools to do due diligence:
Where do I go from here?
As a general rule, the longer timeframe you have, the more risk your portfolio can handle. Risk is defined by either drawdown or volatility (standard deviation).
The first thing then is to find your timeframe. You can use our risk-level portfolios to determine your time frame. We have divided all portfolios into tertiles.
The high-risk portfolios. They are suited for long-term savings like retirement and college savings with many years to go before needing the money.
The medium-risk portfolios. They are suited for medium-term savings or when you simply cannot see yourself going through a significant drawdown that the high-risk portfolios potentially will expose you to.
The low-risk portfolios. They are suited for short term savings, and even then, you may be better off with a CD (certificate of deposit) or a standard savings account.
You can find them all on the menu.
When you have considered your timeframe go to our post How To Invest Money: 5 Simple Steps That Work For Anyone. That will get you 99% way there.
How you can help
Tell us if there’s anything you are missing. It could include:
- Portfolios we have missed.
- Metrics you need.
- Investing tools you can’t find anywhere.
- Features you lack.
As always, thanks for reading.