Low-Risk Portfolios

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This page displays low-risk portfolios available on portfolioeinstein.com.

Some words on risk

Risk comes in many shapes and forms. In academia and in much of the investing industry, risk in investing is measured by standard deviation (a measure of how much the price of an asset bounces around).

Now, a standard deviation is, well – academic. This is because, for you and me, the risk is the pain we go through when we lose money.  That pain is called draw-down. The draw-down of a portfolio is the amount of money the portfolio will lose in a  given year. So, for example, a portfolio with a draw-down of -20% has at some point lost 20% of its value. That’s a good indication of what could happen in the future.

Now, that’s pretty actionable information that we can plan around and relate to.

A rough rule of thumb is that for each 20% of stocks a portfolio has it has a draw-down of -10%. So a 100% stock portfolio has potentially a draw-down of -50%. A 60% stock portfolio has a potential draw-down of -30%.

There are other forms of risk however but the draw-down is what we will focus on when dividing the portfolios into the various risk levels. You should also look at standard deviation as well as the stock to bond ratio.

How the risk levels are determined

We have given the portfolios a risk level from one to three. = 1 – 3.

1 is the least risky but also offers the least reward.

3 is the riskiest but offers the most rewards.

The portfolios have been divided into tertiles. In the first tertile, the first 33.3% represent the portfolios that have the lowest draw-downs. The last 33.3% are the ones with the highest draw-downs.

You can find the other 2 risk portfolios here

High-Risk Portfolios

Medium-Risk Portfolios

This page is displaying 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.

Low-risk portfolios

NameSee PortfolioAsset class countYear to dateReturn in 202010 year returnCAGR since 1989 (%)STDEVDraw DownRisk levelExpense ratio
The Permanent Portfolio4-0.08%16.156.627.255.87-3.15%10.14%
Premium Portfolio53.45%16.017.768.647.31-3.71%10.16%
The Marc Faber Portfolio65.94%10.786.638.129.06-16.81%10.11%
Allan Roth Second Grader Low Portfolio32.37%10.726.097.296.21-8.20%10.04%
Allan Roth Second Grader Five-Fund Low Risk Portfolio42.51%10.25.997.286.1-8.20%10.04%
Allan Roth Second Grader Low Risk with CDs Portfolio33.61%5.63.815.045.3-10.34%10.11%
Larry Swedroe, The Larry Portfolio 174.69%7.255.387.366.68-7.67%10.10%
Larry Swedroe, The Larry Portfolio 233.14%5.974.757.235.37-2.92%10.13%
Larry Swedroe, Eliminate Fat Tails Portfolio (value tilt)44.62%5.873.726.937.98-13.55%10.10%
William Bernstein Four Pillars Low Risk Portfolio47.01%9.766.587.388.04-15.91%10.05%
Rob Arnott Portfolio86.93%7.125.427.397.15-14.71%10.17%
Premium Portfolio83.41%11.837.638.468.56-15.60%10.10%
Meb Faber Risk Parity Portfolio72.72%9.575.037.095.91-7.34%10.14%
Robo Advisor Betterment 40114.03%8.296.017.647.68-13.47%10.07%
Harry Markowitz Father of Modern Portfolio Theory Portfolio26.68%14.378.958.839.25-15.92%10.04%
Rick Ferri Transitional Moderate Basic Portfolio55.71%11.457.387.978.56-17.05%10.05%
Rick Ferri Mature Retired Saver Moderate Basic Portfolio64.78%9.776.347.46.93-12.22%10.05%
Rick Ferri Mature Retired Saver Moderate Multi Asset Portfolio105.85%8.666.137.586.99-12.57%10.06%
Balanced Portfolio 10/902-0.13%9.044.856.684.78-2.41%10.04%
Balanced Portfolio 20/8021.57%10.375.97.265.47-3.28%10.04%
Balanced Portfolio 30/7023.27%11.716.937.816.53-7.49%10.04%
Premium Portfolio24.97%13.047.948.337.83-11.71%10.04%
Premium Portfolio26.68%14.378.958.839.25-15.92%10.04%
Index Fund Advisors, Portfolio 40165.81%5.895.096.896.93-13.07%10.10%
Index Fund Advisors, Portfolio 30164.09%5.684.356.25.36-8.79%10.09%
Index Fund Advisors, Portfolio 20162.36%5.473.595.493.93-4.51%10.08%
Index Fund Advisors, Portfolio 10160.63%5.262.824.752.86-0.23%10.07%
Paul Merriman Best-in-Class ETFs Portfolio (Conservative)155.48%6.365.127.386.76-10.09%10.10%
Paul Merriman Target Date Portfolio (65 year old)148.27%6.036.098.058.24-14.21%10.10%
TD Ameritrade Core Portfolio Conservative51.61%9.835.677.025.57-6.02%10.05%
TD Ameritrade Core Portfolio Moderate53.63%11.296.687.57.43-12.77%10.05%
TD Ameritrade Core Portfolio Moderate Growth54.97%12.267.347.798.87-17.28%10.05%
Merrill Lynch Edge Select Portfolio, Conservative121.92%6.814.86.424.87-5.24%10.10%
Merrill Lynch Edge Select Portfolio, Moderately Conservative123.68%11.686.958.017.68-12.84%10.09%
David Booth (DFA) Fixed Income Portfolio4-1.58%6.212.554.443.11-0.18%10.06%
David Booth (DFA) Conservative Portfolio151.98%6.224.065.823.89-3.04%10.08%
David Booth (DFA) Moderate Portfolio155.54%6.235.517.086.61-12.14%10.10%
Rick Ferri Core 4 fund Portfolio (40/60)44.18%10.826.747.77.25-12.56%10.05%
Rick Ferri Core 4 fund Portfolio (20/80)41.17%9.275.296.945.14-3.71%10.04%
Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (20/80)40.78%8.855.366.774.99-3.73%10.05%
Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (40/60)43.49%10.916.77.447.43-12.81%10.05%
T. Rowe Price ActivePlus Portfolio, Model 1050.22%7.494.256.344.43-6.32%10.04%
T. Rowe Price ActivePlus Portfolio, Model 2041.60%8.765.326.945.56-9.72%10.04%
T. Rowe Price ActivePlus Portfolio, Model 3043.20%10.146.137.346.51-13.52%10.04%
T. Rowe Price ActivePlus Portfolio, Model 4044.88%11.216.947.77.62-17.97%10.04%
Schwab Managed Portfolio, Conservative Income61.18%4.393.375.644.07-1.95%10.10%
Schwab Managed Portfolio, Income With Growth103.76%6.144.736.395.15-8.25%10.09%
Schwab Managed Portfolio, Balanced117.01%7.415.47.167.83-17.18%10.11%
Meb Faber GAA104.88%11.326.828.068.15-15.76%10.14%
Premium Portfolio82.93%14.386.948.367.18-4.03%10.16%
Morningstar Lifetime Allocation Index Moderate, Income185.79%7.945.847.627.13-13.65%10.09%
Morningstar Lifetime Allocation Index Conservative, 2030186.14%9.096.68.158.57-17.47%10.09%
Morningstar Lifetime Allocation Index Conservative, Income184.06%6.974.857.025.83-8.44%10.08%
Dimensional Retirement Income Fund74.27%7.254.456.585.48-7.73%10.05%
7-Twelve Portfolio Age Based 60-70 by Craig Israelsen125.63%5.083.66.046.17-13.04%10.15%
7-Twelve Portfolio Age Based 70 Plus by Craig Israelsen123.73%3.532.65.024.38-8.00%10.15%
Dan Solin SuperSmart Portfolio, Low Risk83.23%3.52.885.614.09-2.62%10.07%
Dan Solin SuperSmart Portfolio, Medium-Low Risk86.52%3.964.486.946.71-11.84%10.10%
Dan Solin The Smartest ETF Portfolio, Low Risk22.20%5.752.975.193.93-3.19%10.06%
Dan Solin The Smartest ETF Portfolio, Medium-Low Risk24.47%8.474.666.076.77-12.98%10.06%
Dan Solin The Smartest Index Portfolio, Low Risk31.03%9.785.396.955.22-3.71%10.04%
Dan Solin The Smartest Index Portfolio, Medium-Low Risk33.90%11.856.947.727.5-12.56%10.04%
TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Index Retirement Income64.75%11.146.667.767.6-13.27%10.04%
William Bernstein Taxable Ted 40/6056.06%8.466.617.397.04-13.66%10.06%
William Bernstein Taxable Ted 30/7054.47%7.85.886.955.8-9.63%10.06%
William Bernstein Taxable Ted 20/8052.88%7.135.146.484.76-5.60%10.06%
William Bernstein Taxable Ted 10/9051.29%6.474.385.994.1-1.85%10.06%
William Bernstein Taxable Ted 100% Bonds1-0.30%5.83.625.473.99-2.30%10.06%
William Bernstein Sheltered Sam 40/60127.06%5.955.747.57.61-17.12%10.08%
William Bernstein Sheltered Sam 30/70125.71%5.735.067.046.54-13.81%10.07%
William Bernstein Sheltered Sam 20/80124.35%5.54.366.565.64-10.51%10.06%
William Bernstein Sheltered Sam 10/90123.00%5.283.656.055.0-7.20%10.06%
William Bernstein Sheltered Sam 100% Bonds21.65%5.062.925.534.72-3.90%10.05%
William Bernstein Charlie Cringe Portfolio47.26%9.626.667.357.99-15.62%10.05%
Robo Advisor Betterment 30122.97%7.035.077.196.67-10.91%10.08%
Robo Advisor Betterment 20121.96%5.843.916.294.94-5.81%10.07%
Robo Advisor Betterment 10120.94%4.682.725.343.66-0.72%10.06%
Robo Advisor Betterment 02-0.04%3.461.534.373.370.00%10.05%
Rick Ferri Total Economy Core-4 Portfolio Low-Risk41.56%8.515.046.855.02-3.83%10.05%
Rick Ferri Total Economy Core-4 Portfolio Conservative44.96%9.316.247.537.08-12.81%10.06%
Rick Ferri Global Markets Core-4 Low-Risk41.12%9.085.556.875.04-3.44%10.05%
Rick Ferri Global Markets Core-4 Conservative44.15%11.227.117.637.4-12.15%10.04%
Rick Ferri Inflation Fighter Core-4 Portfolio Low-Risk43.20%9.265.597.196.76-12.27%10.09%
Rick Ferri Income Seeker Core-4 Portfolio Low-Risk42.19%8.156.637.67.95-16.15%10.21%
Rick Ferri Socially Conscious ESG Core-4 Portfolio Low-Risk40.98%11.06.087.45.92-4.58%10.08%
Rick Ferri Socially Conscious ESG Core-4 Portfolio Conservative44.05%12.667.518.037.85-13.01%10.07%
3 Fund Portfolio 40/6034.20%11.687.037.697.43-12.22%10.04%
3 Fund Portfolio 20/8031.18%9.75.446.935.19-3.54%10.04%
FPL Capital Management Portfolio 109-0.05%7.254.456.624.62-2.08%10.05%
FPL Capital Management Portfolio 2091.80%6.845.117.165.12-3.76%10.07%
FPL Capital Management Portfolio 3093.61%6.415.757.676.06-8.21%10.09%
FPL Capital Management Portfolio 4095.42%5.976.378.157.26-12.67%10.10%
Premium Portfolio97.24%5.546.988.68.62-17.12%10.12%
Assetbuilder.com Portfolio 5112.37%6.354.086.374.27-1.95%10.11%
Assetbuilder.com Portfolio 6124.48%6.184.787.155.64-6.66%10.13%
Assetbuilder.com Portfolio 7146.13%7.015.527.857.25-11.78%10.15%
Robo Advisor Wealthsimple Portfolio Conservative71.78%10.495.867.66.25-5.52%10.07%
Robo Advisor WiseBanyan 40% stocks95.26%10.266.887.938.2-16.69%10.10%
Robo Advisor WiseBanyan 30% stocks94.00%9.486.27.597.01-12.64%10.09%
Robo Advisor WiseBanyan 20% stocks92.72%8.455.367.115.89-8.49%10.08%
Robo Advisor WiseBanyan 13% stocks91.71%7.014.256.384.79-4.45%10.07%
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 50% Stocks54.59%10.466.498.298.85-15.51%10.07%
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 40% Stocks52.80%10.156.128.077.61-11.03%10.07%
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 30% Stocks50.96%9.735.627.886.66-6.62%10.08%
PWL Capital Toronto (CA) 20% Stocks5-0.73%9.375.217.645.91-3.44%10.08%
Premium Portfolio45.35%12.787.638.269.07-17.06%10.04%
PWL Capital Toronto (US) 40% Stocks43.92%11.736.887.857.61-12.61%10.04%
PWL Capital Toronto (US) 30% Stocks42.41%10.746.097.496.38-8.27%10.04%
PWL Capital Toronto (US) 20% Stocks41.04%9.815.397.085.34-3.77%10.04%
PWL Capital Layton-Guay Portfolios (CA) 30/70 Conservative72.22%8.785.717.296.59-10.38%10.08%
PWL Capital Layton-Guay Portfolios (CA) 40/60 Cautious73.85%9.356.227.67.89-14.78%10.07%
PWL Capital Layton-Guay Portfolios (US) 30/70 Conservative63.25%9.335.956.996.42-11.48%10.05%
PWL Capital Layton-Guay Portfolios (US) 40/60 Cautious64.64%10.296.667.437.88-15.83%10.05%
PWL Capital Nancy And Her Team (CA), Conservative73.65%6.924.575.565.49-12.84%10.06%
PWL Capital Nancy And Her Team (CA), Cautious75.19%7.335.146.036.81-16.36%10.06%
PWL Capital Nancy And Her Team (US), Conservative63.41%8.385.325.85.74-13.18%10.05%
PWL Capital Nancy And Her Team (US), Cautious64.86%9.286.156.357.14-16.82%10.05%
PWL Capital Passmore & Felix (CA), 40/6064.53%8.315.746.366.57-13.25%10.06%
PWL Capital Passmore & Felix (CA), 50/5066.11%8.826.286.857.96-16.94%10.05%
PWL Capital Passmore & Felix (US), 40/6054.19%10.336.786.686.99-13.74%10.05%
PWL Capital Passmore & Felix (US), 50/5055.68%11.377.597.258.48-17.55%10.05%
Premium Portfolio56.55%12.668.058.38.58-14.24%10.05%
Gyroscopic Desert PortfolioComing soon32.67%13.446.917.766.34-7.46%10.06%
Premium Portfolio53.97%15.747.828.397.35-7.40%10.12%
Paul Boyer Permanent Portfolio (MMM)Coming soon5-0.54%13.85.037.777.34-6.16%10.14%
Canadian Portfolio Manager Model Portfolios (CA) 20% StocksComing soon5-0.73%9.515.37.635.89-3.36%10.08%
Canadian Portfolio Manager Model Portfolios (CA) 30% StocksComing soon51.05%9.975.797.916.62-6.54%10.08%
Canadian Portfolio Manager Model Portfolios (CA) 40% StocksComing soon52.82%10.426.278.167.65-11.04%10.07%
Canadian Portfolio Manager Model Portfolios (CA) 50% StocksComing soon54.60%10.886.738.388.87-15.53%10.07%
Canadian Portfolio Manager Model Portfolios (US) 20% StocksComing soon41.08%9.785.47.055.3-3.71%10.04%
Canadian Portfolio Manager Model Portfolios (US) 30% StocksComing soon42.52%10.86.187.496.34-8.15%10.04%
Canadian Portfolio Manager Model Portfolios (US) 40% StocksComing soon43.97%11.846.957.917.64-12.58%10.04%
Premium Portfolio45.41%12.877.698.299.08-17.02%10.04%
Canadian Couch Potato Model Portfolios (CA) ConservativeComing soon31.04%9.825.597.636.4-6.92%10.09%
Canadian Couch Potato Model Portfolios (CA) CautiousComing soon33.71%10.436.27.868.02-13.85%10.08%
Canadian Couch Potato Model Portfolios (US) ConservativeComing soon32.49%10.826.067.256.16-8.56%10.05%
Canadian Couch Potato Model Portfolios (US) CautiousComing soon34.65%12.387.157.738.15-15.42%10.05%
Premium Portfolio63.68%13.598.549.1310.29-17.15%10.09%
Premium Portfolio62.48%13.188.148.858.9-12.42%10.09%
Robo Advisor Wealthsimple Risk Level 0362.21%11.37.58.157.42-9.74%10.09%
Robo Advisor Wealthsimple Risk Level 0262.05%10.377.177.796.72-8.28%10.09%
Robo Advisor Wealthsimple Risk Level 0161.47%10.216.937.616.23-6.08%10.09%
The Canonical Portfolio (CA) 50% StocksComing soon44.82%10.236.577.978.51-15.09%10.07%
The Canonical Portfolio (CA) 40% StocksComing soon43.01%9.896.147.837.34-10.68%10.07%
The Canonical Portfolio (CA) 30% StocksComing soon41.18%9.575.77.666.38-6.28%10.08%
The Canonical Portfolio (US) 50% StocksComing soon35.60%12.487.677.938.81-16.64%10.04%
The Canonical Portfolio (US) 40% StocksComing soon34.12%11.546.937.627.41-12.28%10.04%
The Canonical Portfolio (US) 30% StocksComing soon32.63%10.586.177.276.16-7.92%10.04%
Robo Advisor Fidelity GO Taxable Conservative72.84%6.424.85.684.37-6.76%10.06%
Robo Advisor Fidelity GO Taxable Moderate With Income74.16%7.715.816.375.79-11.07%10.06%
Robo Advisor Fidelity GO Taxable Moderate75.47%8.866.656.937.23-15.19%10.06%
Robo Advisor Fidelity GO Tax-advantaged Conservative71.75%7.684.596.054.48-4.15%10.05%
Robo Advisor Fidelity GO Tax-advantaged Moderate With Income73.07%8.975.596.755.8-8.46%10.05%
Robo Advisor Fidelity GO Tax-advantaged Moderate74.49%9.996.467.287.19-12.84%10.05%
Robo Advisor Fidelity GO Tax-advantaged Balanced75.91%11.027.317.778.68-17.22%10.05%
Premium Portfolio84.98%11.736.958.289.04-17.28%10.05%
Robo Advisor SigFig Taxable 0384.43%10.856.47.918.14-14.77%10.05%
Robo Advisor SigFig Taxable 0283.62%9.825.97.497.1-12.04%10.05%
Robo Advisor SigFig Taxable 0182.96%9.115.497.246.49-10.21%10.05%
Robo Advisor SigFig Tax Sheltered 0484.68%9.566.238.188.97-17.51%10.07%
Robo Advisor SigFig Tax Sheltered 0384.26%9.176.08.028.35-15.71%10.07%
Robo Advisor SigFig Tax Sheltered 0283.46%8.435.67.686.94-11.47%10.07%
Robo Advisor SigFig Tax Sheltered 0183.19%8.065.357.576.66-10.40%10.07%
Axos Invest 40% StocksComing soon95.26%10.266.887.938.2-16.69%10.10%
Axos Invest 30% StocksComing soon94.00%9.486.27.597.01-12.64%10.09%
Axos Invest 20% StocksComing soon92.70%8.435.357.15.88-8.46%10.08%
Axos Invest 0% StocksComing soon5-0.22%6.443.325.744.5-2.42%10.07%
Premium Portfolio56.33%12.88.118.299.02-17.42%10.05%
Mark Hebner Portfolio 25% StocksComing soon94.63%5.594.827.095.92-6.79%10.08%
Fidelity Target Allocation Index-Focused Model Portfolios 20% StocksComing soon61.78%8.394.826.554.84-3.64%10.05%
Fidelity Target Allocation Index-Focused Model Portfolios 40% StocksComing soon74.50%10.36.567.517.29-12.64%10.05%
SoFi Model Portfolios Taxable Conservative30.28%5.183.695.243.7-1.98%10.06%
SoFi Model Portfolios Taxable Moderately Conservative63.43%8.345.66.646.23-11.80%10.05%
SoFi Model Portfolios Retirement Conservative4-1.42%7.293.716.094.42-2.58%10.06%
SoFi Model Portfolios Retirement Moderately Conservative62.16%9.695.687.466.96-11.80%10.07%
Robo Advisor Betterment 2020 Taxable 40% StocksComing soon124.19%7.926.427.717.99-15.35%10.08%
Robo Advisor Betterment 2020 Taxable 30% StocksComing soon123.20%7.085.497.146.4-10.53%10.08%
Robo Advisor Betterment 2020 Taxable 20% StocksComing soon122.15%6.194.476.484.97-5.62%10.07%
Robo Advisor Betterment 2020 Taxable 10% StocksComing soon121.06%5.133.295.673.86-1.43%10.06%
Robo Advisor Betterment 2020 Taxable 0% StocksComing soon1-0.06%3.041.234.173.510.00%10.05%
Robo Advisor Betterment 2020 Retirement 40% StocksComing soon124.94%7.076.47.417.9-16.30%10.08%
Robo Advisor Betterment 2020 Retirement 30% StocksComing soon123.88%6.315.486.876.28-11.42%10.07%
Robo Advisor Betterment 2020 Retirement 20% StocksComing soon122.74%5.514.456.254.82-6.38%10.07%
Robo Advisor Betterment 2020 Retirement 10% StocksComing soon121.51%4.613.285.53.69-1.21%10.06%
Robo Advisor Betterment 2020 Retirement 0% StocksComing soon1-0.06%3.041.234.173.510.00%10.05%
Dimensional Fund Advisors Model Portfolios 0% Stocks Fixed4-1.58%6.212.554.443.11-0.18%10.06%
Dimensional Fund Advisors Model Portfolios 20% Stocks Conservative151.71%6.514.015.723.93-3.12%10.08%
Dimensional Fund Advisors Model Portfolios 40% Stocks Moderate155.00%6.815.46.886.77-12.31%10.10%
Bogleheads Guide to Investing - An Investor in Early RetirementComing soon46.09%11.087.027.817.73-14.51%10.04%
Bogleheads Guide to Investing - An Investor in Late RetirementComing soon33.92%9.275.667.285.91-6.45%10.04%
Robo Advisor J.P. Morgan You Invest AggressiveComing soon71.64%9.575.287.135.74-6.28%10.05%
Robo Advisor Morgan Stanley Acces Investing Wealth ConservationComing soon51.00%8.814.676.675.07-4.03%10.04%
Robo Advisor Merrill Guided Investing Taxable Moderately ConservativeComing soon114.85%9.116.747.577.68-14.90%10.06%
Robo Advisor Merrill Guided Investing Taxable ConservativeComing soon102.97%7.485.456.474.97-6.19%10.09%
Robo Advisor Merrill Guided Investing ConservativeComing soon102.22%7.384.966.464.83-4.77%10.10%
Institute of Business and Finance Income PortfolioComing soon40.25%6.314.426.725.56-4.07%10.15%
J. D. Steinhilber Conservative
Growth
Coming soon5.24%8.475.336.776.55-12.25%10.09%
J. D. Steinhilber Moderate
Growth
Coming soon106.07%11.066.287.78.57-17.23%10.09%
Larry Swedroe Model Portfolios ConservativeComing soon126.43%4.614.576.696.53-11.68%10.08%
Premium Portfolio106.94%8.97.568.67.8-13.87%10.08%
Dr. Marvin Appel One-Decision PortfolioComing soon89.75%4.666.627.777.89-16.38%10.10%
Goldman Sachs Target Date Retirement Income Portfolio94.64%6.16.668.178.19-16.50%10.13%
Rob Arnott ETF.com model portfolioComing soon77.72%6.115.517.617.89-16.70%10.21%

Disclaimer: There are many factors that go into choosing your right portfolio, though not as many as you would think. Therefore, the information here presented are not specific recommendations but instead for information purposes only.

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