Build Rob Arnott’s portfolio With ETFs

What is Rob Arnott’s portfolio?

Rob Arnotts Portfolio is exposed to 30% stocks, 60% bonds, and 10% commodities. It can be built with just 8 ETFs.

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What is the historical return of Rob Arnott’s portfolio?

Here is the historical return of Rob Arnott’s portfolio.

Portfolio data was last updated on 11th of November 2022, 11:40 ET

NameYear to dateReturn in 202110 year returnCAGR since 1989 (%)STDEVDraw DownExpense ratioYield
Rob Arnott Portfolio-16.6911.155.947.57.15-14.71%0.17%1.8
Rob Arnott model portfolio-16.512.096.077.757.89-16.70%0.21%2.28
Performance for Rob Arnott’s portfolio

Here is what the table is showing you

Year to date: This shows what the portfolio has returned this year starting from the first trading day of the year.

10 Year return: This shows the compounded annualized growth rate over a ten-year period. The current year is excluded from calculations.

CAGR since 1989: This shows the compounded annualized growth rate since 1989. The current year is excluded from calculations.

Expense ratio: This shows the cost of holding the portfolio if you were to construct the portfolio using the proposed ETFs.

Yield: This is the expected dividend yield of the portfolio.

Please note that past performance is not a guarantee of future returns.

How does the Rob Arnott’s portfolio compare to the best portfolios?

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How Do You Build Rob Arnott’s portfolio with etfs?

Here is how you build Rob Arnott’s portfolio with ETFs

  • 10% Large Cap Blend (VOO)
  • 10% Total International Stocks (VEA)
  • 10% REITs (VNQ)
  • 10% Commodities (DBC)
  • 10% Long Term Treasuries (TLT)
  • 20% Intermediate Corporate Bonds (LQD)
  • 10% TIPS (VTIP)
  • 20% International Bonds (BNDX)

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.

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Who is Rob Arnott?

Rob Arnott is the founds and chairman of Research Affiliates.

Research Affiliates is a giant in wealth management with $193 billion in assets under management.

Research Affiliates license their portfolio strategies to other wealth management firms. An example of this is their RAFI index used by ETF provider Invesco for many of Invesco’s smart-beta ETFs.The ETFPRF – Invesco FTSE RAFI US 1000 ETFshould be well known to smart-beta investors.

Rob Arnott is their founder. He is the archetypical investment specialist with over 100 academic articles to his name. He is also the author of the bookThe Fundamental Index: A Better Way to Invest. In that, he lays out the method for constructing the above-mentioned RAFI index. It is co-written with Jason Hus and John West who are both smart-beta masterminds.

Description of the Rob Arnott portfolio

The Rob Arnott portfolio comes from an article from the now-defunct, where Robb Arnott analyzed hedge-fund performance against a model portfolio.

The article is nowavailable at

Meb Faberincluded the model portfolio in his fantastic book Global Asset Allocation: A Survey of the World’s Top Asset Allocation Strategies.The portfolio that Meb Faber presented in his book is slightly different from the one presented at Originally Robb Arnott proposed an equal weight of the following asset classes:

  • Commodities
  • REITs
  • Emerging market bonds
  • TIPS
  • High-yield bonds
  • Long-term U.S. government bonds
  • Unhedged non-U.S. bonds
  • International stocks
  • U.S. stocks
  • investment-grade bonds

Meb Faber’s version merged some of the bond asset classes, probably due to missing time-series data for the asset classes.

We present both versions here as we have time-series data for all asset classes. We believe it offers a smidgin of a higher fidelity to the original model portfolio. Spoiler: The higher fidelity model has slightly higher returns. We call it the_Rob Arnott model portfolio._

If we consider Rob Arnott’s position on smart-beta he would most likely recommend a different portfolio. A portfolio with the majority of asset classes dedicated to smart-beta index strategies. The portfolios have a 50% allocated to bonds so we don’t expect to see record-breaking returns but we do expect to see a low drawdown.

Where can I learn more about Rob Arnott?

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