Build Scott Adams’ Dilbert Portfolio, Crazy High Returns, But There’s a Catch

Learn how to build Scott Adams' Dilbert portfolio with ETFs. How do they compare against other portfolios like John Bogle's?
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What is Scott Adams’ Dilbert Portfolio?

Scott Adams’ Dilbert portfolio is a portfolio that Scott Adams constructed. It has performed extremely well.

Scott Adams’ Dilbert Portfolio is exposed to 100% to stocks. It is a high-risk portfolio. For the past 10 years, it has returned 8.63 with a standard deviation of 21.77. The dividend yield is 2.26%. The 30 year return is 11.14%. Last year it returned 18.11%.

What is the historical return of Scott Adams’ Dilbert portfolio?

Here is the historical return of Scott Adams’ Dilbert portfolios.

NameAsset class countYear to dateReturn in 202010 year returnCAGR since 1989 (%)Risk levelExpense ratio
Scott Adams Dilbert Portfolio28.30%18.118.6311.1430.07%

That’s some high returns but they come at a price. High drawdown and high volatility. It may look like it is crazy but who wouldn’t want those juicy returns?

How does Scott Adams’ Dilbert 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 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%

Tell me what you need, and I’ll tell you how to get along without it.

– Dilbert

Scott Adams Dilbert portfolio, crazy high returns, but there’s a catch

Scott Adams is the author of the wildly popular comic strip Dilbert. He is also the author of quite a few books.

I want to highlight one of those books as it is a huge influencing effect on my thinking. It is called How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life.

Half cherry-picked biography and self-improvement and half business book (Dilbert math). The book will show you how failure is the only option when you are looking to succeed.

Success is a terrible teacher as they say.

I like reading books by Scott Adams as he deals with reality in a real way. He is knowledgeable about a lot of topics and can talk intelligently and humbly about them. This makes him a joy to listen to and to read.

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Scott Adams and Dilbert

The book is a #1 bestseller at the moment, so Scott Adams must have hit a chord with a lot of people. I highly recommend it. It is one of the most elegant and on-point arguments for the fail often, fail early philosophy.

scott adams How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Kind of the Story of My Life

Description of the Scott Adams Dilbert portfolio

Scott Adams’ portfolio is as interesting as his own life has been. He suggested this simple portfolio on his blog a while back. It has crazy returns but it has also crazy volatility. Yes, crazy is an academic financial term.

High volatility means that you can expect that the value of the portfolio will bounce around a lot. The portfolio has only two asset classes. They are emerging markets and total U.S. stocks. Simple right?

I should note here that it would be extraordinarily unwise to base any of your investments on what you read in a cartoonist’s blog. This is just a mental exercise.

– Scott Adams

Asset Allocation for the Scott Adams Dilbert portfolio

This portfolio is part of Portfolio Einstein Gold, Premium Portfolios. 

Resources for the Scott Adams Dilbert portfolio

You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard.

– Dilbert

Scott Adams’ website featuring Dilbert.

Scott Adams’ personal blog. Here is also a link to his podcast.

3 very good books by Scott Adams:

Suggestions for your next steps

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Rebalancing lowers your portfolio risk and may increase your returns.


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