Build Scott Burns’ 8 Other Couch Potato Portfolios With ETFs

What are Scott Burns’ 8 Other Couch Potato Portfolios?

Scott Burns Couch Potato and other 8 portfolios can be built with 2-10 ETFs. They are exposed to between 20% to 80% equities and 20% to 80% bonds including TIPS.

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Here is how you build Scott Burns’ Margaritaville portfolio.

  • 33.33% US Total Stock Market (VTI)
  • 33.33% International All-World ex-US VEU)
  • 33.33% TIPS (VTIP)

You can find the other portfolios that Scott Burns have made further below.

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.

What is the historical return of Scott Burns’ 8 other Couch Potato portfolios?

Below you can see the historical return of Scott Burns’ 8 other Couch Potato portfolios.

Portfolio data was last updated on 1st of June 2023, 06:35 ET

NameYear to dateReturn in 202210 year returnCAGR since 1989 (%)Draw DownExpense ratioYield
Scott Burns Couch Potato5.29-
Scott Burns Margaritaville4.97-12.756.157.34-28.050.05%3.78
Scott Burns Four Square4.27-12.715.056.83-19.560.06%3.24
Scott Burns Five Fold2.8-15.415.487.53-23.040.07%3.34
Scott Burns Six Ways from Sunday0.79-
Scott Burns Seven Value Portfolio0.15-
Scott Burns Seven Value 2 Portfolio-0.33-3.297.468.96-28.250.09%3.09
Scott Burns Nine Emerging Portfolio-0.39-4.936.889.2-30.970.09%3.2
Scott Burns 10 Speed Portfolio0.02-4.956.558.8-32.270.12%3.27
Scott Burns’ 8 other Couch Potato portfolios

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 Scott Burns Couch Potato portfolios compare to the best portfolios?

Below you can see the returns of the best portfolios that we have benchmarked.

NameSee PortfolioYear to dateReturn in 202210 year returnCAGR since 1989 (%)Draw Down
Premium PortfolioPremium-1.07-18.039.4610.8-35.42
Premium PortfolioPremium0.13-11.9811.2510.38-35.26
Premium PortfolioPremium9.69-18.1912.5210.28-37.63
Premium PortfolioPremium-2.2-13.088.2810.2-36.46
Premium PortfolioPremium3.96-18.757.010.19-44.88
Premium PortfolioPremium8.81-19.5112.0810.19-37.0
Premium PortfolioPremium-3.94-13.919.710.16-40.85
Premium PortfolioPremium-2.05-13.228.3110.08-36.35
Premium PortfolioPremium1.4-16.947.599.99-37.91
Premium PortfolioPremium8.04-18.8711.039.84-32.78
The 10 Best Performing Portfolios That We Have Benchmarked

Who is Scott Burns?

Scott Burns is an investing legend. He came up with the Couch Potato portfolio. It is a super simple lazy portfolio with only two asset classes.

You can get a primer on the Couch Potato in our article The Couch Potato Portfolio: Two Fund Supremacy?

Scott Burns is also a former financial columnist at the Dallas Morning News. He co-founded,which uses The Couch Potato portfolio as an underlying portfolio. He co-authored the personal finance book Spend ‘Til the End: The Revolutionary Guide to Raising Your Living Standard.

The Couch Potato portfolio is one of the lazy portfolios, which means it is easy to implement and maintain while producing a respectable return.

Our articles Lazy Portfolios and 5 Reasons Why A Lazy Portfolio Is Right For You highlight the benefits and pitfalls of lazy portfolios.

Scott Burns also constructed eight new Couch Potato portfolios to supplement the super simple two asset class portfolio.

Description of Scott Burns 8 other Couch Potato portfolios

The family of Couch Potato portfolios is constructed so that they increase the number of asset classes they use. The most simple is The Couch Potato which uses two asset classes while the last one Ten-Speed uses ten asset classes.

So, for example, the Couch Potato portfolio uses only two asset classes, while Five-fold portfolios use 5. From an asset class perspective, it means they increase in complexity.

It is an elegant textbook example of how you can slice ‘n’ dice your portfolio into individual asset classes.

The Scott Burns portfolios are some of the few portfolios on that specifically expose the portfolio to energy-related companies.

What portfolios have Scott Burns have constructed?

Here are the portfolios that Scott Burns have designed.

  1. The Couch Potato Portfolio
  2. MargaritaPortfolio
  3. Four Square Portfolio
  4. Five-fold Portfolio
  5. Six Ways From Sunday Portfolio
  6. Seven Value Portfolio
  7. Seven Value 2 Portfolio
  8. Nine Emerging Portfolio
  9. 10 Speed Portfolio

Let’s see how you build these Couch Potato brothers and sisters.


What is the asset allocation of Scott Burns Couch Potato portfolios?

Below you can see how to build Scott Burns’ portfolios.

Scott Burns Couch Potato

  • 50.00% US Total Stock Market (VTI)
  • 50.00% TIPS (VTIP)

You can find additional information and commentary in our article The Couch Potato Portfolio: Two Fund Supremacy?

Scott Burns Margaritaville

  • 33.33% US Total Stock Market (VTI)
  • 33.33% International All-World ex-US (VEU)
  • 33.33% TIPS (VTIP)

Scott Burns Four Square

  • 25.00% US Total Stock Market (VTI)
  • 25.00% International All-World ex-US (VEU)
  • 25.00% TIPS (VTIP)
  • 25.00% Non-US Bonds (BNDX)

Scott Burns Five-Fold

  • 20.00% US Total Stock Market (VTI)
  • 20.00% REITs (VNQ)
  • 20.00% International All-World ex-US (VEU)
  • 20.00% TIPS (VTIP)
  • 20.00% Non-US Bonds (BNDX)

Scott Burns Six Ways from Sunday

  • 16.70% US Total Stock Market (VTI)
  • 16.66% REITs (VNQ)
  • 16.66% International All-World ex-US (VEU)
  • 16.66% Energy (XLE)
  • 16.66% TIPS (VTIP)
  • 16.66% Non-US Bonds (BNDX)

Scott Burns Seven Value Portfolio

  • 14.50% US Total Stock Market (VTI)
  • 14.25% US Large Cap Value (VTV)
  • 14.25% REITs (VNQ)
  • 14.25% International All-World ex-US (VEU)
  • 14.25% Energy (XLE)
  • 14.25% TIPS (VTIP)
  • 14.25% Non-US Bonds (BNDX)

Scott Burns Seven Value 2 Portfolio

  • 12.50% US Total Stock Market (VTI)
  • 12.50% US Large Cap Value (VTV)
  • 12.50% US Small Cap Value (VIOV)
  • 12.50% REITs (VNQ)
  • 12.50% International All-World ex-US (VEU)
  • 12.50% Energy (XLE)
  • 12.50% TIPS (VTIP)
  • 12.50% Non-US Bonds (BNDX)

Scott Burns Nine Emerging Portfolio

  • 11.10% US Total Stock Market (VTI)
  • 11.10% US Large Cap Value (VTV)
  • 11.10% US Small Cap Value (VIOV)
  • 11.10% REITs (VNQ)
  • 11.10% Emerging Markets (VWO)
  • 11.10% International All-World ex-US (VEU)
  • 11.10% International Large Cap Value (EFV)
  • 11.10% Energy (XLE)
  • 11.10% TIPS (VTIP)
  • 11.10% Non-US Bonds (BNDX)

Scott Burns 10 Speed Portfolio

  • 10.00% US Total Stock Market (VTI)
  • 10.00% US Large Cap Value (VTV)
  • 10.00% US Small Cap Value (VIOV)
  • 10.00% REITs (VNQ)
  • 10.00% Emerging Markets (VWO)
  • 10.00% International All-World ex-US (VEU)
  • 10.00% International Large Cap Value (EFV)
  • 10.00% Energy (XLE)
  • 10.00% TIPS (VTIP)
  • 10.00% Non-US Bonds (BNDX)

Where can I learn more about Scott Burns the 8 other Couch Potato portfolios?

Scott Burns maintains a beautiful and informative website over at

If you are Canadian, you might want to check out the site

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Which ETF does Warren Buffett recommend?

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  • 10.00% Short-Term Treasury ETF (VGSH)