Why asset allocation is THE most important consideration for an OD's investment portfolio

April 19, 2020
*If you’ll remember back to your collegiate statistics class, 99.7% of returns fall within 3 standard deviations

As an investor develops their portfolio, two questions matter: is the expected return enough to help them meet their long term goals, and, can the investor stomach the downside risk?

What’s the right asset allocation for me?
Now is actually a perfect time to think about your asset allocation because there’s so much uncertainty and volatility in the market. If you’re excited about investing more money right now even though your portfolio is down, you’re probably a higher risk investor. If you’ve thought about selling investments because the market still might go down more, you should probably consider a lower risk portfolio.

One bonus I offered on last week’s webinar (password ie0&8A=3s) is a free risk assesment to help you develop your personal asset allocation. This is what I use with my clients and is one of the main components of their retirement planning. If you didn't have a chance to sign up for the webinar to get this free tool, just reply to this email and ask me to send you the risk tolerance questionnaire.

What about the age-based rule?
You may have heard that your mix of stocks and bonds should be based on your age. So if you’re 50, 50% of your portfolio should be in stock-like investments and 50% should be in bond-like investments.

The problem this rule of thumb is 3-fold:

a)     It assumes everyone is retiring in their 60s, which isn’t always true
b)     It doesn’t consider underfunding (or overfunding) of retirement savings, both of which have different investment approaches
c)      There is no consideration to how an investor feels about the performance of their portfolio. Typically investors work hard for the funds they put into the market—they deserve to have a say in the risk profile

In Summary
If you’ve never thought about your asset mix for investments, now is a good time to think about it. On any given year, 88% of your investment return is usually determined by the asset mix, not the actual investments. And managing your portfolio to your specific risk profile is a great way to avoid making bad timing decisions with your portfolio.

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