Episode #9: The 60/40 Portfolio

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The 60/40 rule suggests investors should put 60 percent of their portfolio in stocks and 40 percent in bonds. Sean weighs the merits of this rule of thumb.

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[00:44] – A recent CNBC article claims the 60/40 rule is burning investors. Furthermore, recent volatility already has investors on edge.

[1:30] – We haven’t had a year of market decline since 2008. As a result, it’s easy to forget the market does correct from time to time. The recent volatility serves as a good reminder.

[2:55] – A 60/40 portfolio is thought to properly diversify your investments between stocks and bonds. In turn, the 60/40 portfolio is thought to help alleviate your amount of risk exposure. However, it’s a rule of thumb, and as such, it’s not without it’s weaknesses.

[4:25] – From 1938 to 1948, if you’d had a 60/40 portfolio, you would’ve lost money. Over that ten year period, savers got penalized for investing.

[6:45] – Both stocks and bonds have traditionally struggled during times of inflation. The aforementioned 10-year window saw a surge in inflation during that period.

[7:54] – Please don’t hear us saying both the bond and stock markets are about to tank. After all, we can’t predict the future. Instead, use this volatility as a wake up call to assess your investments. Determine how much risk is in your portfolio, and reallocate your investments accordingly.

[8:40] – There are alternatives to bonds. Gold, cash, and fixed annuities all help to mitigate your risk exposure.

[12:10] – Fixed insurance products and CDs are your safest bet to protect your wealth. You won’t earn much on your investment, but you also won’t lose it.  

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