Dominic Browning, Managing Director
Posted by Dom Browning
04/11/23
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The 60:40 Portfolio - A recipe for disaster

Dominic Browning, Managing Director
Posted by Dom Browning
04/11/23

For decades, both advisers and investors have regarded the default portfolio for a balanced investor to be a 60:40 portfolio.

This means investing 60% of your portfolio in equities and 40% in bonds(fixed income). These bonds are typically instruments which lend money to companies (corporate bonds) and the government (gilts).

There are millions of investors out there, many with advisers, who invest in these portfolios. We consider these portfolios a recipe for disaster.

The last 3 years is considered to be the worst bond bear market in history with "low risk" gilts (lending money to the UK government) down over 30%.

Equities are considered to be the best vehicles for long-term growth but the price you pay for them is short-term volatility, which at times can be frightening. So portfolio managers have tried to dampen this volatility by including bonds in their portfolios. A 60:40 portfolio would have 40% in bonds. What a nightmare.

We think you should embrace equities and if you want to "dampen the volatility", keep sufficient rainy day in cash instead. Our platform provider, Fundment pays 3% on cash holdings in the portfolios.

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