For mutual fund investors, taxes are inevitable. Even if you’re a long-term buy...
Welcome to MutualFunds.com
Please help us personalize your experience and select the one that best describes you.
Your personalized experience is almost ready.
Check your email and confirm your subscription to complete your personalized experience.
Thank you for your submission
We hope you enjoy your experience
Fixed income news, reports, video and more.
Municipal bonds news, reports, video and more.
Practice management news, reports, video and more.
Portfolio management news, reports, video and more.
Retirement news, reports, video and more.
Learn from industry thought leaders and expert market participants.
Find the latest content and information here about the 2019 Charles Schwab Impact Conference.
18 Most Popular Mutual Fund Categories
View All Categories
15 Most Popular Fund Companies
View All Fund Companies
15 Most Popular Fund Company Quick Screens
View All Fund Company Quick Screens
Receive email updates about fund flows, news, upcoming CE accredited webcasts from industry thought leaders and more.
Content focused on helping financial advisors build successful client relationships and grow their business.
Content geared towards helping financial advisors build better client portfolios.
Get insights on the industry trends and investment news from leading fund managers and experts.
Underpinning the Modern Portfolio Theory is the belief that markets are essentially efficient, which means asset prices fully reflect all available information. In this environment, excessive risk taking for optimal returns is not only unnecessary, but contrary to a value investor’s long-term goals.
Let us dive a little deeper into understanding the implications of strategic asset allocation.
As a traditional approach to portfolio building, strategic asset allocation compels market participants to determine how much of their money should be allocated to broad investment categories, such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds or currencies. Once an investor decides on their optimal allocation, they usually stick with it for the long haul or until new information compels them to take a different direction.
Although there is no hard rule for determining your optimal asset allocation, this strategy usually begins by assessing your risk tolerance and investing timeframe.
These are just some of the initial questions you need to answer before starting the allocation process.
Answering these questions as truthfully as possible will help you or your portfolio manager determine how aggressively to invest in certain assets. Investors with a higher risk appetite and shorter investing window will usually allocate a greater share of their capital toward stocks and, within that category, high-growth sectors such as information technology and fast-growing regions such as emerging markets. On the other hand, risk-off investors with a longer timeframe may allocate a greater share of their portfolio to bonds or large-cap stocks in the S&P 500 or Dow Jones Industrial Average.
A typical strategic asset allocation breakdown is 70% stocks/20% bonds/10% cash. A similar breakdown, called 60/40, allocates 60% to stocks and 40% to bonds. Once your allocation is determined, the portfolio is rebalanced periodically to ensure that the original structure is maintained.
Strategic allocation can certainly change over time, but instances of change are infrequent. That’s because your portfolio is designed to perform during a particular market cycle, which can often last six-to-eight years or more. Changes that affect your investment goals or risk tolerance can certainly warrant revisiting your asset allocation strategy.
Click here to learn more about different asset types and custom asset allocation strategies to suit your specific needs.
The mix of investments selected using this strategy do not change with the markets, which means you’re not constantly worried about changing your portfolio through peaks and troughs. What’s more, strategic allocation rebalances portfolios to target weights at a pre-specified period so there are no surprises.
This type of investing strategy is ideal for investors who want to sleep at night and not worry about chasing the market. They can also go to bed at night knowing that their investment decisions aren’t being dictated by herd mentality or speculation.
Given its underlying goals and objectives, it’s only natural to highlight some of the inherent disadvantages of strategic asset allocation. Since your portfolio is structured to obtain a specific return based on your risk sentiment and investment timeframe, it does not factor anomalies in the market. This means your portfolio can underperform the broader market, especially during bullish periods. It also means your portfolio is unlikely to gain exposure to new fast-growing industries (i.e. blockchain) or regions (i.e. India) that do not fall within your pre-defined risk tolerance.
Be sure check our News section to keep track of the recent fund performances.
Sign up for our free newsletter to get the latest news on mutual funds.