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No Brainer Portfolio


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Well-known financial theorist Dr. William Bernstein’s extensive research in modern portfolio theory has led to such books as The Intelligent Asset Allocator and The Four Pillars of Investing. These are considered key self-help guides for self-directed investors building their own diversified portfolios. He believes that asset allocation is more important for investors than trying to pick individual stocks or bonds. In the early 1990s, Dr. Bernstein realized that excess returns as a result of asset class volatility and correlation effects could be captured through rebalancing. Dr. Bernstein’s ‘No Brainer’ portfolio invests equally in four asset classes – total US stock market, small-cap US stocks, international stocks and US bonds. Designed for investors with a long time horizon that will favor each of the classes at various times, the portfolio aims to provide diversified risk-adjusted returns. This motif seeks to replicate Dr. Bernstein’s model by identifying ETFs that would be contained within the “No Brainer” asset class structure. See more
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Weight Segment & Stocks Symbol 1 MO / 1 YR Return
25.7% US Equities 19.5%
25.7% Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF VTI 19.5%
25.7% Small Cap Stocks 13.0%
25.7% Vanguard Small-Cap ETF VB 13.0%
24.9% International Equities 24.0%
23.7% US Bonds 3.9%
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