Asset allocation funds are mutual funds whose managers believe they can improve returns and/or reduce risk by switching back and forth among stocks, bonds and cash. Many in the investment industry promote these funds as a simple and profitable way to assemble a diversified portfolio. An asset allocation fund aims to shift its portfolio allocations between stocks, bonds and cash in order to capitalize on perceived investment opportunities in any one of those classes. For example, if the managers are convinced the bond market is depressed and due for an upswing, they may invest heavily in fixed-income investments for a few months to take advantage of the change. Some managers make their own judgments when choosing between stocks, bonds and cash. Others use what insiders call a “black box”, a computer program that makes trading decisions based on a preselected set of rules for interpreting financial statistics. Computer modelling gives this investment approach the appearance of being scientific and relatively foolproof. Yet it is just as likely to detract from a portfolio's long-term return as it is to add to it. At TSI Network, we feel investments like asset allocation mutual funds are heavily marketed with brokers. We recommend using our three-part Successful Investor philosophy:
Invest mainly in well-established companies;
Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; Consumer; Finance; Utilities);
Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.
Asset allocation funds work great in hindsight—but they’re far less effective at forecasting the future.
Traditionally, asset-allocation funds adjust their portfolio weightings between stocks, bonds and cash in order to capitalize on perceived shorter-term investment opportunities in any one of those classes. For example, if the… Read More
Fund providers in Canada and the U.S. continue to actively introduce new ETFs. This month we highlight three recent additions.
Bank of Montreal (BMO) recently launched three asset allocation ETFs that invest in other BMO ETFs.
Each of the three ETFs acts as “fund of funds,” with its… Read More
A: The Vanguard Conservative ETF Portfolio, $24.04, symbol VCNS on Toronto, holds roughly 40% of its assets in Vanguard stock ETFs and 60% in bond ETFs. This $117.8 million ETF started up on January 25, 2018, and has a 0.22% MER. The ETF yields 3.1%.
A: The Vanguard Conservative ETF Portfolio, $24.70, symbol VCNS on Toronto, holds roughly 40% of its assets in Vanguard stock ETFs and 60% in bond ETFs. This $27 million ETF started up on January 25, 2018, and has a 0.22% MER.
Are you aware of what goes into managing investment funds—and the fees that go along with it?
It’s important to know the ins and outs of the different styles (and fees) in managing investment funds.
Below we share information on five types of funds that investors find… Read More
The best long term mutual funds hold well-diversified portfolios of high quality stocks—stocks you can hold for a long time.
The topic of how to pick the best long-term mutual funds came up at the office recently. About a month ago, a friend’s son was considering… Read More
Asset allocation funds aim to improve returns and/or reduce risk by switching back and forth among stocks, bonds and cash. We think they are likely to hurt your portfolio returns rather than enhance them.
Asset allocation funds are mutual funds whose managers believe they can… Read More
Asset allocation funds are mutual funds whose managers believe they can improve returns and/or reduce risk by switching back and forth among stocks, bonds and cash. Many in the investment industry promote these funds as a simple and profitable way to assemble a diversified… Read More
Many investors see asset allocation funds as an easy and profitable way to diversify between stocks, bonds and cash equivalents.
What you get when you buy units of asset allocation funds
Asset allocation funds are mutual funds that can shift their portfolio allocations between stocks, bonds and… Read More
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