There is a lot of weird science out there when it comes to investment management. But if we’re going to be successful in investing for retirement, we need sound science. Last time we talked about asset allocation for the flexible portion of your portfolio. Today we’re going to talk about the science behind the fixed portion. Index-based investing is currently the popular way to manage this side of your investments. But remember, you want to “know what you own and know why you own it” (Peter Lynch). Listen to this episode and follow through with the 7-day goal to gain a better understanding of what you own and why!The science of index-based #AssetAllocation #Retirement #investment #RetirementInvesting Click To Tweet
What is an investment index?
Index-based investing is taking over the world. But what, exactly, is an index? It is not something you can invest in directly. It is a mathematical model that represents a broad swath of the US equity markets. Index-based investment products try to mimic the model. On this episode, we’ll use the S&P 500 index as an example and explain how it works. Listen in to learn more about what the index is and how it affects asset allocation in your portfolio.
Following an index when allocating assets might boost your retirement
Index-based investing has a few distinct advantages, one of them being lower cost. As I explain the science behind an index, using the S&P 500 as an example, I will describe the factors that reduce costs for index-based investments and make them more efficient. Listen in to learn how index-based asset allocation can benefit your portfolio.Following an index when allocating #assets might boost your #retirement #investment #AssetAllocation Click To Tweet
Your retirement might suffer if you follow the S&P 500
When looking at index-based investments, there are nuances to consider that may be disadvantages. On today’s episode, I will explain how the S&P 500 index works, and why it can be great when huge companies are doing well, but concerning if they are not. I’ll also describe how the changes made annually to the index can result in inefficient trading and higher prices. Listen in to learn about index-based asset allocation so that you can know what you own and why you own it.
Are there options other than an index-based product for the fixed portion of your portfolio?
It is important to carefully consider your options when investing. While index-based products are the popular “go-to” for the fixed portion of your portfolio, there are other options out there. On this episode, I’ll talk about these options, which for some people may be a smarter way of investing. Listen in to learn about index-based asset allocation, other options, and what you can do in the next seven days to get a better understanding of what you own.Are there options other than an index-based product for the fixed portion of your #portfolio? #Investment #retirement #AssetAllocation Click To Tweet
OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN
- [0:25] There is a lot of weird science when it comes to investment management.
- [1:04] How do you go about thinking about the fixed allocation to index-based portfolios?
HOT TOPIC SEGMENT
- [2:22] Index-based investing is taking over the world.
PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT
- [6:28] How do we choose managers to invest the passive/fixed part of a portfolio?
- [8:08] What is an index?
- [9:42] What are the advantages of following an index like the S&P 500?
- [11:09] What are the potential disadvantages of following an index like the S&P 500?
- [18:29] Are there other options out there?
- [20:09] Focus on the things you can control.
- [21:21] Please send me your questions about this topic or series.
TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT
- [21:58] Get a better understanding of what you own by looking at the fact sheets.
THE HAPPY LAB SEGMENT
- [23:06] Take some time to appreciate someone else and to acknowledge appreciation you receive.
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