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Investing for Financial Independence? Pay attention to Key 12 Asset class returns

July 17, 2020 Banker on Wheels 1

Asset allocation is typically the most important driver of portfolio performance (up to 90%). You can learn about the wider markets and the fact that being unfamiliar with an asset class is not always an excuse for not including it in your portolio mix – we tend to have a ‘domestic’ and ‘familiar asset class’ bias and that’s why a lot of investors just focus on domestic Equities

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Do I need Bonds in my Portfolio? Understand how Bonds improve the odds of higher returns

June 29, 2020 Banker on Wheels 4

Do you want to buy cheap Equities? Holding Bonds may precisely give you that opportunity through re-balancing. Unless you can put your cash aside for 10+ Years you may want to check how Bond ETFs eg. iShares AGG can increase your returns and reduce risk of high losses.
Here is a simple comparison of 100% S&P 500 Portfolio vs. the most commonly used 60% S&P 500 40% Bonds Portfolio

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What to expect from US Treasury Bond ETFs in 2020

May 20, 2020 Banker on Wheels 2

If you had Treasury ETFs in your portfolio going into 2020, well done! The YTD Returns range from low single digits for Short Term US Treasury ETF to over 30% for long term treasury bond ETF and have performed remarkably well during the Coronavirus Bear Market. However, the current situation is somewhat asymmetric. Read what are the risks.