Portfolios

This page is a list of the various portfolios I frequently talk about on the blog, along with links to the portfolio source material and/or my posts describing the portfolios. This should make finding information about the various portfolios easier for everyone, especially new readers to the blog. There are three major types of portfolios; buy and hold, tactical asset allocation (TAA), and quantitative portfolios.

Buy and hold portfolios: there are many many buy and hold portfolios. Here are some of the most popular or the ones I think are the best. I don’t talk about these much but many are the default portfolios for many advisors and investors.

  • GAA (Global Asset Allocation) or GMP (Global Market Portfolio): the only truly completely passive buy and hold portfolios hold the majority of global assets at their respective market weights. Anything differing allocations are in part an active bet on some asset class or market. Post on GMP. GAA is just a slightly different version of GMP and the one I use as the ‘standard’ benchmark. See below.
  • Post where I introduce and discuss various globally diversified buy and hold portfolios from 60/40, to Risk Parity, to Arnot, to El-Erian.
  • Post introducing the Permanent Portfolio. Historically one of the simplest and best performing buy and hold portfolios.
  • Here is a snapshot of the allocation of the buy and hold portfolios.

TAA (tactical asset allocation) portfolios. TAA portfolios being with a set of globally diversified asset classes but then seek to make active decisions, normally on a monthly basis, in order to increase performance and reduce risk.

IVY (GTAA) Portfolios: below are the links to the various IVY, aka GTAA, portfolios: the various portfolios are IVY5 B&H, GTAA5, IVY13 B&H, GTAA13, GTAA AGG3, and GTAA AGG6.

  • The original source paper from Meb Faber with the most recent updates (end of 2012).
  • Meb Faber’s website
  • Post introducing the original IVY portfolios: IVY5 B&H, and GTAA5
  • Post introducing IVY13 B&H, and GTAA13
  • Post introducing GTAA AGG3 and AGG6
  • Post introducing the TAA bond strategy that I adopted from Antonacci

Antonacci Portfolios: I’ve never posted directly on the Antonacci GEM and GBM portfolios but here are the two relevant links to more information about them.

  • Homepage for Antonacci Portfolios
  • Antonacci’s blog
  • Antonacci’s Dual Momentum book

All of the above mentioned TAA strategies and many more are tracked on AllocateSmartly which I highly recommend as the best source of data and tracking of TAA portfolios.

Quantitative Investing Portfolios: Now, we turn to the quantitative investing. For an intro to what quant investing is see here. Post on getting started with quant investing and some quant investing rules for the various portfolios below. Some of the acronyms I use throughout the blog are in parentheses.

For a comparison of all the various portfolio performance statistics see this post. Here is the most recent snapshot.