The Passive 60/40 Portfolio Is Broken - Do This Instead


  • The 60/40 portfolio is experiencing its worst year of returns since the Great Depression. Outside the Great Depression, this is its worst year ever.
  • Interest rates may drop again, but they are already historically low, casting doubt on the future efficacy of the 60/40 portfolio.
  • Too many investors are pouring more and more money into passive funds.
  • We suggest an alternative to diversify away from portfolios made up only of traditional stocks and bonds.
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The 60/40 portfolio may have reached the end of its useful life as an investment strategy.

The whole idea behind passively holding a portfolio of 60% stocks and 40% bonds, usually through one

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