Strategic Asset Allocation: The Global Multi-Asset Market Portfolio 1959-2011

22 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2012

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Ronald Q. Doeswijk


Trevin Lam


Laurens Swinkels

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR); Robeco Asset Management

Date Written: November 2, 2012


The portfolio of the average investor contains important information for strategic asset allocation purposes. This portfolio shows the relative value of all assets according to the market crowd, which one could interpret as a benchmark or the optimal portfolio for the average investor. We determine the market values of equities, private equity, real estate, high yield bonds, emerging debt, non-government bonds, government bonds, inflation linked bonds, commodities, and hedge funds. For this range of assets, we estimate the invested global market portfolio for the period 1990-2011. For the main asset categories equities, real estate, non-government bonds and government bonds we extend the period to 1959-2011. To our understanding, we are the first to document the global multi-asset market portfolio at these levels of detail for such a long period of time.

Keywords: strategic asset allocation, optimal portfolio, global multi-asset market portfolio

JEL Classification: G11, G12

Suggested Citation

Doeswijk, Ronald Q. and Lam, Trevin and Swinkels, Laurens, Strategic Asset Allocation: The Global Multi-Asset Market Portfolio 1959-2011 (November 2, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

Trevin Lam

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Laurens Swinkels

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Robeco Asset Management ( email )

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