Asset Allocation: A Recommendation for Resolving the Collision between Theory and Practice
26 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2016 Last revised: 26 Nov 2017
Date Written: November 2, 2017
We examine the creation of a low-cost optimal risky portfolio that individual investors can easily construct and manage. We consider five index mutual funds and three precious metals that are easy for investors to trade. Collectively, the mutual funds track the returns of the entire U.S. equity market, 98% of foreign stocks, U.S. investment grade bonds, all domestic REITs, and emerging markets. The three precious metals are gold, platinum, and palladium. Because these mutual funds are available in ETF form, we provide optimization results with and without short selling. Optimization results differ greatly from conventional wisdom regarding optimal asset allocation. This actual portfolio may be as close to the theoretical “market portfolio” as is achievable in practice.
Keywords: Asset Allocation, Precious Metals, Optimal portfolios
JEL Classification: G11
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