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Old 03-04-2012, 11:36 AM   #1
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Going Spartan - what do you wise folk think?

$300K in fido IRA. Age 54 - retirement goal is Q3 2020 (Pensions kick in, SS for me (may defer), retirement home paid off.)

I have 19 funds in my IRA, including 4 I just moved over from MSSB that I have already converted to cash. I'd like to go boglehead-ish/coffee house-ish/couch potato-ish but stay with fido. Moderate to moderate+ on risk.

What about this portfolio?

Fund Level Amt Exp Ratio
Spartan 500 Index (FUSVX) adv. $110K .07
Spartan Inter. Bond Index (FIBAX) adv. $110K .10
Spartan Small Cap Index (FSSPX) inv. $ 25K .31
Spartan Real Estate Index (FRXIX) inv. $ 25K .26
Spartan Global Index (FSGUX) inv. $ 25K .24
Fidelity 4-in-1 Index (FFNOX) $ 5K .23

(Advantage Class needs $100K min. Investor Class needs $10K min. I already own the 4-in-1 and want to keep it for curiousity sake.)

Any and all comments and insights appreciated.

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Old 03-04-2012, 01:33 PM   #2
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If you want a lazy/Coffeehouse portfolio, which is a solid approach IMO, your plan mirrors one of the Coffeehouse portfolios pretty well. Expense ratios for chosen Spartan funds are all very competitive, good!

Having 2% in 4-in-1 has no impact so why bother, you can track it without owning it, but you already know that.

This portfolio is a little too light on international IMO, but that's my opinion. One of the most basic lazy portfolios is the 3 funds below, note 1/3rd international. FWIW...
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It was looking good until 4-in-1 was randomly thrown in. Do you know what that find holds?
You may wish to use FSEVX instead of spartan small-cap. You may wish to add more foreign small-cap by purchasing VSS.
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It was looking good until 4-in-1 was randomly thrown in. Do you know what that find holds?
Yeah, you and Midpack have a good point.... As Midpack points out, I don't have to hold it to track it.

I do know what it holds. I was thinking I liked it better than the fido target date funds for the mental exercise of: "If I could only have one fund..." (But again - a dumb reason to hold it.)
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:21 PM   #5
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is your IRA your only retirement investments?

I agree with midpack that you are a little light on international equities (which is my opinion as well). FWIW, here is a link to a vanguard thingy where they talk about THEIR suggestions for international exposure. They suggest anywhere from 20 to 40% international equity exposure, after that, they claim you loose any diversification benefit. Also, the Boglehead Wiki cites a poll on their forum where their members have non-US equity exposure from 20 to 50%.

It is difficult without the entire picture, but if trying to imitate a lazy portfolio, what you are suggesting should get you in the ballpark.
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