Originally Posted by Mysto
Normally you rebalance your entire portfolio - in buffer theory because the buffer is a separate piece it would not rebalance so your cash/bonds ratio could change during time as opposed to remaining a fixed total ratio. So there is a difference..
No, not necessarily. I rebalance between asset classes on a personal judgement basis, no firm timelines or rules. I have some general goal levels (which will change from time to time) and try to strategize moves over time to meet these goals within varying market conditions. Besides, your "separate" buffer isn't really all that separate. You flow dollars from your portfolio to that buffer to refill it from time to time!
Apparently, Ray fans refer to cash buffers or reserves as "bucket 1." I refer to them as "cash/near-cash assets" in my portfolio. Ray fans think of bucket 1 as "separate." I choose not to as I have my cash allocation linked to the other allocations and money flows between them from time to time.
I think this is mostly semantics. Labeling my cash/near-cash assests as "seperate" would not cause any difference in the way I manage my portfolio or, specifically, handle rebalancing.
I have no problem with the Ray Lucia jargon. My only regret about it is that all the things people say they are doing with the so-called "bucket system," could be done without the jargon. Therefore, the new jargon just seems to add a layer of complexity to discussions.
Again, as mentioned in an earlier post, I do not include DW's quilting supply stash of $$$ in the portfolio. This would get me involved in the "financial impact of divorce" thread which is going on concurrently!
Additionally, DW hasn't always been all that interested in managing our finances but, nevertheless, I keep her well informed. I've explained what the different classes of assets are, why we need a diversity of asset classes and the pros and cons and risks and rewards of our current allocation. Going back and relabeling cash as bucket one, fixed as bucket two and equity as bucket three just ain't gonna happen!