Originally Posted by karluk
kgtest, you admit to being a newbie investor, and I remain skeptical that you've mastered even very basic concepts of asset allocation and diversification. I note that your last post in the "13 funds across 5 accounts" thread outlined a plan to invest 1/3 PSCH, 1/3 VHT and 1/3 VTI. It's unclear to me if you meant this to be your entire portfolio, or just one account. In either case it is clear that such a holding is not even remotely diversified - you have one broad based stock ETF and 2/3 of the money in health care stocks. I would classify such an investing strategy as performance chasing, pure and simple. You have identified two investments that have outperformed the broad market and are hoping they will continue to outperform after you've bought them. Maybe they will, maybe not, but a long term investing strategy should not have 2/3 of your money in a single sector. If you had been making investing decisions at the end of 1999 instead of 2013, such backward looking performance chasing could easily have gotten you 2/3 into internet stocks, just months before the tech bubble burst.
In my view you are a good candidate to invest in a target date retirement fund. You know you should be more aggressive with your asset allocation, and a target date retirement fund will do that for you. But I perceive (maybe unfairly, I apologize if I'm taking your health care post out of context) that you tend to come up with some rather erratic ideas about where to put your money, and a target date fund will nip that tendency in the bud. It will keep you well diversified no matter what.
I took this post to heart...and it actually allowed me to get a better handle on my AA so thank you.
I do believe you took my healthcare post out of context and I am certainly not looking for any erratic ideas but did definitely want to understand my AA better. As for Securities / Bonds / Cash I definitely understand that.
I wanted to target health care because initially I misread Morningstar's Portfolio X-ray (thinking there sales pitch was my actual data doh) that suggested my portfolio *thereSalesPorfolio was light in healthcare. Now I have begun figuring out my ACTUAL AA heh. Then I started reading up on sector investing, and honestly of the sectors available I think anyone would be an idiot to think healthcare won't outperform every other sector this year (my strategy is pick winners) so I decided to give a Vanguard fund a try, diversifying me further by 1. Holding a vangard fund which I have none of right now 2. Dabbling into Sector investing without allocating too much $ 3. Pushing my ETF Allocation higher which was a goal of mine to get that more towards a 50/50 split.
So for my AA I took all of my funds, and I determined what % of my overall portfolio investment each fund was. For my AA sake, I am not worried about the CASH portion of how y'all in this forum report your AA, because this is also my emergency fund, and at this point I don't intend to fund my holding accounts or money markets with this EMERGENCY CASH, and I don't hold any bonds...I recently moved them into INDEX and ETF also known as taking a risk.
So now that I have a portfolio that really has securities, cash, bonds >1%, in both ETF and Mutual Funds I decided to break-down my portfolio further. This may not be called AA at this point but it is definitely allocation.
So with that said , here is my allocation using what I consider AA:
Mutual Fund Weight 73.216191169001
ETF Weight 26.78378776378
For me, and my investment style I think this is beginning to form a nice picture for me of where my money is invested.
I have ventured into Sector investing with the VHT Healthcare fund, but I would argue I am actually trying to just double-down on my diversification by also investing into ETF's. It might not make sense to have a portfolio comprised of both ETF and Mutual Funds, but this may only be for 6mos/1year as I further understand the market, and investing as time goes on.
I might take this a step further in my spreadsheet by determining my MIX of Value, Blend and Growth to understand my growth risk. I will also probably take the top 25holdings of each MutualFund and compare the % of overlap of one holding to the entire portfolio to get what I would consider a more accurate number of overlap rather than just filtering a column on a spreadsheet by fundSymbol to "quickly see" the overlap which is what I have been doing.
As for the VTI fund, I never did purchase that, the only reason I was thinking of doing so was to hold a vangard index fund. I am happy with there HealthCare fund...I have enough index for now. What I am really looking to do with my remaining funds is dump them into SmallCap Growth to increase that MIX.