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Old 11-22-2020, 11:28 AM   #81
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In my opinion, that's all you need. A "Keep It Simple" strategy.
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VTSAX - Vanguard Total Stock Market Index

In my opinion, that's all you need. A "Keep It Simple" strategy.
Now, that IS simple!

Probably a good choice for equities but do you balance with bond fund(s) or cash-like products? Not quibbling, just curious. I'm more like 30% equities and have less gains to show, but still way ahead of the game after 15 years FIRE. I guess if you are young with a long time to FIRE, an all-in bet will eventually pay off in the stock market, so... YMMV
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Old 11-22-2020, 06:05 PM   #83
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Has worked well for me. Pension and SS provide living expenses.
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Old 11-22-2020, 08:43 PM   #84
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VTSAX - Vanguard Total Stock Market Index

In my opinion, that's all you need. A "Keep It Simple" strategy.
I totally agree with this. I also note that it won't get you from $11M to $30M in 10 years.
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Old 11-22-2020, 10:31 PM   #85
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I totally agree with this. I also note that it won't get you from $11M to $30M in 10 years.
Absolutely true. VTSAX is a relatively safe investment. I used to go 100% in VTSAX. Sleep tight at night. Higher risk = High return. I am sure you know what I mean.
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Absolutely true. VTSAX is a relatively safe investment. I used to go 100% in VTSAX. Sleep tight at night. Higher risk = High return. I am sure you know what I mean.

Yup. You do you, and I will do me. Carry on!
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Now, that IS simple!

Probably a good choice for equities but do you balance with bond fund(s) or cash-like products? Not quibbling, just curious. I'm more like 30% equities and have less gains to show, but still way ahead of the game after 15 years FIRE. I guess if you are young with a long time to FIRE, an all-in bet will eventually pay off in the stock market, so... YMMV
I follow Jim Collins' advice on this one: https://youtu.be/eikbQPldhPY (If you want to smooth the ride)

If buying some bond funds make you sleep better at night, go for it. For me, bond funds keep me up at night 'cos it's not putting my money to work in the most efficient way; I go 100% stocks.

When it comes to bonds, I don't like owning it. My investment philosophy closely resembles Peter Lynch's approach: Buy good companies that I understand. You can listen to him here about mixing Stocks & Bonds @29:10 onward:

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Self manager here. Retired age 56. With each job I worked since 22 years ago, I would invest in the top 2 most aggressive performing funds available to me in my 401k. I would go by the highest 10 yr return %. I have four 401ks from 4 different jobs an IRA and an individual stock account. A few of the better performing funds this year are:

FXAIX Fid 500 INDEX F 15.39% YTD

TRLGX T ROWE PRICE Large cap gr 36% YTD

VHCAX VANGUARD cap opp adm 20%YTD

VINIX VANGUARD mkt ind 15.53 YTD

VIEIX VANGUARD ext mkt 28.64%

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Realized Gain: 10.33%

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What a wonderful job you have done, Great Discipline of saving & investing regularly !!
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To Rkser: Thank you so much for your encouragement and support! I am both proud and humbled. Mostly amazed, though, at how I got here so fast.
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This is a followup of another thread I started last year ... "How many totally manage their own nest egg??"

For those who self-manage (do not use a FA service at all), what funds (or other investments) do you have your retirement nest egg invested in?

I am curious since, Vanguard and Fidelity Index funds seem to be highly popular. I am also curious about which index funds folks pick, and why.

Thanks.

In my 401k I use a global balanced fund of indexes run by my employer.

In my taxable brokerage account I use the ETF WisdomTree US High Yield (DHS). Its not perfect but it hits all my requirements, like paying monthly, which is hard to find.

I have around $600k in it, which should generate around $24k div income this year. Over the last decade the div growth averaged out to around 9% per year.

Once the div income reaches $30k I will be essentially financially independent.
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If buying some bond funds make you sleep better at night, go for it. For me, bond funds keep me up at night 'cos it's not putting my money to work in the most efficient way; I go 100% stocks.
100% stocks might be OK if you're in your 20's or 30's, as you will come out ahead in the long run. However, if you're nearing retirement you probably wouldn't want to lose 50% of your portfolio during a downturn.

As an example, compare a 100% VTSAX, vs a 60% VTSAX/40% VBTLX, vs a single fund VBIAX over the last 18 years:

https://www.portfoliovisualizer.com/...ocation3_3=100

You may come out ahead in the end, but I sure don't have the stomach for that kind of volatility.

Compare your 100% VTSAX with a 50% VFIAX/50% VUSTX blend. Nearly the same end result, but a lot smoother ride:

https://www.portfoliovisualizer.com/...location4_2=50

Of course, past results don't guarantee future returns...
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VDIGX Dividend Growth 22%
VSCGX Lifetime Conservative Growth 34%
VGSTX Star Fund 24%
VSMGX Lifetime Moderate Growth 20%

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... However, if you're nearing retirement you probably wouldn't want to lose 50% of your portfolio during a downturn ...
This is just a ghost story. Historically all downturns have been followed by recoveries. The only way an investor could lose 50% of a portfolio in a 50% downturn is to panic and sell everything. The real risk is SORR (not volatility) which might involve selling a fraction of a portfolio into a down market, but SORR is relatively easy to mitigate with a few years' burn rate in fixed income or cash. Obviously @HawaiiShrimp has made the judgment that FOMO is a bigger concern than SORR. His money, his judgment. Fine with me.

We are 73YO with AA 75/25 and our risk in actually losing 50% of our equity portfolio is IMO zero.

If I was a really good graphic artist I would create a cartoon blackboard with the sentence "Volatility is not risk." written 100 times.
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