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Old 06-01-2009, 03:50 PM   #1
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Rational Investing Portfolio question

I have a question about the "Rational Investing Portfolio" mentioned in the book "Work less, Live More - The Way To Semi-Retirement". In the edition of the book that I have, it lists the annual performance of this portfolio through 2006. I was wondering how this portfolio did in 2007, 2008, and so far in 2009. And how did it compare to the S&P 500 index?
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Old 06-01-2009, 04:04 PM   #2
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David, Bob Clyatt hasn't been on the forum for a couple of months so I sent him a PM asking him to take a look at your question. Meanwhile, he did provide some information on 2008 performance here:
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WLLM Sandwich Portfolio Performance: 2007, 2008 and ytd 2009
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WLLM Sandwich Portfolio Performance: 2007, 2008 and ytd 2009

Thanks for your inquiry, and thanks REWahoo for pointing me to this question.

I don't have the full Rational Investing Portfolio results as they need to be calculated for me by a research firm using proprietary databases (ie. it costs me and I only do it when a new edition comes out!), but the Sandwich Portfolio, an 8-fund portfolio plus Money Market Fund is a pretty good proxy which hits all the main asset classes (though it leaves out commodities, private equity and a few other minor ones). Anyone can calculate these with the percentage asset allocation in the books and Morningstar, so it's completely transparent.

Results since the last book (which goes through 2006) are as follows:

2007 7.6%

2008 -20.3%

2009 YTD (through 6/5 close) 5.2%

This year the performance seems to be coming from the International side, probably also helped by dollar weakness. Reversal of the same factors that hosed it in 2008. Stiill as for getting through a rough patch without losing too much sleep, this portfolio seems to be working.

The asset allocation for all my Early Semi-Retirement portfolios are roughly 40% Stocks, (about half foreign), 40% Bonds (also with a good foreign allocation) and 20% Other, split between Commodities, Oil & Gas, Private Equity, Commercial Real Estate and Hedge Fund strategies (Long/Short etc).

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2009 Performance for Work Less Live More Sandwich Portfolio
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2009 Performance for Work Less Live More Sandwich Portfolio

Here's the full 2009 update for the Work Less Live More Sandwich Portfolio which is on page 190 of that book. 8 funds plus a money market.

2009 return was a gain of 22.2%

This more or less counters the 20.3% loss in 2008.

Assumes annual rebalancing on 1/1 of each year.

Hope everyone is surviving OK and that the idea of responsible early retirement has not become oxymoronic around your houses. We're still holding up well and happy with the whole deal -- 9 years out from full-time work.
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Oh my God! Bob Clyatt is awesome!!
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Oh my God! Bob Clyatt is awesome!!

The title says it all. To have found a calling in art is a true blessing.

I remain convinced that his book is the absolute best work on the subject of all time.
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