Seeking Advice on 401K Investments & % Allocations

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Bross
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Seeking Advice on 401K Investments & % Allocations

Post by Bross » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:39 pm

I am looking to get some advice or input on my 401k investment choices and % allocations:

Information:

Pharmacist, 29 YO
Maxing my 401K annually
Current 401K Total ~115K
My wife is also a Pharmacist doing the same thing – No kids
I supplement my primary income with an additional per-diem job, and plan on maxing out a 457B (non-government) annually with Providence Health (the per diem job) in the near future when the student loans are eliminated. My tentative plan is to be more aggressive with the 457B when I get to that point in time, and I am not overly concerned about Providence going belly up.

Current 401k setup:

Large Cap: Vanguard Institutional Index Fund Institutional Plus Shares (VIIIX) (0.02% ER) - 50%
Mid Cap: Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund Institutional Plus Shares (VEMPX) (0.05% ER) - 10%
International: Vanguard Developed Markets Index Fund Institutional Shares (VTMNX) (0.06% ER) - 30%
Bonds: Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund Institutional Shares (VBTIX) (0.04% ER) - 10%

I have tentative plan to follow the “120 – Age = Stock allocation” theory. I would say that I prefer to keep it at a more moderate risk profile.

401K Investment Options: (excluding the Freedom K target funds with an ER of 0.64%)

Large Cap:
- ABF LG CAP VAL INST (AADEX) – 0.60% ER
- FID CONTRAFUND K (FCNKX) – 0.58% ER
- VANG FTSE SOC IDX IS (VFTNX) – 0.12% ER
- VANG INST INDEX PLUS (VIIIX) – 0.02% ER

Mid Cap:
- VANG EXT MKT IDX ISP (VEMPX) – 0.05% ER

Small Cap:
- ALZGI NFJ SMCPVL IS (PSVIX) – 0.84% ER
- FID SMALL CAP GROWTH (FCPGX) – 1.09% ER

International:
- AF EUROPAC GRTH R4 (REREX) – 0.85% ER
- VANG DEV MKT IDX IS (VTMNX) - 0.06% ER

Income / Bond Investments:
- PIM TOTAL RT INST (PTTRX) – 0.46% ER
- VANG TOT BD MKT INST (VBTIX) – 0.04% ER

Short Term Investments:
- FIMM GOVT INST (FRGXX) – 0.18% ER


Any input or suggestions for change would be appreciated.
Thanks!

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Re: Seeking Advice on 401K Investments & % Allocations

Post by BolderBoy » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:11 pm

Your setup is within the range of suggested "good" portfolios often discussed here.
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Bross
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Re: Seeking Advice on 401K Investments & % Allocations

Post by Bross » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:19 am

Well that's good.
I definitely did some leg work prior to ensure I wasn't completely off-base.

However, I am uncertain if I am being too conservative given the current state of the market, if there would be benefit to shave 10%-15% off the Large Cap Vanguard to invest in a small cap and/or add more to the mid cap.

I went back and forth on that component, but ultimately didn't because I am trying to avoid higher expense ratios.

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