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invest8104 wrote: ↑Thu Dec 26, 2019 11:09 am
Looking to start a 3 Fund Portfolio and would like to get your opinions:
Traditional IRA - $28,000 (currently not invested)
Roth IRA (Wife) - $6,000 (VTSAX)
Employer 401k (Wife) - $1,000 *Just started job
VFIAX (S&P500) - $29,000
VBTLX (Bonds Mkt) - $3,000
VGSLX(REIT) - $4,500
VHYAX (High Div) - $5,000
Money Mkt - $310,000
Chase Checking Account - $60,000
My wife and I plan on putting away $10,000 a month. I also plan on started a Solo401k next year, since I won my own businesses. We are currently in the 24% tax bracket. It seems simplicity is best when it comes to investing and we would like to start a portfolio that we can keep the same for 20 years. Just reallocate once a year and keep tax liability as low as possible. Any recommendations are appreciated.
invest8104 wrote: ↑Thu Dec 26, 2019 11:18 am
MotoTrojan wrote: ↑Thu Dec 26, 2019 11:12 am
If the bonds, REITs, or high-dividend in taxable are at a loss, sell right away. At a minimum turn-off dividend reinvestment on them.
I would just use the basic 3-fund portfolio, and put all bonds in tax-advantaged (look up tax-efficient fund placement). Lump-sum the equity in taxable, and have a plan for tax-loss harvest.
Nothing fancy needed.
What percentage in each fund would you use at my age? My other concern is that my Wife's 401K plan has funds with high expense ratios (between .7% - 2%)
At age 27 I suggest about 20% in bonds or other fixed income investments (like CDs, savings accounts, money market fund). This is expected to substantially reduce portfolio volatility (risk), with only a relatively modest decrease in portfolio return. Graph, "An Efficient Frontier: the power of diversification"
. Please see:
1) Wiki article Bogleheads® investment philosophy, part 3 "Never bear too much or too little risk"
2) Wiki article, "Asset allocation"
3) Morningstar (8/10/2019), "The Best Diversifiers for Your Equity Portfolio"
I suggest around 20 - 30% of stocks in international stocks. Vanguard paper (March 2012), "Considerations for investing in non-U.S. equities"
. Historically, allocating 20% of an equity portfolio to non-U.S. stocks would have captured about 84% of the maximum possible diversification benefit, and allocating 30% of an equity portfolio to non-U.S. stocks would have captured about 99% of the maximum possible diversification benefit (p. 6). (You can find lots of debate here on international allocation, opinions ranging all the way from 00% to 50% of stocks in international stocks. If you want more viewpoints on international stocks please try the Google search box, upper right, this page).
That works out to about 20% bonds, 20% international stocks, and 60% domestic stocks. Asset allocation is a very personal decision. You must decide on an allocation that is comfortable for you based on your own ability, willingness and need to take risk.
Fund selection, her 401k plan.
What funds are offered in her 401k plan? Please give fund names, tickers and expense ratios.
You say you are in the 24% tax bracket, its important to make best use of all tax-advantaged accounts.
Does her 401k plan offer an employer match? If so how much (in dollars) is the employer match, and how much (in dollars) does she have to contribute annually to get the full employer match?
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Here is a general account funding priority that usually works well for many people (when there is no HSA use):
1) Contribute to the work-based plans (401k, 403b, 457, SIMPLE IRA, TSP, etc.) enough to get the full employer match (the match is like free money, your best possible investment);
2) Pay off high interest debt (a guaranteed high return, the next best thing to free money);
3) Contribute the maximum to an IRA, traditional or Roth (or backdoor Roth technique), depending on eligibility and personal circumstances;
4) Contribute the remainder of the maximum employee contribution to the work-based accounts; and
5) Contribute to a taxable investing account.
"If the company plan offers good, low-cost funds, it may be preferable to contribute to the company plan before contributing to an IRA." Please see the wiki article "Prioritizing investments"
In your other thread you stated
invest8104 wrote: ↑Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:14 pm
My wife is maxing out her 401K. She is currently not eligible for a Traditional IRA and contributes to a Roth.
invest8104 wrote: ↑Thu Dec 26, 2019 3:31 pm
My wife and I do plan on purchasing a bigger house, but the main reason for the large money market position is that I am looking for a long term investment strategy that I can stick with. I wasn't investing in 2008 or previous crashes, so I do not know how I would react. I personally think I would need a nice cash pile to continue to invest through it.
Furthermore, I would like to start investing in physical assets, such as real estate, and businesses. I currently own a real estate brokerage, property mgmt company and general contracting company so investing in real estate seems like a natural fit for me. This is another reason for keeping a large cash pile on hand.
As discussed in your other thread, you need to deal with her $250k in student debt at 6.50% interest. link