should I sell my VBTLX

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Tenesmus83
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should I sell my VBTLX

Post by Tenesmus83 » Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:07 am

Currently in 80/20 asset allocation with 30 yr time horizon to retirement. Doesn't make sense to hold bond fund when asset value
just goes down during a recession. I wanted to just sell everything in VBTLX and hold cash and/or DCA into VTSAX as market declines
Long term, it seems like a better strategy given my investment time frame. What do you guys think

Explorer
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Re: should I sell my VBTLX

Post by Explorer » Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:09 am

You sell the thing that is bringing stability to your portfolio? It does not compute...

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Re: should I sell my VBTLX

Post by dukeblue219 » Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:16 am

I highly doubt cash will outperform bonds for the next 30 years. I think many Boglers are learning this month that bonds won't offset your losses in a broad collapse. They'll balance the portfolio and add stability but they aren't going to soar 9% on days equities are down 9%. Bonds losing 1% on such a historic day is still valuable.

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Re: should I sell my VBTLX

Post by 1789 » Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:02 am

I would just decide on your AA and then stick to it per your rebalancing rules. If you are asking me, i would skip bonds and hold cash and VTSAX until around 40 years old and start adding bonds after that.
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