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A three-fund portfolio is a portfolio which does not slice and dice, but uses only basic asset classes — usually a domestic stock "total market" index fund, an international stock "total market" index fund and a bond "total market" index fund. It is often recommended for and by Bogleheads attracted by "the majesty of simplicity" (Bogle's phrase), and for those who want finer control and better tax-efficiency than they would get in an all-in-one fund like a target retirement fund.
There is no magic in the number three; the phrase is shorthand for a style of portfolio construction that emphasizes simplicity, and is related to lazy portfolios. (more...)
This week in financial history
- 1776 - The US Congress appointed a Committee "to examine and ascertain the value of the several species of gold and silver coins and the proportions they ought to bear to the Spanish milled dollar." Source: Timeline of the United States Mint
- 1895 - The Railroad Gazette made the first public notice of the Herman Hollerith tabulating machine used for the 1890 census. Hollerith's great breakthrough was his use of electricity to read, count, and sort punched cards whose holes represented data gathered by the census-takers. His machines accomplished in one year what would have taken nearly ten years of hand tabulating. Hollerith's company later developed into the International Business Machines Corporation, known as IBM. Source: American Treasuries of the Library of Congress
- 1933 - The gold standard, which directly linked the American dollar to its worth in gold, was abandoned on this day during the Great Depression. Source: This Day in Economic history.
- 2007 - The Wilshire 5000 Index closed above 15,000 for the first time in history. Source: Wilshire 5000
- 1998 - The Toronto Stock Exchange announces closure of its traditional floor trading (open outcry) system to make way for a completely electronic trading environment. Source: Canadian History Timeline
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