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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
- 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
- 1922 - A questionnaire for regular examination of member firms' financial condition was inaugurated by the New York Stock Exchange. (Source)
- 1973 - The Chicago Board Options Exchange opened for trading as 911 contracts were sold on 16 underlying stocks. Source: Business history: Derivatives
- 2002 - William Bernstein's book, The Four Pillars of Investing: Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio was published on April 26, 2002.
- 1975 - The Securities Exchange of Thailand (SET) officially started trading on April 30, 1975. Source: History and Roles
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