Top Performing Portfolios Using Just 3 ETFs

Published: July 21, 2013

The recent Wall Street Journal article "A Portfolio That's as Simple as One, Two, Three" got us thinking about the possibilities of using just three ETFs to build a portfolio. But the article was sparse on examples. It provided only two specific portfolio allocation ideas: 1) 40% U.S. stocks, 20% international stocks, 40% total bond market and 2) an allocation using an all-country equity fund (e.g., ACWI) plus a U.S. bond fund and an international bond fund.


That left us hungry for more actionable asset allocation ideas using three ETFs. We also wanted to explore portfolio allocations using other types of assets. This article explains how we looked at a full range of portfolios using just three ETFs, and which portfolios performed best.

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