Global stock and bond markets have fallen on hard times since the start of the year. A quick glance at the year-to-date returns of major global indices bears out:
Major Indices Year to Date Performance as of 29 April, 2022
With such a difficult start to the year, many investors are questioning their investment allocations, and some are even wondering if they should be hiding everything under their mattresses.
In the world of investing, it never pays to panic but, at the same time, fear of loss is only natural. One way to avoid the human impulse to panic is to look beyond the short-term to what markets have provided investors willing to ride out short-term volatility.
For example, the average annual investor returns for the S&P 500 from 1937 to 2021 was 10.7%, 65 of these 85 total years (76%) produced positive returns. Clearly, staying invested in the market worked out for long-term US equity market investors. What’s more it is often much more tax efficient to be a long-term investor as well.
Stock or Bond? Try Both – The Benefits of a Diversified Portfolio
With both stock and bond markets on the back foot, it’s natural to ask which asset class an investor should be in. The answer is most often both.
For all but the most aggressive and conservative investors, a mix of both stocks and bonds is usually the optimal portfolio. This is because stocks and bonds have different cash flow characteristics that lend themselves to a more stable return stream over time.
Bonds tend to outperform stocks in a disinflationary environment because their cash-flows are relatively more secure and of a fixed amount. Stocks, on the other hand, tend to outperform bonds in moderate inflationary environments because their cash-flows are linked to corporate earnings and the strength of the wider economy.
Economic Environments for Crafting Diversified Portfolios
Ideally, a portfolio will be diversified so that it has investments that can offer return characteristics for different economic environments. If this is done well, the portfolio may produce an overall more balanced mix of volatility and return for an investor over the full course of their investment experience.
Building Diversified Portfolios – Understanding the Ingredients
At Partnervest, we create portfolios comprised of multiple index and fund products based on a careful analysis of the underlying exposures within. By doing this, we are able to craft portfolios that have asset allocations that are diversified based on the logic of fundamental risk exposures and correlations, rather than just the whims of market pricing dynamics.
Our online platform is designed to make it easy for you to allocate your cash to a portfolio of carefully selected investment products designed to harness the benefits of diversification, and specified to target risk and volatility levels. In a world of rising uncertainty and fast-moving markets, having a partner that can help you invest your wealth quickly, easily, and intelligently can make all the difference.
To learn more about how you can start building a sound financial future, visit our website at https://partnervest.com.au/.
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1 – Source: Morningstar, Franklin Templeton, Past performance is not a guide to future returns.
2 – Source: Franklin Templeton, Past Performance is not a guide to future performance. Performance shown reflects the effects of dividend reinvestment. The S&P 500 Index (S&P 500) is an unmanaged index of 500 stocks that is generally representative of the performance of larger companies in the U.S. Performance does not reflect the impact of fees and expenses. Investors cannot invest directly in an index. Unmanaged index returns do not reflect any fees, expenses or other charges.