Asset Class Adjustments
Some asset classes tend to be more volatile than others. By lowering your exposure to these asset classes, you can theoretically lower your overall risk. In the example below, US Mid/Small-Caps and International Stocks are reduced in favor of more US “Blue Chip” exposure, Precious Metals are increased, and High Yield and Global Bonds are lowered in favor of more US Investment Grade Core Bonds and Cash/CDs.
|Core 60||Defensive 60|
|US Large Growth||10.5%||8%|
|US Large Blend||10.5%||15%|
|US Large Value||10.5%||15%|
|US Mid/Small Growth||3.5%||2%|
|US Mid/Small Blend||3.5%||4%|
|US Mid/Small Value||3.5%||2%|
|International Core Equity||9%||7%|
|US Investment Grade Core||25%||26%|
The allocation is still diversified and well-balanced, but it’s positioned more defensively. The adjustments can be made portfolio-wide, as in the example above, or simply within a few asset classes.