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AAII Asset Allocation Models

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Our asset allocation area is an unbiased educational resource for anyone interested in asset allocation and portfolio building.

In this area, you'll see the performance of many popular investment benchmarks; plus you'll benefit from being able to review AAII's asset allocation models. The models are designed to help you match your risk level with appropriate asset classes.

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Popular Investment Benchmarks   (Data as of 11/30/2014)
Stocks Standard Deviation 1 yr 5 yrs 10 yrs
Large-Cap Stocks 9.04% 16.67% 15.79% 7.94%
Mid-Cap Stocks 11.31% 11.8% 17.22% 9.6%
Small-Cap Stocks 12.04% 8.76% 18.2% 9.25%
International Stocks 13.13% -0.2% 6.18% 5.26%
Emerging Markets Stocks 15.52% 4.66% 3.52% 9.07%
Fixed Income
Intermediate Bonds 3.13% 3.13% 3.53% 4.83%
Short-Term Bonds 0.67% 0.62% 1.05% 2.8%
Overall market
Vanguard Total Stock Market Index (VTSMX) 9.4% 15.39% 16.21% 8.37%

AAII Asset Allocation Models

What is your investor profile? Follow one of our recommended allocations and check back frequently for monthly return data.

Investor Profile Standard Deviation 1 yr 5 yrs 10 yrs
Aggressive Investor
  • Age 18-35
  • 30+ Years Investment Horizon
10.0% 8.2% 12.2% 7.8%
Moderate Investor
  • Age 35-55
  • 20+ Years Investment Horizon
7.6% 7.7% 10.6% 7.1%
Conservative Investor
  • Age 55+
  • 10+ Years Investment Horizon
5.2% 7.5% 9.3% 6.4%
 Suggested Allocation Breakdowns
Aggressive


   20% Large-Cap Stocks
   20% Mid-Cap Stocks
   20% Small-Cap Stocks
   20% International Stocks
   10% Emerging Markets Stocks
   10% Intermediate Bonds
   0% Short-Term Bonds
Moderate


   20% Large-Cap Stocks
   20% Mid-Cap Stocks
   10% Small-Cap Stocks
   15% International Stocks
   5% Emerging Markets Stocks
   30% Intermediate Bonds
   0% Short-Term Bonds
Conservative


   25% Large-Cap Stocks
   10% Mid-Cap Stocks
   10% Small-Cap Stocks
   5% International Stocks
   0% Emerging Markets Stocks
   40% Intermediate Bonds
   10% Short-Term Bonds
Aggressive Portfolio Return
YTD: 6.3%
1 yr: 8.2%
5 yrs: 12.2%
10 yrs: 7.8%
Moderate Portfolio Return
YTD: 6.5%
1 yr: 7.7%
5 yrs: 10.6%
10 yrs: 7.1%
Conservative Portfolio Return
YTD: 5.2%
1 yr: 7.5%
5 yrs: 9.3%
10 yrs: 6.4%

Broad Allocation Scenarios
Aggressive Investor

Allocations

Aggressive Portfolio Return
1 yr: 8.2%
5 yrs: 12.2%
10 yrs: 7.8%

Characteristics
Growth: Substantial
Income: Very Low
Risk: Substantial Year-to-Year Volatility of Portfolio Value
10% Average Annual Growth in Value
-30% Bad Year

Time Horizon
Age: often 18-35
30+Years: Long Investment Horizon
For investors who are very risk tolerant
Transition: 80% Diversified Stock
20% Fixed Income
Investors, as they age, usually transition their portfolios toward less risky and less aggressive asset allocations.

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Moderate Investor

Allocations

Moderate Portfolio Return
1 yr: 7.7%
5 yrs: 10.6%
10 yrs: 7.1%

Characteristics
Growth: Moderate
Income: Low
Risk: Moderate Year-to-Year Volatility of Portfolio Value
8% Average Annual Growth in Value
-20% Bad Year

Time Horizon
Age: often 35-55
20+Years: Mid-Term Investment Horizon
 
For investors who can tolerate some risk
Transition: 60% Diversified Stock
40% Fixed Income
Investors, as they get closer to retirement, usually transition their portfolios toward lower risk and more conservative allocations.

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Conservative Investor

Allocations
Conservative Portfolio Return
1 yr: 7.5%
5 yrs: 9.3%
10 yrs: 6.4%

Characteristics
Growth: Low
Income: Moderate
Risk: Low Year-to-Year Volatility of Portfolio Value
6% Average Annual Growth in Value
-15% Bad Year

Time Horizon
Age: often 55+
10+Years: Short-Term Investment Horizon
 
For investors who are not risk tolerant

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