John Wasik has been a professional journalist and author for 30 years specializing in personal finance, the environment, investing and social issues. John has proposed a Nano plan investment portfolio which employs just a handful of index or ETFs to cover virtually the entire world of bond and stock markets. This portfolio is supposed to be rebalanced annually.
John Wasik presents a classic asset allocation strategy with simple buy and hold.
- 20% in Vanguard Total Stock Market VIPERS (VTI) – alternatives: SPY, IWM
- 20% in Vanguard Total International (VGTSX) – alternatives: EFA, VEU, EEM, VWO, ADRE
- 20% in Vanguard REIT VIPERS (VNQ) – alternatives: IYR, ICF
- 20% in iShares Lehman TIPS Bond (TIP)
- 20% in iShares Lehman Aggregate Bond (AGG) – alternative: BND
Things to note about the portfolio:
- With 40% in fixed income, this would be considered moderate risk
- With VGTSX covering both international and emerging markets (albeit in one fund) this would be something between a 4 and 5 asset class portfolio
- VGTSX is not an ETF; while VGTSX can easily be replaced by VEU (Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF) we will keep VGTSX because it has a longer history for back testing