The term “lazy portfolio” refers to a portfolio designed to perform well in most market conditions, that can be held for an extended period without changing the asset allocation leading up to retirement. Popular examples are the traditional 60/40 Portfolio and the Bogleheads 3 Fund Portfolio.
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Lazy portfolios are usually simple, diversified collections of low-cost index funds; no active management, market timing, or stock picking here. Jack Bogle, founder of Vanguard and considered the father of index investing, advocated for the “majesty of simplicity.” In this case, “lazy” isn’t a bad thing.
Lazy portfolios are designed to take the guesswork and complexity out of investing, allowing the investor to indeed be “lazy” in their investing approach, only needing to occasionally rebalance their portfolio. This saves the investor time and alleviates potential stress related to investing. As such, they’re perfect for the long-term buy-and-hold investor who wants to be hands-off.
Below is an ever-evolving list of popular lazy portfolios, with links to my usually-brief analysis/review of each and the corresponding pie of ETF’s to use with M1 Finance. Whenever possible, I’m usually using low-cost Vanguard funds, or whichever provider has the lowest expense ratio with sufficient AUM. In most cases of US-only equities, I’ve also created a global version. Comment or email to request one that I may have missed or haven’t seen.
List of Lazy Portfolios
- Ray Dalio All Weather Portfolio (review here)
- Tyler’s Golden Butterfly Portfolio (review here)
- Harry Browne’s Permanent Portfolio (review here)
- David Swensen Portfolio (review here)
- Bogleheads 3 Fund Portfolio (80/20; review here)
- Bogleheads 4 Fund Portfolio (80/20; review here)
- 60/40 Portfolio (review here)
- Meb Faber Ivy Portfolio (review here)
- Bernstein No Brainer Portfolio (review here)
- Frank Armstrong Ideal Index Portfolio (review here)
- Bob Clyatt Sandwich Portfolio (review here)
- Pinwheel Portfolio (review here)
- Bill Schultheis Coffeehouse Portfolio (review here)
- Warren Buffett Portfolio (review here)
- John’s High Dividend Pie
- Paul Farrell Second Grader’s Starter Portfolio (review here)
- Larry Swedroe Portfolio (review here)
- Tim Maurer Simple Money Portfolio (review here)
- Rick Ferri Core 4 Portfolio (review here)
- JL Collins Simple Path to Wealth Portfolio
- Craig Israelsen 7Twelve Portfolio (review here)
- Paul Merriman 4 Fund Portfolio
- Paul Merriman Ultimate Buy and Hold Portfolio (review here)
- Roger Gibson 5 Asset Portfolio (review here)
- Roger Gibson Talmud Portfolio (review here)
- Gyroscopic Investing Desert Portfolio (review here)
- Scott Burns Couch Potato Portfolio (review here)
- Scott Burns Margarita Portfolio
- Hedgefundie’s Excellent Adventure 55/45 (not “lazy,” I know; review here)
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