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The 60/40 stock-bond weight rule needs to go on a crash diet

The 60/40 stock-bond weight rule needs to go on a crash diet

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The classic 60/40 rule — an investor should put 60 percent of their portfolio in stocks and 40 percent in bonds — is popular for a reason: It has a good historical track record of delivering equity-like returns, while lessening the risk of serious annual portfolio drawdowns.Here are a few basic statistics that prove that point.Since 1928 — the first year data were available — a 60/40 portfolio of the S&P 500 and 10-Year Treasurys has delivered an average annual total return of 9 percent, or 78 percent of the total return for just the S&P 500 (11.5 percent). After inflation (using annual CPI) this translates to a 5.9 percent average total return for 60/40, or 70 percent of the average real returns for the S&P 500 (8.4 percent).More from Fixed Income Strategies:Where the bonds ar
4 money lessons every teenager needs to know

4 money lessons every teenager needs to know

Finance
How to talk to your kids about moneyIt's time to talk to your teenager about money. The teen years may be the first time kids start to earn their own money. And establishing good habits now can pay dividends well into their future. Plus, teaching kids to be smart about money will have benefits for parents too. "Clients that have been more transparent with their kids tend to have children that are smarter with money,' said Bill Van Sant, a certified financial planner and senior vice president at Univest Wealth Management. "Parents that may not be as transparent tend to have children that stay in the house a little longer." But it's hard to know where to start -- especially if parents don't have a solid grasp on their own finances. The first step is to avoid making money talks into lectu...