Author Topic: I can't understand what's happening  (Read 1758 times)

tsmith321

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I can't understand what's happening
« on: December 15, 2016, 02:20:06 AM »
Help! I recently opened a Vanguard account and invested about 11.5k in a 3 fund portfolio. I went with the following funds: VTSMX, VGTSX, and VTSMX. So esstenridlly a total US stock, total Intl stock, and total US bond.

I can't understand why under portfolio analysis it says I have short term reserves that make up 50% of my portfolio. I was trying to complete a 80/20 allocation of stocks to bonds, with the majority of the stocks being US (At least 65%).

I feel stupid even asking this question because it may be so obvious and I'm just missing something.

Thanks for the help

tsmith321

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Re: I can't understand what's happening
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2016, 03:27:18 AM »
Ok so oddly enough about an hour after writing the OP, now my portfolio says that I have a 73.8 Stocks to 26.2 bonds split.

I guess this forum has a power in itself to magically solve problems.

Masstache

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Re: I can't understand what's happening
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2016, 04:42:30 AM »
You may also want to check out the Balanced Funds, which do this allocation automatically
https://investor.vanguard.com/mutual-funds/balanced

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Re: I can't understand what's happening
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2016, 04:57:59 AM »
Vanguard balanced funds do offer some good choices for many split portfolios. I'm in the Wellington fund, albeit Wellington is about 60/40.  I make up the remainder of my 80/20 split using my TSP account.   You can't beat the ease or peace of mind of a good balanced fund. 

tsmith321

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Re: I can't understand what's happening
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2016, 07:46:50 AM »
I picked the three funds I mentioned because it was recommended by Taylor Larimore off the Bogleheads website.  I wanted a diversified portfolio for the long haul.  I am considering making a few alterations, but for the most part I'll likely stick with these three funds and see how it goes.

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Re: I can't understand what's happening
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2016, 07:54:12 AM »
They recently updated their website and it was causing some glitches, I had to contact them earlier in the week because my asset allocation and returns were beyond screwed up according to their charts.  A little clicky clicky on their end and everything is fine now.