as a world-wide-distributed passive index investor, i try to have my portfolio represent the market.
now the first reference i tought of was the numbers published by vanguard for their VT ETF.
now this is their portfolio, not the market. Do you have any sources that provides good numbers here? quickly googling gave me this with perfect excel compatibility. they seem to vary quite a bit from the VT numbers. I made a comparison here:
Personally, I have bought some shares of Lyxor MSCI China A Fortune SG (DR) UCITS ETF (FR0011720911) to mitigate this issue. This fund is very illiquid, however it tracks the index: MSCI China A and not the MSCI China A international tracked by other providers.
Yes, As far as I know the bond market is much bigger than the stock market, see for instance here and here..
But even if that is the case, I would not reflect that in my asset allocation that would make grossly 66% bonds vs 33% stocks! Given the current bond situation, I think this would be very very risky (not much upside, risk of credit contraction…) but that is just my opinion.
Hey @Julianek, thanks for your input. From your link, I guess this is an important point:
For one, and I think this is most important, the bond market includes government debt, in addition to traded company debt like GE. The stock market on the hand includes only equity of those companies which is the residual after you take out the debt from the total value of the company.
So bond market = corporate debt + government debt
And stock market = equity of corporations = assets - liabilities (bonds go here)
Now it makes sense to me, how bonds could be worth more than stocks. Let’s say I have a house worth 1’000’000, that’s my asset. But I also have a mortgage worth 800’000. So my equity is 200’000, 4x less than my “bonds”.
Let’s say the mortgage is for 1%, so it yields 8’000 annually. And I rent out the house for 3%, so 30’000 revenue. That means 22’000 net income. Now, would you invest in “me” (200’000) or in the mortgage that I have (800’000)?
Do not forget that “stock” only represent public companies.
All private equities are missing from the equation (private companies not quoted on a stock exchange)
Since private equities profitability tend to correlate with public stocks (a recession is a recession for everyone) you can theoretically adjust your overall allocation by increasing the stock part to reflect the private equity existing in the world
I can’t find the share of private equities in the global asset allocation
That’s simple. They are FTSE Emerging. The weight is proportional to the total market cap. As you can see from the factsheet, it’s $4.5 billion for Emerging. FTSE All-World has a cap of $45 billion, so Emerging is around 10% of it.
This is some pretty basic knowledge. Btw, VT is tracking the FTSE Global All Cap index, which also includes small caps, but the ratio remains ($5 bn / $50 bn).
Good question… this is something I have been evaluating.
At first I thought about VBR because of the “higher quality” of companies in it but I was reading about the companies inside and they tend to be more mid-size than small caps + it has exposure to 868 Vs 1414 from VB.
Past performance is +/- the same long term but i found some other benefits on VB, TER is lower 0.05% Vs 0.07% and liquidity is higher on VB (much bigger ETF).