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Any ETF investors here?

Postby Ed4252 » Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:26 pm

Anyone here invested in ETFs? I'm trying to create a small portfolio right now with only like $4000. How diverse is your portfolio?

Right now I'm thinking:

iShares S&P 500 Index IVV 20%
Vanguard Small Cap ETF VB 25%
iShares MSCI EAFE Index EFA 35% foreign
iShares Dow Jones US Basic Materials IYM 10%
iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate IYR 10%

what's your opinion on the allocation and portfolio for the long term (buy and hold strategy for approx 20 years+) I'm not exactly sure which sector funds to get yet.
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Re: Any ETF investors here?

Postby JTWood » Tue Jun 12, 2007 5:38 pm

PM RugbyD (or Cornbread Maxwell). ;D
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Re: Any ETF investors here?

Postby Cornbread Maxwell » Wed Jun 13, 2007 2:40 am

The beauty of Ishares is that you dont necessarily have to have a long term approach - you can move among them easily and cheaply.

Since you are just starting out and probably have a higher risk factor, I'd say your portfolio is probably pretty sound for you. The one glaring mistake is the real estate fund - thats extremely risky right now with the majority of pundits suggesting we are seeing a major bubble in that sector. I would say to feel free to use that 10% more aggressily by riding hot sectors, but I would be extremely cautious of that real estate sector.

If you feel you would rather have a more hands off approach and dont want to be too active, then just scrap that 10% back into the other 4 and leave it at 4 funds. Also - a more common approach is to have at least a small amount (10+%) in fixed income.
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