ETF Asset Allocation Portfolio – How To Build your Portfolio


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ETF Asset Allocation

As previously mentioned in my introduction post on ETF Asset Allocation, I discussed 2 ETF investing approaches; the micro and macro asset allocations. Today, I want to dig further into the macro investing strategy as I think you can setup a great ETF portfolio with a lazy management asset allocation technique. This won’t require much of your time while you will be able to:

#1 Follow the market

#2 Make money over time

#3 Optimize your fee structure

#4 Build a solid asset allocation

#5 Use few investment tools (only a few ETFs)

ETFs To Be Included In Your Asset Allocation:

While I won’t tell you which ETF to buy or to trade (I’m not making any recommendations on ETFs nor on your asset allocation), I made a list of ETFs covering specific markets along with a some information to help you make your own decisions. Remember that all ETFs are traded on the US market.

ETF US Market

TickerNameMarket CapPriceFees1Y ReturnDividend Yield
SPYSPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust $95,075,250,000.00 127.390.094514.2311.779221339
IVViShares S&P 500 Index Fund/US $26,471,340,000.00 127.850.0914.2371.749344528
QQQQPowershares QQQ $23,408,110,000.00 55.920.222.0830.644903443
IWMiShares Russell 2000 Index Fund $17,768,250,000.00 78.970.225.5821.13146251
VTIVanguard Total Stock Market ETF $17,594,060,000.00 65.680.0716.2231.747868456

ETF Canadian Market

TickerNameMarket CapPriceFees1Y ReturnDividend Yield
EWCiShares MSCI Canada Index Fund $4,596,753,000.00 30.830.5314.9761.616950956

ETF International Market

TickerNameMarket CapPriceFees1Y ReturnDividend Yield
EFAiShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund $36,771,840,000.00 57.60.353.7322.425043533
VEUVanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF $6,820,287,000.00 47.460.257.3972.14707133
VEAVanguard Europe Pacific ETF $5,379,575,000.00 35.810.154.4262.504886778
EPPiShares MSCI Pacific ex-Japan Index Fund $4,265,151,000.00 46.310.511.1033.349425802
VGKVanguard European ETF $2,752,851,000.00

ETF Emerging Market

TickerNameMarket CapPriceFees1Y ReturnDividend Yield
EEMiShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund $47,594,400,000.00 47.6850.7212.2621.355017258
VWOVanguard Emerging Markets ETF $45,508,440,000.00 48.20.2714.5681.690871364
EWZiShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund $13,087,150,000.00 76.780.652.5083.656000481
FXIiShares FTSE China 25 Index Fund $8,297,140,000.00 43.970.720.1621.428144098
RSXMarket Vectors - Russia ETF $2,701,176,000.00 38.810.6217.3660.474104613

ETF Real Estate (REIT)

TickerNameMarket CapPriceFees1Y ReturnDividend Yield
VNQVanguard REIT ETF $7,509,153,000.00 550.1228.4273.438181877
IYRiShares Dow Jones US Real Estate Index Fund $2,885,063,000.00 $55.750.4726.163.538206126
RWRSPDR Dow Jones REIT ETF $1,371,493,000.00 $60.600.2527.6252.958404349
RWXSPDR Dow Jones International Real Estate ETF $1,446,328,000.00 $38.430.617.3838.806011002
UREProShares Ultra Real Estate $527,574,200.00 $50.110.9547.860.774088395

ETF Bonds

TickerNameMarket CapPriceFees1Y ReturnDividend Yield
TIPiShares Barclays TIPS Bond Fund $19,388,990,000.00
LQDiShares iBoxx Investment Grade Corporate Bond Fund $13,003,800,000.00 108.3650.158.484.873744387
AGGiShares Barclays Aggregate Bond Fund $11,179,570,000.00
BNDVanguard Total Bond Market ETF $8,988,750,000.00
SHYiShares Barclays 1-3 Year Treasury Bond Fund $8,102,808,000.00 83.880.151.8861.030274244

Why Not Add Commodity ETFs to Your Asset Allocation

That is definitely a personal choice but I would rather use a Canadian ETF instead of a pure commodity ETF in my asset allocation. Why is that? Because almost 40% of the Canadian market is represented by commodity related companies. They have oil, gold, silver… you name it! On top of that, the Canadian market has a strong economy and shows great potential for the future. This also smoothes the volatility of a portfolio as pure commodities in your asset allocation will definitely increase the variations.

Another personal reason why I don’t like commodity ETFs is because investing in commodities is pure speculation. A bar of gold never produces a single dime of income. Investors consider commodities in their asset allocation based on the speculation that the price for resources will surge. I prefer going with a Canadian ETF. If you are looking to play with currencies at the same time, you might want to consider XIU, a Canadian ETF following the Canadian market.

But if you really want to include commodities in your ETF asset allocation, here’s the table of the top ETF in that category:

TickerNameMarket CapPriceFees1Y ReturnDividend Yield
GLDSPDR Gold Shares $56,101,540,000.00 133.830.420.0160
SLViShares Silver Trust $10,135,990,000.00 28.420.559.1270
GDXMarket Vectors - Gold Miners ETF $7,024,554,000.00 56.740.5315.7680.706732452
DBCPowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund $5,073,809,000.00 27.220.855.832#N/A N/A
DBAPowerShares DB Agriculture Fund $2,683,451,000.00 31.570.8516.883#N/A N/A

6 ETFs and Your Asset Allocation is Over

This sounds almost too good to be true isn’t? In next Monday’s post, I’ll discuss more about how to adjust your ETFs in order to get the right asset allocation for you. As you can see, building a solid ETF portfolio can take only a few minutes.

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