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The Comeback of the 60/40 Investment Strategy

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Author: CML News


LPL Financial's Barry Gilbert suggests it's time to reconsider the 60/40 portfolio, a strategy of 60% stocks and 40% bonds, as bonds are looking more likely to return to their historical role as a portfolio diversifier.



  • Tuesday's stock setup is uncertain with growing consensus for another Fed rate hike next month.
  • Another interest-rate rise may encourage more investors into money-market funds.
  • LPL Financial's asset allocation strategist Barry Gilbert says it's time to reconsider the 60/40 investment strategy.
  • The 60/40 portfolio of 60% stocks and 40% bonds is a sound foundation for a diversified portfolio, both tactically and strategically.
  • While 2022 saw a down market for equities, bonds failed to play their traditional role as a portfolio diversifier, causing concerns for the 60/40.
  • The fourth quarter of 2022 and the first quarter of 2023 weren't spectacular for the 60/40, but it has been on solid footing the last two quarters.
  • Bonds are starting to look brighter with higher starting yields, a Federal Reserve likely near the end of its rate hiking campaign, and inflation coming back down.
  • LPL's long-term stock and bond forecasts indicate improvement from last year to 2023.
  • Wary investors may still not be ready to fully embrace the 60/40, but there are ways to better diversify a portfolio beyond the traditional 60/40.
  • Gilbert believes the equity side is uncertain, but he does not anticipate a steeper downturn and doesn't think markets will overreact to a modest one.
  • Alternative investments were effective hedges against losses in 2022, which investors can sometimes forget when the 60/40 is on a roll.

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