Sightline Explains Why 60/40 Is Not Diversification to the Financial Post

Having an investment portfolio allocation of 60 percent stocks and 40 percent bonds was once an unofficial rule of thumb for portfolio diversification. However, this is no longer the case. To learn more about why investors should avoid following the 60/40 rule of diversification, the Financial Post recently spoke with Sightline Wealth Management.

“The 60/40 idea was first established in 1952, and became popular in the 1970s,” says Sightline Wealth Management Senior Vice President and Investment Advisor Paul de Sousa. “But markets have evolved, investment research has evolved, and new asset classes have become available to investors. In essence, 60/40 no longer offers true portfolio diversification.”

In our current market environment, portfolios now must meet three objectives to achieve proper diversification: lowering portfolio volatility, achieving a lower correlation between asset classes and giving investors better risk-adjusted returns. Unfortunately, 60/40 portfolios are no longer equipped to achieve these goals, but investing in various alternative assets might help.

“The value of alternative investments is that they can provide Canadian investors with access to an asset class that can offer portfolio diversification and a greater yield than fixed income,” explains de Sousa. “With the proper oversight by experienced advisors, private debt can offer the potential to provide a steady source of returns, even if the stock market experiences turbulence for which bonds won’t compensate.”

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