A few of you have been kind of laughing at myself and Intercst for having significant amount of assets in fixed income, which, I admit, yields barely above zero and has dismal prospects for price appreciation. The conversation was in the context of avoiding a 3% mortgage on residences because the alternative was more zero percent fixed income.
My question for you is this: What is your asset allocation/financial plan? Are you buying into the “it’s different this time” thinking, where you take on more equity risk, thinking that fixed income is “dead already”? Are you saying that an age 60something indexed, asset allocated investor, should no longer use the old balanced portfolio of, say, 60 percent equity/40 percent fixed income to maybe 40 percent equity/ 60 percent fixed income?
I’ve stayed the course because I still think that the return OF my safe money (the bonds portion) is better than taking extra risk to get a return ON my safe money. But it sounds like a few of you have different thinking and I’d like to tease that out a bit. I admit that prior to 2021, I wasn’t that concerned with earning zero on fixed income because inflation was close to zero. And equities did so well in 2021, that my 55/45 portfolio still returned 5% above the 7% inflation. But going forward it’s probably gonna be tougher. So I ask those laughing at money in nearly zero percent bonds, what are you actually doing as an alternative?