Daily Archives: September 22, 2021

Exploring Alternatives To The US 60/40 Benchmark: Part II

In the first installment of kicking the tires on alternatives to the standard 60/40 US stock/bond asset allocation, I reviewed three relatively tame possibilities. The results, based on adding various flavors of foreign equities and fixed income, were less than impressive, albeit in part because US markets have been on a tear in recent years. Let’s take another dive into the possibilities with a more radical approach with a volatility ETF.

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Macro Briefing: 22 September 2021

* House passes spending bill, setting up showdown in Senate over debt limit
* Biden addresses UN, says ‘the world must wake up’
* Iran says it’s ready to restart nuclear talks
* Biden plays down odds for post-Brexit US-UK free-trade deal
* Taper timetable in focus for today’s Fed meeting
* Fed will wait till November for taper announcement, CNBC survey reports
* Former China central bank advisor: Evergrande crisis will slow economic growth
* Cracks in China’s growth engine raise risks for emerging markets, analysts warn
* Is the US losing the race to decide the future of money?
* US housing starts rebounded in August to slightly above-average level for 2021: