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Investment Products

Last updated August 2, 2021

Many investment products are available to help you achieve your financial goals. The table below includes investment products relevant to most investors. The main investment products are stocks, bonds and funds (mutual, ETFs) that hold a variety of stocks and bonds. We've included a popular, low-cost fund for each product type in the second column (we are not compensated for these recommendations). You should be able to purchase any of these funds with most brokerages. Please realize that historical annual returns are not an indication of future performance. In fact, most experts expect assets to return significantly less over the next decade. We averaged over feedback we received from experts to provide expected annual returns over the next decade (as of August 2, 2021), included in the table. Please realize no one can predict such things accurately. Higher expected average returns typically go hand-in-hand with higher risk and/or volatility.

Notice the rightmost column, which provides a recommended upper limit on how much many experts recommend investing in each category. This article contains a simple, high-level discussion of many of these asset classes.

CategoryFundHistorical Annual ReturnsExpected Annual Returns (next decade)Max Recommended Allocation

US Stocks

VTI

11%

4%

80%

International Stocks

VXUS

9%

7%

50%

Real Estate

VNQ

9%

5%

25%

20+ Year US Treasury Bonds

TLT

5.5%

2%

40%

7-10 Year US Treasury Bond

IEF

4%

1%

35%

Treasury Inflation-Protected Bonds

VTIP

<1%

1%

15%

Gold

IAU

11%

1%

10%

Cryptocurrency

BTC

>300%

N/A

3%

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