The 7Twelve Portfolio is recommended by Craig Israelsen in his book 7Twelve: A Diversified Investment Portfolio with a Plan. The name is derived from equally dividing your portfolio between 12 funds in 7 asset categories: domestic stock, international stock, real estate, resources, domestic bonds, international bonds, and cash.
American Portfolios /// AUS CAN GER UK
- 8.3% Large Cap Blend (US)
- 8.3% Mid Cap Blend (US)
- 8.3% Small Cap Blend (US)
- 8.3% World (Ex-US)
- 8.3% Emerging Market
- 25% Intermediate Term Bonds (US)*
- 8.3% Tbills/Cash (US)
- 16.6% Commodities**
- 8.3% REITs (US)
(*) Israelsen specifically recommends equal parts Domestic Bonds, International Bonds, and TIPS. Since I don’t have specific data for every asset, I allocated this portion to intermediate term bonds. While this is a pretty good proxy that should model the design intent reasonably well, be sure to read Israelsen’s justifications for why he chooses the bonds he does.
(**) He specifically recommends 8.3% commodities and 8.3% natural resources, but good data for natural resources is not available. Keeping with his theme of having two equal segments in the “resources” category, I allocated the natural resources to the commodities portion. There’s a decent amount of overlap in commodities and natural resources ETFs, so I anticipate this will not change the results all that much.
Because verified data is not available, this portfolio includes estimated returns prior to 1988. Data for those years is highlighted on each chart.