Golden Butterfly

The Golden Butterfly Portfolio by Tyler prioritizes consistently desirable investment growth by balancing economic conditions with an eye towards prosperity.

Asset Allocation

  • 20% Total Stock Market
  • 20% Small Cap Value
  • 20% Long Term Bonds
  • 20% Short Term Bonds
  • 20% Gold
Asset Notes

When I first wrote about the Golden Butterfly, I chose large cap blend to clearly contrast that portion of the portfolio from small cap value. When Portfolio Charts grew to include more countries, however, I switched to a total stock market fund (along with several other portfolios) to better translate data between markets. Because TSM funds are by definition 85% LCB, the numbers should be very similar either way. But you can also see the difference for yourself using the My Portfolio tool.

Local Interpretations

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I’m a mechanical engineer, investing researcher, spreadsheet aficionado, and the author of Portfolio Charts. The Golden Butterfly is a portfolio idea born of my ongoing exploration.


The Golden Butterfly is built on the idea of economic risk parity, similar to the Permanent Portfolio which shares four of its five assets. But while the Permanent Portfolio equally balances prosperity, recession, inflation, and deflation, the Golden Butterfly tilts the assets towards prosperity with an additional allocation to small cap value.

While to some that may seem like a trendy choice destined to underperform, the data reveals a remarkable truth. The Golden Butterfly is one of the best risk-adjusted portfolios out there, pairing the famous consistency of the Permanent Portfolio and the growth rates of far more aggressive options. With a tight band of growth paths that are helpful for future estimates and notably high withdrawal rates that are great for retirees, it’s a particularly dependable portfolio option suitable for both accumulators and retirees alike.

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Books that influenced the Golden Butterfly philosophy

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Portfolios with a similar structure or design intent

Permanent Portfolio — The same fundamental portfolio without small cap value

All Seasons Portfolio — A similar investing philosophy built around economic risk parity

Pinwheel Portfolio — Another original idea designed for portfolio consistency


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