Last Update: 28 February 2021

The Bill Bernstein No Brainer Portfolio granted a 1.53% dividend yield in 2020.

It's a High Risk portfolio and it can be replicated with 4 ETFs.

Portfolio Dividend Yield

The Dividend Yield of Bill Bernstein No Brainer Portfolio is the result of the following asset allocation:

BILL BERNSTEIN NO BRAINER PORTFOLIO
DIVIDEND YIELDS (%)
Period: January 2020 - February 2021
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2021(*) 2020
Bill Bernstein No Brainer Portfolio 0.01% 1.53%
Weight Components Dividend Yield (%)
25.00% IJR - iShares Core S&P Small-Cap 0.00% 1.23%
25.00% VEU - Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US 0.00% 2.19%
25.00% VV - Vanguard Large-Cap 0.00% 1.75%
25.00% SHY - iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond 0.03% 0.96%
(*) Dividend Yield is calculated only for a portion of the year

Capital Growth and Dividends

In the following table, Capital Growth details (with and without dividend reinvestment) are represented.

If you are not interested in a periodic income and you need a strategy with a dividend reinvestment, please refer to the Bill Bernstein No Brainer Portfolio: ETF allocation and returns page.

BILL BERNSTEIN NO BRAINER PORTFOLIO
CAPITAL GROWTH with or without dividend reinvestment
1000$ invested from January 2007 to February 2021
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Year
Dividend
Cumulative
Dividend
Cashflow
Portfolio
Value
EOY Capital
Amount Yield Effective
Ptf + Cashflow
Total Return
Div. reinvestment
1000.00
2007 20.78 2.08% 20.78 1050.67 1071.45 1071.44
2008 20.30 1.90% 41.08 754.89 795.97 790.13
2009 17.56 2.22% 58.64 910.22 968.86 970.26
2010 16.45 1.70% 75.09 1023.60 1098.69 1107.56
2011 18.44 1.67% 93.53 980.04 1073.57 1078.87
2012 21.90 2.03% 115.43 1086.70 1202.13 1218.19
2013 21.17 1.74% 136.59 1307.99 1444.58 1487.42
2014 25.73 1.73% 162.33 1334.83 1497.16 1543.67
2015 25.82 1.67% 188.14 1294.45 1482.59 1522.80
2016 28.44 1.87% 216.58 1413.08 1629.66 1690.79
2017 32.84 1.94% 249.43 1607.52 1856.95 1956.28
2018 38.54 1.97% 287.96 1472.75 1760.71 1830.82
2019 45.63 2.49% 333.60 1727.94 2061.54 2193.68
2020 33.62 1.53% 367.22 1901.99 2269.21 2448.26
Feb 2021(*) 0.18 0.01% 367.40 1989.88 2357.28 2561.59
(*) Dividend Yield is calculated only for a portion of the year WITHOUT
dividend
reinvestment
WITH
dividend
reinvestment

Column meaning:

  • Dividend -> Amount: Income returned over the year (or portion of the year)
  • Dividend -> Yield: Dividend Yield calculated on the starting price of the year
  • Cumulative Dividend Cashflow: Sum of all the dividends received
  • Portfolio Value: Investment Value, excluding dividends, at the end of year
  • EOY Capital -> Effective: Investment Value plus cumulative dividends
  • EOY Capital -> Total Return: Investment Value, with dividend reinvestment

Which are the global returns of the last periods? In the following table, the Effective Return considers the received (and not reinvested) dividends. Total Return is calculated assuming dividend reinvestment.

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Period Portfolio
Return
Effective
Return
Total
Return
Jan 2020 - Feb 2021 +15.16% +14.35% +16.77%
Jan 2018 - Feb 2021 +23.79% +26.94% +30.94%
Jan 2016 - Feb 2021 +53.72% +59.00% +68.22%
Jan 2014 - Feb 2021 +52.13% +63.18% +72.22%
Jan 2011 - Feb 2021 +94.40% +114.55% +131.28%
WITHOUT
dividend
reinvestment
WITH
dividend
reinvestment

Yearly Returns and Dividend Yield

Dividends are essential for the investor who needs additional periodic income. When dividends are not reinvested, how much is the real portfolio return over the years?

BILL BERNSTEIN NO BRAINER PORTFOLIO
HISTORICAL RETURNS AND DIVIDEND YIELDS
Period: January 2007 - February 2021
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Year Total Return Dividend Yield Return
Without Dividends
2007 +7.14% 2.08% +5.07%
2008 -26.26% 1.90% -28.15%
2009 +22.80% 2.22% +20.58%
2010 +14.15% 1.70% +12.46%
2011 -2.59% 1.67% -4.26%
2012 +12.91% 2.03% +10.88%
2013 +22.10% 1.74% +20.36%
2014 +3.78% 1.73% +2.05%
2015 -1.35% 1.67% -3.02%
2016 +11.03% 1.87% +9.16%
2017 +15.70% 1.94% +13.76%
2018 -6.41% 1.97% -8.38%
2019 +19.82% 2.49% +17.33%
2020 +11.61% 1.53% +10.07%
Feb 2021(*) +4.63% 0.01% +4.62%
(*) Dividend Yield is calculated only for a portion of the year

Actual Dividend Yield for long term investors

What would have been the annual Dividend Yield received by investors if they had implemented the Bill Bernstein No Brainer Portfolio allocation over the past years?

E.g. If you had implemented it 3 years ago, how much would be your actual dividend yield today?

BILL BERNSTEIN NO BRAINER PORTFOLIO
ACTUAL DIVIDEND YIELD for long-term investors
Period: January 2007 - February 2021
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Starting Period
of the
Investment
Actual Dividend Yield over years
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021(*)
Jan 2007 2.58% 2.84% 3.28% 3.85% 4.56% 3.36% 0.02%
Jan 2008 2.41% 2.65% 3.07% 3.60% 4.26% 3.14% 0.02%
Jan 2009 3.27% 3.60% 4.16% 4.88% 5.77% 4.25% 0.02%
Jan 2010 2.66% 2.93% 3.38% 3.97% 4.70% 3.47% 0.02%
Jan 2011 2.33% 2.57% 2.97% 3.48% 4.12% 3.04% 0.02%
Jan 2012 2.39% 2.64% 3.04% 3.57% 4.23% 3.12% 0.02%
Jan 2013 2.12% 2.33% 2.70% 3.16% 3.75% 2.76% 0.01%
Jan 2014 1.74% 1.91% 2.21% 2.59% 3.07% 2.26% 0.01%
Jan 2015 1.67% 1.84% 2.13% 2.50% 2.96% 2.18% 0.01%
Jan 2016 1.87% 2.16% 2.53% 3.00% 2.21% 0.01%
Jan 2017 1.94% 2.28% 2.70% 1.99% 0.01%
Jan 2018 1.97% 2.33% 1.72% 0.01%
Jan 2019 2.49% 1.84% 0.01%
Jan 2020 1.53% 0.01%
(*) Dividend Yield is calculated only for a portion of the year

Collecting dividends is useful to obtain an additional income. Obtaining a large amount of income is the first step to financial freedom. However, if your need is to increase your capital as much as possible with dividend reinvestment, please refer to the Bill Bernstein No Brainer Portfolio: ETF allocation and returns page.

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