Data Source: from January 1996 to September 2021

Last Update: 30 September 2021

The Merrill Lynch Edge Select Conservative Portfolio is exposed for 21% on the Stock Market.

It's a Low Risk portfolio and it can be replicated with 12 ETFs.

In the last 10 years, the portfolio obtained a 4.94% compound annual return, with a 3.41% standard deviation.

In the last 25 years, a 5.4% compound annual return, with a 3.89% standard deviation.

In 2020, the portfolio granted a 1.56% dividend yield. If you are interested in getting periodic income, please refer to the Merrill Lynch Edge Select Conservative Portfolio: Dividend Yield page.

Asset Allocation and ETFs

The Merrill Lynch Edge Select Conservative Portfolio has the following asset allocation:

21% Stocks
79% Fixed Income
0% Commodities

The Merrill Lynch Edge Select Conservative Portfolio can be replicated with the following ETFs:

Weight Ticker ETF Name Investment Themes
8.00 % VTV Vanguard Value Equity, U.S., Large Cap, Value
5.00 % VUG Vanguard Growth Equity, U.S., Large Cap, Growth
5.00 % VEU Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Equity, Global ex-US, Large Cap
1.00 % IJS iShares S&P Small-Cap 600 Value Equity, U.S., Small Cap, Value
1.00 % EEM iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Equity, Emerging Markets, Large Cap
1.00 % IJT iShares S&P Small-Cap 600 Growth Equity, U.S., Small Cap, Growth
24.00 % BIL SPDR Blmbg Barclays 1-3 Mth T-Bill Bond, U.S., Ultra Short-Term
17.00 % IEI iShares 3-7 Year Treasury Bond Bond, U.S., Intermediate-Term
12.00 % MBB iShares MBS Bond, U.S., Long-Term
12.00 % BNDX Vanguard Total International Bond Bond, Developed Markets, All-Term
10.00 % LQD iShares Investment Grade Corporate Bond Bond, U.S., All-Term
4.00 % HYG iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond Bond, U.S., Intermediate-Term
Most of Lazy Portfolios are made of common components (asset classes), very simple and well defined. For a more complete view, find out the most common ETFs you can use to build your portfolio.

Portfolio and ETF Returns

The Merrill Lynch Edge Select Conservative Portfolio guaranteed the following returns.

MERRILL LYNCH EDGE SELECT CONSERVATIVE PORTFOLIO RETURNS (%)
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1M 3M 6M 1Y 3Y(*) 5Y(*) 10Y(*) 20Y(*) 25Y(*)
Merrill Lynch Edge Select Conservative Portfolio -1.41 -0.39 +1.68 +5.90 +5.76 +4.86 +4.94 +5.00 +5.40
Components
VTV
Vanguard Value
-3.94 -0.95 +4.14 +32.59 +9.86 +12.14 +14.05 +8.41 +8.67
VUG
Vanguard Growth
-5.32 +1.28 +13.16 +28.22 +22.78 +22.17 +19.31 +10.94 +10.74
VEU
Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US
-3.33 -3.26 +1.87 +23.82 +8.34 +9.04 +7.99 +7.18 +5.40
IJS
iShares S&P Small-Cap 600 Value
-1.46 -4.03 +0.66 +66.24 +8.16 +11.74 +14.78 +10.60 +10.64
EEM
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets
-3.87 -8.65 -5.14 +15.96 +7.76 +8.29 +5.81 +10.20 +6.12
IJT
iShares S&P Small-Cap 600 Growth
-3.52 -1.68 +1.79 +48.48 +9.83 +14.68 +16.08 +11.83 +10.02
BIL
SPDR Blmbg Barclays 1-3 Mth T-Bill
+0.01 -0.01 -0.04 -0.06 +0.96 +0.96 +0.45 +1.15 +1.92
IEI
iShares 3-7 Year Treasury Bond
-0.82 -0.10 +0.57 -1.82 +4.52 +2.09 +2.02 +3.87 +4.74
MBB
iShares MBS
-0.35 +0.15 +0.41 -0.52 +3.83 +2.06 +2.22 +3.44 +4.28
BNDX
Vanguard Total International Bond
-1.08 -0.03 +0.15 -1.08 +3.98 +2.63 +4.08 +5.06 +5.33
LQD
iShares Investment Grade Corporate Bond
-1.51 -0.45 +3.45 +1.11 +8.18 +4.75 +5.18 +5.62 +6.06
HYG
iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond
-0.37 +0.34 +2.36 +8.92 +5.46 +5.16 +6.23 +5.97 +5.65
(*) annualized
Portfolio returns are calculated assuming:
  • a rebalancing of the components at the beginning of each year (i.e. at every January 1st)
  • the reinvestment of dividends

If you are interested in getting periodic income, please refer to the Merrill Lynch Edge Select Conservative Portfolio: Dividend Yield page.

Historical Returns

Merrill Lynch Edge Select Conservative Portfolio - Historical returns and stats.

MERRILL LYNCH EDGE SELECT CONSERVATIVE PORTFOLIO
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Period Returns
Sep 2021
Standard
Deviation *
Max
Drawdown
Months
Pos - Neg
1M
-1.41%
-1.41%
Sep 2021 - Sep 2021
0 - 1
3M
-0.39%
-1.41%
Sep 2021 - Sep 2021
2 - 1
6M
+1.68%
-1.41%
Sep 2021 - Sep 2021
5 - 1
YTD
+1.94%
-1.41%
Sep 2021 - Sep 2021
6 - 3
1Y
+5.90%
3.57%
-1.41%
Sep 2021 - Sep 2021
8 - 4
3Y
+5.76%
annualized
4.46%
-4.57%
Feb 2020 - Mar 2020
26 - 10
5Y
+4.86%
annualized
3.67%
-4.57%
Feb 2020 - Mar 2020
45 - 15
10Y
+4.94%
annualized
3.41%
-4.57%
Feb 2020 - Mar 2020
87 - 33
20Y
+5.00%
annualized
3.81%
-10.97%
May 2008 - Feb 2009
172 - 68
25Y
+5.40%
annualized
3.89%
-10.97%
May 2008 - Feb 2009
211 - 89
MAX
01 Jan 1996
+5.39%
annualized
3.85%
-10.97%
May 2008 - Feb 2009
218 - 91
* Annualized St.Dev. of monthly returns

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25 Years Stats
% Allocation
Portfolio Return Drawdown Stocks Bonds Comm.
High Yield Bonds Income
+7.14% -23.98% 0 100 0 Compare
All Country World 20/80
+6.24% -14.04% 20 80 0 Compare
Stocks/Bonds 20/80
+6.14% -8.42% 20 80 0 Compare
All Country World Bonds
+5.81% -8.82% 0 100 0 Compare
Dimensional Retirement Income Fund
DFA
+5.77% -12.91% 20.4 79.6 0 Compare

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Capital Growth

Time Range:

Drawdowns

Time Range:

Rolling Returns ( more details)

Merrill Lynch Edge Select Conservative Portfolio: annualized rolling and average returns

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Return (*) Negative
Periods
Rolling Period Average Best Worst
1 Year
+5.53% +17.80%
Mar 2009 - Feb 2010
-10.34%
Mar 2008 - Feb 2009
5.03%
2 Years
+5.37% +12.91%
Mar 2009 - Feb 2011
-3.26%
Mar 2007 - Feb 2009
3.15%
3 Years
+5.24% +10.28%
Mar 2009 - Feb 2012
+0.13%
Mar 2006 - Feb 2009
0.00%
5 Years
+5.11% +8.17%
Mar 2009 - Feb 2014
+2.06%
Mar 2004 - Feb 2009
0.00%
7 Years
+5.10% +7.01%
Apr 1997 - Mar 2004
+3.44%
Mar 2002 - Feb 2009
0.00%
10 Years
+5.13% +6.65%
Apr 1997 - Mar 2007
+3.92%
Mar 1999 - Feb 2009
0.00%
15 Years
+5.13% +6.10%
May 1996 - Apr 2011
+4.40%
Jan 2004 - Dec 2018
0.00%
20 Years
+5.08% +5.65%
Aug 1996 - Jul 2016
+4.59%
Apr 2000 - Mar 2020
0.00%

* Annualized rolling and average returns over full calendar month periods

If you need a deeper detail about rolling returns, please refer to the Merrill Lynch Edge Select Conservative Portfolio: Rolling Returns page.

Seasonality and Yearly/Monthly Returns

Merrill Lynch Edge Select Conservative Portfolio Seasonality: in which months is it better to invest?

In the table below, the average monthly return is represented.

Below each return, it's also mentioned the probability of obtaining a positive monthly result (Win %).

Both the Average Return and the Gain Frequency are useful to get an idea of what happened in the past.

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Monthly Average Return (%) and Gain Frequency
Return (%) Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average
Win %
0.39
62%
0.18
69%
0.31
77%
0.84
88%
0.25
62%
0.33
73%
0.59
69%
0.29
69%
0.33
62%
0.46
68%
0.66
76%
0.73
72%
Best
Year
2.6
2019
1.8
1998
2.3
2009
3.1
2009
2.5
2003
2.4
2019
3.3
2009
1.8
2000
2.9
1998
2.8
2011
3.1
2020
3.5
2008
Worst
Year
-2.4
2009
-3.1
2009
-3.6
2020
-1.8
2004
-1.7
2010
-1.9
2008
-1.2
2003
-2.4
1998
-3.4
2008
-4.3
2008
-0.7
2010
-0.9
2018
Statistics calculated for the period Jan 1996 - Sep 2021

For further information about the seasonality, check the Asset Class Seasonality page.

Monthly Returns of Merrill Lynch Edge Select Conservative Portfolio

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Months
Year Return Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2021
+1.94% -0.2 0.0 0.5 1.1 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.4 -1.4
2020
+6.74% 0.5 -1.0 -3.6 2.9 1.3 0.8 1.7 0.8 -0.6 -0.4 3.1 1.2
2019
+11.07% 2.6 0.7 1.2 0.9 -0.8 2.4 0.3 0.6 0.4 0.7 0.6 0.9
2018
-1.01% 0.6 -1.3 0.1 -0.3 0.6 0.0 0.9 0.6 -0.2 -1.9 0.8 -0.9
2017
+6.67% 0.5 1.0 0.2 0.7 0.7 0.1 0.8 0.5 0.4 0.6 0.5 0.6
2016
+4.67% -0.5 0.4 2.1 0.5 0.2 1.1 1.2 0.1 0.2 -0.9 -0.4 0.7
2015
-0.16% 0.6 0.8 -0.2 0.3 -0.1 -1.0 0.6 -1.6 -0.3 1.7 -0.2 -0.7
2014
+4.82% -0.1 1.3 0.1 0.5 1.0 0.6 -0.6 1.4 -1.0 1.0 0.7 -0.2
2013
+5.12% 0.7 0.5 0.8 1.1 -0.9 -1.4 1.5 -1.1 1.6 1.5 0.6 0.2
2012
+6.74% 1.7 1.1 0.2 0.3 -1.5 1.3 1.0 0.7 1.0 -0.1 0.3 0.6
2011
+3.69% 0.6 0.9 0.1 1.6 0.3 -0.5 0.4 -0.9 -1.9 2.8 -0.6 1.1
2010
+7.47% -0.1 0.8 1.4 0.9 -1.7 0.2 2.3 0.0 2.1 1.0 -0.7 1.1
2009
+10.64% -2.4 -3.1 2.3 3.1 2.1 0.4 3.3 1.3 2.0 -0.5 2.1 0.0
2008
-5.32% -0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.7 -0.3 -1.9 0.1 0.3 -3.4 -4.3 0.2 3.5
2007
+5.55% 0.4 0.6 0.5 1.2 0.4 -0.5 -0.3 1.0 1.6 1.0 -0.2 -0.1
2006
+7.57% 1.0 0.3 0.1 0.6 -0.8 0.2 0.9 1.4 0.9 1.3 1.4 0.2
2005
+4.31% -0.1 0.5 -0.8 0.3 1.2 0.7 0.5 0.7 0.1 -1.0 1.1 1.0
2004
+6.35% 0.8 1.0 0.3 -1.8 0.0 0.8 -0.2 1.3 0.7 1.0 1.0 1.4
2003
+10.38% -0.5 0.4 0.0 2.4 2.5 0.4 -1.2 0.9 1.4 1.0 0.5 2.1
2002
+2.13% 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4 -0.8 -1.1 1.1 -0.8 1.0 1.0 0.4
2001
+2.93% 1.9 -1.1 -0.8 1.2 0.3 -0.4 1.1 -0.2 -1.2 1.7 0.5 -0.1
2000
+5.85% -1.2 0.7 2.2 -0.7 -0.3 1.7 0.2 1.8 -0.2 0.2 -0.5 1.9
1999
+5.52% 1.1 -1.6 1.4 1.6 -1.1 0.9 -0.5 -0.3 0.2 1.3 0.8 1.6
1998
+10.67% 0.9 1.8 1.0 0.8 -0.1 0.7 0.0 -2.4 2.9 1.9 1.2 1.6
1997
+9.16% 0.5 0.3 -1.2 1.3 2.4 1.8 2.3 -1.6 2.3 -0.4 0.5 0.8
1996
+7.09% 0.8 -0.4 0.1 0.4 0.3 0.7 -0.5 0.6 1.8 1.5 2.4 -0.7

* Note:
Portofolio Returns, up to December 2013, are simulated. They have been calculated using the historical series of equivalent ETFs / Assets, instead of the actual ETFs of the portfolio.

In particular, it has been used:

  • VTV - Vanguard Value: simulated historical serie, up to December 2004
  • VUG - Vanguard Growth: simulated historical serie, up to December 2004
  • VEU - Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US: simulated historical serie, up to December 2007
  • IJS - iShares S&P Small-Cap 600 Value: simulated historical serie, up to December 2000
  • EEM - iShares MSCI Emerging Markets: simulated historical serie, up to December 2003
  • IJT - iShares S&P Small-Cap 600 Growth: simulated historical serie, up to December 2000
  • BIL - SPDR Blmbg Barclays 1-3 Mth T-Bill: simulated historical serie, up to December 2007
  • IEI - iShares 3-7 Year Treasury Bond: simulated historical serie, up to December 2007
  • MBB - iShares MBS: simulated historical serie, up to December 2007
  • BNDX - Vanguard Total International Bond: simulated historical serie, up to December 2013
  • LQD - iShares Investment Grade Corporate Bond: simulated historical serie, up to December 2002
  • HYG - iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond: simulated historical serie, up to December 2007
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