Marc Faber Portfolio: ETF allocation and returns

Data Source: from January 1976 to March 2024 (~48 years)
Consolidated Returns as of 31 March 2024
Live Update: Apr 12 2024, 04:00PM Eastern Time
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The Marc Faber Portfolio is a High Risk portfolio and can be implemented with 6 ETFs.

It's exposed for 50% on the Stock Market and for 25% on Commodities.

In the last 30 Years, the Marc Faber Portfolio obtained a 7.47% compound annual return, with a 9.66% standard deviation.

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Asset Allocation and ETFs

The Marc Faber Portfolio has the following asset allocation:

50% Stocks
25% Fixed Income
25% Commodities

The Marc Faber Portfolio can be implemented with the following ETFs:

Weight (%) Ticker Currency ETF Name Investment Themes
25.00
VNQ
USD Vanguard Real Estate Real Estate, U.S.
13.00
VV
USD Vanguard Large-Cap Equity, U.S., Large Cap
8.00
VEA
USD Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets Equity, EAFE, Large Cap
4.00
EEM
USD iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Equity, Emerging Markets, Large Cap
25.00
BND
USD Vanguard Total Bond Market Bond, U.S., All-Term
25.00
GLD
USD SPDR Gold Trust Commodity, Gold

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 as of Mar 31, 2024

The Marc Faber Portfolio guaranteed the following returns.

Returns are calculated in USD, assuming: April 2024 return is calculated on the hypothesis of a newly built portfolio, with the starting asset allocation.
MARC FABER PORTFOLIO
Consolidated returns as of 31 March 2024
Live Update: Apr 12 2024, 04:00PM Eastern Time
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  Chg (%) Return (%) Return (%) as of Mar 31, 2024
  1 Day Time ET(*) Apr 2024 1M 6M 1Y 5Y 10Y 30Y MAX
(~48Y)
Marc Faber Portfolio -0.99 -1.04 3.40 15.11 10.68 6.74 5.75 7.47 9.43
US Inflation Adjusted return 3.01 13.29 6.97 2.44 2.84 4.81 5.59
Components
VNQ
USD Vanguard Real Estate -1.19 04:00PM, Apr 12 2024 -5.52 1.09 15.70 7.62 3.48 6.11 8.74 11.79
VV
USD Vanguard Large-Cap -1.45 04:00PM, Apr 12 2024 -2.20 2.62 23.03 29.84 14.79 12.74 10.68 11.69
VEA
USD Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets -1.74 04:00PM, Apr 12 2024 -3.27 3.66 16.93 15.02 7.39 5.05 5.15 8.63
EEM
USD iShares MSCI Emerging Markets -2.29 04:00PM, Apr 12 2024 -1.34 2.73 10.33 6.95 1.43 2.24 5.08 7.45
BND
USD Vanguard Total Bond Market 0.23 04:00PM, Apr 12 2024 -1.68 0.85 5.87 1.62 0.32 1.49 4.30 6.33
GLD
USD SPDR Gold Trust -1.32 04:00PM, Apr 12 2024 5.43 8.67 19.99 12.28 11.01 5.23 5.69 5.71
Returns over 1 year are annualized | Available data source: since Jan 1976
(*) Eastern Time (ET - America/New York)
US Inflation is updated to Mar 2024. Current inflation (annualized) is 1Y: 3.48% , 5Y: 4.19% , 10Y: 2.84% , 30Y: 2.54%

In 2023, the Marc Faber Portfolio granted a 2.51% dividend yield. If you are interested in getting periodic income, please refer to the Marc Faber Portfolio: Dividend Yield page.

Capital Growth as of Mar 31, 2024

An investment of 1$, since April 1994, now would be worth 8.69$, with a total return of 769.22% (7.47% annualized).

The Inflation Adjusted Capital now would be 4.10$, with a net total return of 309.51% (4.81% annualized).
An investment of 1$, since January 1976, now would be worth 77.38$, with a total return of 7637.74% (9.43% annualized).

The Inflation Adjusted Capital now would be 13.78$, with a net total return of 1277.89% (5.59% annualized).

Portfolio Metrics as of Mar 31, 2024

Metrics of Marc Faber Portfolio, updated as of 31 March 2024.

Metrics are calculated based on monthly returns, assuming:
MARC FABER PORTFOLIO
Advanced Metrics
Data Source: 1 January 1976 - 31 March 2024 (~48 years)
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Metrics as of Mar 31, 2024
1M 3M 6M 1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y 20Y 30Y MAX
(~48Y)
Investment Return (%) 3.40 3.00 15.11 10.68 3.87 6.74 5.75 7.32 7.47 9.43
Infl. Adjusted Return (%) details 3.01 1.85 13.29 6.97 -1.67 2.44 2.84 4.60 4.81 5.59
US Inflation (%) 0.38 1.13 1.61 3.48 5.63 4.19 2.84 2.59 2.54 3.64
Returns / Inflation rates over 1 year are annualized.
DRAWDOWN
Inflation Adjusted:
Inflation Adjusted:
1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y 20Y 30Y MAX
Deepest Drawdown Depth (%) -6.81 -19.93 -19.93 -19.93 -28.82 -28.82 -28.82
Start to Recovery (# months) details 5 27* 27* 27* 22 22 22
Start (yyyy mm) 2023 08 2022 01 2022 01 2022 01 2008 06 2008 06 2008 06
Start to Bottom (# months) 3 9 9 9 9 9 9
Bottom (yyyy mm) 2023 10 2022 09 2022 09 2022 09 2009 02 2009 02 2009 02
Bottom to End (# months) 2 18 18 18 13 13 13
End (yyyy mm) 2023 12 - - - 2010 03 2010 03 2010 03
Longest Drawdown Depth (%)
same as
deepest

same as
deepest

same as
deepest

same as
deepest
-19.93 -19.93 -19.93
Start to Recovery (# months) details 27* 27* 27*
Start (yyyy mm) 2023 08 2022 01 2022 01 2022 01 2022 01 2022 01 2022 01
Start to Bottom (# months) 3 9 9 9 9 9 9
Bottom (yyyy mm) 2023 10 2022 09 2022 09 2022 09 2022 09 2022 09 2022 09
Bottom to End (# months) 2 18 18 18 18 18 18
End (yyyy mm) 2023 12 - - - - - -
Longest negative period (# months) details 7 31 34 34 41 41 41
Period Start (yyyy mm) 2023 04 2021 04 2021 01 2021 01 2005 10 2005 10 2005 10
Period End (yyyy mm) 2023 10 2023 10 2023 10 2023 10 2009 02 2009 02 2009 02
Annualized Return (%) -6.67 -1.07 -1.00 -1.00 -0.01 -0.01 -0.01
Drawdowns / Negative periods marked with * are in progress
Deepest Drawdown Depth (%) -7.69 -24.14 -24.14 -24.14 -29.83 -29.83 -29.83
Start to Recovery (# months) details 5 31* 31* 31* 29 29 29
Start (yyyy mm) 2023 08 2021 09 2021 09 2021 09 2007 11 2007 11 2007 11
Start to Bottom (# months) 3 13 13 13 16 16 16
Bottom (yyyy mm) 2023 10 2022 09 2022 09 2022 09 2009 02 2009 02 2009 02
Bottom to End (# months) 2 18 18 18 13 13 13
End (yyyy mm) 2023 12 - - - 2010 03 2010 03 2010 03
Longest Drawdown Depth (%)
same as
deepest

same as
deepest

same as
deepest

same as
deepest
-24.14 -24.14 -26.58
Start to Recovery (# months) details 31* 31* 39
Start (yyyy mm) 2023 08 2021 09 2021 09 2021 09 2021 09 2021 09 1980 02
Start to Bottom (# months) 3 13 13 13 13 13 29
Bottom (yyyy mm) 2023 10 2022 09 2022 09 2022 09 2022 09 2022 09 1982 06
Bottom to End (# months) 2 18 18 18 18 18 10
End (yyyy mm) 2023 12 - - - - - 1983 04
Longest negative period (# months) details 7 36* 55 75 75 75 75
Period Start (yyyy mm) 2023 04 2021 04 2019 04 2016 08 2016 08 2016 08 2016 08
Period End (yyyy mm) 2023 10 2024 03 2023 10 2022 10 2022 10 2022 10 2022 10
Annualized Return (%) -9.66 -1.67 -0.13 -0.20 -0.20 -0.20 -0.20
Drawdowns / Negative periods marked with * are in progress
RISK INDICATORS
1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y 20Y 30Y MAX
Standard Deviation (%) 10.73 12.45 11.80 9.74 10.86 9.66 9.61
Sharpe Ratio 0.51 0.11 0.41 0.47 0.55 0.54 0.57
Sortino Ratio 0.73 0.15 0.56 0.64 0.73 0.71 0.77
Ulcer Index 2.81 9.21 7.40 5.75 6.37 5.37 4.86
Ratio: Return / Standard Deviation 1.00 0.31 0.57 0.59 0.67 0.77 0.98
Ratio: Return / Deepest Drawdown 1.57 0.19 0.34 0.29 0.25 0.26 0.33
% Positive Months details 58% 52% 58% 58% 60% 62% 65%
Positive Months 7 19 35 70 144 225 379
Negative Months 5 17 25 50 96 135 200
LONG TERM RETURNS
Inflation Adjusted:
Inflation Adjusted:
1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y 20Y 30Y MAX
Best 10 Years Return (%) - Annualized 5.75 9.89 11.86 16.86
Worst 10 Years Return (%) - Annualized 3.88 3.88 3.88
Best 10 Years Return (%) - Annualized 2.84 7.75 9.27 9.52
Worst 10 Years Return (%) - Annualized 1.32 1.32 1.32
ROLLING PERIODS
Inflation Adjusted:
Inflation Adjusted:
1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y 20Y 30Y MAX
Over the latest 30Y
Best Rolling Return (%) - Annualized 42.34 23.08 17.27 11.86 9.06 7.47
Worst Rolling Return (%) - Annualized -27.56 -3.16 2.82 3.88 7.14
% Positive Periods 87% 98% 100% 100% 100% 100%
SWR - Safe Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized 84.18 30.18 19.94 11.28 7.62 6.42
PWR - Perpetual Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized - - - 1.42 4.94 4.85
WR calculated based on initial capital | Monthly withdrawals adjusted for inflation | Credits: BestRetirementPortfolio.com
Best Rolling Return (%) - Annualized 39.16 20.20 13.94 9.27 6.67 4.81
Worst Rolling Return (%) - Annualized -27.57 -5.20 -0.26 1.32 4.45
% Positive Periods 78% 90% 99% 100% 100% 100%
SWR - Safe Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized 84.18 30.18 19.94 11.28 7.62 6.42
PWR - Perpetual Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized - - - 1.42 4.94 4.85
WR calculated based on initial capital | Monthly withdrawals adjusted for inflation | Credits: BestRetirementPortfolio.com
Over all the available data source (Jan 1976 - Mar 2024)
Best Rolling Return (%) - Annualized 54.30 27.82 21.14 16.86 12.20 11.24
Worst Rolling Return (%) - Annualized -27.56 -3.16 2.82 3.88 6.91 6.89
% Positive Periods 86% 99% 100% 100% 100% 100%
SWR - Safe Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized 84.18 29.24 18.49 10.89 6.69 5.56
PWR - Perpetual Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized - - - 1.42 4.12 4.26
WR calculated based on initial capital | Monthly withdrawals adjusted for inflation | Credits: BestRetirementPortfolio.com
Best Rolling Return (%) - Annualized 39.16 20.20 16.41 9.52 6.68 7.07
Worst Rolling Return (%) - Annualized -27.57 -5.20 -0.26 1.32 3.96 4.26
% Positive Periods 76% 91% 99% 100% 100% 100%
SWR - Safe Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized 84.18 29.24 18.49 10.89 6.69 5.56
PWR - Perpetual Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized - - - 1.42 4.12 4.26
WR calculated based on initial capital | Monthly withdrawals adjusted for inflation | Credits: BestRetirementPortfolio.com
Terms and Definitions
  • Annualized Portfolio Return: it's the annualized geometric mean return of the portfolio.
  • Deepest/Longest Drawdown: a drawdown refers to the decline in value from a relative peak value to a relative trough. The deepest (or maximum) drawdown is the maximum observed loss from a peak to a trough of a portfolio before a new peak is attained. The longest drawdown is the period observed from a peak to the subsequent peak with the greatest duration.
  • Longest negative period: it's the maximum period for which an overall negative return has been observed.
  • Standard Deviation: it's a measure of the dispersion of returns around the mean.
  • Sharpe Ratio: it's a measure of risk-adjusted performance of the portfolio. It's calculated by dividing the excess return of the portfolio over the risk-free rate by the portfolio standard deviation. The risk-free rate here considered is the 1-3 Mth T-Bill return.
  • Sortino Ratio: another measure of risk-adjusted performance of the portfolio. It's a modification of the Sharpe Ratio (same formula but the denominator is the portfolio downside standard deviation).
  • Ulcer Index: it's a measure of downside risk that quantifies the depth and duration of drawdowns in an investment portfolio.
  • Best/Worst 10Y returns: the best and the worst 10-year return over a time frame.
  • Rolling Returns: N-year returns over a time frame, calculated over all the available data source (best, worst, % of positive returns). Each rolling period, longer than the longest negative period, yielded a non-negative minimum return.
  • Safe Withdrawal Rate (SWR): it's the percentage of the initial portfolio balance that can be withdrawn at the beginning of each month with inflation adjustment, without the portfolio running out of money in any case (money amount withdrawal).
    For instance: Your initial invested capital is 100.000$; withdrawal rate (annualized) is 4%. This means that, in the first month, you will withdraw 100.000 * 4% * 1/12 = 333.33$. The second month, you’ll withdraw 333.33$ plus the inflation monthly rate. You’ll continue adjusting your withdraw monthly for inflation.
  • Perpetual Withdrawal Rate (PWR): it's the percentage of the initial portfolio balance that can be withdrawn at the beginning of each month with inflation adjustment, preserving the original invested capital, adjusted for inflation too.

Portfolio Components Correlation

Correlation measures to what degree the returns of the two assets move in relation to each other.

Correlation coefficient is a numerical value between -1 and +1. If one variable goes up by a certain amount, the correlation coefficient indicates which way the other variable moves and by how much.
Asset correlations are calculated based on monthly returns.
COMPONENTS MONTHLY CORRELATIONS
Monthly correlations as of 31 March 2024
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If you want to learn more about historical correlations, you can find out here how the main asset class are correlated to each other.

Drawdowns

A drawdown refers to the decline in value from a relative peak value to a relative trough. A maximum drawdown is the maximum observed loss from a peak to a trough of a portfolio before a new peak is attained.

MARC FABER PORTFOLIO
Drawdown periods
Drawdown periods - Inflation Adjusted
Data Source: 1 April 1994 - 31 March 2024 (30 Years)
Data Source: 1 January 1976 - 31 March 2024 (~48 years)
Inflation Adjusted:
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Rolling Returns

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A rolling return is a measure of investment performance that calculates the return of an investment over a set period of time, with the starting date rolling forward. This approach can provide a more accurate representation of the investment's historical performance and helps investors to evaluate the investment's consistency over time.

MARC FABER PORTFOLIO
Annualized Rolling Returns
Annualized Rolling Returns - Inflation Adjusted
Data Source: 1 April 1994 - 31 March 2024 (30 Years)
Data Source: 1 January 1976 - 31 March 2024 (~48 years)
Inflation Adjusted:

If you need a deeper detail about rolling returns, please refer to the Marc Faber Portfolio: Rolling Returns page.

Seasonality

In which months is it better to invest in Marc Faber Portfolio?

Both the Average Return and the Gain Frequency (Win %) are useful to get an idea of what happened in the past.
For further information about the seasonality, check the Asset Class Seasonality page.
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Monthly Returns

This section provides a visual/tabular representation of the performance variability in the Marc Faber Portfolio over time. It illustrates the distribution of monthly returns, showcasing the range and frequency of positive and negative returns.

MARC FABER PORTFOLIO
Monthly Returns Distribution
Data Source: 1 April 1994 - 31 March 2024 (30 Years)
Data Source: 1 January 1976 - 31 March 2024 (~48 years)
225 Positive Months (63%) - 135 Negative Months (38%)
379 Positive Months (65%) - 200 Negative Months (35%)
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Investment Returns, up to December 2007, have been derived using the historical series of equivalent ETFs / Assets, instead of the actual ETFs of the portfolio.
You can find additional information on extended Data Sources here.

In particular, the series derived from equivalent datasets are:
  • VNQ - Vanguard Real Estate (VNQ), up to December 2004
  • VV - Vanguard Large-Cap (VV), up to December 2004
  • VEA - Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets (VEA), up to December 2007
  • EEM - iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM), up to December 2003
  • BND - Vanguard Total Bond Market (BND), up to December 2007
  • GLD - SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), up to December 2004

Portfolio efficiency

The following portfolios granted a higher return over 30 Years and a less severe drawdown at the same time.

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In the following table, you can compare the current portfolio with a list of famous portfolios. Metrics are calculated over the last 30 Years.

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