Betterment Robo Advisor 80 Portfolio: Rebalancing Strategy

Data Source: from January 1985 to February 2024
Consolidated Returns as of 29 February 2024

Managing the Betterment Robo Advisor 80 Portfolio with a yearly rebalancing, you would have obtained a 7.88% compound annual return in the last 30 Years.

With a quarterly rebalancing, over the same period, the return would have been 7.76%.

How do returns and drawdowns change, implementing different rebalancing strategies?

Rebalancing Strategies

In order to keep risk under control, you should rebalance assets quotes from time to time, so to keep them at the original percentage of the asset allocation.

Rebalancing can be performed in several ways.

At fixed time intervals:
  • Yearly: Jan 1st
  • Half Yearly: Jan 1st, Jul 1st
  • Quarterly: Jan 1st, Apr 1st, Jul 1st, Oct 1st
When a component (at least one) diverges from its original weight beyond a certain threshold (e.g. 5% or 10%).

Portfolio Returns as of Feb 29, 2024

Implementing different rebalancing strategies, the Betterment Robo Advisor 80 Portfolio guaranteed the following returns.

According to the available data source, we assume we built the portfolio on January 1985.

Portfolio returns are calculated in USD, assuming:
  • No fees or capital gain taxes
  • the reinvestment of dividends, if existing
BETTERMENT ROBO ADVISOR 80 PORTFOLIO RETURNS
Period: January 1985 - February 2024
Annualized Returns
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Return (%) and number of rebalances as of Feb 29, 2024
Rebalancing Strategy 1Y 5Y 10Y 30Y MAX
(~39Y)
Yearly Rebalancing 14.33 (1) 7.31 (5) 6.74 (10) 7.88 (30) 10.15 (40)
Half Yearly Rebalancing 14.25 (2) 7.34 (10) 6.75 (20) 7.76 (60) 9.95 (79)
Quarterly Rebalancing 14.22 (4) 7.44 (20) 6.80 (40) 7.76 (120) 9.92 (157)
5% Tolerance per asset 14.69 (0) 7.38 (1) 6.77 (2) 8.08 (9) 10.23 (15)
10% Tolerance per asset 15.44 (0) 7.68 (1) 7.13 (1) 7.99 (3) 10.10 (5)

In order to have complete information about the portfolio, please refer to the Betterment Robo Advisor 80 Portfolio: ETF allocation and returns page.

Performances as of Feb 29, 2024

Historical returns and stats of Betterment Robo Advisor 80 Portfolio, after implementing different rebalancing strategies.

BETTERMENT ROBO ADVISOR 80 PORTFOLIO PERFORMANCES
Period: January 1985 - February 2024
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Standard Deviation
Max Drawdown (%)
Rebalancing Strategy Return % Std Dev(%) Ret. / Std Dev MaxDD(%) Ret. / MaxDD
Yearly Rebalancing 10.15 (40) 13.19 0.77 -45.47 0.22
Half Yearly Rebalancing 9.95 (79) 13.21 0.75 -45.82 0.22
Quarterly Rebalancing 9.92 (157) 13.23 0.75 -46.10 0.22
5% Tolerance per asset 10.23 (15) 13.24 0.77 -44.34 0.23
10% Tolerance per asset 10.10 (5) 13.10 0.77 -44.40 0.23
(*) Since Jan 1985 (~39 yrs) | Annualized Returns (and number of rebalances)

Drawdowns as of Feb 29, 2024

Historical Drawdowns of Betterment Robo Advisor 80 Portfolio, after implementing different rebalancing strategies.

BETTERMENT ROBO ADVISOR 80 PORTFOLIO DRAWDOWNS
Period: January 1985 - February 2024
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Rebalancing
Tolerance per asset
Yearly Half Yearly Quarterly 5% 10%
-45.47
Nov 2007 - Mar 2011
-45.82
Nov 2007 - Apr 2011
-46.10
Nov 2007 - Apr 2011
-44.34
Nov 2007 - Feb 2011
-44.40
Nov 2007 - Apr 2011
-26.34
Apr 2000 - Dec 2003
-27.05
Apr 2000 - Dec 2003
-26.95
Apr 2000 - Dec 2003
-26.83
Apr 2000 - Dec 2003
-26.92
Apr 2000 - Dec 2003
-22.63
Jan 2022 - In progress
-22.66
Jan 2022 - In progress
-22.66
Jan 2022 - Feb 2024
-22.59
Jan 2022 - Feb 2024
-22.93
Jan 2022 - Feb 2024
-21.31
Sep 1987 - Jan 1989
-21.75
Sep 1987 - Jan 1989
-21.19
Sep 1987 - Jan 1989
-21.42
Sep 1987 - Jan 1989
-21.30
Sep 1987 - Jan 1989
-19.91
Jan 2020 - Aug 2020
-19.91
Jan 2020 - Aug 2020
-19.91
Jan 2020 - Aug 2020
-19.87
Jan 2020 - Aug 2020
-20.14
Jan 2020 - Aug 2020
5 Worst Drawdowns - Average
-27.13 -27.44 -27.36 -27.01 -27.14
10 Worst Drawdowns - Average
-20.92 -21.10 -21.05 -20.93 -20.78

For a deeper insight, please refer to the Betterment Robo Advisor 80 Portfolio: ETF allocation and returns page.