the hare and the tortoise

the hare and the tortoise

The famous AESOP fable of the hare and the tortoise tells us the story of the hare who ridicules a slow-moving tortoise. Tired of the hare’s behaviour, the tortoise challenges him to a race. The hare soon leaves the tortoise behind and, confident of winning, takes a nap midway through the race. When the hare awakes, however, he finds that his competitor, crawling slowly but steadily, has arrived before him.

One might draw a similar parallel with the MAPS Passive Risk 4 portfolio. While it has a lower volatility than the IA 20-60% Mixed Investment Sector Average (*), it has a better overall track record.

In fact, over each of the seven calendar years since the portfolio was launched, the MAPS P4 portfolio has performed better than the IA sector average. Slightly higher returns in good years and lower falls in the poor year:

This adds up to over 10% higher return over the 7 year period. And a long way ahead of inflation (RPI) and cash in the bank (see chart below):

But what about next year? It is of course impossible to predict the future, but to the end of July 2021 the MAPS P4 portfolio once again has its nose in front:

The moral of the story? TCF Investment’s steady and methodical approach starting with a sensible base asset allocation which is aligned to the leading risk profiling tools used by advisers – then making small and occasional tactical asset moves, using a wide range of underlying funds, and keeping investment costs down, may seem unexciting, but in the long run this approach may well be the key to investment success and good client outcomes.

(*) the IA 20-60% Mixed Investment Sector is the IA sector into which MAPS P4 would be classified if it were a fund instead of being a model portfolio.

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Source: FE Analytics

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