The Trusted 60-40 Investing Strategy Just Had Its Worst Year in Generations

For generations, financial advisers touted the 60-40 strategy as the single best way for ordinary people to invest.

  • The idea is simple: owning stocks in good times helps grow your wealth. When stocks have a bad year, bonds typically perform better, cushioning the blow.

Not anymore: Some analysts say the crux of the portfolio’s success—bonds’ tendency to rise when stocks fall—generally happens when inflation and interest rates are relatively low.

  • They argue that expectations for a prolonged period of higher rates and lingering inflation will weigh on both stocks and bonds, fostering a market environment that looks much different than in recent decades.

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