Portfolio For An Apocalypse?

My latest post for Alpha Baskets critiques a portfolio put forth in Barron’s to help navigate a large decline and includes the following;

I plugged all the symbols into a chart, except for the VIX ETP and the China ETF, and the returns from October 2007 to March 2009 ranged from -15% to -67%. Any broad-based real estate proxy is unlikely to go down that much more than the market if for nothing else than that the next crisis won’t be a repeat of the last crisis, it will be something else that causes it. Where many of those holdings are perceived as being havens, several were down in the 30’s a 40’s percent-wise versus 56% for the S&P 500.

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Ruins in the foreground and Cliff Dwelling in the background at Bandelier National Monument


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