WHILE THE SmartMoney One Asset Allocation system provides targets for how much of a portfolio might go into bonds, the Bond Allocation system breaks down that bond component still further. How much might go into low-risk income-oriented bonds, and how much into higher-risk — and potentially more profitable — bonds? Use the sliders to enter the required information, and the tool will provide a target bond mix for investors with a similar profile.
In this worksheet you should ignore bond investments you've stashed in your tax-deferred retirement accounts. Even so, how soon you plan on retiring is crucial to figuring out how much risk you should take. (Investors who are already retired should calculate the speculative portion of their bond investments differently, risking only those assets not needed to generate income for expenses.)