Originally Posted by La literatura
Thanks. The index funds is something I understand in theory, but not really in practice. I was initially planning on one total market index, but your advice is that several 500 or 3000 or 5000 indices is better? (presumably, for the diversification principle)
Read Malkiel, but all else being equal, I might do something like a total market index, a REIT index, an international index, and a bond index. Say 10% on the REIT and 30% on the rest.
That gives you quite a bit of diversity. You'd be somewhat less in domestic stocks than I would like for a person just starting out, however, but that's better, I think, than just doing 100% in a total market index.