How to track your asset allocation strategy in Sharesight

by Prashant Mohan, Chief Marketing Officer, Sharesight | Sep 5th 2019

Legendary hedge fund manager Ray Dalio wrote recently that "diversifying well is the most important thing you need to do in order to invest well". In order to diversify well, investors need to master one of the key methods of portfolio diversification - asset allocation.

In this post, we’ll examine how to actually keep your asset allocation on target using Sharesight.

How to track your asset allocation strategy in Sharesight

Tracking asset allocation with Sharesight’s Custom Groups feature

When running Sharesight’s Diversity Report, the default reporting groupings are based on one of six criteria: Market, Sector classification, Industry classification, Investment type, Country or no grouping at all.

Investors can, however, take a different approach to defining their asset allocations outside the six default criteria groups by using Sharesight’s Custom Groups feature.

Using Custom Groups, an investor is able to assess how their portfolio is tracking against a self defined asset allocation target at a given point in time.

Example asset allocations at various risk levels

An example of asset allocations that align to a particular investment strategy (in this case based on risk tolerance) as described by Graham Hand in this blog post is below.

  Conservative Balanced Aggressive
Risk horizon 2 years 5 years 8 years
Australian shares 6 20 30
Global shares 6 20 35
Listed property 3 5 10
Australian bonds 30 20 10
Global bonds 20 10 5
‘Alternatives’ 5 5 5
Cash 30 20 5
TOTAL 100 100 100
Growth Assets 20 50 80
Income Assets 80 50 20

Tagging holdings using Custom Groups

Using the above asset allocation groupings we could create the following in Sharesight:

Asset allocation custom groups

By tagging holdings in a particular custom group, an investor could then run the diversity report to see how they are progressing against their planned asset allocation -- then adjust their allocation by either investing more in assets that are under allocated, or selling assets that are over exposed.

Diversity Report

The diversity report of individual components of a Custom Group looks like the below.

Custom Group Income Earnings

Investors can also explore which asset classes are contributing to their overall portfolio performance by running Sharesight’s Contribution Analysis Report:

Asset Allocation Contribution Analysis

Be a rational and disciplined investor

A big part of being a disciplined investor is to document your investment strategy. The above reports and features are two of the ways Sharesight makes it easy to track asset allocation and your investment performance.

With Sharesight you can:

The best way to understand what Sharesight is all about is to sign up and try Sharesight for yourself. We’re confident that you’ll agree that it’s the best portfolio tracker for investors.