Lot's of readers have been writing in asking for more information on the Building Block portfolios. The table below shows the performance, YTD and trailing 12 months. It also gives a key with both the name and ticker symbol of the funds used. The link below that goes to column reporting results from last year.
The Couch Potato Building Block Portfolios (12/11/2006)
Ticker Fund Name YTD 12 Mos Portfolio Name YTD Return 12 Mos Return
VTSMX Vanguard Total Market 15.29 14.31 na na na
VIPSX Vanguard Inflation Protected Securities 2.47 3.95 Couch Potato 8.88 9.13
VGTSX Vanguard Total International Stock Market 24.25 26.79 Margarita 14.00 15.02
BEGBX American Century International Bond 9.86 10.81 Four Square 12.97 13.97
VGSIX Vanguard REIT 36.94 35.06 Five Fold 17.76 18.18
VGENX Vanguard Energy 21.06 19.68 Six Ways from Sunday 18.31 18.43
Source: www.Morningstar.com 12/11/2006 data
  
Couch Potato is: 1/2 each VTSMX, VIPSX 50% equity, 50% fixed income
Margarita is 1/3 each: VTSMX, VIPSX, VGTSX 67% equity, 33% fixed income
Four Square is 1/4 each: VTSMX,VIPSX, VGTSX, BEGBX 50% equity, 50% fixed income
Five Fold is 1/5 each: VTSMX, VIPSX, VGTSX, BEGBX, VGSIX 40% equity, 40% fixed income, 20% REIT
Six Ways is 1/6 each: VTSMX, VIPSX, VGTSX, BEGBX, VGSIX, VGENX 50% equity*, 33% fixed income, 17% REIT
* counts energy as equity.
How the Couch Potato Portfolios Did in 2005