Investing Specialists

Rebalancing: Whether, When, and How?

Christine Benz

Buy, hold, and rebalance is dogma among strategic asset allocators. But do investors actually follow through on the rebalancing piece?

That was the question I sought to answer by posting in the Portfolio Design/Management forum of Morningstar.com's Discuss boards early last week. I asked Morningstar.com readers whether or not they actually rebalance. And among the rebalancers, I wanted to know how they do it. Do they rebalance at a specific time each calendar year, or do they do so only when their portfolios' allocations get out of sync with their targets?

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