If you're a huge fan of making unreasonably large piles of money, like me, or a self-described "Boglehead," you'll know that the legendary investor John C. "Jack" Bogle, of Vanguard Group, recently released his expected returns forecast, with extensive commentary, for the next decade.
Bogle, of course, has been doing these forecasts and commentaries for years, and it has to be said that he's far more accurate than many financial crystal-ball-gazers out there.
Here's his secret: Bogle takes the current dividend yield, factors in a growth estimate for earnings, and measures what he calls "speculative return."
If the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio goes up, there's a positive expected return. On the other hand, if Bogle thinks the ratio will compress over the next decade, he'll call a negative speculative return that he subtracts from the earnings and dividend calculator.
It works pretty well. Now, he doesn't necessarily nail returns precisely to the last percentage point, but Bogle does have a knack for conveying the prevailing bullish or bearish conditions over the next decade.
But here's the thing: As much as I respect Bogle's experience and accurate track record, we've got a big difference of opinion.
You see, I think his return expectations, which I'll show you in a minute, are too low.
Essentially, Bogle and the "Boglehead" investors following along are settling for less – far less – than the unreasonable returns possible in a market like this.
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Why Would Anyone Settle for Returns Like This?
In this year's forecast, Bogle calls for 4% returns in stocks and 3% in bonds over the next decade.
I'll tell you, that's very disconcerting, given that his 1999 forecast was for 5% stock returns. It means his expectations are lower now than they were back then.
So, if Bogle is anywhere near accurate, a blended "classic" portfolio of 60% stocks and 40% bonds is going to average about 3.6% a year.
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Trouble is, it's 2017: Valuations are higher, the economy is growing very slowly, and interest rates are about as low as they can go.
To put it mildly, that's not a favorable starting point for the average investor.