The last 17 months have been quite the run for stocks. The S&P 500 is up over 100%1 since the pandemic low on March 23, 2020. The MSCI ACWI, which represents large-, mid-, and small-cap stocks across a number of developed and emerging markets, is up over 97%2 since that same date.
The downside of such strong performance is that it can lead your allocation to become weighted too heavily toward equities versus the target asset allocation in your financial plan. It can also create some hesitancy to do anything about it since you want to let your winners run and avoid a tax hit when you sell.
Is It Time to Rebalance?
Despite the potential for capital gains, there are considerations that we review when thinking about whether to rebalance your investment portfolio:
Modera Wealth Management focuses on each client’s long-term financial plan and corresponding asset allocation to help them reach their goals. However, market appreciation can necessitate rebalancing trades to make sure your investment allocation is still aligned with your objectives, even if there are related tax consequences.
Get in touch with your Modera team if you want to discuss. We’re always happy to help.
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