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Carl if you want to understand Asset Allocation I refer you to http://www.amazon.com/All-About-Asset-Allocation-Second/dp/0...

One of the things you will learn here is Mid caps offer virtually no advantage over a bit of Small Cap plus Large Cap.

Bonds in my view have no place in a 30 year old's portfolio unless you want to both limit volatility (up and down like has happened since early 2008) and lower your over all return between now and say 2040. Some people just cannot take the decrease in value that happened in 2008. They pulled funds out and shoot themselves in the foot. Those people literally bought high and sold low. Not a good plan.

Gordon
Atlanta
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