The thing that surprised me about the comments on my investment portfolios was that a couple of commenters thought I had too many different mutual funds. This had just never occurred to me-- I always figured it was good to diversify. It's not like I've deliberately aimed to have the largest possible number of funds, but each time I make a Roth IRA contribution, I tend to just buy a new fund rather than investing in more shares of a fund I'm already holding.
Other commenters were of the opinion that it doesn't matter how many funds you have as long as you can keep track of them, and as long as your portfolio has a good allocation mix for your level of risk tolerance. Keeping track of my funds is fairly easy-- E*Trade and Fidelity have good screens where you can see at a glance how you're doing. But what does bug me, right now, is having to enter all my investment transactions into Quicken manually, since Fidelity no longer supports downloads for the version of Quicken I'm using. So, every month, I slog through entering about a dozen buy and reinvest dividend transactions to keep my records up to date.
But let's hear from everyone else on how they allocate their investments:
Meanwhile, looks like I will be getting a detailed look at my portfolio from my friendly neighborhood economist (if Australia counts as neighboring, when you're in blog-land). My pal Moom has written a guest post for me in the past, and now he's going to tell the world what he thinks of my investing strategy!