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One Man Who Beats the Market (and His Suggestions for Individual I’ve edited this post to clarify a few things, and to add information researched by GRS readers. Thanks! The average investor cannot beat the market on a regular basis. For her, index funds are the best investment. For the past 21 years, Swensen has helped to manage Yale University’s investment portfolio to an average 16 percent annual return. In a recent interview with NPR, Swensen shared a model investment portfolio for individual investors that he believes can generate good returns while mitigating risk. The chart below represents Swensen’s basic formula for creating an investment portfolio likely to give you good returns while still managing risk: Domestic Equity (30 percent): Refers to stocks in U.S. I’ve been looking for guidance on how to construct a portfolio of index funds. Here are historic returns and analysis of the portfolio, as uncovered by sagar. [NPR: Yale outsmarts the market, via Vintek] This article is about Gurus, Investing, Money Hacks