CNS.IB™ : Conservative

Managed by Interactive Advisors

0.8% Last 30 days 1.8% Last 90 days 3.7% Last 365 days 0.35 Sharpe Ratio -6.0% Max Drawdown

CNS.IB™ : Conservative

Managed by Interactive Advisors

0.8% Last 30 days 1.8% Last 90 days 3.7% Last 365 days 0.35 Sharpe Ratio -6.00 Max Drawdown
Risk score
Strategy Asset Allocation
AUM fee 0.12%
• Investment minimum: $5,000
• Margin account
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The Conservative Asset Allocation portfolio is a diversified portfolio designed for a long-term investor seeking a current income stream and looking to avoid excessive volatility of returns with some degree of capital appreciation. Since different asset classes out-perform and underperform in different situations and under different economic conditions, by combining asset classes, this portfolio aims to provide both growth as well as stability.


Research is undertaken to ensure that the diversified mix of asset classes for this portfolio is appropriate for the targeted investor profile and level of risk. We look for diversification not only across asset classes (e.g., equities versus bonds) but also within a single asset class (e.g., corporate bonds versus treasuries). Portfolio optimization techniques, weight and risk constraints are then considered to derive target allocations.


Specific Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are screened and chosen to best represent the target asset class, while also having relatively low management fees and more liquidity. For taxable accounts, we select tax-advantaged assets like municipal bonds. Each quarter, this portfolio is rebalanced to target allocations.

Allocation discipline

The portfolio will target 10 to 14 ETFs. The selection and weighting of the specific ETFs in each portfolio depends on their expected return characteristics, the degree of diversification that they provide within the portfolio, the management fees charged by each ETF, and their relative liquidity.

Sell discipline

Every quarter this portfolio is rebalanced to target weights. Sell decisions are exclusively based upon the target weight quarterly rebalance criteria.


Performance is calculated using then-applicable 0.09% management fee until March 1, 2019, and currently applicable 0.12% management fee as of March 1, 2019.
Target Asset Allocation
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All performance information on this page is based on the performance of the Portfolio Manager’s account. Client performance may differ. This information was calculated on June 14, 2019.

Daily returns
iShares Core Conservative Allocation ETF
S&P 500 ETF
Manager (net of fees)
Last 30 days 0.8% 1.5% 1.6%
Last 90 days 1.8% 2.8% 2.6%
Last 365 Days 3.7% 5.8% 5.0%
Since inception (Annualized) 2.9% 9.5% 3.8%
2019 (YTD) 7.4% 16.3% 7.8%
2018 -4.1% -4.6% -3.1%
Risk metrics (last 365 days)
iShares Core Conservative Allocation ETF
S&P 500 ETF
Manager (net of fees)
Volatility 4.4% 15.4% 4.3%
Sharpe Ratio 0.35 0.23 0.65
Sortino Ratio 0.53 0.30 0.96
Maximum Drawdown -6.0% -19.4% -5.1%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -1.0% -3.6% -1.0%
Additional metrics (last 365 days)
vs. iShares Core Conservative Allocation ETF
vs. S&P 500 ETF
Information Ratio -0.2% -0.7%
Alpha 2.09 -0.81
Beta 0.25 0.92
R-Squared 0.7% 0.8%
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About Interactive Advisors

Interactive Advisors is a pioneer in online investing. Interactive Advisors offers a variety of portfolios, including the Asset Allocation portfolios, which are managed by Interactive Advisors's Chief Investment Officer and Investment Management team. Diversification is about buying a basket of securities that tend to do well (or poorly) at different times and under different economic conditions. Being thoughtful about how much capital to allocate to each of these securities can result in far more consistent returns than concentrating all capital (and risk) in a single security or asset class. Interactive Advisors offers several diversified portfolios that are dialed up or down for risk, offer good diversification across different asset classes, and attain this diversification by investing in low-cost, liquid ETFs.

Important Information

  1. Past performance is no guarantee of future results, and all investments, including those in this portfolio, involve the risk of loss, including loss of principal and a reduction in earnings.
  2. Interactive Advisors’ Asset Allocation portfolios are made up of whole and/or fractional holdings of Exchange Traded Funds (ETF). They are not ETFs or Mutual Funds. Clients choosing to invest in these portfolios directly own the ETF shares making up these portfolios.
  3. To invest in one of the Asset Allocation portfolios, Interactive Advisors clients must:
    • Sign an Investment Management Agreement with and become clients of Interactive Advisors;
    • Consent to trading with another Interactive Brokers LLC client who is a liquidity provider in order to be able to buy and sell fractions of ETF shares and stocks, which do not trade on the open market. Clients may revoke this consent at any time but, if they do, they will no longer be able to invest in any of these portfolios. (Clients can see these fractional trades with the liquidity provider listed and identified on the periodic activity statements they receive from Interactive Brokers LLC); and
    • Obtain the minimum risk score required for each portfolio and acknowledge certain risk disclosures.
  4. Interactive Advisors manages this portfolio by trading its own funds in separate firm-owned brokerage accounts and replicating this trading in the accounts of investing clients as follows:
    • Interactive Advisors initially funds and trades a fixed amount of its own funds in a separate brokerage account associated with this portfolio;
    • Interactive Advisors replicates the trading in this brokerage account in the accounts of clients investing in this portfolio in order to implement its replication-based investment process; and
    • Interactive Advisors periodically rebalances this portfolio to maintain target allocations, resulting in rebalancing transactions in investing clients’ accounts.
  5. Clients may restrict any of the securities traded in their account, but should note that any restrictions they place on their investments could affect the performance of their account leading it to perform differently, worse or better, than (a) Interactive Advisors' account managing the portfolio or (b) other client accounts invested in the same portfolio.
  6. Quarterly rebalances in these portfolios will result in numerous transactions in many or all ETFs in the portfolios and client accounts invested in these portfolios. Clients will incur transaction costs for any trading in their account (including quarterly rebalance trades) such as commissions payable to Interactive Brokers LLC, Interactive Advisors’ affiliated broker-dealer, which is a conflict of interest. Clients could be required to report some or all of these quarterly rebalance trades on their tax forms. Interactive Advisors does not provide tax advice or prepare tax documents for its clients. Clients should consult an accountant or tax attorney on tax matters. Interactive Brokers LLC provides certain tools to assist you with your tax filings, but these tools may only be able to support a limited number of trades.
  7. In addition to Interactive Advisors' management fees and Interactive Brokers LLC commissions, clients will also be charged management fees and other expenses (custodian fees, brokerage commissions, and legal and accounting fees) by the ETF issuers.
  8. Clients may find additional information on the risks, conflicts of interest, applicable brokerage commissions, fractional shares, and limitations on investments and divestments associated with these portfolios here and on the Forms and Agreements page (along with Interactive Advisors' full disclosures). Additional information on the performance, composition and construction process for these portfolios may be found on each Asset Allocation portfolio page.
  9. This portfolio was launched on Interactive Advisors on November 14, 2017. On that date, Interactive Advisors started trading its own funds in a brokerage account trading this strategy. This portfolio was opened to client investments on November 15, 2017.
  10. The actual performance of the manager account displayed on this page is based on the performance of the Interactive Advisors proprietary account invested using this strategy and is calculated by Interactive Advisors on a daily time-weighted basis, including cash, dividends and earnings distributions. The actual performance for this portfolio is presented “net of fees” and reflects the deduction of the Interactive Advisors advisory fee, Interactive Brokers LLC brokerage and other commissions and expenses that a client has to pay if he invests in this portfolio after the launch date.
  11. None of the performance information displayed on this page is based on the actual performance of any Interactive Advisors client account investing in this portfolio. The performance in an Interactive Advisors client account invested in this portfolio may differ (i.e., be lower or higher) from the performance of the Interactive Advisors account managing this portfolio and portrayed on this page based on a variety of factors, such as trading restrictions imposed by the client (resulting in different account holdings), time of initial investment, amount of investment, frequency and size of cash flows in and out of the client account, applicable brokerage commissions, and different corporate actions. Clients investing in this portfolio may view the actual performance of their investment in this portfolio by logging into their Interactive Advisors account and reviewing their customized dashboard.
  12. All graph data is as of the end of day for the referenced period, unless otherwise specified. The investment minimum is the minimum investment required to invest in a particular portfolio. The minimum amount is determined by Interactive Advisors, based on the characteristics of the underlying portfolio. It should not be considered as specific investment advice for your investment situation.
  13. The actual performance chart is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be used as the basis for making an investment decision. We rely on mathematical formulas, computer programs, and pricing information from third-party vendors to provide these returns. Neither Interactive Advisors nor any of its data or content providers shall be liable for any errors in this information or any actions taken by you in reliance upon this information.
  14. Benchmark returns displayed have been calculated by Interactive Advisors using daily adjusted close prices and include dividend income. More information here. Interactive Advisors uses only investable ETFs as benchmarks. Investable ETF returns reflect the deduction of (i.e., are net of) management fees, transaction costs and expenses.
  15. Transaction history is available upon request. Portfolio classifications are provided by Interactive Advisors, and are intended to serve as a general guide.
  16. Not all transactions listed on this page or underlying the performance information displayed on this page will appear in accounts due to Interactive Advisors's trading rules and individual client constraints. Eligibility of these securities is monitored periodically, and may change over time. Actual client investment holdings may vary.