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Scott Burns Margaritaville Portfolio

Last updated Mar 18, 2023

Margaritaville Portfolio is a lazy portfolio created by Scott Burns, a popular Dallas Morning News financial columnist, in 2004. it consists of 3 assets weighted equally: a US equity index fund, a broad international equity index fund, and a TIPS index fund. Burns named it the Margaritaville Portfolio after the traditional margarita, which includes equal parts of tequila, triple sec, and lime juice.

Expense Ratio

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Dividend Yield

Rank 4 of 55

10Y Annualized Return

Rank 35 of 55

Sharpe Ratio

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Maximum Drawdown

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Asset Allocation


The chart shows the growth of $10,000 invested in Scott Burns Margaritaville Portfolio in Oct 2022 and compares it to the S&P 500 index or another benchmark. It would be worth nearly $20,496 for a total return of roughly 104.96%. All prices are adjusted for splits and dividends. The portfolio is rebalanced Quarterly

Scott Burns Margaritaville Portfolio
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As of Mar 18, 2023, the Scott Burns Margaritaville Portfolio returned 1.82% Year-To-Date and 5.70% of annualized return in the last 10 years.

1 monthYear-To-Date6 months1 year5 years (annualized)10 years (annualized)
Scott Burns Margaritaville Portfolio-3.77%1.82%2.02%-8.53%4.48%5.70%
Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF
Vanguard Total International Stock ETF
iShares TIPS Bond ETF

Sharpe Ratio Chart

The Sharpe ratio shows whether the portfolio's excess returns are due to smart investment decisions or a result of taking a higher risk. The higher a portfolio's Sharpe ratio, the better its risk-adjusted performance.

The current Scott Burns Margaritaville Portfolio Sharpe ratio is -0.55. A negative Sharpe ratio means that the risk-free rate is higher than the portfolio's return. This value does not convey any meaningful information.

The chart below displays rolling 12-month Sharpe Ratio.

Scott Burns Margaritaville Portfolio
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Scott Burns Margaritaville Portfolio granted a 3.84% dividend yield in the last twelve months.


Dividend yield


Drawdowns Chart

The Drawdowns chart displays portfolio losses from any high point along the way.

Scott Burns Margaritaville Portfolio
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Worst Drawdowns

The table below shows the maximum drawdowns of the Scott Burns Margaritaville Portfolio. A maximum drawdown is an indicator of risk. It shows a reduction in portfolio value from its maximum due to a series of losing trades.

The maximum drawdown since January 2010 for the Scott Burns Margaritaville Portfolio is 23.92%, recorded on Mar 18, 2020. It took 87 trading sessions for the portfolio to recover.



To Bottom


To Recover



-23.92%Feb 13, 202024Mar 18, 202087Jul 22, 2020111
-22.48%Nov 9, 2021233Oct 12, 2022
-14.2%May 2, 2011108Oct 3, 201195Feb 17, 2012203
-13.75%Jan 29, 2018229Dec 24, 2018122Jun 20, 2019351
-13.56%Apr 28, 2015201Feb 11, 2016131Aug 18, 2016332
-8.15%May 22, 201323Jun 24, 201360Sep 18, 201383
-7.46%Apr 3, 201242Jun 1, 201267Sep 6, 2012109
-6.41%Sep 4, 201431Oct 16, 201488Feb 24, 2015119
-5.04%Sep 3, 202014Sep 23, 202013Oct 12, 202027
-4.83%Oct 13, 202014Oct 30, 20206Nov 9, 202020

Volatility Chart

Current Scott Burns Margaritaville Portfolio volatility is 10.87%. The chart below shows the rolling 10-day volatility. Volatility is a statistical measure showing how big price swings are in either direction. The higher asset volatility, the riskier it is, because the price movements are less predictable.

Scott Burns Margaritaville Portfolio
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Portfolio components