Building a Soccer Team Portfolio — Part 2

Sriram Balasubramanian
Investor’s Handbook
4 min readOct 19, 2021


Goal: To create an ultra-lazy core portfolio

1. Aimed to beat inflation

2. Long-term wealth creation

3. Ultra-passive

4. Low-churn

5. Well-diversified

6. All weather portfolio

I call it a Soccer Team Portfolio, and these are a series of articles where I pick players and build my team who play the game of investing. Note that this is an actual portfolio, and I request the readers to read the disclaimer before following this portfolio. Following is at your own risk.

In my previous article, we selected two critical players for our team. In case if you haven’t read it, please read it here — Part 1

Feel free to access the complete series of articles where I have explained step-by-step Soccer team portfolio construction — Access here

The below image shows the goalkeeper and the central midfield picked from scout reports. Central midfield is VOO (S&P 500 ETF), and the goalkeeper is cash in hand. Let’s move on to the next position, left or right midfielder.

Last week, I analyzed various ETFs and stocks to find a suitable left or right midfielder. Note that the core of our portfolio is the midfield, which is why I am selecting them first.

Player 3: The Left Midfielder

The left midfielder is an emerging markets ETF. Our scouts picked up the most promising players in the emerging markets region, and all I have to do is analyze them to pick the best suiting our long-term passive investment portfolio.

The players were:

VWO — Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF

IEMG — iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF

SPEM — SPDR Portfolio Emerging Markets ETF

SCHE — Schwab Emerging Markets Equity ETF

There are many other ETFs in the emerging markets zone, and our scouts reported that any of the four ETFs mentioned might fit the portfolio criteria.



Sriram Balasubramanian
Investor’s Handbook

Building WIBE to enable people to trade stocks to generate consistent cash flow. I enjoy writing on Wealth of all types!