The guy is asking about starting a couch potato portfolio. Hence your point about shorting bonds is moot. Nor should anyone take advice from someone that has most likely been banned before and/or spammed the forum.
I'm not saying it's universal, but it's a lot easier starting out to deal with a big loss than it is when you have a few hundred thousand in your portfolio.FunSave22 wrote:Many people who thought they could stomach a 50% loss freaked out during the 2008 crash and sold their stocks, meaning they bought high and sold low.
I don't have a clue if the OP can stomach it or not, but without knowing much about the OP, I'd be hesitant to say they can probably stomach it. Who knows whether they can or not.