100 Level

Retirement Planning Mistakes: Mistake #1

Mistake number one in my book is failure to save or to not follow The Golden Rule of Investing.  Open up a spreadsheet and run your own calculations for the following classic comparison. As a nineteen year old you have the foresight and financial opportunity to save $2,000 per year for eight years.  After saving $16,000, for some reason you stop. This $16,000 investment manages to earn the … [Read More...]

Second Analysis of Actively Managed Mutual Funds Plus ETFs

The following analysis of the actively mutual funds is supplemented by a few ETFs used in nearly all the ITA Model Portfolios.  The reason for adding the ETFs is to see how the actively managed mutual funds stack up against the ETFs in the ranking worksheet.  That is the second screenshot shown below.  In this analysis we begin with the Efficient Frontier graph.  The shares in the various funds … [Read More...]

300 Level

Bohr Portfolio Review: 26 March 2012

Since the last Bohr update, I added shares of VWO to bring the emerging markets asset class closer to target.  Platinum readers can see that all bond and equity asset classes are in balance.  So far I've chose not to add international bonds to this portfolio.  I may do at sometime, but for now this portfolio is a rather aggressive equity oriented portfolio.  … [Read More...]

Kenilworth Update

Kenilworth Review A few shares of VTV were added to the Kenilworth Portfolio this morning in order to begin the process of pulling that asset class into balance.  Very little cash is available and that is why we are buying shares in such low quantities.  Fortunately, we no longer need to worry about commissions if we select ETFs that are among the select group from TDAmeritrade. As … [Read More...]

200 Level

Rethinking Asset Allocation

Keeping David Swensen's Strategic Asset Allocation model in mind, it is possible to use all seventeen asset classes available in the TLH Spreadsheet to fulfill his recommendations.  Platinum members will see how this is accomplished when the Gauss Portfolio is reviewed tomorrow.  Instead of using six ETFs as I showed in an earlier post, we will use many more, but still stick with … [Read More...]

Retirement Portfolio: A Possible Asset Allocation

Beginning with 100 shares in each of 40 ETFs, the Efficient Frontier and Buy-Hold-Sell recommendations are presented for a portfolio with constraints set to tilt the asset allocation toward bonds and more conservative investments. This information is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. Efficient Frontier:  Allocating 100 shares to each ETF sets up a portfolio that is … [Read More...]

400 Level

If I Were To Add One Sector…

If I were to add one sector to my portfolio, which one of the eleven Vanguard sector ETFs would I purchase right now?  Check out the "Delta" and "Delta Factor" data in the table below for the quick and easy answer. … [Read More...]

Risk Parity Analysis of Modified “Ivy-10″ Portfolio

When investors populate their portfolios with stocks or equity ETFs, it is easy to forget just how exposed the portfolio is to risk.  The following analysis is a reminder of the high risks we take when constructing portfolios.  To know a little more about Risk Parity, check out this link. … [Read More...]