100 Level

Diversify – Diversify – Diversify

If you have questions why the portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management include so many asset classes, just read the referenced article, “The Benefits of Low Correlation.” After reading this article, I had second thoughts about allocating only 5% to commodities. However, 5% should be adequate due to our emphasis on value and small-cap stocks as well as participating in … [Read More...]

Gordon Equation Revisited

Back on December 16, 2009, I wrote the following over on the old blog. Market Return = Dividend Yield + Dividend Growth Rate is known as the Gordon Equation. This simple equation provides a way to predict long-term stock market returns, and we need to emphasize long-term.  Quoting Bernstein from his “Four Pillars of Investing” book, page 57, “…the Gordon Equation … [Read More...]

300 Level

Highly Selected Stocks

One of my data sources changed their format and the changes eliminated information I use in my "Watch List" spreadsheet.  Unless I am able to find that data, I will need to change the makeup of my "Creme List."  For investors who use a few individual stocks in their portfolios, I will continue to post a list of interesting companies.  It will differ from the old … [Read More...]

Prepping For Kenilworth Update

Tomorrow is the scheduled date for the Kenilworth Portfolio update.  In preparation for that review, here is some salient material to consider.  First, the efficient frontier graph, followed by the rankings of the current holdings, and then recommendations for possible changes. Efficient Frontier:  The following graph provides a quick snapshot that the current portfolio needs some adjustments.  … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance Data Table For Eleven Portfolios: 22 June 2012

After missing last week, here is the latest portfolio performance data for the eleven portfolios tracked at ITA Wealth Management.  Seven of the eleven gained ground on the VTSMX over the past two weeks and the other four held even.  Those that pulled ahead of the benchmark were: Curie, Newton, Einstein, Kepler, Bohr, Kenilworth, and Gauss.  Since I made some asset allocation … [Read More...]

Simplified “Holy Grail” Portfolio: A 12-ETF Approach

12-ETF Portfolio Following up on yesterday's blog post, here is a simplified revision of the "Holy Grail" portfolio.  Any time one can reduce the number of holdings and improve the return and volatility projections, give the new portfolio high marks.  The following group of twelve (12) ETFs provides a higher Return/Risk ratio than the portfolio discussed yesterday.  … [Read More...]

400 Level

Preparing For Kepler Review

In a few days the Kepler Portfolio comes up for review, so here is the preparation material.  I'll walk readers through the Efficient Frontier, Ranking, and Buy-Hold-Sell (BHS) recommendations. Efficient Frontier:  The Kepler requires some adjustments before the current allocation is fully optimized.  What to do is shown in a later screenshot.  Holdings such as TIP are not improving the … [Read More...]

Retirement Portfolio: Part Three

Part three of this series of retirement preparations shows how one might optimize the array of ETFs presented in the earlier two blog posts.  In the following screen shot I set up a number of constraints and one was to hold the Diversification Metric to the 40% standard.  I also included BND, Vanguard's Total Bond ETF in the mix of investments.  Even by forcing none of the bonds to hold more than … [Read More...]