100 Level

Market Timing or Portfolio Hedge

One of the strongest proponents for staying in the market and avoiding market timing is Charles D. Ellis.  In his book, "Winning the Loser's Game" he writes, "The long, sad history of market timing is clear: Virtually nobody gets it right even half the time. And the cost of getting it wrong wipes out the occasional gain of getting it right. So the average investor's … [Read More...]

We All Love Ennio Morricone

The CD recommendation for the week is Soundtrack music from the "We All Love Ennio Morricone" recording. My recording has a few glitches so it is anything but perfect. If you are not familiar with Morricone, this is a good introduction.  Read the Amazon reviews as they are, in general, quite accurate. … [Read More...]

300 Level

Curie Portfolio Review: 6 September 2011

Fifty shares of VWO were added to the Curie Portfolio in an effort to bring emerging markets back into balance.  With the market in a funk, now does not seem to be the time to jump in and bring all asset classes back into balance.  Instead, I have many limit orders placed at different price points and VWO happened to be one that was picked off today. … [Read More...]

Einstein Portfolio Review

Last week I added a few shares of RWX, VWO, and EMB to the Einstein to bring a few asset classes into balance.  Other than the Bonds & Income asset class, this portfolio is now in balance. One Tactical Asset Allocation I will be making is to shift one percentage point from Small-Cap Growth over to Small-Cap Value.  i will use IWN for my Small-Cap Value ETF.  Another change is … [Read More...]

200 Level

ITA Experimental Portfolio

The following portfolio is in the experimental stages of investigation so approach it with caution.  I have not checked out costs and expenses for every ETF included in this QPP analysis.  The portfolio includes seven unfamiliar stocks.  I will explain where they come from and the screens used to uncover them. Platinum membership is available for $5.00 per month.  Join ITA and … [Read More...]

Preparing for Retirement: Avoid the Dunning-Kruger Effect

A few days ago I came across an article on the psychology of investing over on the Portfolioist blog.  The article is written by Daniel R. Solin, author of "The Smartest Portfolio You'll Ever Own." Readers will recall that I analyzed some of the portfolios from the Solin book here on ITA Wealth Management.  When I read articles of how our brains can get in the way of … [Read More...]

400 Level

Current Condition of ITA Risk Reduction Model

Platinum members who implemented the ITA Risk Reduction model must be smiling.  Of the "Big Seven" ETFs used in this model, only VNQ is currently holding firm above its 195-Day Exponential Moving Average (EMA).  VTI, IWN, VEU, VWO, IGE, and RWX are all priced below there respective 195-Day EMAs.  ITARR users need to remember we are in the "neglect phase" of this … [Read More...]

Seeking For Low Correlated ETFs

When the market shies away from equities and gravitates toward less volatile securities such as bonds and treasuries, we need access to those ETFs that have a low correlation with holdings such as VTI, VEU, and VWO.  What ETFs do we flee to when the equities market begins to wane.  If included in the ranking worksheet, we can easily identify those ETFs that have the strongest … [Read More...]