100 Level

Ten Cardinal Rules of Investing

  Ten Cardinal Rules of Investing   Below are ten cardinal rules of investing.  If followed, investors will avoid 90% of the problems that plague most investors planning for retirement. 1.  Invest frequently and early in life.  This is The Golden Rule of Investing. 2.  Buy index funds or ETFs rather than individual stocks. 3.  Be patient and don't … [Read More...]

Benchmarking the Portfolio

Benchmarking Portfolio Establishing an appropriate benchmark for a portfolio is essential if one is serious about investing. Avoiding portfolio benchmarking is an act of self-deception. Exactly what is the purpose of a benchmark and what are the requirements for a fair and reasonable benchmark. Here is one definition of benchmarking.   In the investing world, the S&P 500 is … [Read More...]

300 Level

Einstein Portfolio Review: 6 February 2012

Review time is here again for the Einstein Portfolio.  Examining the Dashboard or Asset Allocation plan, shown below, is the first task when updating or reviewing a portfolio.  Actually, I check the broker account to make sure all transactions are current.  While it took a little time and patience, the portfolio is now in balance with exception of Small-Cap Growth, and that asset … [Read More...]

Market Conditions of Concern

Market Worries Two days ago I wrote a piece on Technical Analysis and how the market is overbought.  This morning I ran into a related column and the reference is provided below.  The concern is tied to mounting oil prices.  Not addressed in the article is the assault on jobs at the state level.  If the the widespread cuts continue, Ben Bernanke predicts future growth could … [Read More...]

200 Level

“Holy Grail” Portfolio: A Revised Look

QPP Analysis of "Holy Grail" Portfolio While I hope to have the focus of this blog post show up on Seeking Alpha, here is an advanced look at what I've been working on for Platinum members. This is quite a strong portfolio based on QPP analysis. Platinum membership is available for $5.00 per month.  Help provide capital for individuals starting their own business in developing … [Read More...]

Updating the Basic Portfolio

Here is the latest data on a basic portfolio for investors about to launch a new portfolio.  The shares for this $100,000 portfolio present an example and each investor needs to make their own decisions.  Some portfolio tweaking will be suggested below when we take a look at the Buy-Hold-Sell Recommendation table. ETF Ranking:  While this is a basic list of ETFs, there will still be some … [Read More...]

400 Level

ITA Ratio Introduced

As I wrote in an earlier comment, I am moving from the Sortino ratio over to what I call the ITA ratio.  Let me go into detail as to why I am making the change.  I will explain how the new ITA ratio is calculated and how it will be programmed into later versions of the TLH spreadsheets.  It is not going to be all that difficult to make the change so stick with me. Before I launch … [Read More...]

The Delta Factor and International Markets

Recently I was looking at Price-195-Day EMA graphs for a number of international countries and I came upon one for Italy, a country in distress.  While I normally view this graph over a one-year period to gain additional clarity, I changed the scale to three years as that is the time frame I used for the QPP and Delta Factor analysis.  I noticed that EWI hit a peak around May of 2012.  As a … [Read More...]