100 Level

Active Management: A Mistake

Much is written about active vs. passive management. Harold Evensky defines active management in his book, "Wealth Management" and I quote. "Active Management is the art and science of security selection based on a belief in a manager's ability to consistently and accurately evaluate current and/or future events better than other investors. The core philosophical basis is … [Read More...]

Solving Investment Problem #3: I don’t know the language.

Bringing a beginning investor up to speed with the investing vocabulary is not an easy task.  This problem does not have a quick solution.  However, it is made much easier if one takes the path of passive investing vs. active investing.  There is much less to learn and the fundamentals are quite basic.  Here at ITA Wealth Management, our preference is passive investing through … [Read More...]

300 Level

Republic Services (RSG): Another Waste Hauler

The following analysis can be compared to the Waste Management analysis posted earlier this morning.  It comes as no surprise that sales grow at a slow rate.  It is the nature of the business.  After all, there are only so many houses and businesses requiring trash hauling. This material is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]

Kepler Portfolio Update: 15 December 2011

The Kepler Portfolio is a broadly diversified array of ETFs that encompass global markets.  We do not hold any international bonds and there are no plans to expand into that asset class for this portfolio.  Below is the Dashboard, the familiar worksheet extracted from the TLH Spreadsheet.  The international REITs asset class is empty as I sold all shares to take a tax loss for the … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance Data: 22 July 2011

How did your portfolio perform this last week?  Did you gain in absolute terms but lose the relative race?  Well, that is what happened to most of the portfolios tracked using the TLH Spreadsheet.  We lost most of the ground gained last week when examining the VTSMX and ITA Index benchmarks.  Nearly all the portfolios showed a decline in both the Sortinio and Retirement … [Read More...]

Quantitative Approach to Portfolio Management

In the experiment to improve the performance of the Maxwell and Euclid portfolios we need a basic set of ETFs to form the core for our investments.  This quantitative approach is an outlier in our portfolio management philosophy as it has the potential for more trading.  For this reason, I will be using ETFs that are part of TDAmeritrade's 100+ commission free trades.  Below is … [Read More...]

400 Level

Portfolio Risk: How To Manage It With Care

Managing Portfolio Risk* Risk is one of the least understood concepts when it comes to investing, so it is time we insert some discussions into the mix of portfolio construction. I am going to quote Mark Hebner and link to his outstanding web site frequently as he does an excellent job of describing and defining risk. Let us first begin with a definition of Standard Deviation (SD) as it is … [Read More...]

“New Normal” Portfolio With Risk Reduction Allocation Plan

Following up on the risk adjusted Ten ETF Portfolio analyzed yesterday, what does the "New Normal" group of stocks and ETFs look like when the same risk management algorithm is applied.  In this analysis I was able to stretch the historical period out over five-years.  The percentage allocated to the different stocks and ETFs look reasonable when the low variance BND ETF is not … [Read More...]