100 Level

High Fees Are A Problem

Three days ago I posted a link to The Portfolioist to draw your attention to how fees cut into your retirement account.  The American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) is also featuring this study.  Here is the AAII announcement that was sent out to subscribers on June 7th.       Dear Member, If you lost $155,000 to fees, how angry would you be? … [Read More...]

Ten Biggest Investor Mistakes – #6

  ITA Wealth Management Mistake #6:  Insufficient Diversification   It is a mistake to think your portfolio is properly diversified simply because you have chosen stocks or index funds across differing sectors. That’s not enough.  Investing across all sectors will not coverall asset classes, but investing across all asset classes will cover all sectors.  There is … [Read More...]

300 Level

New Feature To Be Added To ITA Wealth Management

A new feature or service will be added to ITA Wealth Management sometime over the next six weeks.  For those investors who choose to add individual stocks, such as high yield or "Piotroski stocks," a new analysis will be added.  This is software I use several years ago, but never included it in the ITA offerings. … [Read More...]

Spreadsheets Available

A unique feature of the ITA Wealth Management blog is access to the TLH spreadsheets.  This morning I uploaded the latest version for the seven portfolios tracked and made available to Platinum members.  To gain access to these spreadsheets, go over to the right-hand edge of this page and scroll down till you see TLH Spreadsheets.  The link is just below Interesting Sites. Platinum … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance: 4 February 2011

Portfolios tracked using Captool are updated as of 01/31/2011.  I am still behind bringing the TLH spreadsheets up-to-date.  As I enter that material, I will also enter the data in the table below, so refresh the browser screen to make sure you have the latest information.  In almost all cases, we gained ground on the benchmarks and improved the Return/Risk ratios since the last … [Read More...]

ITA Asset Allocation Philosophy

Do you ever ask why ITA Wealth Management is such a strong advocate for developing an asset allocation (AA) plan?  While academic studies of the late 1980s placed more importance on asset allocation than more recent studies, there still does not appear to be any portfolio models that outshine broad diversification through asset allocation. Further, complete and in depth studies as to the … [Read More...]

400 Level

Bullish Percent Indicators: 9 November 2012

Friday, November 9th, was a flat market, but the direction over the course of the week was down and that is reflected in many of the indexes and sectors.  Our most important index changed direction and handed the ball over to the defense.  Other BPI values moved out of the overbought zone.  Check the details below. Index BPIs:  The NYSE and Dow Jones Transportation were the last holdouts.  Both … [Read More...]

Playing Defense With The “Holy Grail” Portfolio

While there is no such thing as a "Holy Grail" portfolio, humor me for a few minutes and think of this simple seven ETF portfolio as a sound basic portfolio. The purpose of this post is to test how one might play portfolio defense and when is such a move necessary.  First, we take a look at the current QPP analysis for this seven ETF portfolio. Platinum membership is available for … [Read More...]