100 Level

Fama-French Three Factor Model

Have you ever asked yourself, why are all the asset allocation plans for the various ITA Wealth Management portfolios tilted toward the value side of the investing spectrum and why are they skewed toward smaller cap size?  If you are a new reader, the reason is based on research by Eugene Fama and Kenneth French.  Their work is known as the Three-Factor Model.  Here are the three … [Read More...]

ETFs For Different Asset Classes

As requested in a recent comment, here are ETFs to use in the thirteen asset classes. ETF Table #1:  Since the table is so wide, I am not able to capture it in one screen shot so I broke it into two sections.  Here is the first piece.  In some cases it is a little hard to determine which asset class the ETF belongs as the letters are clipped.  For example, PCY goes into Int'l Bond and VEA into … [Read More...]

300 Level

Revised Gauss Spreadsheet

Here is the link to the corrected Gauss Portfolio.  I had an error in the ITA Index calculation. … [Read More...]

Madison Portfolio Review: 6 May 2013

Of the eleven portfolios tracked here at ITA, detailed transactions of three (Maxwell, Euclid, and Madison) are not available to Platinum members.  The portfolio up for review today is one of the restricted portfolios.  Therefore, the information for this review is somewhat limited.  Nevertheless, we begin with the Efficient Frontier and Dashboard as is our custom when updating a … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance: 13 May 2011

Since the last performance update, most of the portfolios gained ground when compared to the ITA Index, our customized benchmark.  However, nearly all portfolios lost ground to the VTSMX benchmark.  These minor losses can be explained by the strength of the U.S. equities market when compared to portfolios that are diversified with investments from all over the globe. A new portfolio, … [Read More...]

Active vs. Passive Investing: Part 11

Section Eleven of the Active vs. Passive paper poses several interesting issues.  In the first paragraph the author points out that it is the active investors who 'correct' the market.  This implies the market is efficient, even though the second paragraph implies the reverse is true.  Passive investors should be grateful there are active investors as they do help to create … [Read More...]

400 Level

Best Buy Asset Classes

Which asset classes provide the best probabilities for growth over the next six to twelve months.  One of two ways to answer this question is to examine the "Delta Factor" for the "Big Six" U.S. Equity asset classes plus domestic REITs, international REITs, developed international markets, emerging markets, and commodities.  Bonds do not inter into this analysis. In … [Read More...]

Semi-Variance: The Better Risk Measurement

Photograph: Government buildings in Lisbon, Portugal Updating Sortino and Retirement Ratios Risk Management Users of the TLH spreadsheet will want to update the semi-variance calculation in the SR worksheet after the market closes and all the index data is available.  To make sure you have the latest data, wait until at least three hours after the market closes so all the benchmarks are … [Read More...]