100 Level

My Saving Plan Is In Place: What Is The Next Step?

Is it safe to assume you have read one or more of the following sources? 1) Chapter 1 of The Elements of Investing by Malkiel and Ellis 2) Pages 143 - 144 and 152 - 154 of The Investor's Manifesto by William J. Bernstein 3) Pages 179 - 184 of The Power of Passive Investing by Richard Ferri 4) Rule 1 (Chapter 1) of Millionaire Teacher by Andrew Hallam Using these resources, and … [Read More...]

Muling

Photograph: Fort in Savannah, GA Have you ever heard of "Muling?"  It was new term to me until this week when a former student sent me this URL.  Check it out. … [Read More...]

300 Level

QPP Analysis of Gauss Portfolio

Platinum members are aware that the Gauss Portfolio is one of the ITA Risk Reduction model candidates.  Since the Gauss is such a new portfolio,  I don't think I ever ran a Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) analysis on it.  While not every asset class is exactly in balance, I decided to use the current holdings for this analysis rather than use the Strategic Asset Allocation … [Read More...]

Preparing the Maxwell for TAA Action

Platinum members interested in the quantitative approach to improving returns and reducing portfolio uncertainty for the Maxwell take note.  This morning shares of VTV and VOE were sold making room for VTI, VEU, VWO, VNQ, and RWX.  Check out the asset allocation plan below for this portfolio. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Advantages to Mosaic Investing

It comes as no surprise to long standing Platinum members that most equity ETFs are highly correlated.  The basic ones we use to populate many of our portfolios show correlations of 80% or higher when analyzed using the Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) software.  To reduce portfolio volatility and increase the Diversification Metric (DM) we have several choices.  One common approach … [Read More...]

Is There An Investment Style That Is Truly Passive?

We read a lot about active vs. passive investing, and mixed into that discussion is index investing.  About four months ago I wrote a series of articles on this very subject where I was rebutting an Internet article.  On this blog I track eleven portfolios that run the gamut from passive to mosaic to active.  To understand each, it helps to go back to Harold Evensky's … [Read More...]

400 Level

ITARR Working As Planned

When the ITA Risk Reduction model was instituted several months ago, the logic behind the plan was to take a few portfolios that were lagging their benchmarks and see if there was a way to turn that situation around.  So long as the market was moving up and the prices of the various ETFs never dipped below their 195-Day EMAs, I did not expect to see much change in the Internal Rate of Return … [Read More...]

Should One Sell GTU In An Effort To Manage Risk?

Yesterday I reviewed the buying and selling decisions using VNQ as an example.  Today I am reviewing our gold holding, GTU, as the price is currently well below its 195-Day Exponential Moving Average.  For portfolios following the ITA Risk Reduction model, we are out of this ETF based on those relative positions of price and EMA.  Are there confirming sell signals related to GTU? The Bullish … [Read More...]