100 Level

Ten Biggest Investor Mistakes – # 8

  ITA Wealth Management Mistake #8:  Over confident and lacks patience.   Over confidence and lack of patience manifests itself in a number of ways. If you think you can beat the market by picking individual stocks, be very careful.  If you want to test your skills, set up two portfolios.  Use a passive approach with one and build it along the lines of portfolios … [Read More...]

Holy Grail Alternative Portfolio

In reply to the Seeking Alpha "Holy Grail" article, one reader recommended the following asset allocation plan.  In this portfolio I am using JNK as the high yield investment.  There are likely better choices if someone cares to make a suggestion.  In the following portfolio, SLV was eliminated and GLD was reduced from 5% down to 2%.  The reader who suggested the … [Read More...]

300 Level

Portfolio Review: Bohr

Bohr Update Review time is here again for the Bohr Portfolio.  No purchases were made thus far this month as most the asset classes are in balance.  I don't plan any changes in commodities as that asset class is only out of alignment by 68 shares of GSG.  What I might do is exchange GSG (heavily oriented toward oil) and purchase DBC, an ETF with a more even distribution of … [Read More...]

Waste Management (WM): A Stock of Interest

A Platinum member suggest an analysis of Waste Management (WM).  I'll go into a bit more detail with this stock vs. what I did yesterday with Procter and Gamble (PG).  As you can see from the sales, profits, and earnings graphs, Waste Management is a slow grower.  This material is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Are You Ready for Retirement? Most Americans Are Not Prepared

The Encore section of the January 14 Wall Street Journal points out that many people are behind on their preparations for retirement. 67% of workers say they are behind schedule in planning and saving for retirement.  These folks violated The Golden Rule of Investing. One 58% of works say they or their spouse are currently saving for later life.  Perhaps the middle class has fallen so far … [Read More...]

Ten Rules to Follow in Preparation for Retirement

Over the next few days I will lay out ten fundamental ideas or rules that will serve readers well as they prepare for retirement.  I know many of you are already well into retirement and have gone through this process while others are just beginning their investment journey.  For the veterans, you may pick up a few ideas and have others reinforced.  If you have words of wisdom for other readers, … [Read More...]

400 Level

Repositioning Madison Portfolio

ITA Wealth Management readers checking the latest Portfolio Performance* data table will observe that the Madison Portfolio is lagging the VTSMX benchmark.  In an effort to push this portfolio performance to a higher level, I am going to employ the ITA Risk Reduction (ITARR) model, or the same one being used for the Maxwell and Euclid portfolios.  This will require selling some current … [Read More...]

Basic Portfolio Information

The ITA blog was down most of the day due to a backup file causing the server to close down.  That file was removed and the blog is again functioning.  Platinum members will find my most recent post using the link provided below. … [Read More...]