100 Level

Stock Screening Service Coming

While this blog is oriented toward using index ETFs to construct portfolios, some readers spice up their portfolios by adding a few stocks.  These are known as Mosaic investors.  To cater to Mosaic investors, I am adding a stock screening service.  Send me your criteria and I will run a screen.  Stocks that emerge from the screen will be posted for other Platinum readers to … [Read More...]

Portfolio for 25-Year Old: The Positives and Negatives

As a followup to William Bernstein's e-book, "The Ages of the Investor," what might a portfolio look like for a 25-year old investor?  The following portfolio is built around 15 ETFs that cover the U.S. Equities market, developed international markets, commodities, emerging markets, both domestic and international REITs, sovereign debt, bonds, and treasuries.  In other words, we are diversifying … [Read More...]

300 Level

Passive vs. Active Investment Strategy

Using Morningstar and Yahoo-Finance to compare stocks and ETF performance.* Here is an exercise that will prove informative to investors who construct portfolios using stocks. Follow these instructions. … [Read More...]

Portfolio for 25-Year Old: The Positives and Negatives

As a followup to William Bernstein's e-book, "The Ages of the Investor," what might a portfolio look like for a 25-year old investor?  The following portfolio is built around 15 ETFs that cover the U.S. Equities market, developed international markets, commodities, emerging markets, both domestic and international REITs, sovereign debt, bonds, and treasuries.  In other words, we are diversifying … [Read More...]

200 Level

Report on “New Normal” Portfolio

The following report on the "New Normal" portfolio comes from Bob Warasila, the creator of this set of assets. The New Normal test portfolio is now at the 2 year mark and is ahead of the benchmark VTSMX.  This portfolio is based on some comments by Pimco’s co-chairs and Geoff Considine (What the New Normal Means for Asset Allocation, August 8, 2009) of QPP back in the summer … [Read More...]

Updating the Basic Portfolio

Here is the latest data on a basic portfolio for investors about to launch a new portfolio.  The shares for this $100,000 portfolio present an example and each investor needs to make their own decisions.  Some portfolio tweaking will be suggested below when we take a look at the Buy-Hold-Sell Recommendation table. ETF Ranking:  While this is a basic list of ETFs, there will still be some … [Read More...]

400 Level

8 Dividend Stocks Supercharge the Swensen-Six Portfolio

Eight dividend aristocrats added to the "Swensen-Six" Portfolio boost return, increase yield, without doing extensive damage to the portfolio volatility. The following screen-shots show the original "Swensen" portfolio, a supercharged version, the correlation matrix for the supercharged portfolio, and the "Delta Factor" projections for the supercharged portfolio when … [Read More...]

“Delta Factor” Projections For Next Several Months

Every few weeks I post the market outlook for equity holdings (ETFs and/or stocks) we use in many of the portfolios.  The table below shows the probability projections based on what I call the "Delta Factor." … [Read More...]