100 Level

HDR Photography

In answer to Bob's question, I'll explain a little more about what I am learning with respect to HDR photography.  HDR is an acronym for High Dynamic Range photography.  The included image is an HDR composite from three photographs taken by my friend who lives on the Oregon Coast.  The three photographs were taken from his house this week.  The deep blue in the upper … [Read More...]

Standard & Poor’s Indices vs. Active Funds

Readers who need to be convinced that actively managed mutual funds is not a good idea only need to take time to read and study this paper.  This is a follow up to my last post.   … [Read More...]

300 Level

Smartest High Risk Portfolio

This is the last article in this series of QPP analysis of Solin's "supersmart" portfolios.  Of all the portfolios, this one is perhaps the weakest.  Read on to understand why. … [Read More...]

J.C. Penny: A Technical and Fundamental Analysis

A request for an analysis of J.C. Penny (JCP), a holding company for 1,102 stores in North America, came in from a Platinum member.  In this blog post I will provide both technical and fundamental analysis for JCP as I see it.  First, let's examine a few technical indicators as we do for ETFs of interest. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Swensen Six With & Without Stocks

Benefits to Super Charging Portfolio With Stocks Two portfolios are displayed below.  In the first we have a portfolio made up of only six ETFs.  I call this the Swensen Six. To point out some critical features, note the projected average annual return of 7.89% or 7.9% rounded.  This is based in the assumption the S&P 500 will return an average annual return of 7.0%. The … [Read More...]

Piotroski Style Portfolio

Is there any interest in tracking the following portfolio based on the following QPP analysis?  If so, let me know as I might be able to begin tracking such a portfolio.  Let me explain how it would function. The following material is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]

400 Level

Bullish Percent Indicators: Markets Beginning to Weaken

For the first time in many weeks we are beginning to see some cracks develop in what has been a very strong stock market.  To see what I mean, examine the two screenshots shown below. The following information is not for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]

Bullish Percent Indicators: 21 December 2012

This past week, despite the political problems in Washington, saw improvement in many of the broad market indexes and individual sectors.  Platinum members can check the results in the following two tables. The following information is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]