100 Level

Setting Buy Limit Order

Within a TDAmeritrade account, how does one set a limit order to buy shares of an ETF?  The following video clip explains the process.  It is quite easy.  Just log on to your account and walk through the following steps.  As mentioned in the video/audio clip, I rarely set orders of any type outside NYSE business hours as the bid-ask spread all too frequently expands in after … [Read More...]

Checking Up On ITARR Indicators

For those investors who are either following or implementing the ITA Risk Reduction (ITARR) model, here are the latest results for the following critical ETFs:  VTI, IWN, VEU, VWO, VNQ, RWX, TIP, TLT, PCY, DBC, and GTU.  Only TLT, DBC, and GTU were priced below their respective 195-Day EMA when checked earlier this morning.  The relative positions can change so here is a link you may wish to … [Read More...]

300 Level

Kepler Portfolio Review: 24 October 2011

Once more it is time to update the Kepler Portfolio.  Platinum members can see the Dashboard worksheet showing the asset allocation plan in the following screen shot. Note that both the Sortino and Retirement ratios are slightly negative.  The Internal Rate of Return (IRR) for the Kepler is trailing the VTSMX benchmark by 0.3%.  We should be able to make that up if and when the … [Read More...]

Basic Portfolio Update: Changes in Momentum

As the market rotates from day to day, changes will show up in any portfolio if one is following the "Dynamic" plus SHY model.  If you are new to the blog and do not know what I am referring to, be sure to read The Feynman Study.  For example, yesterday there were only two viable ETFs that were outperforming the SHY, our cutoff ETF.  As mentioned in a comment, only VBK and VTV were ranked above … [Read More...]

200 Level

Five Essential Financial Directives

Five Essential Financial Guidelines   1) Pay down credit card debt and never, ever borrow from a bank using a credit card. There is no way you will earn as much year after year through investments as you are paying interest on credit card debt. Simply put, pay off the credit card balance in full each month. There is no interest rate to hate as much as credit card interest. 2) Save as … [Read More...]

What Does It Take To Retire?

What does it take in savings to live during retirement? Here is data readers may find of interest as they think about portfolio development and eventual retirement. A couple nearing retirement anticipate they will need $80,000 after taxes per year to live during their first year without employment. Between them they will receive a pension of $2,000 per month or $24,000 per year. These are all … [Read More...]

400 Level

Changing Positions of Maxwell and Kepler

Photograph: Covered Bridge at Grist Mill just east of Woodland, Washington One of the five ITA Risk Reduction (ITARR) model portfolios is the Maxwell.  Last Friday several asset classes, as represented by particular ETFs, dropped below the critical 195-Day EMA trigger point.  Trailing Stop Loss Orders were set and today, May 8th, a number were triggered.  Shares of VEU and VWO were … [Read More...]

Retirement Target Return

Retirement Target Return What is the Retirement Target Return (RTR) all about?  RTR is one of the factors found in the Retirement Ratio (RR) risk management equation. ITA Wealth Management readers know the importance of measuring portfolio risk and RTR is part of that process. Here is exactly how RTR is determined. RTR is the sum of the current inflation rate plus the percentage one … [Read More...]