100 Level

Diversify – Diversify – Diversify

If you have questions why the portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management include so many asset classes, just read the referenced article, “The Benefits of Low Correlation.” After reading this article, I had second thoughts about allocating only 5% to commodities. However, 5% should be adequate due to our emphasis on value and small-cap stocks as well as participating in … [Read More...]

Portfolio of Actively Managed Mutual Funds

The following Quantext Portfolio Analysis contains actively managed mutual funds and the portfolio is designed for a 40-50 year old investor.  Keep in mind a few assumptions and expectations.  1) In this analysis the S&P 500 is assumed to grow at 7.0% over the next few years.  2) When putting together an array of securities we expect the projection will exceed 7.0% by 100 basis points.  3) The … [Read More...]

300 Level

ITA Experimental Portfolio

The following portfolio is in the experimental stages of investigation so approach it with caution.  I have not checked out costs and expenses for every ETF included in this QPP analysis.  The portfolio includes seven unfamiliar stocks.  I will explain where they come from and the screens used to uncover them. Platinum membership is available for $5.00 per month.  Join ITA and … [Read More...]

Kepler Portfolio Update: 15 December 2011

The Kepler Portfolio is a broadly diversified array of ETFs that encompass global markets.  We do not hold any international bonds and there are no plans to expand into that asset class for this portfolio.  Below is the Dashboard, the familiar worksheet extracted from the TLH Spreadsheet.  The international REITs asset class is empty as I sold all shares to take a tax loss for the … [Read More...]

200 Level

A Challenge to Active Management

Active vs. Passive Management Scores of papers and blogs have been written about the merits of passive vs. active management.  I've contributed my share and here is one of my earlier posts.  Readers will find more articles by moving over to the right sidebar and looking up Passive vs. Active blogs.  There are over 25 posts on this subject. When you read about active management outperforming … [Read More...]

The Retirement Crisis

In keeping with the series of articles on retirement, Gary Simms sent me a link to this PDF file on The Retirement Crisis.  I had problems opening this file using Firefox due to some add-ons they are attaching to their software.  If you have a similar problem, try Safari or Chrome browsers.  As the article points out, this is another financial crisis.  PERS programs are also in disrepair as too … [Read More...]

400 Level

Portfolio Risk: Why is Standard Deviation Important?

Questions surrounding standard deviation (SD) keep cropping up.  Why is SD important when it comes to developing a Strategic Asset Allocation plan for a portfolio? Anyone who has worked with portfolio building software knows how projected return and uncertainty or risk are intimately connected. When I was teaching, I would analyze the scores of my students as I wanted to see if all numerical … [Read More...]

Efficient Frontier: A Brief Explanation

In preparation for a fresh design of this blog I asked for suggestions how to improve the "look and feel" of ITA Wealth Management.  Several suggestions focused on the need for further explanation of some of the technical aspects of investing.  Before going too technical, keep in mind that as investors, we continually ask the question - "What portfolio will produce the most return for the least … [Read More...]