100 Level

Basic Financial Principles To Consider When Building A Portfolio

Basic financial principles to consider when building a portfolio include the following. Diversity across global markets Orientation toward equity or growth Inflation protection Low correlated assets Diversity across global markets will include both developed international markets and emerging markets.  To provide the necessary growth for retirement, the portfolio will need … [Read More...]

Emerging Markets

The standard ETF used to cover emerging markets in most of the ITA portfolios is VWO.  I'll continue to included it in the portfolios as they grow large enough to include that asset class.  For even larger portfolios, one might think about adding special countries. … [Read More...]

300 Level

Twenty ETF Portfolio

Ivy 20 Portfolio Now we move to the most complex of Faber's Ivy Portfolios. This 20 ETF portfolio consists of 13 to 17 asset classes depending on how one breaks down the different ETFs. To keep all of these Ivy Portfolios simple, we invest the same percentage in each ETF. A few of the ETFs in this portfolio have not been operational for a full three years. This required the time frame to be … [Read More...]

Curie Portfolio Review: 8 March 2012

It is again time to update the Curie Portfolio so we once more begin with the Dashboard, the worksheet extracted from the TLH Spreadsheet.  For new readers, the Dashboard is the Strategic Asset Allocation plan for the portfolio.  ITA readers will note the portfolio is skewed or tilted toward the value side of the investing spectrum.  Since the last update, I made a few minor 1% … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance For Week of April 20th

The good news this week is that ten of the eleven portfolios gained ground on the VTSMX benchmark.  Only the Newton did not pull ahead of the U.S. Equities index, but remained even.  What was a little strange is the fact that eight of the eleven portfolios lost a fraction of a percent to the ITA Index, our customized benchmark.  By pulling ahead of the VTSMX I assumed the portfolios … [Read More...]

Einstein Portfolio Update: 28 September 2011

Platinum members can witness that the Einstein Portfolio is coming very close to being in balance in all asset classes.  I placed limit orders to sell shares of VO and VB which will bring MCB and SCB back into balance.  With the small amount of available cash, I placed a limit order for BWX, an international treasure bond ETF.  As you can see from the Dashboard asset allocation plan … [Read More...]

400 Level

Euclid Portfolio Review: 13 April 2012

Tomorrow I will take a careful look at the relative positions between the prices of the eight critical ETFs and their respective 195-Day EMAs.  Here is the current Dashboard for the Euclid and if any sales are required, an update of the Dashboard will be posted next week. … [Read More...]

Retirement Portfolio: Part Five

If one is willing to add a few individual stocks to a sample retirement portfolio, what does the allocation look like when optimized?  In the following portfolio I added several ETFs to what one might consider the basic group.  These include SLV, DVY, and IDV where the latter two are dividend generators. Special Note:  The assumed growth rate of the S&P 500 was lowered from 7.0% to 6.0% for … [Read More...]