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...]

Beginners Portfolio

Looking for a basic portfolio?  Check out this link as a possible starting point. Research and personal experience show portfolio construction is the key to successful investing.  Portfolio construction contains two basic elements.  1) What asset classes to include as the building blocks for the portfolio?  For most portfolios, we include between 10 and 16 "bricks" … [Read More...]

300 Level

QPP Analysis of Suggested ETFs

In the following analysis I show the make up of the suggested tickers.  VSS and MLPI did not have three-year records so I cut them from the list.  In the first slide I show the makeup of the portfolio using nearly equal percentages for each ETF.  In the second slide I show the "Delta Factor" projections using a four-year time span.  The third slide shows the … [Read More...]

Optimization-Momentum and QPP Analysis of Schrodinger: Part 1

Even though it is not time to update the Schrodinger, I am using it this Memorial Day (was called Decoration Day when I was a kid) to illustrate the OM Model.  Let me state immediately that I don't have a clue what the QPP analysis will project when the assets are optimized.  Wait and see what comes out of this analysis. I'll first start with the optimization-momentum model where I am using the … [Read More...]

200 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...]

Retirement Rule #6: Develop Your Own Strategic Asset Allocation Plan

Continuing the theme of retirement planning, at some point one needs to develop an asset allocation plan.  If you neglect this suggestion, you have already made a decision.  To make no decision is to make a decision.  One may as well set up a plan with some logic and reasoning behind the process.  To develop a SAA plan, one needs to understand the options available or Rule #5. There are a … [Read More...]

400 Level

“Delta Factor” for Bond ETFs

A week to ten days ago I promised to run a "Delta Factor" analysis on the bond ETFs we use in a variety of portfolios.  One Platinum member requested CSJ be included in the analysis and here it is in the following screen shot. … [Read More...]

Point and Figure Checkup

Run each of your stocks, funds, and/or ETFs through a Point and Figure (PnF) checkup using this link.  Do you observe O's or X's in the right-hand column?  If the slope of the line is positive, relax.  However, if you find O's in the right-hand column and the slope of the line is negative, examine closely what is going on.  Is the price of the security above or … [Read More...]