100 Level

Strategic Asset Allocation Plan – Step #3

Step #1: Begin a saving plan. This is key to all that follows.  Remember "The Golden Rule of Investing." Save as much as you can as early as you can. Step #2: Select the asset classes you wish to use to construct the portfolio. The table below suggests using either the "Big Six" or "Big Nine" U. S. equity classes plus Cash, Bonds, International (developed), … [Read More...]

Putting It All Together: Portfolio Construction

David Swensen writes in his "Unconventional Success" book, "Construction of a financial-asset portfolio involves full measures of science and art.  The science encompasses the application of basic investment principles to the problem of combining core asset classes in an efficient, cost-effective manner.  The art concerns the use of common-sense judgment in the challenge … [Read More...]

300 Level

Momentum-Optimization Analysis of Equity Oriented Portfolio

Momentum-Optimization Analysis In the prior blog post I analyzed a sample portfolio using Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP).  In this analysis I will use the momentum-optimizer spreadsheet to come up with the efficient frontier, a ranking of the securities, and the "decision maker," a Buy-Hold-Sell recommendation table.  We first take a look at the efficient frontier graph to see where the current … [Read More...]

Retirement Ratio: Building a Higher Standard

The Ultimate Return/Uncertainty Ratio Built into every TLH spreadsheet is the "Retirement Ratio," a look-alike of the Sortino Ratio (SR).  Readers can read about this Return/Uncertainty ratio over on Seeking Alpha.  Inside the Sortino Ratio is a trademark term, Desired Target Return™, a percentage determined by the investor.  In the Retirement Ratio we use Portfolio … [Read More...]

200 Level

Updating the Basic Portfolio

Here is the latest data on a basic portfolio for investors about to launch a new portfolio.  The shares for this $100,000 portfolio present an example and each investor needs to make their own decisions.  Some portfolio tweaking will be suggested below when we take a look at the Buy-Hold-Sell Recommendation table. ETF Ranking:  While this is a basic list of ETFs, there will still be some … [Read More...]

What ETFs To Use For Different Asset Classes

A question came up regarding what ETFs do we use for the different asset classes.  Below is a listing of the different asset classes and the primary, but not only, ETFs we use to populate the asset classes. … [Read More...]

400 Level

What ETFs to Include?

What ETFs should one include in a well-diversified portfolio?  After developing a Strategic Asset Allocation plan one needs to decide what ETFs to use as the portfolio building blocks.  Here are a few methods I use and suggest for Platinum members. If at all possible, use a commission free ETF.  Different discount brokers have their own commission free investments.  I use TD Ameritrade as my … [Read More...]

Bullish Percent Indicator Update: 23 March 2013

Both broad markets and sectors of the market weakened this past week.  Not by much and the downward trend was not 100%, but Platinum members will see that the majority of the recorded values declined. … [Read More...]