100 Level

Second Retirement Rule: Know Your Requirements

While there is no question about Rule #1 of following The Golden Rule of Investing, all rules thereafter could come in any order.  The second one I've selected is to know your retirement requirements.  How much will you need monthly to live comfortably?  It is not unusual to hear a figure of 80% of your last salary.  I would set that as a minimum figure.  If your last annual salary was $70,000 per … [Read More...]

Easy Portfolio: Starting From Scratch

If you have nothing, how do you begin saving for a retirement portfolio. 1. Pull the change out of your pocket every evening and stick it in a jar. 2. Carry your lunch to work and save the difference. 3. Use the library instead of purchasing books. 4. Drink tap water instead of bottled water. 5. Stop smoking as you are burning up your retirement. … [Read More...]

300 Level

Analyzing “Piotroski Style” Stocks

What does a Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) analysis look like for some of the stocks that passed the Piotroski screen? Below is such an analysis. AWRFC data was not available and NPTN came up with too short of a record, thus cutting the number of companies to ten. Platinum membership is available for $5.00 per month.  Look for the first month special. … [Read More...]

Launching a New Portfolio and Initializing ITA Index

Platinum readers know about the funding of the new ITA-RR portfolio. Since tomorrow is the last business day of the month (December) I will take a careful look at the price points for VTI, IWN, VEU, VWO, VNQ, RWX, and IGE and compare them with their respective 195-Day EMAs.  If nothing were to change tomorrow, on January 3, 2012, I will take out a full position in VTI, IWN, and VNQ.  … [Read More...]

200 Level

Lost My Spouse – Part III

Determine your long-term cash flow. How much monthly income is required?  Will income from pension and social security meet the cash flow requirements or is additional money required from the portfolio?  For most single retired individuals, some income is required from the portfolio.  My recommendation is to pull no more than 4% annually from the portfolio.  The lower the … [Read More...]

My Twenty ETFs

Selecting 20 core ETFs is not all that difficult until one is down to the last five to seven tickers. While I could come up with my favorite 20 ETFs, that would be too simple.  Instead, my twenty will come from several major asset classes as outlined below. U.S. Equities Bonds International markets Real Estate Commodities ETFs from U.S. Equities in this search will include the "Big … [Read More...]

400 Level

Asset Allocation: Why Select This Mix of ETFs?

Gauss is the newest portfolio launched (12/27/2011) here at ITA Wealth Management.  While the annualized performance is a respectable 25%, it still lags both the VTSMX and ITA Index benchmarks as it took time to populate all fifteen equity and bond asset classes.  The broad market was in a positive mood during the launch phase and as a result, the portfolio fell behind the … [Read More...]

Balancing Risk Over A Ten ETF Portfolio

In response to a Platinum member, the following QPP analysis is set up in a manner to equalize risk across the different ETFs rather than set up a capitalization asset allocation.  Note that I am using a 56-month time frame as I wanted to span the last bear market while avoiding any short-record issues with ETFs that have not been in existence for five years. To come up with the percentages … [Read More...]