100 Level

Top 12 Investment Books: A Revised List

Are you looking for high quality investment books?  If so, I have a new list of twelve (12) books to read.  Platinum members are familiar with many of these books as they show up on several lists by going to All Categories and clicking on Books. It is always difficult to hone down the list to as few as 12 books.  There are at least three more I could have easily listed. Other … [Read More...]

Brahms Requiem: CD Recommendation For The Week

  Brahms Requiem is one of my four favorite requiems.  The other three were composed by Mozart, Fauré, and Karl Jenkins.  I'm sure I could come up with a fifth, but these four quickly come to mind.  The link provided happens to be one of the recordings I have, but the one conducted by Robert Shaw is also an excellent alternative.  Before making a purchase, read the reviews.  For many of … [Read More...]

300 Level

Using Treasuries to Reduce Risk

Compare the following portfolio (QPP analysis) with the risk reducing portfolio I suggested last week.  In the following portfolio, I stripped percentages off several equity and REIT ETFs and allocated those assets to a combination of TIP and TLT.  While the projected return is reduced, the projected standard deviation comes down at a faster rate giving one a higher Return/Uncertainty … [Read More...]

Manage Your Own Money

  Should you hire a money manager or do it yourself?  Consider the following assumptions and arguments. 1.  As the first given, the portfolio belongs to you, not the hired money manager.  This is an obvious, yet important point. 2.  Assume the advisor fees amount to 100 basis points or 1%.  Fees may be lower, but for ease of calculation, I will use the 1% … [Read More...]

200 Level

Steady As She Goes With The Schrodinger

Investors looking for a well-diversified no-nonsense portfolio need look no further than the Schrodinger Portfolio.  This passively operated portfolio was launched in late 2000 so it has been operational during the "lost decade."  The Sortino Ratio for the Schrodinger is a very high 10.4 and the yield is a respectable 2.3%.  Readers will note the strong tilt toward … [Read More...]

Asset Allocation: The Mortar of Portfolios

Asset allocation is a subject frequently mentioned here at ITA Wealth Management.  For many beginning investors, it is a new topic, yet so familiar to the investing world it is assumed everyone knows what it means.  This blog post is to show a sample asset allocation plan and explain some of the reasons why it is set up as it is.  Here we have a Dashboard worksheet extracted from … [Read More...]

400 Level

Gauss Portfolio Launched

The ITA-RR Portfolio, renamed Gauss, is up and running.  Platinum members have access to the Dashboard worksheet below. … [Read More...]

Bullish Percent Indicators For Major Markets

Below is the current data for the Bullish Percent Indicators.  The big changes this week showed up in the NASDAQ 100 and S&P 500 as both dropped sufficiently to hand the ball over to the defense.  In another post I will show the sector breakdown, but I can tell readers that energy is going through the roof.  The hot weather on the east coast is moving a lot of money into the … [Read More...]