100 Level

Please Turn Off CNBC!

CNBC is only a place holder for all types to Wall Street media hype.  Eschew information that is designed to keep you unsettled, nervous, and makes you feel as if you are doing something wrong and change is necessary.  Too much investment information is not necessarily a good thing for portfolio management.  If financial news sources had your best interests in mind, you would find them so boring … [Read More...]

Is There An Investment Style That Is Truly Passive?

We read a lot about active vs. passive investing, and mixed into that discussion is index investing.  About four months ago I wrote a series of articles on this very subject where I was rebutting an Internet article.  On this blog I track eleven portfolios that run the gamut from passive to mosaic to active.  To understand each, it helps to go back to Harold Evensky's … [Read More...]

300 Level

Feynman Portfolio Study: Part 5

In Part 5 of the Feynman Portfolio Study I describe a method of "ranking" the assets in the Feynman Portfolio Asset List based on "Momentum". This results in a measure of  the "Relative Strength" of each asset. Platinum members and regular readers of this Blog will be familiar with the spreadsheets used in the analysis since Lowell uses them regularly. Top "ranked" assets are then chosen for … [Read More...]

Dividend Stocks Added To Core ETF Holdings

From time to time I've suggested adding a few highly selected stocks to a core ETF portfolio.  One reader suggested the following set of investing instruments with the request for an analysis using QPP.  Here is that analysis including the correlation matrix.  Also note the list of dividend paying stocks at the bottom of the page. The following material is not available for publication … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance: 3 June 2011

Measuring Portfolio Performance You cannot manage what you do not measure.  How true.  These portfolio performance data tables are all about portfolio management, measurement, and monitoring.  The table shown below does not include current updates for all portfolios tracked using the Captool software.  I plan to take care of that early next week. Looking over the portfolios … [Read More...]

QPP Analysis of Actively Managed Mutual Fund Portfolio

Actively Managed Mutual Fund Portfolio The following QPP analysis is one where the portfolio is made up of actively managed mutual funds.  Long-time readers know my opinion about such funds, even though I used them throughout my teaching career.  It was a mistake.  Data was missing for JVLAX so I lumped the money market funds and the percentage (9.54%) held in JVLAX into … [Read More...]

400 Level

Equity ETFs And The “Delta Factor”

Are there any areas of the equity market that look positive for the next six to twelve months?  Even with a relatively strong market this summer, there are pockets of opportunity and they are indicated in the following table. … [Read More...]

A Twist to the ITA Risk Reduction Model

Photograph: Mountains near Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe.  Taken from the California side of the lake. While we want to keep the ITA Risk Reduction model as simple as possible, there is another wrinkle available for sophisticated investors.  Platinum readers will be interested in the explanation that follows. Platinum membership is available for $5.00 per month.  Learn how to reduce … [Read More...]