100 Level

Risk Management of Portfolio

Will your portfolio survive a three sigma event that is likely to happen over the next ten years?  Check out this link to see a sample analysis. … [Read More...]

Nine Critical Investment Decisions

1.0             Nine Critical Investment Decisions 1.1               The Decision to Save 1.2              The Go-It-Alone or Professional Manager … [Read More...]

300 Level

“Creme List” for 12 August 2011

Earlier today I thought I might need to scrap the "Creme List" or at least replace it with a different set of screens and evaluation tools as one of the key databases went through some revisions.  Fortunately, not only did I find the data I needed, but I found new useful information that I coded into my "Watch List" spreadsheet.  Information such as the Financial … [Read More...]

“Creme List” for 29 July 2011

Photograph:  Santiago, Spain (Represents current feelings in America) This week the "Creme List" is a shorter group of stocks with only 18 companies surviving the weak market.  AGL, CL, TOT, and WFC were wiped from the list as none of these companies cracked the elite list for the last 13 weeks. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Retirement Ratio: Portfolio Performance and Uncertainty Measurement

What is the Retirement Ratio (RR)?  I never heard of such a ratio, at least as it is defined below.  Before going into an explanation, let me digress and address similar ratios.  Portfolio performance measurements that combine both return and risk are readily available to investors.  The Sharpe ratio is perhaps the best known "efficiency ratio" where it measures the … [Read More...]

The Art and Science of Portfolio Construction

Basic investment principles require long-term portfolios exhibit the following characteristics. 1.  Equity orientation. Equity orientation includes high-expected return ETFs such as VTI, IWN, VTV, VOE, VOT, VBR, VBK, etc. 2.  Diversification over the entire world market. International exposure is possible through ETFs such as VEU, EFA, VWO, EPP, etc. This blog post is not … [Read More...]

400 Level

Current Condition of the ITA Risk Reduction Model

In contrast to a passive or index approach to investing, what is the state of the critical ETFs used in the portfolios where we are employing the ITA Risk Reduction (ITARR) model?  Tactical Asset Allocation is applied to ETFs in the Maxwell, Euclid, Madison, Kenilworth, and Gauss portfolios so as to avoid "Black Swan" events as we experienced in 2002 and again in 2008.  While … [Read More...]

International ETFs and The Delta Factor

This morning I located the following article, Why I Am Buying The Pain In Spain, on Seeking Alpha, one of the top blog sites on the Internet.  In the article, author Cam Hui states his belief in mean-reversion, the exact philosophy that is the foundation of my "Delta Factor" calculations.  Using Hui's article as a backdrop, I decided to run the Delta Factor numbers on the … [Read More...]