100 Level

Blog Clues For New Users

If you are new to ITA Wealth Management and are having some difficulty finding your way around the blog, here are a few hints. 1) I just introduced a new Category which you will find in the right sidebar.  Open up the Categories pull-down menu and look for Free Information under Level 100.  Only a few of the free blog posts are identified, but this will get you started. 2) A good way … [Read More...]

Retirement Rule #6: Develop Your Own Strategic Asset Allocation Plan

Continuing the theme of retirement planning, at some point one needs to develop an asset allocation plan.  If you neglect this suggestion, you have already made a decision.  To make no decision is to make a decision.  One may as well set up a plan with some logic and reasoning behind the process.  To develop a SAA plan, one needs to understand the options available or Rule #5. There are a … [Read More...]

300 Level

Preparing For The Newton Update

Tomorrow is review and update day for the Newton portfolio.  Numerous changes are taking place within the Newton as I am attempting to simplify the portfolio by reducing the number of holdings.  Several individual stocks were sold out of the portfolio as well as several under performing ETFs.  As a result, this portfolio now holds over $200,000 in cash.  Over the next several months I plan to … [Read More...]

Einstein Portfolio Review: 19 September 2011

Several portfolios are scheduled for review this week and the Einstein is first on the list.  Platinum members who follow ITA regularly know that I review the portfolios approximately every four to five weeks.  The first thing I do is look at the Dashboard, a worksheet housed within the all important TLH Spreadsheet.  The Dashboard lays out the asset classes and the percentage … [Read More...]

200 Level

Asset Allocation: Working With Optimizer

How does one combine the power of the Dashboard and the Hoadley optimizer when it comes to setting up an asset allocation plan for a portfolio.  ITA readers are familiar with the Dashboard as it is shown every time a portfolio is updated.  In this post I will explain how one might combine the Dashboard and Hoadley optimizer.  Since the Hoadley optimizer is confined to nine (9) asset classes, I've … [Read More...]

Developing a Portfolio Plan

Basic Suggestions in Portfolio Development* In the beginning stages of setting up a portfolio plan, there are a few essential decisions investors make. Here are a few hints to consider. Follow "The Golden Rule of Investing." Save as much as you can as early as you can. Develop a savings plan as there is no avoiding this step. Live below your means.  Learn … [Read More...]

400 Level

“Delta Factor” Bond Projections

Periodically, I'll post the "Delta Factor" projections for a few bonds used in a number of the portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management.  Few changes occur over time and that is why these projections are posted infrequently.  In the following table of ten ETFs, I used a 50-month time frame so as to bridge the last bear market while not exceeding accurate data for … [Read More...]

Sortino Ratio: What Is It?

The following discussion of the Sortino Ratio may get a little "heavy" for some readers.  However, this information is very important for the serious investor, so stick with me and follow along.  Users of the TLH spreadsheet are familiar with the Sortino Ratio as one of the worksheets is built specifically to calculate this number.  The equation is quite simple but very … [Read More...]