100 Level

What Is Missing In The Best Investment Books?

I have several meters of investment books on my shelves and many of them are the best in the business.  What do they do well and what is missing?  The top investment books do a very good job with the following topics. The importance of saving for retirement. Pointing out the differences in passive and active investing. Describing the importance of constructing an investment plan, … [Read More...]

Become Your Own Investment Advisor and Save The Fees

Taking on the responsibility of managing your own portfolio can be, but need not be, a daunting task.  Some folks just don’t want anything to do with managing their own financial affairs.  It seems either too difficult, too important, or simply carries no interest.  While I have had almost a life-long interest in investing, it is understandable why many find it rather … [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...]

Euclid Portfolio Update: 27 August 2013

Yesterday I posted the Dashboard for the Euclid, one of three portfolios where all the detailed transactions are not available to Platinum members.  However, there is still a lot of useful information as I go through these updates.  This morning I will first look at the efficient frontier graph to see how well the Euclid assets are positioned with respect to the optimized portfolio recommended for … [Read More...]

200 Level

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...]

Running Out of Money In Retirement

A few months ago I posted a blog entry about the probability of running out of money in retirement. What I did not do in that entry was run a stress test on a portfolio to examine what might happen should a retired investor experience another three standard deviation dip as we came through in 2008 and early 2009.  Later today I plan to take either the Schrodinger or Curie Portfolios as the … [Read More...]

400 Level

Post-Modern Portfolio Theory

Serious investors interested in digging deeper into the issue of portfolio risk management will find the article titled, Post-Modern Portfolio Theory of great interest. Any link is bound to produce different references over time so here is a clue to finding the article. Google the term, “Post-Modern Portfolio Theory” and then look for the PDF article by the same name. The article is … [Read More...]

Risk Reduction Update

With the Madison coming up for evaluation at the end of this week I checked to see where the eight critical ETFs are positioned with respect to their 195-Day Exponential Moving Average.  All eight asset classes are well above their 195-Day EMAs. … [Read More...]