100 Level

A Portfolio Construction Policy

Photograph: Main Gate to University of Glasgow, Scotland As an educational investment blog, ITA Wealth Management is all about portfolio construction, management, and monitoring.  In this post I will focus on the beginning steps of portfolio construction.  Portfolio construction is the process of assembling security holdings using a Strategic Asset Allocation blueprint.  We will … [Read More...]

Grandchildren: Live Below Your Means

  If you have been reading my Grandchildren suggestions, you will note thus far all come under the general category of discipline.  Learn to live a disciplined life and suggestion number three (3) is no different.  Live below your means.  Income must exceed outflow. Spend less than you earn and "spend" on your retirement fund. Defer immediate gratification. I recall … [Read More...]

300 Level

Asset Allocation: Why Select This Mix of ETFs?

Gauss is the newest portfolio launched (12/27/2011) here at ITA Wealth Management.  While the annualized performance is a respectable 25%, it still lags both the VTSMX and ITA Index benchmarks as it took time to populate all fifteen equity and bond asset classes.  The broad market was in a positive mood during the launch phase and as a result, the portfolio fell behind the … [Read More...]

Abbott Laboratories (ABT): Supercharge Your ETF Portfolio

Abbott Labs is one of the stocks I used as an example of how one might supercharge a portfolio made up of non-managed index ETFs.  What is the outlook for ABT when analyzed in isolation?  Platinum members will find such an analysis below.  I am using Better Investing's Stock Selection Guide for this analysis and the data comes from the American Association of Individual Investors … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Development: Thinking Through First Steps

Several readers have been asking for advice as to which portfolio to follow and is there any philosophy behind the different portfolios?  The portfolios are owned by many different individuals so the portfolios are designed with those investors in mind.  I have had a major role in the Strategic Asset Allocation (SAA) plans of each.  Individual investors differ in their income and … [Read More...]

Bohr Portfolio Update – 16 August 2011

August activity in the Bohr Portfolio includes purchases of RWX, VOE, and VEU.  All were small additions to bring the asset class percentages into closer alignment with the target goals.  Dividends for PG, BND and TIP provided a few dollars in cash.  Limit orders for DVY and VTV are in place to pull up Large-Cap Value, the one asset class that is under target.  Were I to use a … [Read More...]

400 Level

Point and Figure Checkup

Run each of your stocks, funds, and/or ETFs through a Point and Figure (PnF) checkup using this link.  Do you observe O's or X's in the right-hand column?  If the slope of the line is positive, relax.  However, if you find O's in the right-hand column and the slope of the line is negative, examine closely what is going on.  Is the price of the security above or … [Read More...]

“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...]