100 Level

Optimization-Momentum and QPP Analysis of Schrodinger: Part 1

Even though it is not time to update the Schrodinger, I am using it this Memorial Day (was called Decoration Day when I was a kid) to illustrate the OM Model.  Let me state immediately that I don't have a clue what the QPP analysis will project when the assets are optimized.  Wait and see what comes out of this analysis. I'll first start with the optimization-momentum model where I am using the … [Read More...]

Investment Book: Short Yet Essential

The Investment Answer Daniel C. Goldie and Gordon S. Murray have written a concise investment book of 80 pages that covers all the basic. What is unusual is that in this little book, Murray advocates a different (passive) investing style than the one he used to build his 25-year career. Here are a few references touting this book. Daily Finance PR Newswire Business … [Read More...]

300 Level

Revisiting the ITA Index

Long-time readers of ITA are aware of ITA Index, our customized benchmark.  Why use a benchmark such as the ITA Index?  While we watch the performance of VTSMX, an index fund that covers the entire U.S. Equities market, it is not an appropriate benchmark if one holds assets outside the U.S. Equities market.  Emerging markets is an example.  For this reason, I came up with a way to measure the … [Read More...]

Tweaking the Five-Asset Class Portfolio

"Holy Grail" Portfolio Investors will find this simple portfolio of great interest.  I tweaked the percentage allocations and inserted Vanguard ETFs where appropriate. Vanguard and iShares ETFs track each other so that was not the key factor in coming up with this portfolio. Readers will note that I have the hedge ETF, SDS waiting in the wings. I will try to remember to post … [Read More...]

200 Level

Retirement Planning: Closer Than You Think

Too many young folks think retirement is so far in the future it does not merit current attention.  From experience I can tell you that retirement arrives sooner than you realize, particularly if you are not properly prepared.  Once more, check out The Golden Rule of Investing.  If I want to scare myself into saving more I reread the following William Bernstein quote. "Each dollar you do not … [Read More...]

Newton Portfolio Update: 7 February 2012

Once more it is time to update or review the Newton Portfolio.  Shares of RWX, VWO, VOT, and PCY were recently added to bring various asset classes into balance.  Most of the February dividends are included in this review.  As usual, the first order of business in any update is to go to the broker account and make sure all the latest transactions are recorded.  I've done … [Read More...]

400 Level

Retirement Ratio: Building a Higher Standard

The Ultimate Return/Uncertainty Ratio Built into every TLH spreadsheet is the "Retirement Ratio," a look-alike of the Sortino Ratio (SR).  Readers can read about this Return/Uncertainty ratio over on Seeking Alpha.  Inside the Sortino Ratio is a trademark term, Desired Target Return™, a percentage determined by the investor.  In the Retirement Ratio we use Portfolio … [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...]