100 Level

Rule #9: Understand Benefits of Social Security

Rule #9 is to understand the benefits of Social Security (SS).  This logic is based on the assumption SS will be operational for years to come.  To make this possible, all congress needs to do is write one line of code into law.  "Remove the cap from Social Security and do nothing else."  That will save SS for those most in need of this leg of the retirement stool.  The other legs are represented … [Read More...]

Sample Portfolio Requested By Platinum Member

The following set of tickers and percentages were sent to me for analysis.  I used five years of historical data and set, as I generally do, a 7.0% return projection for the S&P 500.  I used TIP (1.0%) for the cash holding.  That choice has little impact on the final projections.    Below is the analysis data.  Instead of me writing up my observations, I'll … [Read More...]

300 Level

Sample Portfolio For The Mosaic Investor

Investors who use a few individual stock will be interested in the following portfolio suggested by a reader.  By Mosaic, I mean an investor who uses an array of index ETFs (or index funds) and then sprinkles in some individual stocks. QPP Analysis of Suggested Portfolio:  In this analysis the S&P 500 is assumed to grow at an annual rate of 7.0% so this portfolio is projected to outperform … [Read More...]

IVY-2: Ten ETF Portfolio

The second portfolio recommended by Faber and Richardson contains ten ETFs.  There are a few new asset classes added such as small-cap, emerging markets, and foreign or international REITs.  Are we able to improve the Return/Risk ratio and elevate the Diversification Metric with these additions?  Check the analysis below for the answer. A "seat of the pants" analysis … [Read More...]

200 Level

Wild Wake-Up Portfolio For The Aggressive Investor

If you are looking for simplicity with sufficient risk that one will need to employ the ITA Risk Reduction model, check out the Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) analysis of this six asset portfolio. Platinum membership available for a mere $5.00 per month.  Monitor your portfolio and quickly pay for the membership. … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance: 22 April 2011

ITA Wealth Management Portfolio Data While absolute performance or IRR values increased for the individual portfolios, most gave ground on a relative basis to both the ITA Index and the VTSMX benchmarks.  In several cases, the Sortino Ratio (SR) and Retirement Ratio (RR) increased, a positive sign.  Anecdotal evidence points to the portfolio's performing better relative to their … [Read More...]

400 Level

Worry Free Investing: Young Readers – Listen Up!

No, I am not obsessed with risk even though I've recently written quite a bit on the subject.  Why the concern about risk as the market seems to be having a good summer?  The specter of rising interest is a major fear for this reason.  If interest rates were to rise to the same level they were when George Bush (43) took office, the amount of money the U.S. Government will need … [Read More...]

“Delta Factor” Projections for Twenty ETFs

In response to a user request, below are the individual "Delta Factor" projections for twenty ETFs frequently used in one of more of the portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management.  Neither the Delta or Delta Factor columns are heavily populated with green or Buy recommendations.  Five years of data were used so this puts the beginning period back in the middle of the last major bear … [Read More...]