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Grand Tetons – Yellowstone – Glacier: A Slide Show

Make sure your subwoofer is working and all programs shutdown so you can view this YouTube slide show of my recent photographic trip to Wyoming and Montana.  Here is the link to the show.  Enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYu3vqDpFiA&sns=fb If you enjoyed this show of the Grand Tetons, perhaps you also have an interest in Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, and the Arches.  Check out … [Read More...]

Which Investment Strategy To Follow?

Various investment strategies are available and modeled here at ITA Wealth Management.  As a serious reader, you will likely select on model or merge one or two of the options.  For clarification here are a few options and more may emerge as further research becomes available.  I prefer not to approach investing with a closed mind. {Click on blog title for full screen look.} … [Read More...]

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Delta Factor Results From Recommended Stocks

Adding a few recommended stocks to the "Mad Money" group, plus a few more, and Platinum members have the beginnings of some interesting companies.  No recommendations are implied.  I have room for another 15 to 17 before I need to create another list.  ROIC does not have the requisite history, so take that into consideration.  For this QPP analysis I used a 57-month … [Read More...]

Newton Portfolio Update: 19 October 2011

Extracted from the TLH Spreadsheet is the Newton Dashboard shown below.  In the white background are the Strategic Asset Allocation percentages for the different asset classes.  Numerous asset classes are still out of balance as I attempt to bring the portfolio back within the 20% threshold limits.  I'm not in a hurry to do so as ETF prices are frequently below their 195-Day … [Read More...]

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Portfolio Performance Data – 29 April 2011

While this was a good week for all portfolios in absolute terms, relatively speaking, nearly every portfolio lost ground to one or more of the benchmarks.  Advances from last week were essentially wiped out this week.  When the market is in a strong bull phase as is now the case, it is difficult for a broadly diversified portfolio to keep up with U.S. equities and that is what we saw … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance Update: 5 March 2013

Nearly two months passed since I last updated the portfolio performance data table.  I'm not trying to hide anything.  Instead, I've been working on other projects such as portfolio optimization.  Since the last review the U.S. Equities market has been on a tear.  In context my comments below need to reflect the fact that not all February dividends are recorded in the following data and none of … [Read More...]

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Retirement Ratio – What Is It?

Understanding the Retirement Ratio In each Portfolio Performance data table readers see the column labeled, RR, or Retirement Ratio. Just what is this ratio and how is it calculated? To understand the Retirement Ratio first requires an understanding of the Sortino Ratio (SR) as the Retirement Ratio is a modification of the SR. Mathematically, the Sortino Ratio is expressed as follows. SR = (P - … [Read More...]

Watching Prices and 195-Day EMAs

I've been tracking or at least observing the prices of the eight critical ETFs and their respective 195-Day Exponential Moving Averages (EMAs) and was relieved to see the upticks today. The Madison is up for review this weekend and based on the closing numbers, I can place this portfolio on automatic pilot for another month.  That leaves the Gauss to be evaluated at the end of the … [Read More...]