100 Level

Begin Your Investing Career On The Right Foot

Investing Made Simple* Here are a few simple suggestion to get investors off on the right foot.  These suggestions apply to experienced as well as beginning investors. Educate yourself as you begin to save.  You could do a lot worse than visit this blog on a regular basis. Save more than you think you will need and begin the saving plan as early in life as … [Read More...]

US Dominated Porfolio: Analysis Part I

The following portfolio was submitted by a Platinum member for analysis.  As you will see, this is a U.S. Equities dominated portfolio.  As a result, you will note in the Historical Section how well it performed with respect to the S&P 500 over the past five year.  Only 10% is invested in bonds and this should serve the portfolio well over the next five years.  Here is the QPP analysis and in … [Read More...]

300 Level

Benchmarking a Portfolio

What are the requirements of a good benchmark? The topic of portfolio benchmarks came up again on a forum, so I thought it a good idea to lay down some rules for what constitutes a good benchmark. Here are my ideas on this subject.     1. A good benchmark must be one that an investor can actually purchase. Call it an investable benchmark. This is why investors should shun the … [Read More...]

Asset Allocation: Medium-High Risk Portfolio

This is the fourth portfolio in this series of relative risk allocation plans based on the data table found in this blog entry.  Note how the projected return is rising, but so is the projected uncertainty.  Return and Risk are highly correlated.  It is difficult to find a combinations of tickers that will increase the projected return while driving down the projected standard … [Read More...]

200 Level

The Asset Allocation Decision

What asset classes should be included in a portfolio?  Global diversification is highly recommended.  A well-diversified portfolio will contain, at a minimum, the following asset classes. … [Read More...]

Retirement Rule #4: Maximize Contributions to Employer Retirement Savings Plan

If you are fortunate and work for an employer who has any sort of matching savings plan, by all means take advantage of this offer and maximize your contribution.  To do otherwise is to leave good money on the table.  For example, assume your employer will match dollar for dollar any contribution you make to a saving plan up to 4% of your salary.  Further, assume you are earning $40,000 per year.  … [Read More...]

400 Level

Equity ETFs And The “Delta Factor”

Are there any areas of the equity market that look positive for the next six to twelve months?  Even with a relatively strong market this summer, there are pockets of opportunity and they are indicated in the following table. … [Read More...]

A Twist to the ITA Risk Reduction Model

Photograph: Mountains near Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe.  Taken from the California side of the lake. While we want to keep the ITA Risk Reduction model as simple as possible, there is another wrinkle available for sophisticated investors.  Platinum readers will be interested in the explanation that follows. Platinum membership is available for $5.00 per month.  Learn how to reduce … [Read More...]