100 Level

General Guidelines for Investing Success

While it is rather early in the morning here on the West Coast, I'm still thinking clearly so take these ideas seriously.  When putting together a portfolio, follow these general guidelines. Use index funds or index ETFs to build the core of the portfolio. One should not need more than eight to twelve ETFs to build a well-diversified portfolio. Only add individual … [Read More...]

How Does ITA Wealth Management Differ From Other Investment Blogs?

Photograph:  One of many sail boats returning to the Amsterdam harbor after a day of racing. How is ITA Wealth Management unique?  What are the attractions and special features of ITA Wealth Management?  Why should anyone consider taking out a Platinum membership?  Listed below are a few reasons for following this blog. Working portfolios are tracked at ITA Wealth … [Read More...]

300 Level

Using Treasuries to Reduce Risk

Compare the following portfolio (QPP analysis) with the risk reducing portfolio I suggested last week.  In the following portfolio, I stripped percentages off several equity and REIT ETFs and allocated those assets to a combination of TIP and TLT.  While the projected return is reduced, the projected standard deviation comes down at a faster rate giving one a higher Return/Uncertainty … [Read More...]

Value Oriented Portfolio

Last evening a value oriented portfolio was mailed to me so I thought I would run it through a Quantext Portfolio Planner analysis.  Unfortunately, three of the thirteen ETFs have "short records."  This simply means the data does not extend back a minimum of three years. The ETFs with limited data are: MGV, VXUS, and VSS.  Nevertheless, here are the results. To view this … [Read More...]

200 Level

Beginner’s Portfolio

If just starting out as an investor, the following portfolio is a slight modification from the Faber-Richardson Ten Portfolio as published in their book, The Ivy Portfolio.  I replaced GSG, a commodity ETF with a gold ETF, GTU.  Instead of VB, I inserted IWN which provides a value tilt to the portfolio. This material is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance: ITA Ratio

When there is a lot of blog activity it is easy for the Portfolio Performance data table to be pushed off the screen and missed by readers unless they remain current with the new entries.  I'm bringing back the August 13th table with additional data.  Added to this table is the recently developed ITA ratio, another risk measurement that sets a high bar for portfolio … [Read More...]

400 Level

Dow 30 And The “Delta Factor”

Normally, I reserve the "Delta Factor" analysis for non-managed index ETFs.  Deviating from that pattern, below is a table for the Dow Jones Industrial 30 stocks.  ITA followers, who are also Mosaic investors, will find this list of interest.  Are there any mega-cap stocks that show promise of price growth over the next six to twelve months? When examining a table such as … [Read More...]

The Feynman Portfolio Study

Lowell has invited me to author a series of posts on the ITA Wealth Management website that may be of interest to Platinum members interested in learning more about the practical application of some of the strategies, tactics and analysis tools that Lowell uses on the site and how these might be expected to perform under a variety of market conditions. I plan to do this by back testing the … [Read More...]