100 Level

Madison Review: 5 June 2013

Since the last update a few shares of VNQ were sold out of the Madison portfolio.  Limit orders are in place to add to VTI as recommended by the momentum-optimizer spreadsheet.  Below is the efficient frontier graph and the current Dashboard for the Madison. Efficient Frontier:  The efficient frontier graph provides a quick look at how well the current portfolio is positioned with respect to an … [Read More...]

Preparing For Next Week

Since blogs the size I use to convey rankings, buy-hold-sell recommendations, etc. are sufficiently large to crash the server housing my blog, I uploaded the information to another site for your viewing.  Here is the URL. … [Read More...]

300 Level

You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

While I am not positive of the source, the old business adage, "You can't manage what you don't measure," continues to hold.  Portfolio construction, measurement and management are what set ITA Wealth Management apart from other blogs.  While directing investors toward index vehicles for the core of their portfolio is an essential ingredient for successful investing, … [Read More...]

Sortino Ratio

Sortino Ratio: Calculation Steps Calculating the Sortino Ratio is not too difficult assuming you have historical data for the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of the portfolio and the IRR for a benchmark. Here at ITA Wealth Management our primary benchmark is Vanguard's Total Market Index Fund, or VTSMX. Eventually we plan to move to the ITA Index, a customized benchmark for each portfolio. In … [Read More...]

200 Level

Low Risk Portfolio Using Dividend Oriented Stocks: Part III

Low Risk Portfolio Number Three Portfolio number three in this series of low risk asset allocations is shown below.  The percentage of funds was suggested by a Platinum member.  One of the major changes in this portfolio involves decreasing the allocation to VNQ from 7% down to 2%.  No dollars are assigned to TIP and we add a few more dividend stocks.  Since these are not … [Read More...]

Maxwell Portfolio Review: 9 July 2012

The Maxwell Portfolio Review time is here again.  Developed international markets (VEU), emerging markets (VWO), and commodities (DBC) are still priced below their 195-Day Exponential Moving Averages so those asset classes will remain under target.  I made an error of purchasing shares of small-cap blend (VB) when I meant to buy shares of mid-cap blend (VO).  That is the reason … [Read More...]

400 Level

Using the Ranking Spreadsheet as a Timing Tool

This Post is in response to a comment from a member concerning whether the Ranking Sheet (and Momentum Percentage) might be useful as a general market timing tool for different markets (e.g. US Equities, non US Equities). As suggested by the member, I've setup the spreadsheet with only 4 ETFs, US Equities (VTI), Developed Markets ex-US (EFA), Emerging Markets ex US (VWO) and (the inevitable) … [Read More...]

SORDEX Ratio: Will I Run Out of Money?

Stress Testing the 12-ETF Portfolio What in the world is the Moshe Milevsky SORDEX Ratio? SORDEX is an acronym for Sequence-of-Returns Downside Exposure. Translated for T. C. PITS or The Common Person In The Street, it is a way to run several Monte Carlo calculations and see if you are likely to run out of money in retirement. If that is confusing, let me try to explain in great detail … [Read More...]