100 Level

The Diversification Decision

The Diversification Decision Now we come to the most difficult decision of the five laid out in the Goldie – Murray book, "The Investment Answer." If you have the book in hand, you will realize I partially answered this question when I wrote about The Asset Allocation Decision. Here is the expanded explanation of the diversification decision articulated by G & M. "Which … [Read More...]

Ten Biggest Investor Mistakes – #1

ITA Wealth Management Mistake #1: Failure to save adequately for retirement is my number one mistake. Investors do not save enough early enough. One will not have sufficient retirement funds if the saving rate is too low and the key is to begin saving as early in life as possible. All the other mistakes are moot if one does not have capital to invest.  One of the services to Platinum … [Read More...]

300 Level

Dividend Aristocrat Stocks

In contradiction to the many recent posts on the benefits of index and passive investing, I go against my own advice with the publication of this list of dividend aristocrat stocks.  This list might be of interest to Mosaic Investors who wish to add a few individual stocks to the core of their index oriented portfolio. The following information is not available for publication elsewhere. … [Read More...]

QPP Analysis of Suggested ETFs

In the following analysis I show the make up of the suggested tickers.  VSS and MLPI did not have three-year records so I cut them from the list.  In the first slide I show the makeup of the portfolio using nearly equal percentages for each ETF.  In the second slide I show the "Delta Factor" projections using a four-year time span.  The third slide shows the … [Read More...]

200 Level

The Retirement Crisis

In keeping with the series of articles on retirement, Gary Simms sent me a link to this PDF file on The Retirement Crisis.  I had problems opening this file using Firefox due to some add-ons they are attaching to their software.  If you have a similar problem, try Safari or Chrome browsers.  As the article points out, this is another financial crisis.  PERS programs are also in disrepair as too … [Read More...]

Benjamin Graham and Index Funds

Benjamin Graham is considered by many to be the father of value investing.  For more information on one of his last conversations, go to this site. Interviewer:  Can the average manager of institutional funds obtain better results than the Dow Jones Industrial Average or the Standard & Poor's Index over the years? Graham:  No. In effect, that would mean that the stock … [Read More...]

400 Level

Bullish Percent Indicators Update: 8/31/2012

As Platinum members can see from the data tables below, many of the major indexes and market sectors are close or currently positioned in the overbought zone.  While the markets may continue holding such lofty values for many weeks, eventually we will see some sort of correction and better buying opportunities. … [Read More...]

Tactical Plan for Maxwell & Euclid Portfolios

As mentioned in an earlier post, I need to set out a plan of action so as to pull the IRR values of both the Maxwell and Euclid portfolios ahead of the IRR for the VTSMX benchmark.  Both portfolios are lagging, in part due to inattention and carrying too much cash.  The follow approach is designed to turn this around. This material is not available for Seeking Alpha. … [Read More...]