100 Level

High Yield Retirement Portfolio

A Platinum member submitted the following portfolio for analysis.  The portfolio is designed to throw off income for a retiree and as you can see, the historical yield is a very high 4.6% so the portfolio is meeting that goal.  Take note that the portfolio outperformed the S&P 500 and did it with much lower risk. The projected return over the next six to twelve months is 7.6% or very close … [Read More...]

Five Rules of Investing

  Basic Rules of Investing* A Review   Rule #1: Develop a Portfolio Policy. While there are many sub-rules within this fundamental rule, at least begin with some sort of policy. This may require a lot of reading and I recommend a number of good books on this site. Put in the advanced time reading and it will save you heartache and thousands of dollars over a lifetime. All … [Read More...]

300 Level

Supercharging The Swensen Six Portfolio By Adding Three Stocks And Two More ETFs

A reader of ITA suggested adding three dividend stocks (T, JNJ, & PG) to see how it might enhance the "Swensen Six" portfolio.  I made those additions, changed the allocation between TLT and TIP, and added international real estate (RWX) and commodities (DBC) to the portfolio.  These changes enhanced the projections for the "Swensen Six" in all the major metrics. … [Read More...]

What Is A Good Sortino Ratio?

Seeking a Good Sortino Ratio A reader of ITA Wealth Management was seeking an answer to the question, what is a good Sortino Ratio?  The simple and quick answer is - anything above zero.  Check this definition of the SR.  While the equation is quite simple, the difficulty comes in calculating the denominator. SR = (P - T)/DR where P is the portfolio return T is a portfolio … [Read More...]

200 Level

Advantages to Mosaic Investing

It comes as no surprise to long standing Platinum members that most equity ETFs are highly correlated.  The basic ones we use to populate many of our portfolios show correlations of 80% or higher when analyzed using the Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) software.  To reduce portfolio volatility and increase the Diversification Metric (DM) we have several choices.  One common approach … [Read More...]

Einstein Portfolio Review: 22 August 2011

This business week begins with an update of the Einstein Portfolio, an excellent example for the small investor.  This morning I picked up another 30 shares of RWX in an effort to bring International REITs back into balance.  Back on 8/8 25 shares of VEU were added to the Developed International Markets asset class.  Limit orders are in place to pull that class back up to … [Read More...]

400 Level

Reference Portfolio Analyzed

Using an array of ETFs, primarily commission free with TDAmeritrade, I ran a Momentum-Optimization Model (MOM) analysis for the purpose of showing new and experienced investors how the MOM can be used  to manage a portfolio.  Not everyone will be interested in this model as it does require more monitoring than the buy and hold approach. Consider MOM to be one level up in sophistication as … [Read More...]

Bullish Percent Indicators: 1 February 2013

While several sectors showed some weakness this week, our primary index (NYSE) moved up slightly.  The data tables are shown below. The following material is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]