100 Level

Top 12 Investment Books: A Revised List

Are you looking for high quality investment books?  If so, I have a new list of twelve (12) books to read.  Platinum members are familiar with many of these books as they show up on several lists by going to All Categories and clicking on Books. It is always difficult to hone down the list to as few as 12 books.  There are at least three more I could have easily listed. Other … [Read More...]

Grandchildren: Develop An Investment Plan

Develop Strategic Portfolio Plan Laying out an investment philosophy is another step in the process of living a disciplined life.  Take control rather than letting situations control you.  After obtaining a solid liberal arts education, branch out and educate yourself to the world of investing.  It is not as difficult as many on Wall Street would have you believe.  Read the … [Read More...]

300 Level

Bohr Portfolio Update

If you are looking for a portfolio that needs attention, look no further than the Dashboard of the Bohr Portfolio as presented below.  Asset classes coded with the purplish color are all under target while the red are above target.  To rectify these issues and bring the portfolio back into balance, I have a number of limit orders in place.  As the market continues to rise, the … [Read More...]

Core ETFs Optimized for Maximum Return

To answer my own question of what ETFs are critical to most portfolios, I put together what I call the "Essential Twelve."  The plan is to cover the U.S. Equities, Emerging and Developed International Markets.  REITs, commodities, bond, and treasury instruments are included in the following analysis. The following information is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Which Family of ETFs Should I Use?

Question sixteen (16) in this blog entry asked the following question.  "If one prefers Vanguard ETFs, but one's investment service company does not offer commission-free Vanguard ETFs, then is the best option to choose equivalent commission free ETFs that are offered (iShares)?"  Yes, is my answer, and others can chime in with your ideas. Vanguard, Barclay Global … [Read More...]

ITA Wealth Management Suggested Asset Allocations

The following data table lays out different risk portfolios built around nine ETFs that make use of The Three-Factor model from Fama and French. Platinum membership is available for $5.00 per month. … [Read More...]

400 Level

QPP Projections for “Swensen Six” On March 15 of 2009

What was the Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) software projecting for the "Swensen Six" Portfolio back on March 15th of 2009?  I use the Swensen as an example portfolio since it is simple and it includes most of the basic asset classes we use with ITA portfolios.  In addition, March 15th was about the market bottom, so it is of interest to see what the projections were when we were all biting our … [Read More...]

Bullish Percent Indicators Update: 7 September 2012

Despite the strong market today, several sectors and one index handed the ball over to the defense.  Check the tables to see which areas of the market moved from X's in the right-hand column over to O's. … [Read More...]