100 Level

New E-Books From William J. Bernstein

Do you desire a fresh infusion of investment information from William J. Bernstein?  If so, here is the way to obtain his latest writings.  First, go to his Efficient Frontier web site and read "The Ages of the Investor."  If his brief introduction appeals to you, then whip over to Amazon and download into your Kindle (or other formats) his latest writing.  Here is a sample of what to expect from … [Read More...]

ITA Wealth Management: An Investment Blog For Serious Investors

ITA Wealth Management is a blog that espouses the virtues of saving, living a modest life-style, index investing, asset allocation, value loading, and portfolio rebalancing.  Readers coming to this blog understand the importance of saving and living a modest life-style.  If not, search for "The Golden Rule of Investing."  Index investing, particularly when it comes to … [Read More...]

300 Level

Improving On The Simple Nine Global ETF Portfolio

While there are advantages to keeping a portfolio simple, there are also disadvantages.  For example, one will miss opportunities by not including asset classes that have been shown by Fama and French to add value to the portfolio.  Namely, value asset classes such as small-cap value (VBR).  We don't want to eliminate asset classes just to keep the portfolio simple.  The Ranking data table shows a … [Read More...]

Exactly What Is The Momentum-Optimization Model?

Exactly what is the Momentum-Optimization Model (MOM) and how does it work?  The very first step in this process is to define what securities one wishes to use to build the portfolio.  This is easier managed and accomplished with index investments vs. selecting individual stocks.  For example, one is likely to choose VTI to always have some role in the portfolio whereas a well-known stock such as … [Read More...]

200 Level

Modest Growth: Portfolio #4

The Modest Growth Portfolio reduces bonds to 25% of the total portfolio.  This income/bond percentage is more in line with many of the portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management.  One big difference, at least for the larger portfolios, is that most of the ITA portfolios carry a greater diversification.  While the portfolio below is diversified all over the world, the idea is … [Read More...]

Capital Markets Outlook and Retirement Payout Percentage

Platinum members are well aware of my conservative recommendations when it comes to the payout percentage during retirement.  While it is common to suggest a payout of 5% during retirement, I advocate pulling out as little as 2% per year and no more than 4%.  Lowering the payout rate "insures" one will not run out of money in retirement.  I hope to have a spreadsheet that … [Read More...]

400 Level

Examination Periods of Risk Reduction Model Portfolios

Risk Reduction Examination Dates A number of readers have written to me asking if one needs to wait until the end of the month before examining where the price of the ETF or stock is compared to its Exponential Moving Average (EMA).  While the Faber-Richardson model, as explained in their "Ivy Portfolio" book, use end of the month in their research, I don't think it is all … [Read More...]

Risk Management of Portfolio

Will your portfolio survive a three sigma event that is likely to happen over the next ten years?  Check out this link to see a sample analysis. … [Read More...]