100 Level

Kenilworth Portfolio Update: 24 January 2013

The following Dashboard looks a little different than it did last month as I closed out the mid- and small-cap blend asset classes.  Both VO and VB were highly correlated with VTI and we have exposure to growth stocks through VOT and VBK.  Three percent (3%) is allocated to both mid-cap growth and small-cap growth.   Large-Cap Growth is covered by VTI our Large-Cap Blend ETF. … [Read More...]

Why Do Amateurs Continue To Try When Professionals Fail?

Seeking Alpha is the scene of a debate around the viability of the Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH).  Before going very far into this topic, please keep in mind that we don't want this information to be scattered very far in the world of investing as we want active manager to keep throwing those $20 dollar bills on the ground so we as passive managers can come along a scoop them up for … [Read More...]

300 Level

Valuation Oriented Stocks

Screening for stocks based on several valuation models unveils 9 interesting companies.  Below is the screening criteria and the stocks that survived the screen. The following information is available only to Platinum members and may not be extracted for publication elsewhere. … [Read More...]

Asset Allocation: Why Select This Mix of ETFs?

Gauss is the newest portfolio launched (12/27/2011) here at ITA Wealth Management.  While the annualized performance is a respectable 25%, it still lags both the VTSMX and ITA Index benchmarks as it took time to populate all fifteen equity and bond asset classes.  The broad market was in a positive mood during the launch phase and as a result, the portfolio fell behind the … [Read More...]

200 Level

Preparting for Retirement: A Financial Problem Demanding a Solution

Preparing for the financial aspects of retirement is reaching a crisis level in the United States - if articles and government statistics are close to truthful.  Here are a few sobering links to information about this growing problem. The End of the American Dream Americans Not Ready for Retirement Retirement ready--or not? It is difficult to advise someone to save if they … [Read More...]

Optimizing a Basic Portfolio: 3 and 5 Year Analysis

The sample portfolio shown below consists of 16 ETFs that cover all major markets found in the eleven portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management.  VTI covers all of the "Big Nine" asset classes.  We add VIG for added dividends and IWN for any possible push toward small-cap value, or where Fama and French find added alpha. VEU is our developed international market and VWO is the ETF used … [Read More...]

400 Level

Bullish Percent Indicators Show Markets Continue to Weaken

Bullish Percent Indicators (BPI) provide us with a broad look at large index and sector movements for the U.S. Equities market.  While I do not use either the index or sector tables as trading tools, I do watch them for general market trends and as guides to determing when the market is over bought or over sold.  Right now the market is over bought and weakening. Index BPI:  One significant … [Read More...]

Risk Reduction Portfolio: A Potential Asset Allocation Plan

Bob Warasila, author of the "New Normal" portfolio, sent me an asset allocation plan that is worth sharing with Platinum members.  This Risk Reduction Portfolio differs slightly from one I recently posted over on Seeking Alpha in that this portfolio has a small exposure to precious metals and it also includes on stock.  In the following three screen shots readers will find the … [Read More...]