100 Level

How Well Did The Beginner’s Portfolio Perform?

This weekend I posted an article over on Seeking Alpha on a Beginner's Portfolio.  One comment got me to thinking - how well did this optimized portfolio perform over the last five years, the time frame I used for the SA article.?  I considered this to be a beginner's portfolio in the sense that it holds only 10 ETFs and it is not all that sophisticated or complicated.  My personal preference is … [Read More...]

Anne Murray: CD Recommendation for November

One of my favorite female singers is Anne Murray as she has one of the most melodious and easy to listen to alto voices.  Of the many CD she has recorded, I'll begin with Croonin'.  Perhaps I will list other favorites in the future.  If you are not familiar with Murray, this is a great CD to use as a starter. Here is one positive review from an Amazon viewer. "I've been a fan of Anne Murray … [Read More...]

300 Level

Smartest Low-Medium Risk Portfolio

With this low-medium risk portfolio we move up one notch in aggressiveness. This is still a very conservative portfolio with 60% committed to the bond/income asset class. Moving from 80% in bonds down to 60% brings about an increase in both projected return and projected uncertainty.  The Return/Uncertainty ratio is still a respectable 0.62. Platinum membership is available for a low $5.00 … [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

Please Keep It Simple: A Basic Seven-Eight ETF Portfolio

Is it possible to put together a simple portfolio?  I don't want anything too complicated, particularly when I am just beginning my investing career.  Such requests are common and the answer is - yes, it is possible to build a simple portfolio.  The diversification may not be the best, but that issue can be address later.  Below is a basic portfolio any investor can … [Read More...]

Should You Attempt To Pick Individual Stocks?

Should you be involved in selecting individual stocks or is this activity best left to other investors?  Two recent Seeking Alpha articles appeared on this subject and the links are provided below. "Five Ways You Can Excel at Picking Stocks" "Should Stock Picking Be Mostly Left To Professionals" When I read these articles, I was quickly reminded of an article I posted … [Read More...]

400 Level

VEU And The ITA Risk Reduction Model

Using the ITA Risk Reduction model for VEU tells a completely different story from the prior analysis of VTI.  Using the same time frames as we did for VTI, the first examination is to see what we do at the end of the month. … [Read More...]

ITARR Using Current Data

Platinum readers following the ITA Risk Reduction (ITARR) model will note that all key ETFs are currently flying beneath their 195-Day Exponential Moving Averages.  At the end of the month we will take a look at all positions to see what moves to make in early December.  Don't be surprised to see a rebound tomorrow. If new readers are unfamiliar with the ITARR model, search the term … [Read More...]