100 Level

Second Grader’s Index Portfolio

Second Grader Portfolio About a year ago, Allan S. Roth, financial adviser, wrote a book I referenced in my last bog post. Roth helped his son, Kevin, set up this basic portfolio when Kevin was a second grader. I think he is now a fifth or sixth grader. The "second grader" portfolio is a three asset class portfolio or about as simple as it gets. The three asset classes are: U.S. … [Read More...]

Madison Review: 5 June 2013

Since the last update a few shares of VNQ were sold out of the Madison portfolio.  Limit orders are in place to add to VTI as recommended by the momentum-optimizer spreadsheet.  Below is the efficient frontier graph and the current Dashboard for the Madison. Efficient Frontier:  The efficient frontier graph provides a quick look at how well the current portfolio is positioned with respect to an … [Read More...]

300 Level

QPP Analysis of Kepler Portfolio

Quantext Portfolio Planning (QPP) is not only useful when initially planning a portfolio, but it is also instructive when a portfolio, such as the Kepler, is up for review.  In preparation for the update coming next week, the following QPP analysis is a precursor of what to expect for the Kepler.  Do note that four ETFs (VSS, IDX, EMB, and PCY) have "short-records" which means … [Read More...]

Quantext Portfolio Planner Analysis of Faber Ivy Portfolio

As promised, here is the first of several Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) evaluations of the portfolios mentioned in an earlier post.  In this QPP analysis I'll look at the Faber-Richardson Five ETF portfolio.  Equal percentages are allocated to each ETF so there is no fudging with the percentages to increase return or reduce risk.  This array of ETFs is a solid starting point … [Read More...]

200 Level

Asset Allocation: Working With Optimizer

How does one combine the power of the Dashboard and the Hoadley optimizer when it comes to setting up an asset allocation plan for a portfolio.  ITA readers are familiar with the Dashboard as it is shown every time a portfolio is updated.  In this post I will explain how one might combine the Dashboard and Hoadley optimizer.  Since the Hoadley optimizer is confined to nine (9) asset classes, I've … [Read More...]

“Holy Grail” Portfolio: A Revised Look

QPP Analysis of "Holy Grail" Portfolio While I hope to have the focus of this blog post show up on Seeking Alpha, here is an advanced look at what I've been working on for Platinum members. This is quite a strong portfolio based on QPP analysis. Platinum membership is available for $5.00 per month.  Help provide capital for individuals starting their own business in developing … [Read More...]

400 Level

Domestic Real Estate (VNQ): A Closer Look

Domestic real estate is one of our primary asset classes and we use VNQ as the ETF to populate this asset class.  Of the major eight ETFs used in the ITA Risk Reduction model portfolios, VNQ is one that has yet to drop below its 195-Day EMA.  So far, demand exceeds supply.  In the following two graphs, we take a closer look at the technical indicators for VNQ to see if we can divine … [Read More...]

ITARR Working As Planned

When the ITA Risk Reduction model was instituted several months ago, the logic behind the plan was to take a few portfolios that were lagging their benchmarks and see if there was a way to turn that situation around.  So long as the market was moving up and the prices of the various ETFs never dipped below their 195-Day EMAs, I did not expect to see much change in the Internal Rate of Return … [Read More...]