100 Level

Review of ITA Wealth Management

The ITA Wealth Management blog originated over four years ago. It was on February 14, 2008 that I wrote my first entry and published it on an old blog site that was hacked. I first began this effort as I wanted to learn something about blogs. I never intended to begin a serious investment blog, so what began as an experiment evolved into ITA Wealth Management. If one is going to write a blog, one … [Read More...]

The Simple Six Swensen Portfolio

Amid all the discussion of various technical indicators resides a simple six-asset portfolio advocated by David Swensen.  The six asset classes are: U.S. Equities, Developed International Markets, Emerging Markets, REITs, Treasury Bonds, and Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities.  That's it.  Six ETFs will provide global coverage. The following slide shows the Quantext … [Read More...]

300 Level

Passive vs. Active Investing

Why do large endowment funds use a passive investment strategy? Is it due to fund size and their portfolios are so large they mirror the market? Again, quoting from my “Active vs. Passive” paper, we have the following. “An estimated 40% to 50% of all institutional monies are in index or passive portfolios while only 3% to 4% of retail investors make use of passive strategies. … [Read More...]

Momentum-Optimization Analysis of Equity Oriented Portfolio

Momentum-Optimization Analysis In the prior blog post I analyzed a sample portfolio using Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP).  In this analysis I will use the momentum-optimizer spreadsheet to come up with the efficient frontier, a ranking of the securities, and the "decision maker," a Buy-Hold-Sell recommendation table.  We first take a look at the efficient frontier graph to see where the current … [Read More...]

200 Level

“New Normal” Portfolio With Risk Reduction Allocation Plan

Following up on the risk adjusted Ten ETF Portfolio analyzed yesterday, what does the "New Normal" group of stocks and ETFs look like when the same risk management algorithm is applied.  In this analysis I was able to stretch the historical period out over five-years.  The percentage allocated to the different stocks and ETFs look reasonable when the low variance BND ETF is not … [Read More...]

Retirement Mistake #5: Underestimating Life Expectancy

Not only are we living longer, but we are living healthier lives.  When planning for retirement, what age should one project as the end-of-life year?  When running out retirement projections using the Monte Carlo calculations within the Quantext Portfolio Planner software, I use 100 as the end-of-life year when testing the probability of running out of money.  There are many assumptions that go … [Read More...]

400 Level

Latest Bullish Percent Indicators

Readers looking for the latest Bullish Percent Indicators will find them at this site.  These results simply underline what I've been saying for weeks - this is an overbought market.  One of the ways to protect capital is to implement the ITA Risk Reduction model or simply go to cash at some point when the market backs off these high levels.  That is an extremely difficult call to make.  I'm … [Read More...]

Delta Factor: What Is It?

Exactly what is the "Delta Factor?"  While I don't plan to reveal the exact algorithm, here are the basic ideas.   1.  A growth projection is estimated for the S&P 500 for the next year.  In most cases, I assume the S&P 500 will grow at an annualized rate of 7% over the next several months. 2.  The historical period is set for three to five … [Read More...]