100 Level

Sample Portfolio of 40 Stocks

The following list of forty (40) stocks was suggested by a reader for Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) analysis.  Long time readers of ITA know that QPP is a software program developed by Geoff Considine, author of a blog, The Portfolioist. QPP Analysis:  The following list of 40 stocks results in a well-diversified portfolio as indicated by the Diversification Metric.  Anything over 40% is … [Read More...]

General Guidelines for Investing Success

While it is rather early in the morning here on the West Coast, I'm still thinking clearly so take these ideas seriously.  When putting together a portfolio, follow these general guidelines. Use index funds or index ETFs to build the core of the portfolio. One should not need more than eight to twelve ETFs to build a well-diversified portfolio. Only add individual … [Read More...]

300 Level

Momentum-Optimization Model

If you have not checked into ITA for several weeks, you are missing critical information and I hope you will carefully read this blog post as this marks a revision of the ITA Risk Reduction Model.  While I will not take the time to explain every detail in one blog post, readers will see the Optimization-Momentum Model in action over the next weeks and months.  Over time I want to demonstrate how … [Read More...]

Simplified “Holy Grail” Portfolio: A 12-ETF Approach

12-ETF Portfolio Following up on yesterday's blog post, here is a simplified revision of the "Holy Grail" portfolio.  Any time one can reduce the number of holdings and improve the return and volatility projections, give the new portfolio high marks.  The following group of twelve (12) ETFs provides a higher Return/Risk ratio than the portfolio discussed yesterday.  … [Read More...]

200 Level

Supercharging The Swensen Six Portfolio By Adding Three Stocks And Two More ETFs

A reader of ITA suggested adding three dividend stocks (T, JNJ, & PG) to see how it might enhance the "Swensen Six" portfolio.  I made those additions, changed the allocation between TLT and TIP, and added international real estate (RWX) and commodities (DBC) to the portfolio.  These changes enhanced the projections for the "Swensen Six" in all the major metrics. … [Read More...]

Portfolio #3: Ages 36 – 55

This may be the most difficult portfolio, of the five in this series, to construct for several reasons.  1) It covers a significant working and investing period.  2) The early years of investing from ages 36 - 55 are critical so one does not want to give up too much in the way of return.  However, the portfolio cannot be too aggressive during the tail end of this age bracket as the … [Read More...]

400 Level

Feynman Portfolio Study – Part 1

This first Part of the Study identifies the 10 Asset Groups and 18 individual EFTs that comprise the Feynman Portfolio and looks at the general market behavior, as defined by the Vanguard Total Stock Market Fund (VTSMX), over the 6 year period from 06/29/2007 to 06/30/2003.  The VTSMX will be used as the reference, or benchmark, for comparison of portfolio performance through each future phase of … [Read More...]

“Delta Factor” for Maxwell & Euclid Portfolios

Initially, the plan is to hold only five equity ETFs in the Maxwell and Euclid portfolios.  Those five are: VTI, VEU, VWO, VNQ, and RWX.  Yes, there will be bond and income ETFs, but the equity investments will be confined to five ETFs - at least at the beginning of this experiment.  At the close of the market on October 4, 2011, what is the "Delta Factor" data telling … [Read More...]