100 Level

Ten ETF Commandments

An Internet friend pointed out this site that features many key ETF guidelines. The catchy title of "Ten Commandments of ETF Investing" does not hurt either. While I consider all these commandments valuable, I recommend concentrating on #s 10, 9, and 3. When you have more time, come back and review the other seven. … [Read More...]

My Saving Plan Is In Place: What Is The Next Step?

Is it safe to assume you have read one or more of the following sources? 1) Chapter 1 of The Elements of Investing by Malkiel and Ellis 2) Pages 143 - 144 and 152 - 154 of The Investor's Manifesto by William J. Bernstein 3) Pages 179 - 184 of The Power of Passive Investing by Richard Ferri 4) Rule 1 (Chapter 1) of Millionaire Teacher by Andrew Hallam Using these resources, and … [Read More...]

300 Level

You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

While I am not positive of the source, the old business adage, "You can't manage what you don't measure," continues to hold.  Portfolio construction, measurement and management are what set ITA Wealth Management apart from other blogs.  While directing investors toward index vehicles for the core of their portfolio is an essential ingredient for successful investing, … [Read More...]

Portfolio Review: Schrodinger Update – June 16, 2011

Schrodinger Portfolio Review It is time to review the Schrodinger Portfolio, perhaps the most "passively" managed portfolio tracked here at ITA Wealth Management.  We still hold ETFs purchased back in late 2000 and early 2001.  The asset allocation plan has changed very little over the ten plus years of operation.  During this period a few iShares were sold as we moved … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance Update: 5 March 2013

Nearly two months passed since I last updated the portfolio performance data table.  I'm not trying to hide anything.  Instead, I've been working on other projects such as portfolio optimization.  Since the last review the U.S. Equities market has been on a tear.  In context my comments below need to reflect the fact that not all February dividends are recorded in the following data and none of … [Read More...]

ITA Portfolio Performance Data Sheet: 16 November 2012

While all portfolios declined in value over the past two weeks, the good news is that every portfolio, without exception, gained ground on both the ITA Index and VTSMX benchmarks.  Yes, you read correctly.  Every portfolio picked up basis points on both critical benchmarks. While none of these accounts are particularly set up as defensive portfolios, all reacted this way as none declined as … [Read More...]

400 Level

August “Delta Factor” Risk-Adjusted Portfolio For Interested Investors

What is a "Delta Factor" risk-adjusted portfolio and how is it constructed?  Rather than considering this as a potential portfolio for actual use, view it as an experimental portfolio.  Here are the steps I used to come up with this combination of ETFs. … [Read More...]

What Are We Looking For?

Check out the following PnF graph.  This PnF graph is a composite of the New York Stock Exchange stocks.  Check out the long retracement since the composite topped out in the 78 region.  Read the Status where a Bear Alert was given back on April 16th.  It is looking like that was a great call.  … [Read More...]