100 Level

Rule #3 of Investing

Develop a family financial plan once a saving plan is in effect and sufficient dollars are available to be invested. A financial plan will include adequate cash reserves for that rainy day that is likely to occur. Also, make sure you have proper insurance, particularly health insurance. Once the basics are in place one can concentrate on developing a portfolio plan. Although not all that well … [Read More...]

Stock Screening Service Coming

While this blog is oriented toward using index ETFs to construct portfolios, some readers spice up their portfolios by adding a few stocks.  These are known as Mosaic investors.  To cater to Mosaic investors, I am adding a stock screening service.  Send me your criteria and I will run a screen.  Stocks that emerge from the screen will be posted for other Platinum readers to … [Read More...]

300 Level

Einstein Portfolio Review: 19 September 2011

Several portfolios are scheduled for review this week and the Einstein is first on the list.  Platinum members who follow ITA regularly know that I review the portfolios approximately every four to five weeks.  The first thing I do is look at the Dashboard, a worksheet housed within the all important TLH Spreadsheet.  The Dashboard lays out the asset classes and the percentage … [Read More...]

Rebalancing: How Important?

Below are rebalancing results that Bob Warasila recently updated.  As background for this study, we started with eight asset classes and invested $10,000 in each for a total of $80,000 for the portfolio.  The asset classes consisted of the "Big Six," REITs, and International Markets.  In 1989 I did not have easy access to data on commodities, international real estate, … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance Data: 10 August 2012

As promised earlier in the week, here are the performance values for the eleven portfolios tracked on ITA Wealth Management.  Platinum members have access to all the transactions for eight of the eleven portfolios.  Detailed information is not available for the Maxwell, Euclid, and Madison portfolios.  If this data shows anything, it is how difficult it is to outperform the broad … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance: 22 January 2011

  While is was not a great week for portfolio returns, most of the updated portfolios showed gains in both the Sortino and Retirement Ratios.  Of the seven portfolios available to Platinum readers, five have positive SR and RR values, not a trivial accomplishment.  The Kenilworth is a very young portfolio so a few dollars difference away from the benchmark causes major swings in … [Read More...]

400 Level

Retirement Ratio: Building a Higher Standard

The Ultimate Return/Uncertainty Ratio Built into every TLH spreadsheet is the "Retirement Ratio," a look-alike of the Sortino Ratio (SR).  Readers can read about this Return/Uncertainty ratio over on Seeking Alpha.  Inside the Sortino Ratio is a trademark term, Desired Target Return™, a percentage determined by the investor.  In the Retirement Ratio we use Portfolio … [Read More...]

NASDAQ: Watching The Signals Move Together

What are the connections between technical indicators such as Point and Figure (PnF), Exponential Moving Averages, Relative Strength Indicator (RSI), Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD), and Chaikin Money Flow (CMF)?  Platinum readers have seen many graphs of all but the PnF variety.  Do these technical signals reinforce each other so we can reduce portfolio risk.  Keep in … [Read More...]