100 Level

Retirement Rule #4: Maximize Contributions to Employer Retirement Savings Plan

If you are fortunate and work for an employer who has any sort of matching savings plan, by all means take advantage of this offer and maximize your contribution.  To do otherwise is to leave good money on the table.  For example, assume your employer will match dollar for dollar any contribution you make to a saving plan up to 4% of your salary.  Further, assume you are earning $40,000 per year.  … [Read More...]

Downsides to ETFs

  ETF Negatives   There are a few, but not many, negatives to working with ETFs. A broker is required to purchase and sell ETFs.  I use TDAmeritrade and it costs me $7.00 to purchase and $7.00 to sell ETFs.  Now 101 ETFs are commission free with TDA. Therefore I generally deal in blocks of 100 shares or more.  This is done to keep commissions to a low percentage of … [Read More...]

300 Level

Schrodinger Update

Within the TLH spreadsheet is a worksheet titled Dashboard.  This is the cornerstone of our Strategic Asset Allocation plan for each portfolio.  The Dashboard for the Schrodinger Portfolio is shown below.  While there are two asset classes out of balance, we never pay much attention to Cash other than to note the percentage.  That asset class will always be out of … [Read More...]

“Creme List” of Dividend Stocks

ITA Wealth Management readers know the pitfalls when it comes to selecting individual stocks and populating a portfolio with nothing but stocks.  Nevertheless, from time to time I post a list of stocks that ITA readers may find interesting.  Here is that list of stocks. The following screen and list of companies is reserved for Platinum members only and may not be published elsewhere. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance: 13 April 2012

Although the individual portfolios declined in value since the last update, all gained ground when compared to the IRR VTSMX benchmark.  In most cases, the difference between the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of the portfolio and the IRR for the ITA Index remained the same.  In a number of portfolios, the Sortino and Retirement Ratios dropped a fraction of a point. Click on title to … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance: 12/3

Below is the first draft of the 12/3/2010 portfolio performance. First draft in that not all the November or December dividends are included for all the portfolios. Most of the portfolios are hanging on to leads over the VTSMX. Perhaps of more importance are the positive values showing up for the Sortino and Retirement Ratios.   [Table=49] * Insufficient data. Platinum memberships are … [Read More...]

400 Level

Euclid Portfolio Review: 13 April 2012

Tomorrow I will take a careful look at the relative positions between the prices of the eight critical ETFs and their respective 195-Day EMAs.  Here is the current Dashboard for the Euclid and if any sales are required, an update of the Dashboard will be posted next week. … [Read More...]

Bullish Percent Indicators: Further Market Weakness Beginning To Appear

Bullish Percent Indicators (BPI) are Point and Figure graphs we use to view overall market movements from week to week.  Not only do these indicators provide general market movements based on percentage changes, but the actual values tell us if the market is under valued, fairly valued, or over valued.  The bull market is cooling off based on BPI values and this is why investors need to be paying … [Read More...]