100 Level

Investing Review: Examining the Basic Principles

From time to time it is useful to go back to the basics and make sure we have an investment plan that makes sense and has a high probability of adding value, or as we like to say, adds alpha to the portfolio.  In one of his later posts, "HedgeHunter" recommends laying out an investment plan.  Here are a few basics. Follow The Golden Rule of Investing by living below your means and save as much … [Read More...]

The Golden Rule of Investing

The Golden Rule of Investing is simply, “Save as much as you can as early as you can.” The operative word is early. William J. Bernstein lays it out in stark language in his book, “The Investor’s Manifesto“ where he writes, “Each dollar you do not save at 25 will mean two inflation-adjusted dollars that you will need to save if you start at age 35, four if you … [Read More...]

300 Level

Portfolio Management and ITA Index

Yesterday I mentioned in a comment and posted in the center footer that the distributions for the VTSMX and VFINX index funds are available.  If you are using the TLH Spreadsheet and received a warning signal behind the two radio buttons on the primary (frequently called Mosaic) worksheet, you need to update the distribution page.  I don't think I have a Camtasia audio/video clip of … [Read More...]

Newton Portfolio Review: 6 October 2011

While it is a little early to update the Newton Portfolio, shares of NLY were purchased and shares of SDS were sold this week.  Those changes did little to change the asset allocation as shown in the Dashboard worksheet below. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Low Price/Book/Share And Small-Cap Stocks Provide Value To Index Investors

Test yourself again. Which stocks are more likely to generate a higher return, those with a low price-to-book value or a high P/B ratio?  If you don’t recall the answer, run a search on Fama & French and read those posts again on this blog. Roger Ibbotson also answered this question in his “Decile Portfolios of the New York Stock Exchange, 1967-1984″ paper where he … [Read More...]

Why Do Amateurs Continue To Try When Professionals Fail?

Seeking Alpha is the scene of a debate around the viability of the Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH).  Before going very far into this topic, please keep in mind that we don't want this information to be scattered very far in the world of investing as we want active manager to keep throwing those $20 dollar bills on the ground so we as passive managers can come along a scoop them up for … [Read More...]

400 Level

Bullish Percent Indicators

Platinum members should check out the Bullish Percent Index post over on the new website. If you have not registered on the new site, please do as soon as possible.   … [Read More...]

Bullish Percent Indicators: Four Switch Positions

Bullish Percent Indicator (BPI) information is a relatively new addition here at ITA Wealth Management.  It is another investment arrow we are including in our investment quiver.  A major change I made this week is to move from an arithmetic measurement of the box size to a log or percentage scale for calculating the box size.  Just as it makes sense to calculate portfolio increases … [Read More...]