100 Level

Kenilworth Portfolio Review: 24 April 2012

Today is monthly review time for the Kenilworth Portfolio.  Checking the critical ETFs, three of eight ended up in the "sell" zone, but two are so close the end of day price could reverse the trigger.  Since I will not be making any moves before the business day tomorrow, I'll wait to see the opening prices for VEU and VWO. The Dashboard is shown in the following screen … [Read More...]

Revisiting the ITA Index

Long-time readers of ITA are aware of ITA Index, our customized benchmark.  Why use a benchmark such as the ITA Index?  While we watch the performance of VTSMX, an index fund that covers the entire U.S. Equities market, it is not an appropriate benchmark if one holds assets outside the U.S. Equities market.  Emerging markets is an example.  For this reason, I came up with a way to measure the … [Read More...]

300 Level

How Well Did The Beginner’s Portfolio Perform?

This weekend I posted an article over on Seeking Alpha on a Beginner's Portfolio.  One comment got me to thinking - how well did this optimized portfolio perform over the last five years, the time frame I used for the SA article.?  I considered this to be a beginner's portfolio in the sense that it holds only 10 ETFs and it is not all that sophisticated or complicated.  My personal preference is … [Read More...]

Passive vs. Active Investing

Why do large endowment funds use a passive investment strategy? Is it due to fund size and their portfolios are so large they mirror the market? Again, quoting from my “Active vs. Passive” paper, we have the following. “An estimated 40% to 50% of all institutional monies are in index or passive portfolios while only 3% to 4% of retail investors make use of passive strategies. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolioist Portfolio: Looking For Additional Diversification

Before digging into the following Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) analysis too deeply, read Geoff Considine's articles on portfolio diversification.  The first article lays out the basic logic for diversification and the second article goes into more details.  In the following analysis, I take the portfolio and run it through the QPP wringer to see what projections are in store for … [Read More...]

Retirement Planning Mistake #2

As a young boy my parents read to me every night and Aesop's fables were frequently on the menu.  I still recall the ant and grasshopper story where the ant was busy in the summer preparing for the winter while the grasshopper wasted time foolishly.  The picture from the fable that still lingers is that of a frozen grasshopper the following winter.  That story is fundamental to The Golden Rule of … [Read More...]

400 Level

Sortino Ratio: Revised Calculation

Platinum members likely picked up my reference on the new Sortino Ratio (SR) calculation in the comments section.  When you first log on to ITA Wealth Management, be sure to check for the latest comments or better still, sign up for a comments RSS.  What is changing with the SR calculation? … [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...]