100 Level

The Art of Mosaic Investing

Mosaic Investing:  What is it? Active and passive investing are terms well known to the investing community, but what is Mosaic Investing?  While Mosaic Investing is not part of the Wall Street lexicon, it does convey meaning to investors who primarily construct portfolios using index mutual funds or index Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) plus a few individual stocks.  Mosaic is to … [Read More...]

Keeping It Simple

Investors wishing to keep their portfolio as simple as possible, yet obtain global diversification, can do it with no more than three ETFs. 1.  VTI will cover all U.S. Equities. 2.  VEU is the all-world except U.S. international ETF.  This ETF provides the global exposure we require, even for a very simple portfolio. 3.  BND, or an all bond ETF provides a diversifier or risk … [Read More...]

300 Level

Gauss Portfolio Update: 11 October 2012

Photograph:  St. Louis Arch captured by Lowell Herr Next up for review is the Gauss Portfolio.  Since this is a smaller portfolio I do not use any of the growth ETFs.  Instead, I capture growth through the use of several blend asset classes.  As the portfolio grows I may open up the growth asset classes, although it hardly seems necessary since all the U.S. Equity asset … [Read More...]

Benchmarking The Portfolio

When putting together a portfolio, it is important to be able to measure the performance as well as carry out an accurate risk assessment. In order to do this, it is necessary to have some idea of how you expect the individual securities to perform. Therefore, the way to achieve this is to create a customized benchmark for your portfolio, a method commonly used by successful fund managers. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Piotroski Style Portfolio

Is there any interest in tracking the following portfolio based on the following QPP analysis?  If so, let me know as I might be able to begin tracking such a portfolio.  Let me explain how it would function. The following material is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]

Save Early

Photograph: Florence, Italy There is no better way to prepare for retirement than to save frequently and early.  The operative word is "early."  The Golden Rule of Investing is to "Save as Much as You Can as Early as You Can." William Bernstein, in his book, "Investor's Manifesto" puts it in harsh terms. "Each dollar you do not save at 25 will … [Read More...]

400 Level

Top Core Stocks Analyzed Using QPP Plus Delta Factor Projections

Seeking top core stocks from investors who participate in the Growth Forum, the following analysis shows portfolio projections, the correlations within the portfolio, and the "Delta Stock" projections. QPP Analysis:  Nearly equal percentages are assigned to each stock.  The analysis spans five years and the S&P 500 is projected to grow 7.0% per year over the next few years.  Readers … [Read More...]

Examining Critical Risk Reduction ETFs

This is examination day for the Maxwell Portfolio and the market is in a swoon.  A few minutes ago I look at the "Critical Eight" ETFs and they are: VTI, IWN, VEU, VWO, VNQ, RWX, DBC, and PCY.  All are still priced above their 195-Day EMA, but some are getting close to crossing the EMA line.  For this reason, I will be waiting for the market to close before I make any … [Read More...]