100 Level

Madison Review: 5 June 2013

Since the last update a few shares of VNQ were sold out of the Madison portfolio.  Limit orders are in place to add to VTI as recommended by the momentum-optimizer spreadsheet.  Below is the efficient frontier graph and the current Dashboard for the Madison. Efficient Frontier:  The efficient frontier graph provides a quick look at how well the current portfolio is positioned with respect to an … [Read More...]

Five Wiley Investment Books

There are five Wiley investment books that should be on every bookshelf.  Consider these five volumes to be your key references for successful investing.  Actively use them.  Here are my recommendations, in no particular order. The Investor's Manifesto by William J. Bernstein The Power of Passive Investing by Richard A. Ferri Millionaire Teacher by Andrew … [Read More...]

300 Level

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...]

Twelve ETF Portfolio: Moving From HYG to LQD

Here is the link to a basic 12-ETF portfolio.  In addition to examining the ETFs that make up the portfolio, take time to look at the Correlation Matrix. Over time I plan to sell some shares in HYG and move those funds over to LQD.  View this comparison link to see why I might be inclined to make the change.  If looking for income, HYG does have a higher yield than LQD.   … [Read More...]

200 Level

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...]

Is It Fair To Compare Performance Results Of Different Portfolios?

Is it fair to compare performance results of different portfolios?  ITA Platinum members have see a number of comparisons on this blog and I plan to publish more results.  However, there are inherent problems when it comes to portfolio performance comparisons.  Let me list a few as it is important to keep in mind these problems. 1) When selecting a sample portfolio from a web site … [Read More...]

400 Level

Projected Blood In The Street For Equities Using Three Years Of Delta Factor Data

If you are looking for Blood In The Street, look no further than the "Delta Factor" projections for an array of equity ETFs.  Keep in mind that the following projections are reversion-to-the-mean calculations and when one has witnessed a powerful bull market as we experienced since March of 2009, it will not come as a surprise to readers that future projections are unlike to … [Read More...]

Multi-Asset Class Investing

Multi-asset class investing or multiple asset classes is a title that comes right out of Richard A. Ferri’s excellent book, “All About Asset Allocation.” While my reference is to Ferri's first edition, I would pay the few extra dollars and purchase the second edition.  Nudged by a fellow asset allocation investor, I went back and reread Chapter 4 of Ferri’s book. … [Read More...]