100 Level

What Comes After The Strategic Asset Allocation Plan?

Where do we go next after the following plans are in place? Credit cards are paid in full. A savings plan is in effect and money is set aside each paycheck. A discount broker account is open at a business such as TDAmeritrade. The Strategic Asset Allocation plan is in place. Ten to fifteen asset classes were selected for investment. We now come to the difficult and all … [Read More...]

Asset Allocation for IRA Risk Reduction Portfolio

What does the asset allocation plan look like for the ITARR style portfolio?  Below is the current Dashboard for the Euclid, one of the risk reduction test portfolios.  The target percentages have the white background and the actual percentages currently held in the Euclid have colored backgrounds.  Depending on how the basic ETFs close today, this portfolio will undergo major … [Read More...]

300 Level

SRCE: A Dividend Stock of Interest

After screening for stocks that showed increasing dividend growth over the past seven years, SRCE is one of eight stocks (out of over 9,000 companies) that passed my tight screen.  Below is an additional analysis of this financial stock. This information is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. Sign up for a Platinum membership to gain access to this analysis.  Membership … [Read More...]

Bohr Portfolio Review

Since the last update some 33 days ago, shares were added to VTI, VTV, VCR and Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B) was added to the Bohr.  Yesterday I sold off 100 shares of RWX, but still hold too many based on the optimizer guidelines. Efficient Frontier:  Since the last saved efficient frontier the adjustments in the securities lifted the graph a minor amount.  Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B or BRK.B) was … [Read More...]

200 Level

If I Were Starting A New Portfolio Today

What would a portfolio look like if I were starting from scratch today?  Here are a few basic principles to consider before making the initial Strategic Asset Allocation decision. Begin by using index funds or index ETFs.  My preference, as Platinum members well know, is to use "non-managed" index ETFs.  Yes, someone needs to make a decision what goes into the ETF, but for practical purposes … [Read More...]

Retirement Planning

Just a short note to all readers that this is a "must read" article on retirement planning. This Portfolioist article is along the lines of all "The Golden Rule of Investing" blog posts I've written in the past. … [Read More...]

400 Level

“Delta Factor” for Maxwell & Euclid Portfolios

Initially, the plan is to hold only five equity ETFs in the Maxwell and Euclid portfolios.  Those five are: VTI, VEU, VWO, VNQ, and RWX.  Yes, there will be bond and income ETFs, but the equity investments will be confined to five ETFs - at least at the beginning of this experiment.  At the close of the market on October 4, 2011, what is the "Delta Factor" data telling … [Read More...]

What Is A Good Sortino Ratio?

Before answering the above question, one needs to know what the Sortino Ratio is measuring.  Here is the Wikipedia definition.  To keep this idea as simple as possible, write down the equation, S = (R - T)/DR.  S = Sortino Ratio. The R is the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) for the portfolio.  If you are using the TLH Spreadsheet*, the IRR is calculated for you by the Excel™ SS. T is the … [Read More...]