100 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...]

Preparing a New Portfolio for a Customized Benchmark

Within the TLH Spreadsheet is the capability to develop a customized benchmark for any portfolio that uses any combination of the 17 asset classes found in this blog post. If you are new to ITA Wealth Management, note that we pay a lot of attention to asset allocation, even though it has recently fallen out of favor, particularly since the 2008 market crash.  Why build a customized … [Read More...]

300 Level

Playing Defense With The “Holy Grail” Portfolio

While there is no such thing as a "Holy Grail" portfolio, humor me for a few minutes and think of this simple seven ETF portfolio as a sound basic portfolio. The purpose of this post is to test how one might play portfolio defense and when is such a move necessary.  First, we take a look at the current QPP analysis for this seven ETF portfolio. Platinum membership is available for … [Read More...]

Smartest Low-Medium Risk Portfolio

With this low-medium risk portfolio we move up one notch in aggressiveness. This is still a very conservative portfolio with 60% committed to the bond/income asset class. Moving from 80% in bonds down to 60% brings about an increase in both projected return and projected uncertainty.  The Return/Uncertainty ratio is still a respectable 0.62. Platinum membership is available for a low $5.00 … [Read More...]

200 Level

American Workers Unprepared

ITA Wealth Management is not so much a blog of how to make money as it is a blog to help investors achieve retirement goals.  According to recent Department of Labor statistics on retirement sufficiency, U.S. workers retiring in the 2050s will have saved only enough in their 401(k) accounts to replace an average of 22% of their pre-retirement income.  What is staggering is that 37% will have no … [Read More...]

Retirement Payout Spreadsheet

A few days ago I mentioned the possibility of a retirement payout spreadsheet coming to ITA.  The spreadsheet is now available and the link, provided below, is available to Platinum members.  The spreadsheet is authored by a friend and I customized it for individual investors.  The concept behind this spreadsheet is to see the change in the payout if one lowers it by some … [Read More...]

400 Level

“Delta Factor” Bond Projections

Periodically, I'll post the "Delta Factor" projections for a few bonds used in a number of the portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management.  Few changes occur over time and that is why these projections are posted infrequently.  In the following table of ten ETFs, I used a 50-month time frame so as to bridge the last bear market while not exceeding accurate data for … [Read More...]

“Delta Factor” for Basic EFTs

One Platinum member ask to see what the current "Delta Factor" looks like.  It should come as no surprise that a market as high as this one will bring a lot of "Red" out in the "Delta Factor" table.  Below is the table for a number of basic ETFs used in a variety of portfolios.  The results take in the period of 3 February 2009 through 3 February 2012. … [Read More...]