100 Level

Dump Mutual Funds

Dump Actively Managed Mutual Funds On occasion I am asked if it is best to sell actively managed mutual funds and buy index ETFs, or is it better to make the switch gradually.  The answer is an easy one and it is - dump immediately.  In fact, with this high market now is an excellent time to cash out of actively managed mutual funds and move into index funds, particularly in tax … [Read More...]

Return and Risk Relationship

What is the relationship between return of a portfolio and the associated risk involved? Quoting from an “Active vs. Passive” paper I found in my files. “High potential returns always involve high potential risks. There are no low-risk/high-return investments. Investment risk comes in many forms but, to most investors, risk means the potential for losing investment capital and … [Read More...]

300 Level

Newton Portfolio Update: 12 October 2012

Fifty years ago today, Oregon suffered what is now known as the Columbus Day Storm.  Fortunately, the weather is close to normal for this time of year and the Newton portfolio reflects that normality.  When I first updated the portfolio this morning, I noticed it contained $20,000 more dollars than were supposed to be in the account.  After searching the brokerage account I realized … [Read More...]

Smartest High Risk Portfolio

This is the last article in this series of QPP analysis of Solin's "supersmart" portfolios.  Of all the portfolios, this one is perhaps the weakest.  Read on to understand why. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Merging The Swensen And Faber Portfolios

Swensen and Faber-Richardson Portfolios Merging the Swensen and Faber-Richardson portfolios is an effort to extract the excellent logic behind the "Swensen Six" portfolio and expand the number of asset classes as advocated in the "Faber-Richardson Ten" portfolio.  Parts of the logic behind the "Swensen Six" can be found in this Seeking Alpha article.  In … [Read More...]

Asset Allocation Performance Data

Portfolio Performance Below is the performance data table for the portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management. If the percentages seem exaggerated, note the launch time as young portfolios will show unusual results. Over time the higher percentages will begin to migrate toward values of the VTSMX benchmark. Readers should pay attention to the Sortino Ratio (SR) and Retirement Ratio (RR) as … [Read More...]

400 Level

Momentum-Optimization Model (MOM) YouTube Presentations

Platinum members using the Momentum-Optimization Model (MOM) spreadsheet will find two help sessions at this address. http://www.youtube.com/user/Physlab Look for Momentum-Optimization and Momentum-Optimization Part 2.  Keep in mind that the resolution is not the greatest when viewing material on YouTube.  At least the Camtasia recordings are not as sharp as I prefer. Lowell   … [Read More...]

Preparing the Euclid and Maxwell for October

Platinum members tracking the discussion on Seasonal Timing Strategy (STS) are aware of an alert signal that will arrive on October 1st.  In preparation for that time I am positioning the Euclid and Maxwell portfolios to hold assets in seven different asst classes.  I was hoping to use IWM, but it is not among the TDAmeritrade commission free ETFs.  Here are the ETFs I plan to use … [Read More...]