100 Level

Rule #10: Control Retirement Portfolio Expenses

Regardless what type of portfolio you are overseeing, holding down expenses is essential to building a strong base for the retirement years.  Take the Schrodinger Portfolio as an example.  This portfolio was launched twelve years ago.  "Reorganizing" the Schrodinger reduced expenses by 200 basis points.  As an added boost, the performance immediately improved as the portfolio initially was … [Read More...]

Feynman Portfolio Study – Part 1

This first Part of the Study identifies the 10 Asset Groups and 18 individual EFTs that comprise the Feynman Portfolio and looks at the general market behavior, as defined by the Vanguard Total Stock Market Fund (VTSMX), over the 6 year period from 06/29/2007 to 06/30/2003.  The VTSMX will be used as the reference, or benchmark, for comparison of portfolio performance through each future phase of … [Read More...]

300 Level

Kepler Portfolio Review: 15 February 2013

Normally, portfolio reviews are spread out over the month, but I got behind while on vacation so that is the reason for the second update today.  As with the Curie, I will show the current Dashboard or asset allocation plan.  Then I will present the optimization plan including all the constraints.  First the current condition of the Kepler. … [Read More...]

Simplified “Holy Grail” Portfolio: A 12-ETF Approach

12-ETF Portfolio Following up on yesterday's blog post, here is a simplified revision of the "Holy Grail" portfolio.  Any time one can reduce the number of holdings and improve the return and volatility projections, give the new portfolio high marks.  The following group of twelve (12) ETFs provides a higher Return/Risk ratio than the portfolio discussed yesterday.  … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio for 25-Year Old: The Positives and Negatives

As a followup to William Bernstein's e-book, "The Ages of the Investor," what might a portfolio look like for a 25-year old investor?  The following portfolio is built around 15 ETFs that cover the U.S. Equities market, developed international markets, commodities, emerging markets, both domestic and international REITs, sovereign debt, bonds, and treasuries.  In other words, we are diversifying … [Read More...]

The Simple Six Swensen Portfolio

Amid all the discussion of various technical indicators resides a simple six-asset portfolio advocated by David Swensen.  The six asset classes are: U.S. Equities, Developed International Markets, Emerging Markets, REITs, Treasury Bonds, and Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities.  That's it.  Six ETFs will provide global coverage. The following slide shows the Quantext … [Read More...]

400 Level

Strictly International: What Is The Delta Factor Projecting?

Several weeks passed since I last updated the "Delta Factor" projections for international ETFs.  In addition to the usual Delta Factor projections, I also ran an optimization of these ETFs to see where the QPP indicates best buys.  First, the Delta Factor projections. … [Read More...]

Monitoring The Eight Critical ETFs For the ITA Risk Reduction Model

Photograph: Pinnacles National Monument - California After the market closes tomorrow, I will be examining the Gauss Portfolio to see if any of the eight critical ETFs show prices crossing from above to below their 195-Day Exponential Moving Averages.  While we may avoid activity within the Gauss, if the markets continue to behave as they have for the last week, there most certainly will be … [Read More...]