100 Level

Five Investing Basics

The Basic Rules of Investing Readers of "The Investment Answer" will remember the five decisions laid out by Daniel Goldie and Gordon Murray.  If you need a quick reminder, go to this site for a review.  You will recall I disagree with Goldie and Murray on the conclusion of the first decision of portfolio management.  Will you do it yourself or will you seek … [Read More...]

Active, Index, Passive or Mosaic Investing

Investing Styles Are you an Active, Index, Passive or Mosaic investor? Answer this question and one focuses at the heart of investing. Rather than answer this question with one blog post, I will strive to define and explain the different styles over a series of entries spanning into next week. While I've written on the subject of investing styles before, I'm sure there are new … [Read More...]

300 Level

Mosaic Portfolio Lookback – 31 March 2008

Moving from January of 2008 on to the end of the first quarter in 2008, what is the Mosaic Portfolio projecting?  The following QPP analysis continues to show strong returns and low volatility.  This gives rise to an above average Return/Uncertainty ratio of 0.66.  Remember that anything above 0.60 meets the desired target.  The diversification metric and portfolio … [Read More...]

Quantext Portfolio Planner Analysis of Faber Ivy Portfolio

As promised, here is the first of several Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) evaluations of the portfolios mentioned in an earlier post.  In this QPP analysis I'll look at the Faber-Richardson Five ETF portfolio.  Equal percentages are allocated to each ETF so there is no fudging with the percentages to increase return or reduce risk.  This array of ETFs is a solid starting point … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance – 20 August 2010

For some reason, I expected to see greater decline in the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) values this week.  In a number of cases, the portfolios picked up a little ground on the performance of the VTSMX. Obviously, this is due to the broad diversity of the asset classes held in the portfolios. In a few cases, the ITA Index increased significantly and that is due to the addition of … [Read More...]

Portfolio Construction

There are many different schools of thought when it comes to creating a portfolio, but how you proceed will depend on several different factors. Attitude to risk, targeted returns and available length of time to invest are all aspects that need to be built into any plan. Strategic asset allocation is one way of managing a portfolio that can accommodate different attitudes to risk, which in … [Read More...]

400 Level

Bullish Percent Indicators Show Markets Continue to Weaken

Bullish Percent Indicators (BPI) provide us with a broad look at large index and sector movements for the U.S. Equities market.  While I do not use either the index or sector tables as trading tools, I do watch them for general market trends and as guides to determing when the market is over bought or over sold.  Right now the market is over bought and weakening. Index BPI:  One significant … [Read More...]

“New Normal” Three-Year Risk Reduction Analysis

In the prior blog entry I used five years of data for the QPP analysis of the "New Normal" portfolio when the allocated percentages were based in equal risk rather than allocating assets according to capitalization.  In this QPP analysis I use three years of data instead of five. This blog entry is not for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]