100 Level

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...]

Setting Buy Limit Order

Within a TDAmeritrade account, how does one set a limit order to buy shares of an ETF?  The following video clip explains the process.  It is quite easy.  Just log on to your account and walk through the following steps.  As mentioned in the video/audio clip, I rarely set orders of any type outside NYSE business hours as the bid-ask spread all too frequently expands in after … [Read More...]

300 Level

“Creme List” for 2 September 2011

Seventeen stocks made the "Creme List" this week.  There were major changes in the Point n Figure (PnF) graphs and that shook up the list more than usual.  However, no new stocks made the list, nor were any companies excised from the group. … [Read More...]

Stock Picking: Why It Is So Difficult To Be Successful

Shortly before the editor to the old blog collapsed, I posted this entry and I want readers to be sure to see it. Are you tracking the performance of your portfolio and measuring the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) with respect to the IRR of an appropriate benchmark? If not, why not? Investors not engaged in this level of measurement will likely find this discussion of little use. Shall we say, … [Read More...]

200 Level

Asset Allocation for Small Global Portfolios

If your portfolio is small and yet you want global diversification, this portfolio is one to consider.  This six asset class portfolio is built around asset allocation guidelines laid out by David Swensen in his book, "Unconventional Success."  Thirty percent of the portfolio is allocated to U.S. Treasury Bonds (TLT) and TIPs (TIP).  Domestic REITs are covered with the VNQ … [Read More...]

Asset Allocation: Working With Optimizer

How does one combine the power of the Dashboard and the Hoadley optimizer when it comes to setting up an asset allocation plan for a portfolio.  ITA readers are familiar with the Dashboard as it is shown every time a portfolio is updated.  In this post I will explain how one might combine the Dashboard and Hoadley optimizer.  Since the Hoadley optimizer is confined to nine (9) asset classes, I've … [Read More...]

400 Level

ITA Risk Reduction Followers

Early this morning I ran through the primary ETFs used to populate most portfolios and only commodities and gold are in the doghouse.  That is, DBC and GTU are currently priced below their 195-Day Exponential Moving average.  To see what this looks like, here is the link for DBC, our primary commodity holding. Portfolios managed using the ITARR model are out of gold and commodities.  I may hold … [Read More...]

Action Within Kenilworth Expected

Today is examination day for the Kenilworth and based on the price of several ETFs and their 195-Day Exponential Moving Averages (EMA), we anticipate picking up shares in asset classes that are under target. The two primary asset classes that need particular attention are emerging markets and international REITs.  Here are links showing the relative prices for VWO and RWX and their 195-Day … [Read More...]