100 Level

Year End Portfolio Hints

This year, the last business day arrives on December 31st and that gives us a chance to balance our portfolios to the nearest penny. At least TDAmeritrade clients have a high probability of receive access to their statements before the market opens the following week. Go through your portfolio Monday and see if you have any tax losses you might want to capture in 2010. If the loss is small, I … [Read More...]

Conservative Portfolio

Yesterday, a user of the Quantext Portfolio Planner posted a conservative portfolio made up of some core ETFs and a number of individual stocks. Using slightly different assumptions, the Portfolio Report is shown below and further down the page is the "Delta" worksheet, something I have not posted for weeks. While the projected Return/Risk ratio is low (6.76/8.71), one is not going to … [Read More...]

300 Level

Portfolio That Reduces Risk

Are you looking for a portfolio that pulls down the projected standard deviation?  If so, take a look at the asset allocation mix shown in the following analysis.  I would classify this portfolio as conservative. … [Read More...]

“Creme List” for March 11th

"Creme List" for March 11, 2011 Despite the market action this week, the "Creme List" remains much the same. At least the top eight positions did not change.  PG dropping off the elite list was one significant change.  A new stock was added to the list and none were completely eliminated from the table. … [Read More...]

200 Level

If I Were Starting A New Portfolio Today

What would a portfolio look like if I were starting from scratch today?  Here are a few basic principles to consider before making the initial Strategic Asset Allocation decision. Begin by using index funds or index ETFs.  My preference, as Platinum members well know, is to use "non-managed" index ETFs.  Yes, someone needs to make a decision what goes into the ETF, but for practical purposes … [Read More...]

My Twenty ETFs

Selecting 20 core ETFs is not all that difficult until one is down to the last five to seven tickers. While I could come up with my favorite 20 ETFs, that would be too simple.  Instead, my twenty will come from several major asset classes as outlined below. U.S. Equities Bonds International markets Real Estate Commodities ETFs from U.S. Equities in this search will include the "Big … [Read More...]

400 Level

Expecting Market Volatility and What To Do About It

If you need additional evidence that we are in a season of volatile markets, check out this Portfolioist article.  Recognizing that market ups and downs are not about to leave us very soon, what are some options available to investors?  How can we temper daily market moves of 2% or more?  Risk reduction is becoming more and more important. A few days ago, I had reason to pull … [Read More...]

Bullish Percent Indicators for 4 January 2013

Both sector and index databases made gains this last week with exception of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.  The overall gains are what one might expect after the market took off on January 2nd.  Below is the data for Platinum members. … [Read More...]