100 Level

Ten Biggest Investor Mistakes – #1

ITA Wealth Management Mistake #1: Failure to save adequately for retirement is my number one mistake. Investors do not save enough early enough. One will not have sufficient retirement funds if the saving rate is too low and the key is to begin saving as early in life as possible. All the other mistakes are moot if one does not have capital to invest.  One of the services to Platinum … [Read More...]

Review of ITA Wealth Management

The ITA Wealth Management blog originated over four years ago. It was on February 14, 2008 that I wrote my first entry and published it on an old blog site that was hacked. I first began this effort as I wanted to learn something about blogs. I never intended to begin a serious investment blog, so what began as an experiment evolved into ITA Wealth Management. If one is going to write a blog, one … [Read More...]

300 Level

Einstein QPP Analysis: Reducing High Correlated Assets

As promised in the prior post, here is the QPP analysis of the Einstein.  Pay particular attention to the Correlation Matrix as that is the reason for posting this blog.  Note how most of the equity ETFs are highly correlated. … [Read More...]

Test Portfolios Using Private Equity

This is the first of a series of test portfolios where ITA readers will find a few different ETFs, one being private equity (PSP).  This first portfolios has a standard array of ETFs.  I am using VV as a "pure-play" for large-cap blend.  Normally I do not use this ETF as it is not in TD Ameritrade's stable of commission free ETFs.  JNK is the high yield fixed … [Read More...]

200 Level

Asset Allocation: Selecting A Plan

In response to questions that continue to emerge from readers regarding asset allocation breakdowns for various portfolios, I put together the following data table.  The first thing I did was to select seventeen (17) commission free (free to TDAmeritrade clients) ETFs that can be used to populate all the asset classes one might need to put together a portfolio.  If a user so desired, the … [Read More...]

Optimized Mosaic Portfolio

While the following portfolio is not exactly one of the eleven portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management, there are many similar ingredients.  To create this portfolio I selected 26 ETFs that are frequently part of at least one ITA portfolio.  Familiar ETFs such as VTI, VEU, VWO, DVY, VTV, IWN, VOE, VOT, VNQ, RWX, etc. are among the 26 ETFs.  Nine (9) bond ETFs were in the group, but most … [Read More...]

400 Level

Delta Factor: A First Look

Delta Factor: First Draft The question of when to buy or sell an ETF comes up frequently.  I've been working on this problem for a year or more and still do not have a definitive answer.  Perhaps there is no right answer, only one of probabilities.  Below is a data table of my first draft effort to quantize whether or not it is time to Buy, Hold, or Sell the primary ETFs.  … [Read More...]

Balancing Risk Over A Ten ETF Portfolio

In response to a Platinum member, the following QPP analysis is set up in a manner to equalize risk across the different ETFs rather than set up a capitalization asset allocation.  Note that I am using a 56-month time frame as I wanted to span the last bear market while avoiding any short-record issues with ETFs that have not been in existence for five years. To come up with the percentages … [Read More...]