100 Level

The Power of Consistent Savings

Two of the recent portfolios added to the stable of accounts tracked at ITA Wealth Management are the Kenilworth and Gauss.  Platinum members have access to all the transactions of these two portfolios.  I'll use the Kenilworth as the primary example of the power of consistent savings as the account was initially seeded with one $1,500 investment followed by another $1,000 addition.  After that, … [Read More...]

Water ETFs

Water ETFs for Portfolio Diversification Portfolios constructed and monitored here on the ITA Wealth Management blog focus on broad asset classes.  We use ETFs such as VTV, VOE, VBR, VEU, VWO, VNQ, etc. as our primary portfolio building blocks.  On occasion we add individual stocks or ETFs that are out of our "mainstream" group of ETFs.  One area we branch into is … [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...]

Can Your Portfolio Survive The Next Bear Market?

The following SORDEX analysis is a variation of the material presented in the "Will I Run Out of Money?" blog.  Once more, I will use the 12-ETF Portfolio as the retirement portfolio.  As review, SORDEX is an acronym for Sequence-of-Returns Downside Exposure. Translated for T. C. PITS, it is a way to run several Monte Carlo calculations and see if you are likely to run out of … [Read More...]

200 Level

Second Retirement Rule: Know Your Requirements

While there is no question about Rule #1 of following The Golden Rule of Investing, all rules thereafter could come in any order.  The second one I've selected is to know your retirement requirements.  How much will you need monthly to live comfortably?  It is not unusual to hear a figure of 80% of your last salary.  I would set that as a minimum figure.  If your last annual salary was $70,000 per … [Read More...]

Active vs. Passive Investing: Part 10

Section Ten of the Active vs. Passive Investing paper begins with this quote.  "Show me a system that will consistently outperform the index...then we'll see."  The author has it correct - there is no such system, particularly for active investors.  Index or passive investors are asking the wrong question if they are looking for active investors to come up with a … [Read More...]

400 Level

Maxwell Portfolio Examination: 5 May 2012

Tomorrow, May 6th, is the official day to update the Maxwell, but nothing is going to happen over the weekend so here is the May review of this portfolio.  Platinum readers know that the Maxwell is one of the five model portfolios for the ITA Risk Reduction experiment.  Below is the current Dashboard for the Maxwell. … [Read More...]

Delta Index Calculation #1

When Is It Time to Invest? Long-time readers of ITA Wealth Management are familiar with the Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) analysis and to a lesser degree the "Delta Index" worksheet I developed as an extension to QPP.  The jury is still out as to the predictive powers of the Delta Index.  Is it useful to any degree?  In the first screen shot below, I am showing what … [Read More...]