100 Level

Basic Financial Principles To Consider When Building A Portfolio

Basic financial principles to consider when building a portfolio include the following. Diversity across global markets Orientation toward equity or growth Inflation protection Low correlated assets Diversity across global markets will include both developed international markets and emerging markets.  To provide the necessary growth for retirement, the portfolio will need … [Read More...]

Disadvantages of Passive (Index) Investing: Are There Any?

The arguments in favor of passive investing are far too compelling to completely ignore.  If there are any disadvantages, what are they? 1.  At one time the availability of passive or index funds were limited, particularly in certain asset classes.  Availability of index funds is no longer a problem as ITA readers know.  We can find an index ETF to fill every asset … [Read More...]

300 Level

Bohr Portfolio Review: 22 February 2012

Shares of VWO [Emerging Markets (EM)] were purchased this week for the Bohr Portfolio bringing the EM asset class into balance.  Even so, we are over 250 shares shy of pulling EM up to the 20% target.  In the following screen shots Platinum members can see the Bohr Dashboard and performance data. The following asset allocation is designed for the long-term investor.  While the Bohr … [Read More...]

Portfolio Review of the Kepler: 23 September 2011

The Kepler Portfolio was launched near the end of the last major bear market and is therefore a relatively new portfolio.  Even so, it is fully funded with small contributions added each month.  Platinum members have access to the spreadsheet upon request.  As usual, we begin with a look at the Dashboard, the worksheet that is found inside the TLH Spreadsheet. … [Read More...]

200 Level

What Are The Disadvantages of Index Funds?

This morning I noticed a reader was searching for disadvantages associated with index funds, so I decided to do a little internet searching to find some of the drawbacks, if any.  As soon as one delves into this question, up pops the issue of passive vs. active investing.  Here are a few resources I located that deal with the question - are there disadvantages to using index funds?  I include … [Read More...]

Newton Portfolio Review: 9 August 2011

Review of the Newton Portfolio was moved forward as shares of VEU, VBR, VOT, and VOE were purchased last week.  Dividends also came in from EMB, TLT, BND, HYG, and TIP.  Below is the current Strategic Asset Allocation plan for the Newton.  The ETF additions were purchased in such small amounts that asset classes remain under target.  This is an intra-day Dashboard.  I … [Read More...]

400 Level

Bullish Percent Indicators: Mixed Reactions To Financial Cliff

While there were no major offensive-defensive shifts in the major indexes, there were a few changes within sectors of the market. The following data tables provide detailed information on the changes. Bullish Percent Indicators for Indexes: Both the NYSE and DJIA indexes improved numerically this past week although neither index showed sufficient strength to move from a defensive position to an … [Read More...]

Four Sector ETFs Outperforming the Broad Market

Three sector ETFs, Consumer Discretionary (VCR), Healthcare (VHT), and Financials (VFH) have consistently been performing above Vanguard's Total Market ETF, VTI, for a number of weeks. Today, another sector ETF, Industrials (VIS) pulled ahead of VTI. When ranking securities within a portfolio, VTI is used as a performance benchmark and any sector ETF that outperforms the VTI is included in the … [Read More...]