100 Level

Asset Allocation: How Important?

Asset Allocation Due to a recent Ibbotson study (Unfortunately, this article now requires one to register.) asset allocation is not the investment elixir today it was thought to be in the late 1980s and 1990s. Nevertheless, it remains the best method for constructing portfolios if our goal is to outperform a broad market benchmark index such as the VTSMX while reducing portfolio risk. Readers of … [Read More...]

Walking Your Way To Independent Portfolio Management

Portfolio management is not equivalent building a house or overhauling a car engine.  It is not that hard, so don't throw up your arms and say you cannot do it yourself.  With Internet access, it is much easier than it was ten to fifteen years ago.  Here are steps to setting up your own portfolio, managing the assets, and monitoring it on a yearly basis. 1) Open up an account … [Read More...]

300 Level

Optimizing QPP Analysis Asset Allocation Models

Some years ago I tested a Mean-Variance Optimization (MVO) software program that was designed for William Bernstein.  Manual data entry and knowing if it was accurate proved to be a problem.  Much to my surprise, I recently received an e-mail from the developers of Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP), pointing me to an article that an Excel™ guru developed an optimization spreadsheet that links to … [Read More...]

Example of How Saved Efficient Frontier Works

The following Efficient Frontier graph is designed to show portfolio progression or regression from one evaluation to the next.  In the following graph we find an example of portfolio regression. Efficient Frontier:  The top graph (yellow) with the blue dot is an example of a "Saved Efficient Frontier."  This is the EF of a portfolio approximately one month ago before any changes were made.  … [Read More...]

200 Level

Passive vs. Active Investment Strategy

Using Morningstar and Yahoo-Finance to compare stocks and ETF performance.* Here is an exercise that will prove informative to investors who construct portfolios using stocks. Follow these instructions. … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance: 16 December 2011

This is the first showing of the new truncated performance data table.  While the portfolios took a hit as the market declined over the last several weeks, this latest update showed relative improvement when portfolios are measured against the ITA Index, a custom benchmark, and the VTSMX benchmark.  Portfolios reveling the greatest gains were: Curie, Kenilworth, Euclid, and … [Read More...]

400 Level

Bullish Percent Indicator Update

In the Bullish Percent Indicator data table below, I want to draw your attention to several features.  1) Look at the latest data in the 06/01/12 row.  The left-hand number, 46.62, is the most important as that indicates the percent of stocks in the NYSE that are generating a bullish PnF graph. [Next time I will include the headers or titles in the screen shot.]  That percent … [Read More...]

Sample Portfolio For Fidelity Clients

The following portfolio represents a sample of commission free ETFs available through Fidelity.  The efficient frontier shows an asset allocation plan that is so close to an optimized portfolio that the diamond and red dots are no different on the graph. Efficient Frontier:  The indicator for the optimum portfolio lies behind the diamond dot.  The Return/Risk ratio is just a bit over 0.5, quite … [Read More...]