100 Level

15-Stock Diversification Myth

Diversification Myth Debunked   How many stocks does it take to eliminate portfolio risk?  The number 12 to 15 often crops up.  If that is too few, then maybe 20 to 30 will do.  This number has also come under fire, particularly in a world economy where U.S. companies no longer make up the majority of available companies and our economy is shrinking as a percentage of the … [Read More...]

Retirement Ratio: Portfolio Performance and Uncertainty Measurement

What is the Retirement Ratio (RR)?  I never heard of such a ratio, at least as it is defined below.  Before going into an explanation, let me digress and address similar ratios.  Portfolio performance measurements that combine both return and risk are readily available to investors.  The Sharpe ratio is perhaps the best known "efficiency ratio" where it measures the … [Read More...]

300 Level

Portfolio Review: Bohr

Bohr Update Review time is here again for the Bohr Portfolio.  No purchases were made thus far this month as most the asset classes are in balance.  I don't plan any changes in commodities as that asset class is only out of alignment by 68 shares of GSG.  What I might do is exchange GSG (heavily oriented toward oil) and purchase DBC, an ETF with a more even distribution of … [Read More...]

Einstein Portfolio Update: 2 January 2012

The following Dashboard shows the asset allocation plan for the Einstein Portfolio.  This worksheet and the following performance slide include all dividends from 2011.  With the available cash, I expect to put all the under-target asset classes in balance within a few weeks.  I have several limit orders in place for the under-target asset classes. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance: 9 March 2012

Portfolio Performance:  The following table shows the performance data for eleven portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management.  The ITA Index is a customized benchmark that one can develop within the TLH Spreadsheet.  The Sortino Ratio (SR) and Retirement Ratio (RR) are semi-variance calculations to determine portfolio risk or volatility. … [Read More...]

Sample Portfolio For The Mosaic Investor

Investors who use a few individual stock will be interested in the following portfolio suggested by a reader.  By Mosaic, I mean an investor who uses an array of index ETFs (or index funds) and then sprinkles in some individual stocks. QPP Analysis of Suggested Portfolio:  In this analysis the S&P 500 is assumed to grow at an annual rate of 7.0% so this portfolio is projected to outperform … [Read More...]

400 Level

Delta Factor of International ETFs

Readers interested in equity and bond "Delta Factor" projections will find the following international "Delta Factor" data table of interest.  For this set of ETFs, the reference or standard upon which the results are tested is the international iShares, EFA. I used three years of data to reduce the number of "short records."  Only the two Indonesia ETFs … [Read More...]

ITA Risk Reduction Update

Photograph: One of the "Painted Ladies" in Eureka, California The broad market is taking a 3.5% hit today, not a trivial move to the downside.  Those of you following the ITA Risk Reduction (ITARR) model now have the opportunity to see the benefits in action.  While we are not fully employed with this model, holding off with VEU and VWO purchases worked quite well as both ETFs … [Read More...]