100 Level

Risk-Parity: A Brief Explanation of How Risky a 60/40 Portfolio Really Is

While I have a sample Risk-Parity portfolio coming out early tomorrow morning, I want to rush out a brief description of how risk is calculated.  This not for the mathematically squeamish, but the concept is not difficult if one can get past one step in the logic.  Don't be surprised if this concept does not alter how portfolios are put together here at ITA Wealth Management.  … [Read More...]

What To Do As Congress Debates and Postures

Investors are faced with many questions as Congress continues to waste precious time in solving what has become known as the "Financial Cliff."  How are you going to handle your portfolio over the next few months and what are the best practices to follow?  My advice is to do very little to next to nothing, but to expect a bumpy ride.  When I say "very little," I would not be adding large shares to … [Read More...]

300 Level

Einstein Portfolio Update: 27 October 2011

Several moves took place over the last few weeks in an effort to bring more asset classes into balance within the Einstein Portfolio.  Shares of VO and VB were sold in order to bring mid-cap and small-cap blend within the 20% threshold limits.  Shares of the International bonds (BWX) were added and we made a few small purchases in IEF and BND to bolster the bonds asset class.  Bonds … [Read More...]

Smartest Medium-High Risk Portfolio

With this analysis of the medium-high risk portfolio, we leap over the medium risk portfolio found at this site. The medium-high risk portfolio limits the bond/income asset class to 20%.  Remember, we began with 80% allocated to the bond asset class, moved to 60%, then 40% and now 20% or something similar to what we hold in many portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management. Note the … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance Update: 7 September 2012

It has been nearly a month since I last posted a Portfolio Performance data table.  The general overview for the eleven portfolios is that all gained absolute ground during the month of August, but nearly all lost relative ground to the ITA Index and VTSMX benchmarks.  There were a few exceptions. … [Read More...]

Lost My Spouse – Part III

Determine your long-term cash flow. How much monthly income is required?  Will income from pension and social security meet the cash flow requirements or is additional money required from the portfolio?  For most single retired individuals, some income is required from the portfolio.  My recommendation is to pull no more than 4% annually from the portfolio.  The lower the … [Read More...]

400 Level

Condition of Critical ETFs and The ITA Risk Reduction Model

When a portfolio is coming up for ITARR review or examination, I begin to check on the eight critical ETFs used to populate the portfolio.  Those eight ETFs are: VTI, IWN, VEU, VWO, VNQ, RWX, DBC, and PCY.  The next move is to activate SharpCharts to see where the price of the ETF is positioned with respect to the 195-Day Exponential Moving Average (EMA).  If nothing changes over … [Read More...]

ITA Ratio*: What Is It Telling Us?

The three classical portfolio performance measuring instruments, all rooted in the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) are: the Sharpe ratio, the Treynor ratio, and the Jensen's alpha.  The most popular of these performance instruments is the Sharpe ratio so let's take a closer look at it, particularly since it is similar to the Sortino ratio. Sharpe ratio (SR) = (P - R)/SD … [Read More...]