100 Level

How Does ITA Wealth Management Differ From Other Investment Blogs?

Photograph:  One of many sail boats returning to the Amsterdam harbor after a day of racing. How is ITA Wealth Management unique?  What are the attractions and special features of ITA Wealth Management?  Why should anyone consider taking out a Platinum membership?  Listed below are a few reasons for following this blog. Working portfolios are tracked at ITA Wealth … [Read More...]

ITA Risk Reduction Update

Where do we stand with ETF prices and their respective 195-Day Exponential Moving Averages?  As I am updating all the portfolios this month, I am paying close attention to the five (Maxwell, Euclid, Madison, Kenilworth, and Gauss) portfolios to see if changes are necessary based on the ITARR model.  I checked all the primary ETFs used to populate the asset classes and all are priced above their … [Read More...]

300 Level

Keeping It Simple With An Global Nine ETF Portfolio

A portfolio does not need to be complicated to be global in its structure.  Nor does it need to be all that complex to bring success to the investor.  The following portfolio is simple and stands a greater chance of success if one employs the Momentum-Optimization Model (MOM) as explained below. This material is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]

Kepler Portfolio Update

Once more it is time to update the Kepler Portfolio.  In an effort to bring the commodities asset class into balance, 30 shares of DBC were purchased last week.  This leaves two asset classes (excluding cash) outside our 25% threshold limit.  One limit order is in place for the Mid-Cap Blend asset class.  At this time there is insufficient cash to bring both asset classes into … [Read More...]

200 Level

Ultra Capital Preservation

On occasion, readers ask for advice on asset allocation plans.  Most of the portfolios tracked on this blog are classified as balanced, growth, or even aggressive growth.  Holders of the "science" portfolios are younger, have very long-term goals, or have other means of income so very conservative portfolios are not appropriate.  As a result, no portfolios are what I would … [Read More...]

Retirement Planning Mistakes: Mistake #1

Mistake number one in my book is failure to save or to not follow The Golden Rule of Investing.  Open up a spreadsheet and run your own calculations for the following classic comparison. As a nineteen year old you have the foresight and financial opportunity to save $2,000 per year for eight years.  After saving $16,000, for some reason you stop. This $16,000 investment manages to earn the … [Read More...]

400 Level

Launching a New Portfolio and Initializing ITA Index

Platinum readers know about the funding of the new ITA-RR portfolio. Since tomorrow is the last business day of the month (December) I will take a careful look at the price points for VTI, IWN, VEU, VWO, VNQ, RWX, and IGE and compare them with their respective 195-Day EMAs.  If nothing were to change tomorrow, on January 3, 2012, I will take out a full position in VTI, IWN, and VNQ.  … [Read More...]

Bullish Percent Indicators Gain Ground

The weekly update of index and sector Bullish Percent Indicators showed gains in some critical areas.  Those are shown in the data tables presented below. The following information is not for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]