100 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...]

Where To Begin If You Have Never Managed A Portfolio

If someone asked you what to do with an inheritance or 401(k) sum of money, what advice would you give them?  Here are some basic ideas for a novice investor. Assume the money is in your checking account and available to be invested. Open up a broker account with a discount broker.  For example, go to a "bricks and mortar" location if possible and fill out the forms.  A good idea is to print … [Read More...]

300 Level

Constructing a Simple Seven ETF Portfolio

Looking for a conservative portfolio with reasonable QPP values?  Check out the following asset allocation plan that includes 40% allocated to bonds and income with an added bent toward value as advocated by Fama & French.  This portfolio covers the global market, both in equities and REITs.  The EFV ETF skews the portfolio toward the value side. … [Read More...]

Optimization-Momentum Recommendations For Kepler

As promised here are the optimization-momentum recommendations for the Kepler Portfolio.  We first begin with the Efficient Frontier and see that the current portfolio, after the recent transactions, is moving closer to the optimized portfolio. Efficient Frontier:  The current portfolio is represented by the yellow diamond box and the optimized portfolio by the small red dot.  The recent … [Read More...]

200 Level

Keeping Portfolios Simple

Three Sample Portfolios Complicated portfolios discourage investors and that is why I am attempting to simplify the portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management.  There are many examples of possible portfolios in the literature, particularly in books by Faber-Richardson, Swensen, and Bernstein.  Let's start with one of the simple portfolios laid out by David Swensen. While Swensen does not … [Read More...]

What The Experts Say About Index Investing

Photograph:  Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center - New Mexico   Perusing the Bogleheads web site, I found this long list of quotes from well known investment writers and managers.  Here is what they have to say about index investing.  These bits of wisdom further explain why I favor tilting investments toward non-managed index vehicles.  Further, I favor ETFs for … [Read More...]

400 Level

Using the Delta Indicator

Quantext Portfolio Planner Expanded While I hope to have the following article published on Seeking Alpha, I am permitted to make it available to Platinum readers since it is not readily available free on the Internet.  Here is the article as I submitted it to SA.  Platinum members have see this expansion of the QPP analysis before, but I don't recall ever posting both extremes so … [Read More...]

Bullish Percent Indicators Show A Few Changes

Several indexes and one sector showed weakness this week.  Nevertheless, many markets are still reading above 70% or are positioned in the overbought region.  … [Read More...]