100 Level

To Use or Not Use Short or Contra ETFs

ITA Wealth Management readers know that the ultra-short ETF, SDS, is held in several portfolios. That position may need more thought based on information from a recent article in the AAII Journal. SDS is an ultra-short or contra ETF. What that means is the SDS is designed to move in the opposite direction as the S&P 500. In fact, it is to move twice as fast in the opposite direction as the … [Read More...]

Investing Road Map

Searching for useful investing information is an ongoing task and yesterday I found something of use for every reader of ITA Wealth Management. Paul King has written a 50-page online investment book that is available to download if you will go to the right-hand edge of this page and look for Interesting Sites. Seek out the Investing Road Map link to download the PDF file. You will need to know … [Read More...]

300 Level

Portfolio Performance: 5 November 2010

Portfolio Performance The market this past week reminded me a bit of market action in the late 1990s in that it was very difficult to outperform the S&P 500. In our case, we use the total market index, VTSMX, as a primary benchmark and it was a challenge for any of the ten portfolios tracked using the TLH spreadsheet to do better than that benchmark. The Retirement Ratio (RR) remained the … [Read More...]

“Delta Factor” Update for Bonds

It has been several weeks since I posted information on the "Delta Factor" for bonds.  I don't pay a lot of serious attention to this information, but I do observe the projections to see if there are elements of interest.  In this post, Vale Capital II (CJS) stands out as a possibility.  I'm not familiar with CJS.  I recall a reader of this blog asked that … [Read More...]

200 Level

How Important Is Asset Allocation?

My favorite investment writer is William J. Bernstein, author of several investment books and the editor of the Efficient Frontier.  This morning I was scanning the data files of ITA Wealth Management and found where one reader clicked on one of the older articles from Bernstein's Efficient Frontier. [Be sure to read the section, 'Let George Do It.']  I myself have written about the Brinson et. … [Read More...]

Wild Wake-Up Portfolio For The Aggressive Investor

If you are looking for simplicity with sufficient risk that one will need to employ the ITA Risk Reduction model, check out the Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) analysis of this six asset portfolio. Platinum membership available for a mere $5.00 per month.  Monitor your portfolio and quickly pay for the membership. … [Read More...]

400 Level

Asset Allocation: Why Select This Mix of ETFs?

Gauss is the newest portfolio launched (12/27/2011) here at ITA Wealth Management.  While the annualized performance is a respectable 25%, it still lags both the VTSMX and ITA Index benchmarks as it took time to populate all fifteen equity and bond asset classes.  The broad market was in a positive mood during the launch phase and as a result, the portfolio fell behind the … [Read More...]

Sortino Ratio: What Is It?

The following discussion of the Sortino Ratio may get a little "heavy" for some readers.  However, this information is very important for the serious investor, so stick with me and follow along.  Users of the TLH spreadsheet are familiar with the Sortino Ratio as one of the worksheets is built specifically to calculate this number.  The equation is quite simple but very … [Read More...]