100 Level

Beginners Portfolio

Looking for a basic portfolio?  Check out this link as a possible starting point. Research and personal experience show portfolio construction is the key to successful investing.  Portfolio construction contains two basic elements.  1) What asset classes to include as the building blocks for the portfolio?  For most portfolios, we include between 10 and 16 "bricks" … [Read More...]

Investor’s Biggest Mistake

Without a doubt, the biggest mistake investor's make is violating "The Golden Rule of Investing."  The error is not tied to selecting poor stocks, making bad market timing decisions, or even mis-allocating assets.  Sure, those mistakes hurt portfolio performance, but it is inadequate saving early in life that is the culprit.  Failure to save early places incredible … [Read More...]

300 Level

How Are Your Stocks Doing?

Using Morningstar and Yahoo-Finance to compare stocks and ETF performance. Here is an exercise that will prove informative to investors who construct portfolios using stocks. Follow these instructions. Make up a list of the stocks in your portfolio. Go to Morningstar and determine which asset class or style box each stock occupies. Type PAYX in the Quotes option and then scroll down the … [Read More...]

Balancing Risk Over A Ten ETF Portfolio

In response to a Platinum member, the following QPP analysis is set up in a manner to equalize risk across the different ETFs rather than set up a capitalization asset allocation.  Note that I am using a 56-month time frame as I wanted to span the last bear market while avoiding any short-record issues with ETFs that have not been in existence for five years. To come up with the percentages … [Read More...]

200 Level

QPP Analysis of Swensen-Faber Merged Portfolio

Merging ideas from the "Swensen Six" and "Faber Ten" portfolios has the potential to generate a wide array of asset allocation plans.  In the following example I am sticking with the general percentages allocated to the broad asset classes, as recommended by David Swensen, but you will see that I am adding asset classes as suggested in the "Faber Ten" portfolio. … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance: 26 July 2013

Approximately two months ago I published the last set of performance numbers so it is time to update the table.  Compared to the last set of data, all the portfolios with exception of the Bohr and Kenilworth picked up ground with respect to the customized ITA Index.  The same cannot be said when we compare the Internal Rate of Return of each portfolio with respect to the VTSMX benchmark and there … [Read More...]

400 Level

Multi-Asset Class Investing

Multi-asset class investing or multiple asset classes is a title that comes right out of Richard A. Ferri’s excellent book, “All About Asset Allocation.” While my reference is to Ferri's first edition, I would pay the few extra dollars and purchase the second edition.  Nudged by a fellow asset allocation investor, I went back and reread Chapter 4 of Ferri’s book. … [Read More...]

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...]