100 Level

Portfolio Construction Index Funds Advisors (IFA) Style

Bob Warasila passed on several references from the http://www.ifa.com web site that deal with portfolio construction.  [I consider Mark Hebner's web IFA site to be one of the best available.]  Keep in mind that IFA is a company that uses Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA) mutual funds and the only way one gains access to these funds is through an approved advisor such as Index Funds … [Read More...]

Passive Management: The Six Step Process

The following six steps provide investors with an outline for organizing and monitoring a portfolio.  Specific details of implementing these guidelines can be found by tracking one of the ITA Portfolios. 1.  Determine the portfolio objectives.  Consider the following as possible reasons for constructing the portfolio. Is this a retirement portfolio? Is it a higher education … [Read More...]

300 Level

Passive vs. Active Investment Strategy

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. … [Read More...]

IVY-2: Ten ETF Portfolio

The second portfolio recommended by Faber and Richardson contains ten ETFs.  There are a few new asset classes added such as small-cap, emerging markets, and foreign or international REITs.  Are we able to improve the Return/Risk ratio and elevate the Diversification Metric with these additions?  Check the analysis below for the answer. A "seat of the pants" analysis … [Read More...]

200 Level

Kepler Review: 1 August 2011

It is again time to review the Kepler Portfolio.  The Dashboard worksheet shown below is the asset allocation plan for the Kepler and the second screen shot includes the performance numbers as of 9:40 a.m. on August 1, 2011.  When I discuss setting up a Strategic Asset Allocation plan for a portfolio, the slide below is such an example.  Note how the percentages are allocation in … [Read More...]

Ten Rules to Follow in Preparation for Retirement

Over the next few days I will lay out ten fundamental ideas or rules that will serve readers well as they prepare for retirement.  I know many of you are already well into retirement and have gone through this process while others are just beginning their investment journey.  For the veterans, you may pick up a few ideas and have others reinforced.  If you have words of wisdom for other readers, … [Read More...]

400 Level

8 Dividend Stocks Supercharge the Swensen-Six Portfolio

Eight dividend aristocrats added to the "Swensen-Six" Portfolio boost return, increase yield, without doing extensive damage to the portfolio volatility. The following screen-shots show the original "Swensen" portfolio, a supercharged version, the correlation matrix for the supercharged portfolio, and the "Delta Factor" projections for the supercharged portfolio when … [Read More...]

Reviewing RSI and PnF Technical Indicators

Checking RSI and PnF Graphs Periodically I'll go through the ETFs held in most of the ITA Wealth Management portfolios and give each a visual technical check.  This examination is nothing more than a quick performance look of the Relative Strength Indicator (RSI) and the Point and Figure (PnF) graphs.  In the two links I use VWO as the example ETF. … [Read More...]