100 Level

A Modest Proposal: “New Normal” Portfolio #2

As a follow up to the earlier post this morning, let me propose another "New Normal" style portfolio. This is a variation of the portfolio Bob W. set up several months ago. Keep in mind that I am using a 3.5% inflation rate and the projected return for the S&P 500 over the next year is 7.3% instead of the Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) default projection of 8.3%. Below is a screen … [Read More...]

The Simple Six Swensen Portfolio

Amid all the discussion of various technical indicators resides a simple six-asset portfolio advocated by David Swensen.  The six asset classes are: U.S. Equities, Developed International Markets, Emerging Markets, REITs, Treasury Bonds, and Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities.  That's it.  Six ETFs will provide global coverage. The following slide shows the Quantext … [Read More...]

300 Level

Valuation Oriented Stocks

Screening for stocks based on several valuation models unveils 9 interesting companies.  Below is the screening criteria and the stocks that survived the screen. The following information is available only to Platinum members and may not be extracted for publication elsewhere. … [Read More...]

Schrodinger Review: 15 August 2011

Little has changed within the Schrodinger Portfolio since the last update.  Most of the asset classes are in balance as one can see from the Dashboard below.  The small amount of cash available will likely be invested in international markets. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance: 10 February 2012

All the portfolios were in good shape until Friday's market hit.  The downturn in the three critical international classes hurt most of the ITA Portfolios as they are global in their asset allocation structure.  Therefore, most gained a little ground on the ITA Index while loosing traction to the VTSMX.  The difference is that the ITA Index is a customized benchmark that … [Read More...]

Optimizing a Basic Portfolio: 3 and 5 Year Analysis

The sample portfolio shown below consists of 16 ETFs that cover all major markets found in the eleven portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management.  VTI covers all of the "Big Nine" asset classes.  We add VIG for added dividends and IWN for any possible push toward small-cap value, or where Fama and French find added alpha. VEU is our developed international market and VWO is the ETF used … [Read More...]

400 Level

Retirement Target Return Revisited

Retirement Target Return Investors always have a goal for their portfolio, whether stated directly or indirectly.  For some it may be as simple as to not lose money.  For others it is to outperform a benchmark.  Exactly what is the Retirement Target Return (RTR) and how does it fit in with portfolio risk management?  RTR is one of the factors found in the Retirement Ratio (RR) … [Read More...]

Retirement Ratio

While on vacation I spent time thinking what I would call the risk ratio I am now using to see if the portfolio meets the Return/Risk requirement. This ratio was called the ITA Ratio but that did not convey any useful information.  I considered the title to be a temporary place holder until I came up with something more expressive. The ITA Ratio will now be known as the Retirement Ratio as it … [Read More...]