100 Level

Creating The Customized ITA Index Benchmark For The Kenilworth And Other Portfolios

Constructing a customized benchmark to use as a performance standard is nearly as important as putting together a Strategic Asset Allocation (SAA) plan for a portfolio.  If one does not benchmark a portfolio how is it possible to know how well the portfolio is being managed?  To understand what is required to come up with a good benchmark, check this reference.  I also recommend … [Read More...]

Ten Biggest Investor Mistakes – # 7

  ITA Wealth Management Mistake #7:  Lack of Portfolio Plan   Do you have a portfolio plan and is it written down?  If you can lay your hands on a plan, you are a rare investor.  What is involved in specifying a Strategic Asset Allocation plan? … [Read More...]

300 Level

Modified Momentum Investment Strategy

Instead of writing out a detailed explanation of how one might modify the Feynman Model (as presented in Part 5), I prepared a YouTube "Camtasia" to illustrate how one might use the Hoadley-HedgeHunter spreadsheet to manage a momentum oriented portfolio. … [Read More...]

Portfolio for 25-Year Old: The Positives and Negatives

As a followup to William Bernstein's e-book, "The Ages of the Investor," what might a portfolio look like for a 25-year old investor?  The following portfolio is built around 15 ETFs that cover the U.S. Equities market, developed international markets, commodities, emerging markets, both domestic and international REITs, sovereign debt, bonds, and treasuries.  In other words, we are diversifying … [Read More...]

200 Level

Fundamental Principles for Constructing a Portfolio

The "science" of portfolio construction requires numerous fundamental principles.  Long-term portfolios call for an orientation toward return or growth through proper diversification.  Growth needs to be tempered so as to handle times of recession, deflation, and inflation.  As described in the Harry Browne "Permanent Portfolio" one needs to prepare for the four stages of the market; prosperity, … [Read More...]

Kenilworth Portfolio Review: 11 November 2011

Portfolio review time is here again for the Kenilworth.  As usual, we first examine the Dashboard to see which asset classes need attention and why.  Below is the worksheet extracted from the TLH Spreadsheet. … [Read More...]

400 Level

Bullish Percent Indicators: 2 August 2013

All the major indexes powered forward this past week, but we now have three sectors that are controlled by defensive teams.  Technology and Telecommunications broke a three-week trend and joined Utilities which continues to show O's in the right-hand column despite its very high absolute value.  Here are the numbers. Index BPIs:  The following table displays the overall direction of seven major … [Read More...]

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...]