100 Level

Is It Wise To Pay An Advisor For Access To DFA Funds?

Save the Fees Save the fees and manage your own money using low cost ETFs.  You are going to be dollars ahead and here is the evidence.  Let me describe the process I went though to come to this conclusion - and I am not finished with the analysis.  This data is not going to win me friends among DFA advisors. I logged on to one of the premier web sites on the Internet to find … [Read More...]

“Ten” Ivy ETF Portfolio

Ivy 10 Portfolio As you read through this 10-ETF portfolio, you may want to toggle back and forth between the latest analysis and this analysis I finished approximately four and one-half months ago. When I last analyzed the Ivy 10, little was gained by moving from five to ten ETFs. That is still the case.  In the 10-ETF portfolio, there are not ten different asset classes.  In my … [Read More...]

300 Level

Return and Risk Relationship

What is the relationship between return of a portfolio and the associated risk involved? Quoting from an “Active vs. Passive” paper I found in my files. “High potential returns always involve high potential risks. There are no low-risk/high-return investments. Investment risk comes in many forms but, to most investors, risk means the potential for losing investment capital and … [Read More...]

Supercharging The Swensen Six Portfolio By Adding Three Stocks And Two More ETFs

A reader of ITA suggested adding three dividend stocks (T, JNJ, & PG) to see how it might enhance the "Swensen Six" portfolio.  I made those additions, changed the allocation between TLT and TIP, and added international real estate (RWX) and commodities (DBC) to the portfolio.  These changes enhanced the projections for the "Swensen Six" in all the major metrics. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Different Styles of Investing*

Let me pose a problem or situation to ITA Wealth Management readers.  We have two intelligent investors who approach investing from entirely different philosophies. For simplicity we will call them Investor A and Investor B.  Investor A is an active manager and readers have already know what active management entails.  Investor B is a passive manager and you know a bit about passive … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance: 30 September 2011

Third Quarter Portfolio Performance Results* Finally - the bum third quarter is finished.  Done and over!  Every portfolio gave some ground to the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) calculation.  Rare is the portfolio that performed well during the recent volatile market.  In the table below, the figures are a little lower than the actual values as I have yet to enter any third … [Read More...]

400 Level

Risk Reduction Portfolio: A Potential Asset Allocation Plan

Bob Warasila, author of the "New Normal" portfolio, sent me an asset allocation plan that is worth sharing with Platinum members.  This Risk Reduction Portfolio differs slightly from one I recently posted over on Seeking Alpha in that this portfolio has a small exposure to precious metals and it also includes on stock.  In the following three screen shots readers will find the … [Read More...]

Maxwell Update: 6 June 2012

As one of the five ITA Risk Reduction model portfolios, the Maxwell was initially selected as the portfolio Internal Rate of Return (IRR) lagged both the VTSMX and ITA Index benchmarks.  The hope is that over a few market cycles, we will be able to push the portfolio IRR above both benchmarks. … [Read More...]