100 Level

Kiva Loans

To provide capital to less fortunate individuals wishing to start or maintain their business, I participate in Kiva.  Profits from ITA Wealth Management go into this needy program and thus far 55 loans in 24 countries are at work.  To learn more about Kiva, go to this address.  Before MEDA Trust closed down due to lack of contributions, I was part of that program as was at least one other Platinum … [Read More...]

The Active vs. Passive Management Debate

Will there ever be a definitive answer to the active vs. passive management debate?  Likely not and here are possible reasons why we will never have a complete answer to which method is superior.  At the very core of the argument is lack of data, at least as it pertains to one level of the argument.  The active vs. passive argument is carried on at two levels.  One level is … [Read More...]

300 Level

Sortino Ratio: Revised Calculation

Platinum members likely picked up my reference on the new Sortino Ratio (SR) calculation in the comments section.  When you first log on to ITA Wealth Management, be sure to check for the latest comments or better still, sign up for a comments RSS.  What is changing with the SR calculation? … [Read More...]

Optimized Mosaic Portfolio

While the following portfolio is not exactly one of the eleven portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management, there are many similar ingredients.  To create this portfolio I selected 26 ETFs that are frequently part of at least one ITA portfolio.  Familiar ETFs such as VTI, VEU, VWO, DVY, VTV, IWN, VOE, VOT, VNQ, RWX, etc. are among the 26 ETFs.  Nine (9) bond ETFs were in the group, but most … [Read More...]

200 Level

Aggressive Growth: Portfolio #6

The Aggressive Growth Portfolio is the last in this series of sample portfolios.  We moved from the Ultra Capital Preservation where bonds and income ETFs made up the majority of the portfolio to this example where the bond asset class is peeled down to a mere 6% of the total portfolio. Platinum membership available for a low $5.00 per month.  This last sample portfolio in the … [Read More...]

Portfolio Construction the ITA Way

David Swensen writes in his "Unconventional Success" book, "Construction of a financial-asset portfolio involves full measures of science and art.  The science encompasses the application of basic investment principles to the problem of combining core asset classes in an efficient, cost-effective manner.  The art concerns the use of common-sense judgment in the challenge of incorporating … [Read More...]

400 Level

Risk Parity Analysis of Modified “Ivy-10″ Portfolio

When investors populate their portfolios with stocks or equity ETFs, it is easy to forget just how exposed the portfolio is to risk.  The following analysis is a reminder of the high risks we take when constructing portfolios.  To know a little more about Risk Parity, check out this link. … [Read More...]

“Delta Factor” Update for Bonds

It has been several weeks since I posted information on the "Delta Factor" for bonds.  I don't pay a lot of serious attention to this information, but I do observe the projections to see if there are elements of interest.  In this post, Vale Capital II (CJS) stands out as a possibility.  I'm not familiar with CJS.  I recall a reader of this blog asked that … [Read More...]