100 Level

Key Ideas to Beginning Your Retirement Program

Keys to successful retirement investing. It All Starts With Saving Follow The Golden Rule of Investing.  Time is money. “Save as much as you can as early as you can.” Five critical investment decisions. The Management Decision Will you do it yourself or will you hire a professional money manager? The Active vs. Passive Decision Will it be stock, index funds, … [Read More...]

Eight Asset Porfolio

Photograph: When I first walked Devastation Trail in late 1961 or early 1962, there was no vegetation to be seen as it was soon after the eruption. Consider the following portfolio that holds eight assets including cash.  In this analysis, I am using the 20-year treasury ETF, TLT, to represent cash, a substitution that gives the portfolio a slight boost over current money market rates.  … [Read More...]

300 Level

QPP Analysis of Conservative Portfolio

One of the services for Platinum members is to run an evaluation of their portfolio, and this is such an analysis.  Readers will see the Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) projections for a portfolio that holds several Canadian ETFs.  One note of interest.  The VSB.TO does not have a three-year record, so that will skew the results, particularly since 20% of the portfolio is allocated to that … [Read More...]

Risk Adjusted vs. Capitalization Asset Allocation Portfolio Construction

Is it better to construct a portfolio based on allocating assets around capitalization divisions or is one better off using a risk adjusted platform?  The following two screen shots show the details of these two approaches to portfolio construction.  In each case I am using ten ETFs that provide worldwide diversity.  Four years of historical data goes into the following Quantext … [Read More...]

200 Level

What The Experts Say About Index Investing

Photograph:  Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center - New Mexico   Perusing the Bogleheads web site, I found this long list of quotes from well known investment writers and managers.  Here is what they have to say about index investing.  These bits of wisdom further explain why I favor tilting investments toward non-managed index vehicles.  Further, I favor ETFs for … [Read More...]

Keeping Portfolios Simple

Three Sample Portfolios Complicated portfolios discourage investors and that is why I am attempting to simplify the portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management.  There are many examples of possible portfolios in the literature, particularly in books by Faber-Richardson, Swensen, and Bernstein.  Let's start with one of the simple portfolios laid out by David Swensen. While Swensen does not … [Read More...]

400 Level

Delta Factor for Twenty Portfolios: Are There Any Buys?

Following up on the list of twenty ETFs mentioned yesterday, below is the Delta Factor projections for this particular group of investments.  When the market (DJIA) is at an all time high, expectations for many buying opportunities to show up in the Delta Factor column are slim.  However, we do see one opportunity to pick up shares in one sector of the market. … [Read More...]

Seeking For Low Correlated ETFs

When the market shies away from equities and gravitates toward less volatile securities such as bonds and treasuries, we need access to those ETFs that have a low correlation with holdings such as VTI, VEU, and VWO.  What ETFs do we flee to when the equities market begins to wane.  If included in the ranking worksheet, we can easily identify those ETFs that have the strongest … [Read More...]