100 Level

Fama-French Three Factor Model

Have you ever asked yourself, why are all the asset allocation plans for the various ITA Wealth Management portfolios tilted toward the value side of the investing spectrum and why are they skewed toward smaller cap size?  If you are a new reader, the reason is based on research by Eugene Fama and Kenneth French.  Their work is known as the Three-Factor Model.  Here are the three … [Read More...]

Why The Three Basics ETFs Are Insufficient

VTI, VEU & VWO are insufficient Several days ago I wrote about the three basic asset classes needed in every portfolio.  The three mentioned are: U.S. equities, developed international markets, and emerging markets.  While VTI, VEU, and VWO cover these three asset classes, they are insufficient when putting together an adequate portfolio and here is the analysis showing … [Read More...]

300 Level

“Creme List” for February 18

Twenty stocks made the "Creme List" this week, a high number based on results over the past year.  LLTC was cut from the list as it went more then 13 weeks without making the elite list.  Only one stock is priced to buy based on my analysis.  This is not surprising considering the high market. Check the stock with the * in the following data table. … [Read More...]

Benchmarking a Portfolio: Essential to Portfolio Management

Waterford, Virginia ITA Wealth Management readers know I am passionate about portfolio benchmarking and portfolio risk analysis.  To my knowledge, there is no better software program for the small investor than the TLH Spreadsheet, provided to all Platinum members.  We use two primary benchmarks in this spreadsheet, although four are available.  One is Vanguard's Total Stock … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance Data: 4 March 2011

Photograph: Harley at the cabin in Central Oregon Platinum members will find the performance data below.  This is the first complete update since the February statements became available.  In almost every situation, the portfolios gained ground on the VTSMX index.  Quite a few showed improvement in the Sortino and Retirement Ratios, possibly the key measurement. Platinum … [Read More...]

Advantages to Mosaic Investing

It comes as no surprise to long standing Platinum members that most equity ETFs are highly correlated.  The basic ones we use to populate many of our portfolios show correlations of 80% or higher when analyzed using the Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) software.  To reduce portfolio volatility and increase the Diversification Metric (DM) we have several choices.  One common approach … [Read More...]

400 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...]

Faber – Richardson “Ivy Model” Review

In response to a recent question, allow me to review the Faber - Richardson model as described in their book, "The Ivy Portfolio: How to Invest Like the Top Endowments and Avoid Bear Markets."  The ITA Risk Reduction model focuses on the "Avoid Bear Markets" part of the Faber book. Here are the basic Faber - Richardson rules one can use with any portfolio.  Investors … [Read More...]