100 Level

Buy and Sell Guidelines: A General Overview

Armed with analysis tools such as the Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP), TLH Spreadsheet, Hoadley Optimizer and expanded worksheets, it is possible to outline some basic guidelines for buying, holding and selling ETFs.  As always, individual judgments are required and I'll attempt to explain those when transactions occur.  As always, we make investment decisions in the context of broad market … [Read More...]

Active, Index, Passive or Mosaic Investing

Investing Styles Are you an Active, Index, Passive or Mosaic investor? Answer this question and one focuses at the heart of investing. Rather than answer this question with one blog post, I will strive to define and explain the different styles over a series of entries spanning into next week. While I've written on the subject of investing styles before, I'm sure there are new … [Read More...]

300 Level

“New Normal” Portfolio Analysis

Nearly three months passed since I last ran an analysis on the "New Normal" portfolio. At that time the projected return was 7.7% when I assumed the S&P 500 would return 7.0% over the next year.  The projected uncertainty was a modest 13.1% giving a Return/Uncertainty ratio of 0.58.  This portfolio is well diversified and it shows with a Diversification Metric (DM) of … [Read More...]

Asset Allocation and Benchmarking Portfolio

A few days ago I read the following comment.  I did not question the reasoning behind this statement.  "Calculating return is relatively pointless if you are investing in indices." While the point of not calculating the portfolio return may make sense for the investor who selects one or two broad index funds for their complete portfolio, it lacks sound reasoning for … [Read More...]

200 Level

Rethinking Asset Allocation

One of the primary reasons for developing a well-diversified portfolio is to reduce risk.  This blog will focus primarily on the U.S. Equities portion of the portfolio as we still recognize the importance of including emerging markets, bonds, international real estate, etc.  The question to be analyzed is whether or not to include all "Big Nine" asset classes or can we do as well if the number of … [Read More...]

Sample Portfolio For Thirty (30) Year Old Investor

The following portfolio was passed on to me by a Platinum member as an example of a Strategic Asset Allocation plan for a thirty year-old investor.  Nine ETFs are used in this portfolio and many of the investment securities are familiar to ITA readers.  In fact, all nine Exchange Traded Funds can be found in one or more portfolios with exception of RWO.  RWO is a global real estate … [Read More...]

400 Level

Simple Global Portfolio as IRA Risk Reduction Core

ITA Risk Reduction Portfolio Over the last few weeks, I've discussed a risk reducing portfolio consisting of seven ETFs.  They are: VTI, IWN, VEU, VWO, VNQ, RWX, and IGE.  While this combination provides global exposure, there are inherent risks.  While the projected return is a robust 9.7%, we take on a high degree of uncertainty to reach this return.  The projected … [Read More...]

Where Are We With Respect To The ITA Risk Reduction Model?

With several "ITARR" portfolios coming up for review, what is the condition of the critical ETFs we use to populate our portfolios.  The critical ETFs are: VTI, VNQ, RWX, IWN, VEU, VEA, VWO, DBC, PCY, etc.  To examine these ETFs and others that may be used by investors, go to this site and request the ETF, index fund, or stock of interest.  VTI is the example shown in the link. … [Read More...]