100 Level

Quantitative Easing Explained

ITA Wealth Management readers will find this video clip of interest. … [Read More...]

Portfolio Construction: The Most Important Decisions

William J. Bernstein, in his most recent book, “The Investor’s Manifesto” writes, “Before diving into the most important issue faced by any investor–the asset allocation decision–you will need to understand four things: save as much as you can, make sure you have enough liquid taxable assets for emergencies, diversify widely, and do so with passive or index … [Read More...]

300 Level

TLH Spreadsheet Assistance

TLH spreadsheet users who also are using the ITA Index capabilities of the spreadsheet will find this video/audio clip of use in adding the International REITs to the calculation. … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance: 12 August 2011

Asset Allocation wins again.  The following data table is what ITA Wealth Management is all about.  It is about setting up a Strategic Asset Allocation plan, following through with a passive style of investing, and monitoring the results to see how well the portfolios compares with their benchmarks. While few folks expected to see absolute gains over the last week to ten days, in such … [Read More...]

200 Level

Alternative Investment Vehicles to Suggested Index Funds

What are the alternatives one might use to those suggested by Solin in his recent book, "The Smartest Portfolio You'll Ever Own."  The reason for seeking alternative investments is two fold.  1)  We seek ETFs that have historical records of at least three years.  This is so we can run Quantext Portfolio Analysis (QPP) on the portfolios.  2)  When … [Read More...]

Retirement Planning: Using the Kenilworth Portfolio As A Model

Two young portfolios, Gauss and Kenilworth, found here on ITA Wealth Management serve as examples for retirement planning.  For this blog post, I'll use the Kenilworth as the example since it began with a modest initial investment of $1500 followed by monthly contributions.  Platinum members have access to all the transaction details. The first move in any retirement plan is to do … [Read More...]

400 Level

The Condition of Bonds Using Delta Factor

What is the current condition of bond ETFs and should they be part of the portfolio?  To examine this question one method of analysis is to apply the Delta Factor.  When I run a reversion-to-the-mean analysis on bonds, I use AGG as the reference or standard.  For equity ETFs I use the VTSMX total stock index fund.  In the following table each bond ETF is compared with the … [Read More...]

Bond “Delta Factor” Projections

As requested, here are the "Delta Factor" projections for bond ETFs.  Keep in mind that VCSH, VCIT, VMBS and VGLT have short records (less than 5-yrs) so can be neglected.  If you have other bond ETFs to consider, send them along and I can add them to this list. … [Read More...]