100 Level

Save Early

Photograph: Florence, Italy There is no better way to prepare for retirement than to save frequently and early.  The operative word is "early."  The Golden Rule of Investing is to "Save as Much as You Can as Early as You Can." William Bernstein, in his book, "Investor's Manifesto" puts it in harsh terms. "Each dollar you do not save at 25 will … [Read More...]

Harold Evensky’s Definition of Active and Passive Portfolio Management

Debating which investing style, passive or active, is the superior method is unlikely to end soon. The research is too conflicting and exceptions still exist. The difference of opinion has a long and acrimonious history – and it continues to this day. Before we enter the debate and provide some opinions, it is important to define what is meant by passive and active. A third investing style, the … [Read More...]

300 Level

Preparation for Kenilworth Review

In preparation for the Kenilworth portfolio review, I recorded all the current securities and shares in each ETF.  Below is the Buy-Hold-Sell Recommendation data table. Kenilworth Buy-Hold-Sell Recommendations:  Checking down over the 195-Day EMA column, only VWO shows up and it is only to release 10 shares.  That is too few to worry about so there are no immediate sell orders to consider.  … [Read More...]

“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...]

200 Level

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...]

Asset Allocation for Small Global Portfolios

If your portfolio is small and yet you want global diversification, this portfolio is one to consider.  This six asset class portfolio is built around asset allocation guidelines laid out by David Swensen in his book, "Unconventional Success."  Thirty percent of the portfolio is allocated to U.S. Treasury Bonds (TLT) and TIPs (TIP).  Domestic REITs are covered with the VNQ … [Read More...]

400 Level

Risk Reduction Model Clarification

In an effort to clear up some misunderstandings surrounding the ITA Risk Reduction model, permit me to go into a few more details.  My initial move, late last year, was to examine a number of portfolios I track and select several that were lagging the VTSMX benchmark.  Initially, I was only going to apply the ITARR model to three portfolios; Maxwell, Euclid, and Madison.  While the … [Read More...]

Risk Reduction Model In Review

When I first began to think about the ITA Risk Reduction model, the idea was to first identify the major asset classes and attach a particular ETF that would capture that particular asset class.  I wanted the coverage to be global in scope, yet confined to a few ETFs so the labor was manageable.  Here are the asset classes I selected for the risk reduction model. U.S … [Read More...]