100 Level

Swensen Six and Faber “Ivy Ten” Portfolios

Two model portfolios to consider using are those recommended by David Swensen, chief investment officer of Yale University and author of Unconventional Success, and Mebane Faber, portfolio manager at Cambria Investment Management and co-author of The Ivy Portfolio.  While Faber's book focuses on Ivy League portfolios, there are differences in the make up of the portfolios recommended by … [Read More...]

Five Investing Basics

The Basic Rules of Investing Readers of "The Investment Answer" will remember the five decisions laid out by Daniel Goldie and Gordon Murray.  If you need a quick reminder, go to this site for a review.  You will recall I disagree with Goldie and Murray on the conclusion of the first decision of portfolio management.  Will you do it yourself or will you seek … [Read More...]

300 Level

Dividend Stocks

Platinum members who use individual stocks as part of their portfolio construction materials will find this list of dividend stocks of interest. The first screen shot defines the screens used to come up with these companies. … [Read More...]

Sortino Ratio Update

Investors using the TLH spreadsheet and in particular, the SR worksheet, will find this video/audio clip a refresher in updating the Sortino and Retirement ratios. One of the first changes to make in the calculation is to update the inflation rate. The latest data shows inflation moving from 1.1% to 1.2%. Readers can find this information on a site titled, U.S. Inflation Calculator. In the … [Read More...]

200 Level

ITA Wealth Management Portfolios Update

Exactly one month passed since I last posted the portfolio performance data table.  All portfolios showed an increase in absolute value.  The gain or loss compared to the two critical benchmarks is mixed.  Portfolios that gained with respect to the ITA Index were the following:  Bohr, Madison, and Gauss.  There was no change in the Curie, Newton, Einstein, and Kenilworth portfolios.  The … [Read More...]

Examining a Basic Portfolio of 25 Exchange Traded Funds

Investor building a global portfolio need from 15 to 25 ETFs or approximately the same number used in The Feynman Study.  In this example portfolio I am using the upper limit of 25 ETFs.  What I did was to run the numbers using the Hoadley-HedgeHunter spreadsheet and then follow the percent-shares recommendation as you will soon see below.  But first we examine the efficient frontier … [Read More...]

400 Level

Bullish Percent Indicators Are Not Calling For a Panic

Regardless of the "fiscal cliff" problems, the Bullish Percent Indicators for both the broad indexes and individual sectors are not showing any signs of a panic or sell-off.  There are even pockets of strength as Platinum members will see in the following slides. The following material is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]

Sharpe Ratio: Why I Prefer the Sortino and Retirement Ratios

The Sharpe Ratio is a measure of return-risk for a portfolio or individual investment.  Like many concepts that lend themselves to mathematics, it is easier to understand what the Sharpe Ratio means if written in the form of an equation. S = (R - T)/Sigma    (My editor does not have the correct symbol for Sigma.) Developed by Stanford Professor, William F. Sharpe, the return … [Read More...]