100 Level

Portfolio From Hell

Perhaps the title is too strong, but why would any advisor or organization recommend the following array of expensive ETFs in the following configuration.  It is not unusual for me to run an analysis on a portfolio I find on the Internet.  In the analysis process, I hope to learn about a low correlated ETF or a combination of assets that show a high projected Return/Uncertainty.  … [Read More...]

Portfolio Construction

  With the advent of commission free ETFs, TDAmeritrade made it simpler to construct a portfolio.  Readers can watch the slow development of the Kenilworth Portfolio as an example.  Once you have selected the 10 to 15 asset classes, just "stair-step" the building process into a robust portfolio.  Here are my thought processes as to how to assemble a portfolio. … [Read More...]

300 Level

Schrodinger Portfolio Update: 26 April 2012

Looking for a passive portfolio?  Look no further than the Schrodinger.  In operation since late 2000, this portfolio had only two rebalancing purchases over the past year.  Otherwise, no transactions other than cash dividend payouts.  ETFs purchased when the fund was launched are still part of the portfolio.  How is that for stability. In the following screen shot, I am … [Read More...]

Retirement Ratio: Building a Higher Standard

The Ultimate Return/Uncertainty Ratio Built into every TLH spreadsheet is the "Retirement Ratio," a look-alike of the Sortino Ratio (SR).  Readers can read about this Return/Uncertainty ratio over on Seeking Alpha.  Inside the Sortino Ratio is a trademark term, Desired Target Return™, a percentage determined by the investor.  In the Retirement Ratio we use Portfolio … [Read More...]

200 Level

Retirement Portfolio: A Possible Asset Allocation

Beginning with 100 shares in each of 40 ETFs, the Efficient Frontier and Buy-Hold-Sell recommendations are presented for a portfolio with constraints set to tilt the asset allocation toward bonds and more conservative investments. This information is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. Efficient Frontier:  Allocating 100 shares to each ETF sets up a portfolio that is … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance For Week of April 20th

The good news this week is that ten of the eleven portfolios gained ground on the VTSMX benchmark.  Only the Newton did not pull ahead of the U.S. Equities index, but remained even.  What was a little strange is the fact that eight of the eleven portfolios lost a fraction of a percent to the ITA Index, our customized benchmark.  By pulling ahead of the VTSMX I assumed the portfolios … [Read More...]

400 Level

ETFs As Market Predictors

While our focus is on the long-term rather than market timing, it still makes sense to pay attention to market action.  This article is one I thought readers would find interesting.  In addition to following RSP and IYT, I recommend Platinum members also track VTI, Vanguard's total U.S. equities market and VT, Vanguard's Total World equities market. … [Read More...]

QPP Analysis of iShare ETFs Over Different Periods

Over the last few days I've posted a number of entries related to the "Delta Factor" (DF) analysis.  This flurry of DF articles came about as a result of questions tied to entry into the market.  If one is holding cash, when is a good time to begin investing that cash into equity and bond vehicles, be it individual stocks, index mutual funds, or index ETFs?  Readers … [Read More...]