100 Level

What To Do As Congress Debates and Postures

Investors are faced with many questions as Congress continues to waste precious time in solving what has become known as the "Financial Cliff."  How are you going to handle your portfolio over the next few months and what are the best practices to follow?  My advice is to do very little to next to nothing, but to expect a bumpy ride.  When I say "very little," I would not be adding large shares to … [Read More...]

Rule #3 of Investing

Develop a family financial plan once a saving plan is in effect and sufficient dollars are available to be invested. A financial plan will include adequate cash reserves for that rainy day that is likely to occur. Also, make sure you have proper insurance, particularly health insurance. Once the basics are in place one can concentrate on developing a portfolio plan. Although not all that well … [Read More...]

300 Level

QPP Analysis of “Top 17 Stocks”

Selecting the recommended stocks from the 40 securities listed in a prior blog, here is the Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) analysis of those 17 stocks.  Included is the Correlation Matrix graph and for good measure, I threw in the "Delta Factor" projections.  Since there were fewer stocks than in the original analysis I was able to show all the correlations. QPP Analysis:  As in the prior QPP … [Read More...]

“Holy Grail” List of ETFs for Momentum-Optimization (MOM) Portfolio

Readers who have been following The Feynman Study will be interested in this list of ETFs that can potentially be used to build a "momentum" style portfolio.  What I've done is to include the 18 ETFs from the Feynman Study, add four sector ETFs that currently outperform both SHY and VTI, and included a few options that might be useful in a bear market.  If you missed some prior references related … [Read More...]

200 Level

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...]

Wild Wake-Up Portfolio For The Aggressive Investor

If you are looking for simplicity with sufficient risk that one will need to employ the ITA Risk Reduction model, check out the Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) analysis of this six asset portfolio. Platinum membership available for a mere $5.00 per month.  Monitor your portfolio and quickly pay for the membership. … [Read More...]

400 Level

Risk Defined

Portfolio Risk Risk is a messy word as it carries so many different meanings in the investing world.  In the most general sense, it means we don't know what is going to happen.  Here are several specific meanings of the term.  We will begin by defining "systematic" and "specific" risk. 1.  "Systematic" risk is risk we cannot avoid if we seek returns higher than the interest rates from a money … [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...]