100 Level

Investing Made Simple: Eight Basic Rules to Follow

As a review, here are the fundamental principles of investing. Follow The Golden Rule of Investing by saving more than you think you will need. Develop an investment plan and follow it. Build the portfolio around index funds or index ETFs.  I prefer low-cost ETFs.  Eschew individual stock selection as it is a losers game for all but a few. Diversify all over the globe.  Think outside the … [Read More...]

Grandchildren: Diversify by Asset Allocation

Diversify Portfolio Hint number nine is one of diversification.  Chapter III of Charles Ellis and Burton Malkiel's book, "The Elements of Investing" is dedicated to the topic of diversification.  It is difficult to pick up a book that supports asset allocation and passive investing without a section devoted to diversification.  Diversify all over the world.  … [Read More...]

300 Level

Newton Portfolio Update: 13 September 2012

Slowly, the Newton Portfolio asset classes are coming into balance.  The major move now required is to lower the holdings in bond and treasury ETFs and reallocate that cash into the few asset classes that are still under target. … [Read More...]

Bohr Portfolio Review: 15 September 2011

Since the last update, shares of RWX, VOE, VEU, VTV, DVY, VWO, and VUG were added to the Bohr portfolio.  The number of shares were small as most of the asset classes are in balance.  The two asset classes that need attention are large-cap value and international REITs.  I over-shot large-cap value with purchases in VTV and DVY.  Mid-Cap Blend will take care of itself.  As … [Read More...]

200 Level

Different Styles of Investing*

Let me pose a problem or situation to ITA Wealth Management readers.  We have two intelligent investors who approach investing from entirely different philosophies. For simplicity we will call them Investor A and Investor B.  Investor A is an active manager and readers have already know what active management entails.  Investor B is a passive manager and you know a bit about passive … [Read More...]

The Retirement Crisis

In keeping with the series of articles on retirement, Gary Simms sent me a link to this PDF file on The Retirement Crisis.  I had problems opening this file using Firefox due to some add-ons they are attaching to their software.  If you have a similar problem, try Safari or Chrome browsers.  As the article points out, this is another financial crisis.  PERS programs are also in disrepair as too … [Read More...]

400 Level

Risk Management: Benefits of the ITA Risk Reduction Model

Platinum members who employ the ITA Risk Reduction model will find the following guidelines of interest.  When your portfolio comes up for review, and I recommend using a 32-Day review period, run through a number of steps.  Before I get to the steps, here are the reasons for selecting the 32-Day interval. It slowly rotates the review through the month rather than always having it occur at the … [Read More...]

Sector Bullish Percent Indicators: Several Switch Sides

Sector Bullish Percent Indicators are relatively new to ITA Wealth management.  While I am not a believer in building a portfolio through sectors, I do follow them as there may be opportunities to add a particular sector to a portfolio built around asset classes.  For this reason, I track the Bullish Percent Indicators (BPI) as shown in the data table below.  The reason I favor … [Read More...]