100 Level

Quotes from Charles Ellis

"It's not how good you are that counts, but how good you are compared with your competitors." "The really impressive characteristic of investment returns is that the variation in year-to-year rates of return on common stocks dwarfs the average annual rate of return on stocks." "Investment policy is the foundation upon which portfolios should be constructed and … [Read More...]

Kenilworth Portfolio Update: 24 October 2012

The one change I made since posting the following screen shots was to sell shares of DBC, the commodities holding.  The current price of DBC is below its 195-Day EMA and since this is one of the ITA Risk Reduction (ITARR) model portfolios, a sell was necessary.  I held 25 shares of DBC and I sold 20 shares.  The remaining 5 shares were left in the portfolio so I will have an ongoing calculation … [Read More...]

300 Level

Pre-Examination of Maxwell Portfolio

Tomorrow is the examination date for the Maxwell Portfolio, one of the ITA Risk Reduction model candidates.  The asset allocation plan (Dashboard will be available tomorrow) for the Maxwell is a little different than it is for "mainstream" portfolios such as the Newton, Euclid, and Schrodinger.  The allocation plan is skewed toward small-cap value and emerging markets.  … [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...]

200 Level

Rule #9: Understand Benefits of Social Security

Rule #9 is to understand the benefits of Social Security (SS).  This logic is based on the assumption SS will be operational for years to come.  To make this possible, all congress needs to do is write one line of code into law.  "Remove the cap from Social Security and do nothing else."  That will save SS for those most in need of this leg of the retirement stool.  The other legs are represented … [Read More...]

Newton Portfolio Review: 9 August 2011

Review of the Newton Portfolio was moved forward as shares of VEU, VBR, VOT, and VOE were purchased last week.  Dividends also came in from EMB, TLT, BND, HYG, and TIP.  Below is the current Strategic Asset Allocation plan for the Newton.  The ETF additions were purchased in such small amounts that asset classes remain under target.  This is an intra-day Dashboard.  I … [Read More...]

400 Level

Portfolio Preparation for Euclid and Maxwell Portfolios

In preparation to activate the return-uncertainty plan for the two under performing portfolios, I set up several sell moves for each portfolio.  The first thing I did was to place trailing stop loss orders for each ETF now in the portfolio, but not part of the future plan.  Shares of VOE, VBR, VOT, VO, VTV, and VSS will be sold when the strike price is hit for each ETF. … [Read More...]

Exponential Moving Average Review

The term Exponential Moving Average (EMA) showed up in a number of recent posts.  Those unfamiliar with this term would benefit with a review.  In searching the blog, I thought I defined EMA, but that post was likely lost when I move the blog to a new host provider.  Here is how EMA is calculated. One first calculates a Smoothing Constant based on the number of days one will be using for the … [Read More...]