100 Level

Blog Notification Issue Tied to Plugin

Special notice:  The software used to send out notifications of new blogs is not working properly.  You have not been deleted from any mailing lists.  What happens is that plugins conflict with each other and one of my software programs designed to perform a particular task is likely in conflict with the notification plugin.  You might try signing up again or leave a … [Read More...]

Anne Murray: CD Recommendation for November

One of my favorite female singers is Anne Murray as she has one of the most melodious and easy to listen to alto voices.  Of the many CD she has recorded, I'll begin with Croonin'.  Perhaps I will list other favorites in the future.  If you are not familiar with Murray, this is a great CD to use as a starter. Here is one positive review from an Amazon viewer. "I've been a fan of Anne Murray … [Read More...]

300 Level

Customized Benchmark: What Is Required To Calculate The ITA Index?

Long-time readers know the importance of benchmarking a portfolio, but some investors may not know what is required to calculate the ITA Index.  Understanding how to use the TLH Spreadsheet is at the core of calculating the ITA Index.  Assume you are constructing a portfolio using sixteen different classes.  Here is a list similar to what I use in nearly every portfolio.  I've included the … [Read More...]

Kepler Portfolio Review: 29 August 2011

If there is one portfolio that is hitting the sweet spot when it comes to meeting the asset allocation plan, the Kepler Portfolio is the master.  Check out the Dashboard from the TLH Spreadsheet below.  Since this is not a large portfolio, I decided to hold the Threshold to 25%.  Moving the percentage down to 20% would have pushed emerging markets into an underweight position, but I … [Read More...]

200 Level

Rethinking Asset Allocation

Keeping David Swensen's Strategic Asset Allocation model in mind, it is possible to use all seventeen asset classes available in the TLH Spreadsheet to fulfill his recommendations.  Platinum members will see how this is accomplished when the Gauss Portfolio is reviewed tomorrow.  Instead of using six ETFs as I showed in an earlier post, we will use many more, but still stick with … [Read More...]

ITA Portfolio Performance Data Sheet: 16 November 2012

While all portfolios declined in value over the past two weeks, the good news is that every portfolio, without exception, gained ground on both the ITA Index and VTSMX benchmarks.  Yes, you read correctly.  Every portfolio picked up basis points on both critical benchmarks. While none of these accounts are particularly set up as defensive portfolios, all reacted this way as none declined as … [Read More...]

400 Level

Delta Factor: Second Draft

Below is the second draft of additional Delta Factor calculations.  As one can see from this table, the trends or signals arrive early.  I'm still not satisfied with the algorithm used to generate the Buy, Hold, and Sell signals for these ETFs. Note the dramatic shift between 9/15/2008 and 10/15/2008.  When I see something like this I recheck my figures. … [Read More...]

Bullish Percent Indicators Show A Stronger Market

Regardless how one might perceive the market this past week, the Bullish Percent Indicators are telling us the overall market is stronger. Major indexes:  The S&P 500 turned the ball over to the offensive team.  More large-cap stocks are showing up with positive bullish point and figure graphs.  The only index not on the offensive is the NASDAQ 100.  Keep in mind that I am … [Read More...]