100 Level

The Search For The Perfect Portfolio

Yesterday I spent a considerable amount of time trying to come up with a portfolio where the projected return exceeds 8% when assuming the S&P 500 would grow at 7% per year.  Additional goals were to bring the projected risk to something under 13% and reach the 40% level for Diversification Metric.  Below is the screen shot for one of my efforts. Platinum membership available for … [Read More...]

What Are Your Biggest Investment Questions?

Whether you are a seasoned or beginning investor, there are bound to be investment questions.  What are the two or three major ones that come to mind?  Here are a few to get readers thinking. I simply don't know where to begin. What is asset allocation and why is it considered important? What is an index fund and how does it differ from a mutual fund?  Is there any … [Read More...]

300 Level

Spreadsheets Available

A unique feature of the ITA Wealth Management blog is access to the TLH spreadsheets.  This morning I uploaded the latest version for the seven portfolios tracked and made available to Platinum members.  To gain access to these spreadsheets, go over to the right-hand edge of this page and scroll down till you see TLH Spreadsheets.  The link is just below Interesting Sites. Platinum … [Read More...]

Managing Finances

USA Today carried on the front page of the Money section the percentage of those who would rather manage their own money vs. pay someone to do the job.  Those who want to manage their owe finances is 59% while 41% prefer to pay for management.  Those figures surprised me as I did not think that high a percentage wanted to do the work on their own.  We are here to help that 59%. Of … [Read More...]

200 Level

$100,000 Starter Portfolio

For prospective investors just beginning a portfolio, here is a sample based on the Momentum-Optimization Model (MOM).  MOM is discussed elsewhere on this blog.  Just search to full title or MOM to find this material. We first begin with a ranking of all the securities we might consider for our holdings.  This includes approximately 30 ETFs.  Most are commission free to clients of … [Read More...]

Swensen Six With & Without Stocks

Benefits to Super Charging Portfolio With Stocks Two portfolios are displayed below.  In the first we have a portfolio made up of only six ETFs.  I call this the Swensen Six. To point out some critical features, note the projected average annual return of 7.89% or 7.9% rounded.  This is based in the assumption the S&P 500 will return an average annual return of 7.0%. The … [Read More...]

400 Level

Tactical Plan for Maxwell & Euclid Portfolios

As mentioned in an earlier post, I need to set out a plan of action so as to pull the IRR values of both the Maxwell and Euclid portfolios ahead of the IRR for the VTSMX benchmark.  Both portfolios are lagging, in part due to inattention and carrying too much cash.  The follow approach is designed to turn this around. This material is not available for Seeking Alpha. … [Read More...]

Bullish Percent Indicator Data

What we have in the following table is something called, major market Bullish Percent Indicators (BPI).  In this table I only included data from 2012.  Values coded with a red background indicate that the majority of companies are overbought and when the background is green, the majority of companies are oversold.  Nowhere in this table of major markets do we see an oversold … [Read More...]