100 Level

Advice for a Beginning Investor

This week I met a woman (I'll call her Rose) who was asking for investment advice.  Rose is new to investing and wanted to know how she can begin investing in the stock market.  Here is the advice I passed on and if other readers want to add to this basic advice, post your ideas in the comments section associated with the blog entry. 1.0  Open up an account with TD … [Read More...]

The Basic Portfolio & The Delta Factor

When setting up a Basic Portfolio, investors want to include at least the "Big Six" asset classes from the U.S. equities market.  Then add some bonds, developed international markets, emerging markets, and REITs.  For larger portfolios, commodities, international REITs, and international bonds are common additions. Remember, this is a basic or core portfolio. This blog entry … [Read More...]

300 Level

“New Normal” Three-Year Risk Reduction Analysis

In the prior blog entry I used five years of data for the QPP analysis of the "New Normal" portfolio when the allocated percentages were based in equal risk rather than allocating assets according to capitalization.  In this QPP analysis I use three years of data instead of five. This blog entry is not for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]

“Creme List” for August 19, 2011

Three new companies cracked the "Creme List" this week.  Coach (COH) returned in the ninth spot after a short absence and no stocks were deleted from the group.  Use this list with great care as I highly recommend building portfolio through use of index ETFs. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance: 25 February 2011

Photograph: Harvest in the Sacred Valley of Peru with Andes in the background. Portfolio Performance Since posting the last performance table, the February 25 update shows nearly all portfolios gaining ground on the benchmarks.  Several of the larger portfolios also exhibited an increase in both the Sortino and Retirement Ratios.  It seems as if the portfolios are structured to show … [Read More...]

Balanced Portfolio: Number 3

Portfolio number 3 in this series is what I call a Balanced Portfolio.  Bonds are lowered to 40% of the portfolio so this is still quite a conservative mix of assets.  This portfolio comes close to fitting the 60/40 equity to bond ratio, sort of a standard when it comes to building a middle of the road portfolio.  Note the changes that are taking place in the five key metrics.  … [Read More...]

400 Level

Bullish Percent Indicators: 2 August 2013

All the major indexes powered forward this past week, but we now have three sectors that are controlled by defensive teams.  Technology and Telecommunications broke a three-week trend and joined Utilities which continues to show O's in the right-hand column despite its very high absolute value.  Here are the numbers. Index BPIs:  The following table displays the overall direction of seven major … [Read More...]

Optimization-Momentum Recommendations For Kepler

As promised here are the optimization-momentum recommendations for the Kepler Portfolio.  We first begin with the Efficient Frontier and see that the current portfolio, after the recent transactions, is moving closer to the optimized portfolio. Efficient Frontier:  The current portfolio is represented by the yellow diamond box and the optimized portfolio by the small red dot.  The recent … [Read More...]