100 Level

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2 and Sarah Brightman: Two Recommendations

Rachmaninoff's piano concerto #2 is the CD recommendation for the week of May 26, 2013.  As a bonus, you will also receive Rhapsody On A Theme of Paganini. I second this Amazon evaluation of this recording. "This is one of the finest performance and recording of these pieces available. Gary Graffman shows his brilliant talent in these interpretations of Rachmaninoff. Far too many think that … [Read More...]

Who Is Responsible For Your Retirement?

With pension plans on the decline, corporations squeezing employees, and unions under attack, individuals will need to take more responsibility for their own retirement programs.  Those are the hard facts.  At one time an individual or a small group of people within a corporation managed the pension plan for a large number of employees.  The employee had few retirement planning … [Read More...]

300 Level

Einstein Portfolio Review: 22 August 2011

This business week begins with an update of the Einstein Portfolio, an excellent example for the small investor.  This morning I picked up another 30 shares of RWX in an effort to bring International REITs back into balance.  Back on 8/8 25 shares of VEU were added to the Developed International Markets asset class.  Limit orders are in place to pull that class back up to … [Read More...]

Investment Articles of Interest

Two articles of interest to investors are the following. The first article was written by Geoff Considine with the title, An Important Challenge to "Stocks for the Long Run."  Jeremy Siegel is the author of the 'Long Run' book. The second article is actually a transcript of a debate between Siegel and Zvi Bodie.  This paper can be found on one of my blog sites … [Read More...]

200 Level

Please Keep It Simple: A Basic Seven-Eight ETF Portfolio

Is it possible to put together a simple portfolio?  I don't want anything too complicated, particularly when I am just beginning my investing career.  Such requests are common and the answer is - yes, it is possible to build a simple portfolio.  The diversification may not be the best, but that issue can be address later.  Below is a basic portfolio any investor can … [Read More...]

Preparing for Einstein Update

One of the primary reasons for the advanced preparation for the Einstein update is to show readers a list of ETFs that provide global coverage while including enough low correlated ETFs for all types of markets.  This list of ETFs does not differ all that much from the 18 used in The Feynman Study.  Instead of many iShares I've substituted Vanguard ETFs as they have sufficient historical records … [Read More...]

400 Level

Sharpe Ratio: Why I Prefer the Sortino and Retirement Ratios

The Sharpe Ratio is a measure of return-risk for a portfolio or individual investment.  Like many concepts that lend themselves to mathematics, it is easier to understand what the Sharpe Ratio means if written in the form of an equation. S = (R - T)/Sigma    (My editor does not have the correct symbol for Sigma.) Developed by Stanford Professor, William F. Sharpe, the return … [Read More...]

Basic Portfolio Information

The ITA blog was down most of the day due to a backup file causing the server to close down.  That file was removed and the blog is again functioning.  Platinum members will find my most recent post using the link provided below. … [Read More...]