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...]

What Should I Do If I Am Holding Cash?

What should I do if I am holding cash?  Is it time to move back into the market, and if so, how should I proceed?  Those are difficult questions considering the S&P 500 (VFINX) increased in value by 87.4% since January 20, 2009.  If one were to follow the Louis Rukeyser analysis, moving immediately into the market is the correct decision.  However, Rukeyser was using data … [Read More...]

300 Level

Kenilworth Update

Kenilworth Review A few shares of VTV were added to the Kenilworth Portfolio this morning in order to begin the process of pulling that asset class into balance.  Very little cash is available and that is why we are buying shares in such low quantities.  Fortunately, we no longer need to worry about commissions if we select ETFs that are among the select group from TDAmeritrade. As … [Read More...]

DFA Portfolio vs. Euclid Portfolio Over Thirteen-Year Period

How does the performance of a DFA oriented portfolio perform when compared with the Euclid Portfolio, one of the older portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management?  I selected the Euclid as it is one of the poorer performing portfolios over the last thirteen years.  The reason for the lagging performance is that I allowed too much cash to site idle in the portfolio for long periods … [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...]

Portfolio Performance – 14 January 2011

  Portfolio Performance Below is the Portfolio Performance data table for this week.  Overall, the seven updated portfolios gained a little ground on the benchmarks as well as the SR and RR return/risk ratios.  In one case, the portfolio pulled ahead of the benchmark, but showed a decline in the SR and RR values.  That event is rather unusual, but it does occur.  … [Read More...]

400 Level

ETF Analysis Using Technical Indicators

The following ETF evaluator is a relative new development so be wary of the results until more data is available.  It is important to note that not every ETF in the following table was updated.  Only VWO, RWX, VFH, IDV, and EPP are current.  As you look at the far right-hand column, you will see that no ETF is considered a buy under the current conditions. The best prospects at … [Read More...]

Sortino Ratio Update

Investors using the TLH spreadsheet and in particular, the SR worksheet, will find this video/audio clip a refresher in updating the Sortino and Retirement ratios. One of the first changes to make in the calculation is to update the inflation rate. The latest data shows inflation moving from 1.1% to 1.2%. Readers can find this information on a site titled, U.S. Inflation Calculator. In the … [Read More...]