100 Level

Investor’s Biggest Mistake

Without a doubt, the biggest mistake investor's make is violating "The Golden Rule of Investing."  The error is not tied to selecting poor stocks, making bad market timing decisions, or even mis-allocating assets.  Sure, those mistakes hurt portfolio performance, but it is inadequate saving early in life that is the culprit.  Failure to save early places incredible … [Read More...]

What Is Missing In The Best Investment Books?

I have several meters of investment books on my shelves and many of them are the best in the business.  What do they do well and what is missing?  The top investment books do a very good job with the following topics. The importance of saving for retirement. Pointing out the differences in passive and active investing. Describing the importance of constructing an investment plan, … [Read More...]

300 Level

Portfolio Review: Bohr

Bohr Update Review time is here again for the Bohr Portfolio.  No purchases were made thus far this month as most the asset classes are in balance.  I don't plan any changes in commodities as that asset class is only out of alignment by 68 shares of GSG.  What I might do is exchange GSG (heavily oriented toward oil) and purchase DBC, an ETF with a more even distribution of … [Read More...]

Portfolio Preparation for Euclid and Maxwell Portfolios

In preparation to activate the return-uncertainty plan for the two under performing portfolios, I set up several sell moves for each portfolio.  The first thing I did was to place trailing stop loss orders for each ETF now in the portfolio, but not part of the future plan.  Shares of VOE, VBR, VOT, VO, VTV, and VSS will be sold when the strike price is hit for each ETF. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Second Retirement Rule: Know Your Requirements

While there is no question about Rule #1 of following The Golden Rule of Investing, all rules thereafter could come in any order.  The second one I've selected is to know your retirement requirements.  How much will you need monthly to live comfortably?  It is not unusual to hear a figure of 80% of your last salary.  I would set that as a minimum figure.  If your last annual salary was $70,000 per … [Read More...]

Bohr Portfolio Review: 15 September 2011

Since the last update, shares of RWX, VOE, VEU, VTV, DVY, VWO, and VUG were added to the Bohr portfolio.  The number of shares were small as most of the asset classes are in balance.  The two asset classes that need attention are large-cap value and international REITs.  I over-shot large-cap value with purchases in VTV and DVY.  Mid-Cap Blend will take care of itself.  As … [Read More...]

400 Level

U.S. Equities Is The Place To Be Invested

It has been many weeks since I ran a screen on international markets, particularly individual countries.  I have approximately 40 countries on my list and since it takes the Hoadley optimizer a long time to run such a large number of securities I broke them up into two groups.  In both runs, VTI ranks at the very top.  Here is an example. … [Read More...]

Managing Portfolio Uncertainty: How Does It Work?

In an effort to improve performance results and reduce portfolio volatility, a Tactical Asset Allocation (TAA) plan has been activated for both the Maxwell and Euclid portfolios.  Checking the latest Portfolio Performance data table, we see these two portfolios are trailing the VTSMX benchmark, an unacceptable condition.  Keep in mind this is an extreme strategy, but it is based on … [Read More...]