100 Level

Respighi’s “Pines of Rome”

While I recommended Ottorino Respighi's "Pines of Rome" back on August 29, 2010, it did not receive much attention at that time as it was a secondary selection.  This week I am making it my first selection, and as I wrote back in 2010, this is a must for any classical collection.  Here is one "Amazon" review that should further spark your interest in this piece of music. "Ever since Toscanini's … [Read More...]

Which Family of ETFs Should I Use?

Question sixteen (16) in this blog entry asked the following question.  "If one prefers Vanguard ETFs, but one's investment service company does not offer commission-free Vanguard ETFs, then is the best option to choose equivalent commission free ETFs that are offered (iShares)?"  Yes, is my answer, and others can chime in with your ideas. Vanguard, Barclay Global … [Read More...]

300 Level

Rebalancing Threshold Limits

What is the proper percentage to use as the Threshold Limits or Boundary Targets for rebalancing a portfolio?  For example, if we set a target of 15% for an asset class, what upper and lower limits are considered acceptable if the asset class is considered to be in balance.  In the ITA Wealth Management portfolios we have gone as high as 35% and as low as 20% for our target limits.  … [Read More...]

Newton Portfolio Update: 7 November 2011

The Newton Portfolio is the most complex of the portfolios I track here at ITA Wealth Management.  At least it holds the greatest number of ETFs.  To simplify the portfolio, I am setting Trailing Stop Loss Orders (TSLOs) for a number of small holdings as I would like to reduce the number of tickers to no more than 25. Below is the Dashboard worksheet of the Newton. Readers can see the … [Read More...]

200 Level

Retirement Portfolio: A Possible Asset Allocation

Beginning with 100 shares in each of 40 ETFs, the Efficient Frontier and Buy-Hold-Sell recommendations are presented for a portfolio with constraints set to tilt the asset allocation toward bonds and more conservative investments. This information is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. Efficient Frontier:  Allocating 100 shares to each ETF sets up a portfolio that is … [Read More...]

Portfolio Stress Test: Part 2

Stress Testing the Curie Portfolio Go back and review Stress Test Part 1 to understand the original information used when applying a three standard deviation loss for the Curie Portfolio.  As you will recall, the owner of the Curie Portfolio plans to withdrawal, using today's rates, $40,000 from a $500,000 portfolio.  Due to the addition of new money, the portfolio should be closer … [Read More...]

400 Level

ITA Ratio*: What Is It Telling Us?

The three classical portfolio performance measuring instruments, all rooted in the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) are: the Sharpe ratio, the Treynor ratio, and the Jensen's alpha.  The most popular of these performance instruments is the Sharpe ratio so let's take a closer look at it, particularly since it is similar to the Sortino ratio. Sharpe ratio (SR) = (P - R)/SD … [Read More...]

Is Risk Receiving Too Much Attention?

Are we paying too much attention to risk or portfolio uncertainty?  The answer to that question may not be as straight forward as readers might expect.  Each time ITA Wealth Management readers see a Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) analysis, projected portfolio uncertainty is one of the five critical metrics or outcomes.  Since projected return and projected standard deviation (SD) … [Read More...]