100 Level

Blog Hint

Readers interested in looking over the portfolios listed under Categories/ITA Portfolios over on the right-hand edge of each page will find this hint useful.  Assume you are interested in examining the Schrodinger Portfolio.  Two methods are available to bring up all information on the Schrodinger.  1) Move to the right-hand edge and click on the Schrodinger link under … [Read More...]

Winter Solstice Arrives On Pacific Coast

Winter Solstice The Winter Solstice occurs at 3:12 AM PST. "Sol" refers to the Sun and "stice" means to stand still. Each day before the Winter Solstice the Sun appears a little lower in the sky at noon. The Sun’s altitude at Noon on the Winter Solstice, as seen from the Portland area, is approximately 21 degrees above the southern horizon.  After the Winter Solstice the Sun appears a little … [Read More...]

300 Level

Dividend Aristocrat Stocks – 8 July 2011

Below is the screen I use to create a list of "Dividend Aristocrat" stocks using data as of July 8, 2011. … [Read More...]

Risk-Parity Portfolio: What Is It And What Does A Risk Portfolio Look Like?

Reducing Risk Through Risk-Parity Risk-Parity: Have you heard of the term or seen reference to this style of portfolio construction?  Join the crowd if this is new to you, even though the Risk-Parity idea has been around for quite a few years.  Risk-Parity is an alternative approach to portfolio construction where assets are allocated based on risk rather than allocation according to … [Read More...]

200 Level

Asset Allocation: How Important Today?

Asset Allocation Due to a recent Ibbotson study (Unfortunately, this article now requires one to register.) asset allocation is not the investment elixir today it was thought to be in the late 1980s and 1990s. Nevertheless, it remains the best method for constructing portfolios if the goal is to outperform a broad market benchmark index such as the VTSMX or ITA Index* while reducing portfolio … [Read More...]

ITA Asset Allocation Philosophy

Do you ever ask why ITA Wealth Management is such a strong advocate for developing an asset allocation (AA) plan?  While academic studies of the late 1980s placed more importance on asset allocation than more recent studies, there still does not appear to be any portfolio models that outshine broad diversification through asset allocation. Further, complete and in depth studies as to the … [Read More...]

400 Level

Risk

Portfolio Risk Risk is a messy word as it carries so many different meanings in the investing world. Here are at least three meanings of the term. 1. Committee members giving oversight to an endowment fund may define risk as follows. Will the endowment fund grow sufficiently to best inflation, grow a little, and still be able to throw off 5% to find their institution? That is asking a lot of a … [Read More...]

Portfolio Risk: How To Manage It With Care

Managing Portfolio Risk* Risk is one of the least understood concepts when it comes to investing, so it is time we insert some discussions into the mix of portfolio construction. I am going to quote Mark Hebner and link to his outstanding web site frequently as he does an excellent job of describing and defining risk. Let us first begin with a definition of Standard Deviation (SD) as it is … [Read More...]