100 Level

Active vs. Passive Decision

Active vs. Passive Management If the decision to handle your own investments is the answer to question #1 in this series, then going Passive is a no-brainer. The evidence for the passive approach to investing is so overwhelming anyone but Warren Buffett taking the active route needs to study statistics. Goldie and Murray write, "The Efficient Market Hypothesis asserts that no investor will … [Read More...]

Investment Advisor: Should You Use One?

Remember the little investment book, "The Investment Answer" written by Daniel C. Goldie and Gordon S. Murray and the five critical decisions each investor needs to make as they begin the journey of investing?  You recall that decision number one was the Do-It-Yourself Decision.  Goldie and Murray advocated finding a fee based investment advisor to help with the hard … [Read More...]

300 Level

Curie Portfolio Review: 8 March 2012

It is again time to update the Curie Portfolio so we once more begin with the Dashboard, the worksheet extracted from the TLH Spreadsheet.  For new readers, the Dashboard is the Strategic Asset Allocation plan for the portfolio.  ITA readers will note the portfolio is skewed or tilted toward the value side of the investing spectrum.  Since the last update, I made a few minor 1% … [Read More...]

Benchmarking the Portfolio

Benchmarking Portfolio Establishing an appropriate benchmark for a portfolio is essential if one is serious about investing. Avoiding portfolio benchmarking is an act of self-deception. Exactly what is the purpose of a benchmark and what are the requirements for a fair and reasonable benchmark. Here is one definition of benchmarking.   In the investing world, the S&P 500 is … [Read More...]

200 Level

Ultra Capital Preservation

On occasion, readers ask for advice on asset allocation plans.  Most of the portfolios tracked on this blog are classified as balanced, growth, or even aggressive growth.  Holders of the "science" portfolios are younger, have very long-term goals, or have other means of income so very conservative portfolios are not appropriate.  As a result, no portfolios are what I would … [Read More...]

Curie Portfolio Update

Three parts of the Curie Portfolio are presented below as this portfolio is reviewed.  First, is the all important Dashboard.  Examining the overall Strategic Asset Allocation plan is essential to see where the portfolio stands with respect to the broad plan.  Second, is the rebalancing data table shown in each TLH spreadsheet.  This is a relatively new feature in the TLH as it … [Read More...]

400 Level

Gauss Portfolio Review: 22 May 2012

Photograph: Annular solar eclipse taken by my friend and fellow physics teacher, Dave Cross.  Image taken near Redding, California on May 20, 2012. As one of the five ITARR portfolios, the Gauss is an important test model for risk reduction.  Of the eight critical asset class represented by specific ETFs, the following are priced below their 195-Day Exponential Moving Averages and … [Read More...]

Kenilworth Portfolio Review: 24 April 2012

Today is monthly review time for the Kenilworth Portfolio.  Checking the critical ETFs, three of eight ended up in the "sell" zone, but two are so close the end of day price could reverse the trigger.  Since I will not be making any moves before the business day tomorrow, I'll wait to see the opening prices for VEU and VWO. The Dashboard is shown in the following screen … [Read More...]