100 Level

Searching for the Strategic Asset Allocation Holy Grail

Establishing a strategic asset allocation (SAA) plan for a portfolio requires at least two major decisions.  1) What asset classes should be included in the portfolio.  2) What percentage of the total portfolio is allocated to each asset class.  Decision number two is the more difficult of the two.  Where do I come up with the various asset allocation plans found in the various … [Read More...]

Why Doesn’t Everyone Use Passive Investing?

If passive investing is so successful, why is it that so few investors actually use this approach to construct and manage their portfolios?  Good question and one that likely has a scores of answers. Here are a few to consider. 1.  There is a large collection of investors who are confident they can beat the market.  Ego certainly enters into this thinking.  Why would I be … [Read More...]

300 Level

Dividend Aristocrats: Another Look

This list of Dividend Aristocrats emerge from a tighter screen than the one I used a few days ago.  1) The stock is priced equal or greater than $10.00.  That change had no impact on the number of stocks.  2) The big difference is that I raised the dividend growth rate over the seven years from 3% to 10%.  This change cut the list in half. Below is the screen I used and a list … [Read More...]

Procter and Gamble (PG): A Test Analysis

The following analysis of Procter & Gamble (PG) is a test to see if I can upload readable graphics, and to illicit reactions from readers as to whether or not this type of individual stock analysis is useful. I am using PG as the test since it is a well known and established company.  Also, it is one of my holdings in at least one portfolio tracked here at ITA Wealth Management.  To come up … [Read More...]

200 Level

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...]

Portfolio Performance: October 21, 2011

Portfolio Performance Data Table Finally - this was a better week for the broad equity markets.  Once more, large-cap U.S. stocks outperformed the international equities, but overall, most of the portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management moved ahead. Platinum membership is available for $5.00 per month.  Check out all that is available. … [Read More...]

400 Level

Gauss Portfolio: Updated Dashboard Reflecting Risk Reduction Model

The Gauss Portfolio is now ready for a 30-Day nap.  With all the critical ETFs above their 195-Day Exponential Moving Averages (EMAs), all required purchases were made this morning.  The following Dashboard shows the asset classes are in balance. … [Read More...]

Market Conditions: Where Are We?

Technical Analysis of Broad Market In a recent article from the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII), one writer wrote the following. "I recommend that investors form a major market opinion first.  Is it a long-term bull market or bear market?  Bear markets should not deter investment, but being aware of them is important in order to determine how aggressive you … [Read More...]