100 Level

Grandchildren: Educate Yourself By Reading

Read Only the Best Investment Books This is hint number seven in this Grandchildren Series. I could have easily placed this hint in position number one as advanced education by reading high quality investment books will save any investor from making many mistakes. Search on this blog for the following authors: Bernstein, Ferri, Gibson, Swedroe, Swensen, Hebner, Ellis, and Malkiel.  Arnott … [Read More...]

Walking Your Way To Independent Portfolio Management

Portfolio management is not equivalent building a house or overhauling a car engine.  It is not that hard, so don't throw up your arms and say you cannot do it yourself.  With Internet access, it is much easier than it was ten to fifteen years ago.  Here are steps to setting up your own portfolio, managing the assets, and monitoring it on a yearly basis. 1) Open up an account … [Read More...]

300 Level

“Creme List” For 27 May 2011

Top Stocks Platinum members can view the "Creme List" of stocks for 5/27/2011.  Stocks removed from the list this week are:  CVS, EXPD, CHKP, and SPLS.  It is unusual to see so many excised in the same week. No new companies were added to the list and an old favorite recaptured the top position.  Note that only two stocks are priced to buy. … [Read More...]

Faber – Richardson “Ivy Model” Review

In response to a recent question, allow me to review the Faber - Richardson model as described in their book, "The Ivy Portfolio: How to Invest Like the Top Endowments and Avoid Bear Markets."  The ITA Risk Reduction model focuses on the "Avoid Bear Markets" part of the Faber book. Here are the basic Faber - Richardson rules one can use with any portfolio.  Investors … [Read More...]

200 Level

Repositioning Madison Portfolio

ITA Wealth Management readers checking the latest Portfolio Performance* data table will observe that the Madison Portfolio is lagging the VTSMX benchmark.  In an effort to push this portfolio performance to a higher level, I am going to employ the ITA Risk Reduction (ITARR) model, or the same one being used for the Maxwell and Euclid portfolios.  This will require selling some current … [Read More...]

Large vs. Small Cap Allocations: Is A Reallocation In Order?

I am reading material that indicates a change in asset allocation is in order for the third, and perhaps, fourth quarter.  This post is very short so expect more details later this week. … [Read More...]

400 Level

Worry Free Investing: Young Readers – Listen Up!

No, I am not obsessed with risk even though I've recently written quite a bit on the subject.  Why the concern about risk as the market seems to be having a good summer?  The specter of rising interest is a major fear for this reason.  If interest rates were to rise to the same level they were when George Bush (43) took office, the amount of money the U.S. Government will need … [Read More...]

Using the Ranking Spreadsheet as a Timing Tool

This Post is in response to a comment from a member concerning whether the Ranking Sheet (and Momentum Percentage) might be useful as a general market timing tool for different markets (e.g. US Equities, non US Equities). As suggested by the member, I've setup the spreadsheet with only 4 ETFs, US Equities (VTI), Developed Markets ex-US (EFA), Emerging Markets ex US (VWO) and (the inevitable) … [Read More...]