100 Level

Franklin Portfolio Update: 1 July 2011

The TDAmeritrade broker accounts are available so I am in the process of updating the various portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management.  The first round of updates will focus on portfolios tracked using the TLH spreadsheet, followed by those tracked using the Captool software.  As mentioned in prior posts, I wanted to give the Franklin Portfolio time to develop through the second … [Read More...]

New Hosting Site

If you are reading this message you have arrived at the new hosting site for ITA Wealth Management. This site should load faster than the old site.  If this is not the case, let me know. To make sure you pick up all the blog entries, be sure to read material from December 17th through December 22nd on the old site at http://lherr.org/ita/   From today on, the latest material will … [Read More...]

300 Level

Is It Worth 50 Basis Points – Or Higher?

Approached recently about the possibility of investing in index funds that are only available through fee based advisors, I decided to take a closer look.  The question of whether to pay 50 to 100 basis points for access to specialized index funds is an honest question.  The first step was to define what risk (portfolio uncertainty) might be required as this would determine the … [Read More...]

Bohr Portfolio Review: 10 May 2012

While it is still approximately 10 days before the scheduled review for the Bohr Portfolio, I am moving the update forward due to weakness in the international markets.  Platinum members will note two asset classes below target.  Not long ago I sold shares in VEU and VWO, developed and emerging markets respectively.  Fortunately, that was a good move as prices declined. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Retirement Planning: Begin Today

"Acting in loco parentis, the government could create powerful incentives to adopt passively managed, appropriately allocated investment programs."- David Swensen Any incentives to move citizens toward some sort of saving plan would benefit society.  More capital is available to develop businesses and retirees would be less dependent of Social Security for sustaining … [Read More...]

Portfolio #1: Ages 15 – 25

Portfolio #1 emphasizes simplicity.  This is a starter portfolio for young investors who have little to save, but want to begin putting together a core portfolio to build on in later years.  It is extremely simple in that it holds only four asset classes. While the projected return is relatively high based on our S&P 500 projection of 7%, the 9.2% return comes with a high projected … [Read More...]

400 Level

Semi-Variance: The Better Risk Measurement

Photograph: Government buildings in Lisbon, Portugal Updating Sortino and Retirement Ratios Risk Management Users of the TLH spreadsheet will want to update the semi-variance calculation in the SR worksheet after the market closes and all the index data is available.  To make sure you have the latest data, wait until at least three hours after the market closes so all the benchmarks are … [Read More...]

VTI Within Striking Distance

Readers following this blog know about the Tactical Asset Allocation or market timing method we are about to employ with the Maxwell and Euclid portfolios.  These two portfolios were selected as they consistently lag behind the VTSMX benchmark.  I want to come up with a title more original than the Faber-Richardson method so users can do a search and easily find information on what is … [Read More...]