100 Level

Six Asset Class Portfolio

Adding REITs to the three essential asset classes plus treasury (TLT) did not improve the projected Return/Uncertainty ratio as expected.  However, we are not about to eliminate REITs as an asset class.  There were periods over the last eleven years when REITs provided a buffer to a very volatile market. What happens if we reduce the percentage allocated to REITs and add a commodities … [Read More...]

Portfolio Construction: The Most Important Decisions

William J. Bernstein, in his most recent book, “The Investor’s Manifesto” writes, “Before diving into the most important issue faced by any investor–the asset allocation decision–you will need to understand four things: save as much as you can, make sure you have enough liquid taxable assets for emergencies, diversify widely, and do so with passive or index … [Read More...]

300 Level

Madison Portfolio Review: 6 May 2013

Of the eleven portfolios tracked here at ITA, detailed transactions of three (Maxwell, Euclid, and Madison) are not available to Platinum members.  The portfolio up for review today is one of the restricted portfolios.  Therefore, the information for this review is somewhat limited.  Nevertheless, we begin with the Efficient Frontier and Dashboard as is our custom when updating a … [Read More...]

Smartest Medium-High Risk Portfolio

With this analysis of the medium-high risk portfolio, we leap over the medium risk portfolio found at this site. The medium-high risk portfolio limits the bond/income asset class to 20%.  Remember, we began with 80% allocated to the bond asset class, moved to 60%, then 40% and now 20% or something similar to what we hold in many portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management. Note the … [Read More...]

200 Level

How Does A Beginning Investor Use The ITARR Model?

When one has been saving and investing as long as I have, it is easy to forget many of the initial steps necessary to launch and manage a portfolio.  In this blog post, I will attempt to fill in a few gaps, and even with this effort, I will most likely miss something.  That is why I appreciate questions.  I am using the Gauss Portfolio as my model for several reasons.  1) It is … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance: 9 September 2011

The first full week in September was a mixed bag.  For starters, the market was down when measured by the VTSMX.  Several portfolios gained ground with respect to the ITA Index, our customized benchmark.  A few portfolio picked up fractions of a percentage point on the VTSMX.  A few also showed stronger Sortino ratios while others declined in value. Below is the performance … [Read More...]

400 Level

Bullish Percent Indicator: A Summary

As the summer months approach and we enter the "dog days" of the stock market, we want to be vigilant with respect to market moves.  Particularly moves to the downside as we are interested in reducing portfolio risk.  The following seven basic rules as they relate to the Bullish Percent Indicator are among those we will keep in the forefront of our thinking. … [Read More...]

QPP Analysis of “Top 17 Stocks”

Selecting the recommended stocks from the 40 securities listed in a prior blog, here is the Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) analysis of those 17 stocks.  Included is the Correlation Matrix graph and for good measure, I threw in the "Delta Factor" projections.  Since there were fewer stocks than in the original analysis I was able to show all the correlations. QPP Analysis:  As in the prior QPP … [Read More...]