100 Level

Five Investment Ideas for 2011

Back in December of 2009 I wrote a blog entry laying out a few investment ideas for readers. Now, nearly 18 months later seems like a good time to check in and see if these ideas are of use and if so, how many were implemented. A few included links takes the reader over to the old blog. Here are the five investment ideas. Read a minimum of two investment books from this list. If … [Read More...]

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...]

300 Level

Low Risk Portfolio: Six Dividend Stocks Make A Difference

The following portfolio was sent in by an ITA member who is interested in an analysis of this combination of ETFs and dividend stocks.  There are variations one might build from the stocks submitted.  The following is one portfolio. … [Read More...]

Managing Portfolio Uncertainty: How Does It Work?

In an effort to improve performance results and reduce portfolio volatility, a Tactical Asset Allocation (TAA) plan has been activated for both the Maxwell and Euclid portfolios.  Checking the latest Portfolio Performance data table, we see these two portfolios are trailing the VTSMX benchmark, an unacceptable condition.  Keep in mind this is an extreme strategy, but it is based on … [Read More...]

200 Level

Thinking Through a Basic ETF Portfolio

Thinking through the process of constructing the following ETF rich portfolio several required specific goals be met. This material is not for publication elsewhere on the Internet. The portfolio needed to be simple.  While 15 ETFs are not exactly simple, neither is it overly complicated.  To simplify one could reduce the number of bond and treasury ETFs. All ETFs must be commission free … [Read More...]

What Are The Disadvantages of Index Funds?

This morning I noticed a reader was searching for disadvantages associated with index funds, so I decided to do a little internet searching to find some of the drawbacks, if any.  As soon as one delves into this question, up pops the issue of passive vs. active investing.  Here are a few resources I located that deal with the question - are there disadvantages to using index funds?  I include … [Read More...]

400 Level

ETF Evaluations In Preparation for Euclid Risk Reduction Analysis

At the close of the market tomorrow (1/12/2012) I will examine the relative price of each ETF used in Euclid and compare it with its 195-Day EMA.  For example, in the slide shot below the price of VTI is well above its 195-Day EMA.  The ITA Risk Reduction model calls for holding a full position in VTI.  Checking the Euclid moments ago, Large-Cap Blend (VTI) is slightly over target … [Read More...]

Top Core Stocks Analyzed Using QPP Plus Delta Factor Projections

Seeking top core stocks from investors who participate in the Growth Forum, the following analysis shows portfolio projections, the correlations within the portfolio, and the "Delta Stock" projections. QPP Analysis:  Nearly equal percentages are assigned to each stock.  The analysis spans five years and the S&P 500 is projected to grow 7.0% per year over the next few years.  Readers … [Read More...]