100 Level

Active, Passive and Mosaic Investing

Mosaic As An Investing Style The subject of active vs. passive investing came up a few times on a forum where I'm active.  Readers know my inclination toward passive investing rather than an active investing style.  This link was cause for one of the discussion points as the "Intelligent Speculator" author speaks of "looking for high quality dividend stocks that help … [Read More...]

Portfolio Construction the ITA Way

David Swensen writes in his "Unconventional Success" book, "Construction of a financial-asset portfolio involves full measures of science and art.  The science encompasses the application of basic investment principles to the problem of combining core asset classes in an efficient, cost-effective manner.  The art concerns the use of common-sense judgment in the challenge of incorporating … [Read More...]

300 Level

Staying On The Right Side Of The Market With A Ten ETF Portfolio

Remaining on the right side of the market is critical to reducing portfolio risk.  Platinum members should be well aware of the ITA Risk Reduction model, our first line of defense.  Remember Faber's axiom that ETFs are more volatile when they are priced below the 200-Day Simple Moving Average.  Here at ITA we use a faster EMA, but the difference is not significant and the … [Read More...]

“Delta Factor” Projections Merit Caution

This morning I ran into the following article, "Billionaires Dumping Stocks."  Heavy hitters, including Buffett, are shedding U.S. Equity stocks.  After reading this article I thought it prudent to run a "Delta Factor" analysis on a basic portfolio of 20 ETFs.  Platinum readers will find the QPP analysis below and the "Delta Factor" projections for 13 equity and seven bond ETFs. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance: 24 December 2010

Portfolio Performance Data Table With the market closed today, this portfolio table is coming out earlier than normal.  The following data shows the updated information for the seven portfolios tracked by Platinum readers, plus the Madison, Euclid, and Maxwell portfolios. A few of the portfolios gained ground on both the ITA Index and VTSMX benchmarks. Overall, the changes were … [Read More...]

Newton Portfolio Review

Thirty shares of VO were added to the Newton yesterday, bringing the Mid-Cap Blend asset class closer to balance.  I am slowly pulling this portfolio back into balance.  Emerging Markets (VWO) is the asset class that needs primary attention.  Plenty of cash is available in the Newton, making it much easier to bring asset classes below target back up to their targeted … [Read More...]

400 Level

“Delta Factor” Projections For Next Several Months

Every few weeks I post the market outlook for equity holdings (ETFs and/or stocks) we use in many of the portfolios.  The table below shows the probability projections based on what I call the "Delta Factor." … [Read More...]

Euclid ITA Risk Reduction Update

This was the weekend for the Euclid examination.  Here is a report of what happened.  First, take a look at the current Dashboard for this portfolio shown below.. … [Read More...]