100 Level

Manage Your Own Money

  Should you hire a money manager or do it yourself?  Consider the following assumptions and arguments. 1.  As the first given, the portfolio belongs to you, not the hired money manager.  This is an obvious, yet important point. 2.  Assume the advisor fees amount to 100 basis points or 1%.  Fees may be lower, but for ease of calculation, I will use the 1% … [Read More...]

Measures of Portfolio Risk

  Calculating Portfolio Risk If you have been following the ITA Wealth Management blog closely you know that I have been delving into portfolio risk with interest and intensity.  This morning I pulled William J. Bernstein's first investment book off the shelf to see if he had anything to add to this discussion.  Sure enough, "The Intelligent Asset Allocator" includes … [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...]

Bohr Portfolio Review: 22 February 2012

Shares of VWO [Emerging Markets (EM)] were purchased this week for the Bohr Portfolio bringing the EM asset class into balance.  Even so, we are over 250 shares shy of pulling EM up to the 20% target.  In the following screen shots Platinum members can see the Bohr Dashboard and performance data. The following asset allocation is designed for the long-term investor.  While the Bohr … [Read More...]

200 Level

ITA Wealth Management: An Investment Blog For Serious Investors

ITA Wealth Management is a blog that espouses the virtues of saving, living a modest life-style, index investing, asset allocation, value loading, and portfolio rebalancing.  Readers coming to this blog understand the importance of saving and living a modest life-style.  If not, search for "The Golden Rule of Investing."  Index investing, particularly when it comes to … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance: ITA Ratio

When there is a lot of blog activity it is easy for the Portfolio Performance data table to be pushed off the screen and missed by readers unless they remain current with the new entries.  I'm bringing back the August 13th table with additional data.  Added to this table is the recently developed ITA ratio, another risk measurement that sets a high bar for portfolio … [Read More...]

400 Level

Madison Portfolio Review Time

One of the five portfolios using the ITA Risk Reduction model is the Madison.  In preparation for the review we first look at the Dashboard to see if the asset classes are populated properly.  While there are a few out-of-balance classes, the percentages are nothing to worry about.  Most of the asset class are within the 25% Threshold range.  Not only are all eight critical … [Read More...]

One Added Wrinkle to the ITARR Model

One change I plan to make in the ITA Risk Reduction (ITARR) model is the following.  When an ETF is out of the buy zone (priced below its 195-Day EMA), instead of waiting for it to cross from below to above the 195-Day EMA, pay attention to the Relative Strength Indicator.  Take a look at the following example. … [Read More...]