100 Level

Basic Financial Principles To Consider When Building A Portfolio

Basic financial principles to consider when building a portfolio include the following. Diversity across global markets Orientation toward equity or growth Inflation protection Low correlated assets Diversity across global markets will include both developed international markets and emerging markets.  To provide the necessary growth for retirement, the portfolio will need … [Read More...]

What Comes After The Strategic Asset Allocation Plan?

Where do we go next after the following plans are in place? Credit cards are paid in full. A savings plan is in effect and money is set aside each paycheck. A discount broker account is open at a business such as TDAmeritrade. The Strategic Asset Allocation plan is in place. Ten to fifteen asset classes were selected for investment. We now come to the difficult and all … [Read More...]

300 Level

Ivy-3: Twenty ETF Portfolio

  Twenty ETF Portfolio Before readers become too excited over the Return/Risk ratio of the following portfolio, please note that EWX, BWX, and IGF have short records.  This means we do not have three years of data for these ETFs, and when this happens the projected risk or standard deviation percentage value is lower than it would be were we to have complete records. With that … [Read More...]

Portfolio #3: Ages 36 – 55

This may be the most difficult portfolio, of the five in this series, to construct for several reasons.  1) It covers a significant working and investing period.  2) The early years of investing from ages 36 - 55 are critical so one does not want to give up too much in the way of return.  However, the portfolio cannot be too aggressive during the tail end of this age bracket as the … [Read More...]

200 Level

Passive vs. Active Investment Strategy

Using Morningstar and Yahoo-Finance to compare stocks and ETF performance.* Here is an exercise that will prove informative to investors who construct portfolios using stocks. Follow these instructions. … [Read More...]

Twelve ETF Portfolio

When designing a portfolio several goals need to be considered.  Here is a blueprint for portfolio construction. Build the portfolio using non=managed ETFs and index funds.  Don't over complicate by using too many ETFs. Keep costs low by using inexpensive ETFs.  For most investments we use Vanguard ETFs. When running a QPP analysis, set these standards. Projected … [Read More...]

400 Level

Suppose Today Was October 2nd

Suppose this was October 2nd instead of September 2nd and the alert is on for the Maxwell and Euclid portfolios.  It is time to fire up the StockCharts graphs for VTI, VEU, VWO, VNQ, and RWX.  Assume we are always going to include TLT and TIP in the portfolio.  Using VNQ as showing in the graph below, how do we interpret what move to make, assuming we were out of the market with … [Read More...]

Feynman Portfolio Study – Part 1

This first Part of the Study identifies the 10 Asset Groups and 18 individual EFTs that comprise the Feynman Portfolio and looks at the general market behavior, as defined by the Vanguard Total Stock Market Fund (VTSMX), over the 6 year period from 06/29/2007 to 06/30/2003.  The VTSMX will be used as the reference, or benchmark, for comparison of portfolio performance through each future phase of … [Read More...]