100 Level

Investment Book: Short Yet Essential

The Investment Answer Daniel C. Goldie and Gordon S. Murray have written a concise investment book of 80 pages that covers all the basic. What is unusual is that in this little book, Murray advocates a different (passive) investing style than the one he used to build his 25-year career. Here are a few references touting this book. Daily Finance PR Newswire Business … [Read More...]

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...]

300 Level

Bohr Portfolio Modifications

I made a few changes in the Strategic Asset Allocation plan for the Bohr Portfolio.  I am planning to sell off the holdings in mid-cap blend and small-cap blend, something I indicated I might do with the Einstein.  Those dollars will be moved to small-cap value in keeping with the Fama-French research. … [Read More...]

ETF Rankings: VNQI for RWX

In the following rankings, I substituted VNQI for RWX as it shows up as a better performer in the international REIT space over the past two plus years.  Otherwise, this is the list of ETFs readers can use to populate their portfolios.  A few things to note.  An international bond (BWX) and a corporate bond (LQD) ETF moved from below to above the performance of SHY.  This is the first I've seen … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance Data

Momentum principles continue to produce positive results as Platinum members will see in the following data table.  Right now I am making comparisons from week to week.  Eventually I want to extend the information out over at least five weeks so each portfolio has a chance to go through at least one review cycle.  Until I build that data I will make week to week comparisons.  The problem with … [Read More...]

Asset Allocation: How Important Today?

Asset Allocation Due to a recent Ibbotson study (Unfortunately, this article now requires one to register.) asset allocation is not the investment elixir today it was thought to be in the late 1980s and 1990s. Nevertheless, it remains the best method for constructing portfolios if the goal is to outperform a broad market benchmark index such as the VTSMX or ITA Index* while reducing portfolio … [Read More...]

400 Level

Bullish Percent Indicators Mixed

With the strong market yesterday (7/27/2012) I expected most of the Bullish Percent Indicators (BPI) would move up in value and definitely show X's in the right-hand column of the Point and Figure Graphs.  Of all the BPI graphs, the NYSE PnF graph is the most important.  Even though the value dropped, it is still as high as it was back in mid-May. Right now I have the Factor Scale … [Read More...]

QPP Analysis of Suggested ETFs

In the following analysis I show the make up of the suggested tickers.  VSS and MLPI did not have three-year records so I cut them from the list.  In the first slide I show the makeup of the portfolio using nearly equal percentages for each ETF.  In the second slide I show the "Delta Factor" projections using a four-year time span.  The third slide shows the … [Read More...]