100 Level

Brahms Requiem: CD Recommendation For The Week

  Brahms Requiem is one of my four favorite requiems.  The other three were composed by Mozart, Fauré, and Karl Jenkins.  I'm sure I could come up with a fifth, but these four quickly come to mind.  The link provided happens to be one of the recordings I have, but the one conducted by Robert Shaw is also an excellent alternative.  Before making a purchase, read the reviews.  For many of … [Read More...]

Kenilworth Portfolio Update: 24 January 2013

The following Dashboard looks a little different than it did last month as I closed out the mid- and small-cap blend asset classes.  Both VO and VB were highly correlated with VTI and we have exposure to growth stocks through VOT and VBK.  Three percent (3%) is allocated to both mid-cap growth and small-cap growth.   Large-Cap Growth is covered by VTI our Large-Cap Blend ETF. … [Read More...]

300 Level

Weighted Ranking SS Update

If your portfolio is approximately $100,000, the following percentages and shares are laid out for investors going into this coming week.  We first start with the most recent rankings data to start the week.  This information applies to all Platinum members regardless the size of your portfolio. ETF Rankings:  The following ranking is current as of 9/27/2013.  Note the change in the starting … [Read More...]

ITA Index: What Is It?

Calculating the ITA Index This morning I was searching through ITA Wealth Management to find information on the customized benchmark, ITA Index, and realized how little is available for the interested investor.  Lack of information spurred me to write a bit more about it, why it is useful, and some of the potential flaws related to its accuracy. Motivation to come up with a customized … [Read More...]

200 Level

Asset Allocation: How Important?

  Exactly how important is the portfolio policy on portfolio return and how is it measured? Research papers from the late 1980s through the early 2000s tell us it is very important. That is, anywhere from 90% to 100% of the return of the portfolio is tied to portfolio policy.  Let me quickly insert that several studies are frequently misinterpreted.  While the papers focus on … [Read More...]

Portfolio #4: Ages 56 – 65

As with the portfolio for ages 36 - 55, this portfolio covers a critical period in life.  This is a time when one can normally increase the monthly savings rate.  The children are likely educated and the house is, or will be paid off.  Extra dollars can be funneled into this portfolio.  As the investor moves toward retirement, the portfolio becomes more conservative in that … [Read More...]

400 Level

Optimization-Momentum Recommendations For Kepler

As promised here are the optimization-momentum recommendations for the Kepler Portfolio.  We first begin with the Efficient Frontier and see that the current portfolio, after the recent transactions, is moving closer to the optimized portfolio. Efficient Frontier:  The current portfolio is represented by the yellow diamond box and the optimized portfolio by the small red dot.  The recent … [Read More...]

Using the Ranking Spreadsheet as a Timing Tool

This Post is in response to a comment from a member concerning whether the Ranking Sheet (and Momentum Percentage) might be useful as a general market timing tool for different markets (e.g. US Equities, non US Equities). As suggested by the member, I've setup the spreadsheet with only 4 ETFs, US Equities (VTI), Developed Markets ex-US (EFA), Emerging Markets ex US (VWO) and (the inevitable) … [Read More...]