100 Level

Portfolio Construction: The Most Important Decisions

William J. Bernstein, in his most recent book, “The Investor’s Manifesto” writes, “Before diving into the most important issue faced by any investor–the asset allocation decision–you will need to understand four things: save as much as you can, make sure you have enough liquid taxable assets for emergencies, diversify widely, and do so with passive or index … [Read More...]

Ten Biggest Investor Mistakes – # 9

  Wealth Management – Mistake #9: The small investor constructs portfolios without educating themselves as to what constitutes well-diversified investments.   Most advisors and money managers focus on the selection of individual stocks while ITA Wealth Management concentrates on the development of the broad portfolio plan. If you are new to this blog, (or the old blog at this … [Read More...]

300 Level

Pre-Examination of Maxwell Portfolio

Tomorrow is the examination date for the Maxwell Portfolio, one of the ITA Risk Reduction model candidates.  The asset allocation plan (Dashboard will be available tomorrow) for the Maxwell is a little different than it is for "mainstream" portfolios such as the Newton, Euclid, and Schrodinger.  The allocation plan is skewed toward small-cap value and emerging markets.  … [Read More...]

Faber – Richardson “Ivy Model” Review

In response to a recent question, allow me to review the Faber - Richardson model as described in their book, "The Ivy Portfolio: How to Invest Like the Top Endowments and Avoid Bear Markets."  The ITA Risk Reduction model focuses on the "Avoid Bear Markets" part of the Faber book. Here are the basic Faber - Richardson rules one can use with any portfolio.  Investors … [Read More...]

200 Level

A Challenge to Active Management

Active vs. Passive Management Scores of papers and blogs have been written about the merits of passive vs. active management.  I've contributed my share and here is one of my earlier posts.  Readers will find more articles by moving over to the right sidebar and looking up Passive vs. Active blogs.  There are over 25 posts on this subject. When you read about active management outperforming … [Read More...]

Cut the Fees

Fees matter!  Read this blog post by Geoff Considine and you will see why I am a nut when it comes to reducing fees.  They make a huge difference over a lifetime of investing.  When I began this investment journey many years ago, it was not unusual for mutual funds to charge an 8.5% load fee on all new money going into the fund.  What a scam. Usury is a better term.  Even … [Read More...]

400 Level

“Delta Factor” Projections For Sector ETFs

While I do not build portfolios around sectors of the stock market, it is important to review sectors ETFs as it provides another view of market conditions.  We examine the Bullish Percent Index information as shown in this article, to see where the market as been and is it over bought or under sold.  When the BPI values are above the 70% line, as most are today, we argue the market is too high to … [Read More...]

ETFs to Purchase

As you look at the new week, here is my analysis for the seven ETFs we are using with the ITA Risk Reduction model.  Keep in mind that this study is in the early stages and will likely need to be refined as time goes on. … [Read More...]