100 Level

Lost My Spouse – Part II

Now that you know where the investment records are kept and all the security information is identified, what do you do now?  If the portfolio is set up as recommended on this blog, you will not need to do anything for at least a year.  At a time of loss, investment decisions are not something anyone wants to confront. Examine the table below and familiarize yourself with the different … [Read More...]

Investing Road Map

Searching for useful investing information is an ongoing task and yesterday I found something of use for every reader of ITA Wealth Management. Paul King has written a 50-page online investment book that is available to download if you will go to the right-hand edge of this page and look for Interesting Sites. Seek out the Investing Road Map link to download the PDF file. You will need to know … [Read More...]

300 Level

Thinking Through a Basic ETF Portfolio

Thinking through the process of constructing the following ETF rich portfolio several required specific goals be met. This material is not for publication elsewhere on the Internet. The portfolio needed to be simple.  While 15 ETFs are not exactly simple, neither is it overly complicated.  To simplify one could reduce the number of bond and treasury ETFs. All ETFs must be commission free … [Read More...]

Kenilworth Review: 7 October 2011

Kenilworth Update No sales or purchases occurred within the Kenilworth Portfolio this month.  I did make some slight Strategic Asset Allocation shifts.  I increased cash and bonds by one percentage point and stripped off two percentage points from emerging markets.  Nothing major.  Below is the new asset allocation plan. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Retirement Mistake #4: Overestimating Portfolio Return

Historically, the U.S. Stock Market has returned about 7% annually in excess of inflation.  Is this likely to continue?  Real earnings come from dividends, dividend growth, and P/E expansion.  Projecting future returns to match the historical level, which included one of the longest bull markets from August of 1982 through March of 2000 is not likely to be duplicated in the near future.  Further, … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance: 18 February 2011

  ITA Wealth Management readers will find the February 18 portfolio performance data table below. Since the last update, the Curie, Newton, Schrodinger, Einstein, Bohr, and Maxwell gained ground on either the VTSMX or ITA Index benchmarks.  Several of these portfolios also showed an increase in the Sortino or Retirement Ratios.  When this occurs, it is a significant positive … [Read More...]

400 Level

Risk-Parity: A Brief Explanation of How Risky a 60/40 Portfolio Really Is

While I have a sample Risk-Parity portfolio coming out early tomorrow morning, I want to rush out a brief description of how risk is calculated.  This not for the mathematically squeamish, but the concept is not difficult if one can get past one step in the logic.  Don't be surprised if this concept does not alter how portfolios are put together here at ITA Wealth Management.  … [Read More...]

Positioning the Maxwell, Euclid, and Madison

In preparation to launch the ITA Risk Reduction model for the Maxwell, Euclid, Madison, and possibly one or two more portfolios, the basic asset allocation is laid out below.  SDS is shown only as a possibility in unusual circumstances.  The percentages as shown apply only when the ETF price lies above its 195-Day Exponential Moving Average (EMA).  Such is not the case right now as … [Read More...]