100 Level

Twenty ETF Portfolio – Full Record

  The screen shot below is the same portfolio as shown in the previous post, only this time I reset the time frame so all ETFs showed full records.  This required cutting ten months off the normal three-year analysis period.  Note how the projected risk moved above the 15% level to 16.5% (rounded).  The Diversification Metric also dropped significantly.  These changes are … [Read More...]

The Nine Rules of Investing from “Millionaire Teacher”

Another new book worth reading is Andrew Hallam's Millionaire Teacher.  The book is built around the following nine rules of investing.  I add my brief summary of each chapter. Rule 1:  Spend Like You Want to Grow Rich This chapter provides a glimpse into how Hallam turned down the screws of living and saved and saved and saved.  His personal experiences are classic … [Read More...]

300 Level

Keeping It Simple With An Global Nine ETF Portfolio

A portfolio does not need to be complicated to be global in its structure.  Nor does it need to be all that complex to bring success to the investor.  The following portfolio is simple and stands a greater chance of success if one employs the Momentum-Optimization Model (MOM) as explained below. This material is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]

Portfolio for 25-Year Old: The Positives and Negatives

As a followup to William Bernstein's e-book, "The Ages of the Investor," what might a portfolio look like for a 25-year old investor?  The following portfolio is built around 15 ETFs that cover the U.S. Equities market, developed international markets, commodities, emerging markets, both domestic and international REITs, sovereign debt, bonds, and treasuries.  In other words, we are diversifying … [Read More...]

200 Level

Smartest Medium-High Risk Portfolio

With this analysis of the medium-high risk portfolio, we leap over the medium risk portfolio found at this site. The medium-high risk portfolio limits the bond/income asset class to 20%.  Remember, we began with 80% allocated to the bond asset class, moved to 60%, then 40% and now 20% or something similar to what we hold in many portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management. Note the … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance: 25 February 2011

Photograph: Harvest in the Sacred Valley of Peru with Andes in the background. Portfolio Performance Since posting the last performance table, the February 25 update shows nearly all portfolios gaining ground on the benchmarks.  Several of the larger portfolios also exhibited an increase in both the Sortino and Retirement Ratios.  It seems as if the portfolios are structured to show … [Read More...]

400 Level

Asset Allocation for ITARR Model

What does the Strategic Asset Allocation (SAA) plan look like for investors using the ITA Risk Reduction (ITARR) model?  Keep in mind that you can use the general ITARR principles laid out in a prior blog post.  The following screen shots are examples for the Madison Portfolio, another candidate for the ITARR timing model.  Below is the SAA plan if one populates the portfolio using … [Read More...]

Sector Bullish Percent Indicators: Several Switch Sides

Sector Bullish Percent Indicators are relatively new to ITA Wealth management.  While I am not a believer in building a portfolio through sectors, I do follow them as there may be opportunities to add a particular sector to a portfolio built around asset classes.  For this reason, I track the Bullish Percent Indicators (BPI) as shown in the data table below.  The reason I favor … [Read More...]