100 Level

Risk Management: How To Reduce Losses

On page 167 of Mebane T. Faber and Eric W. Richardson's book, "The Ivy Portfolio: How to Invest Like the Top Endowments and Avoid Bear Markets" we read, "Our research has shown that returns are lower and volatility is higher when asset classes are below the 10-month moving average."  What investor is not interested in reducing portfolio volatility while increasing returns.  And possibly more … [Read More...]

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 This material is not for publication elsewhere on the Internet.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...]

300 Level

Dividend Stocks for Mosaic Investors

Mosaic investors looking for a list of potential dividend stocks to analyze will find an interesting list below.  These are stocks that have gown dividends over the last seven years. This material is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [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

Einstein Portfolio Review: 5 March 2012

Scheduled for review is the Einstein Portfolio.  I am using a modified version of the ITA Risk Reduction model with the Einstein.  What this means is that I am tracking critical ETFs held in the portfolio.  These include: VTI, VEU, VWO, VNQ, and RWX.  Should any of these ETFs (price of ETF) drop below their respective 195-Day Exponential Moving Average (EMA) I will sell off the … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance: 4 November 2011

Below is the performance table for the 21 portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management.  SR is the Sortino Ratio, IR represents the Information Ratio, and RR is our own Retirement Ratio.  I'm still in catchup mode so a number of portfolios are not current.  I will be working on updating all portfolios next week.  Readers will note the portfolios tracked using Captool … [Read More...]

400 Level

Rethinking the ITA Risk Reduction Model

In late October of 2011 the ITA Risk Reduction model was introduced.  ITARR is a modification of a timing model I used as far back as the early 1980s and more recently patterned after the Faber - Richardson model explained in detail in the Ivy Portfolio book.  ITA readers unfamiliar with the risk reduction model will find it through links or searches on this blog.  It is worth a review or an … [Read More...]

Risk Reduction Model: Examination of Maxwell

Today is ITA Risk Reduction examination day for the Maxwell Portfolio. … [Read More...]