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Active vs. Passive Investing: Part 7

Section Seven of the "Active vs. Passive Investing" article is sumarized the following paragraph. "Some indexers never claim passive investing gives superior returns. They claim only that active investors do better than the benchmark some of the time, and worse some of the time, while passive investing gets rid of that risk by equaling the benchmark every time. They admit some … [Read More...]

Low Risk Retirement Portfolio

Yesterday, I wrote an article for Seeking Alpha and one reader suggested a simple portfolio where equal percentages be allocated to VTI, GLD, SHY, and TLT.  Exactly what does such a portfolio look like when a Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) analysis is applied?  What does the correlation matrix look like and would such a portfolio work as one prepares for retirement?  The following … [Read More...]

300 Level

Kenilworth Portfolio Update: 21 June 2011

Kenilworth Review Yesterday was the scheduled time to review the Kenilworth, one of the young portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management.  Since the last update, a deposit of $500 was added to the portfolio and a few shares of International REITs (RWX) were purchased.  This is the first addition of international REITs in the Kenilworth. We are still working this portfolio into … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance: 5 November 2010

Portfolio Performance The market this past week reminded me a bit of market action in the late 1990s in that it was very difficult to outperform the S&P 500. In our case, we use the total market index, VTSMX, as a primary benchmark and it was a challenge for any of the ten portfolios tracked using the TLH spreadsheet to do better than that benchmark. The Retirement Ratio (RR) remained the … [Read More...]

200 Level

Value Oriented Portfolio

Last evening a value oriented portfolio was mailed to me so I thought I would run it through a Quantext Portfolio Planner analysis.  Unfortunately, three of the thirteen ETFs have "short records."  This simply means the data does not extend back a minimum of three years. The ETFs with limited data are: MGV, VXUS, and VSS.  Nevertheless, here are the results. To view this … [Read More...]

Please Keep It Simple: A Basic Seven-Eight ETF Portfolio

Is it possible to put together a simple portfolio?  I don't want anything too complicated, particularly when I am just beginning my investing career.  Such requests are common and the answer is - yes, it is possible to build a simple portfolio.  The diversification may not be the best, but that issue can be address later.  Below is a basic portfolio any investor can … [Read More...]

400 Level

Seasonal Timing Strategy Update

Now that May is not far away articles and blog posts are springing up around the adage:  "Sell in May and go play" or "Sell in May and go away."  That is, play or stay out of the market until after Halloween.  I've written about this seasonal timing model myself, but is there anything to it?  After all, is the market not efficient?  If you Google Seasonal Timing Strategy a long list of articles … [Read More...]

Tactical Plan for Maxwell & Euclid Portfolios

As mentioned in an earlier post, I need to set out a plan of action so as to pull the IRR values of both the Maxwell and Euclid portfolios ahead of the IRR for the VTSMX benchmark.  Both portfolios are lagging, in part due to inattention and carrying too much cash.  The follow approach is designed to turn this around. This material is not available for Seeking Alpha. … [Read More...]