100 Level

Rule #9: Understand Benefits of Social Security

Rule #9 is to understand the benefits of Social Security (SS).  This logic is based on the assumption SS will be operational for years to come.  To make this possible, all congress needs to do is write one line of code into law.  "Remove the cap from Social Security and do nothing else."  That will save SS for those most in need of this leg of the retirement stool.  The other legs are represented … [Read More...]

Grandchildren: Rebalance Portfolio When Necessary

Keep the different asset classes within 25% of the target set up in the Strategic Asset Allocation plan.  In the little book, "The Investment Answer," rebalancing is the fifth critical decision for investors.  In my opinion, rebalancing is one of the minor hints of investing, particularly if new money is coming into the portfolio.  Just keep purchasing ETFs that represent … [Read More...]

300 Level

Retirement Portfolio: A Possible Asset Allocation

Beginning with 100 shares in each of 40 ETFs, the Efficient Frontier and Buy-Hold-Sell recommendations are presented for a portfolio with constraints set to tilt the asset allocation toward bonds and more conservative investments. This information is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. Efficient Frontier:  Allocating 100 shares to each ETF sets up a portfolio that is … [Read More...]

Einstein Portfolio Update: 1 February 2012

As with a number of the portfolios available to Platinum members, the Einstein is rounding into shape as most of the asset classes are in balance.  Only Small-Cap Growth (SCG) is above the 30% Threshold limit.  We don't pay much attention to Cash is it is almost always out of balance.  Emerging markets, while within the target or threshold limits, is a little low so I have a … [Read More...]

200 Level

Retirement Planning: Begin Today

"Acting in loco parentis, the government could create powerful incentives to adopt passively managed, appropriately allocated investment programs."- David Swensen Any incentives to move citizens toward some sort of saving plan would benefit society.  More capital is available to develop businesses and retirees would be less dependent of Social Security for sustaining … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance Update: 5 March 2013

Nearly two months passed since I last updated the portfolio performance data table.  I'm not trying to hide anything.  Instead, I've been working on other projects such as portfolio optimization.  Since the last review the U.S. Equities market has been on a tear.  In context my comments below need to reflect the fact that not all February dividends are recorded in the following data and none of … [Read More...]

400 Level

Projected Blood In The Street For Equities Using Three Years Of Delta Factor Data

If you are looking for Blood In The Street, look no further than the "Delta Factor" projections for an array of equity ETFs.  Keep in mind that the following projections are reversion-to-the-mean calculations and when one has witnessed a powerful bull market as we experienced since March of 2009, it will not come as a surprise to readers that future projections are unlike to … [Read More...]

Two Bullish Percent Indicators Hand Ball To The Offense

Upward movement in the broad markets brought about a ball exchange in two of the six indexes.  Platinum members have access to the table below.  … [Read More...]