100 Level

Investment Advisor: Should You Use One?

Remember the little investment book, "The Investment Answer" written by Daniel C. Goldie and Gordon S. Murray and the five critical decisions each investor needs to make as they begin the journey of investing?  You recall that decision number one was the Do-It-Yourself Decision.  Goldie and Murray advocated finding a fee based investment advisor to help with the hard … [Read More...]

Lottery to Investing

Remember the lottery player (Lottery Foolishness) who earns $13,000 per year and uses 9% of those wages playing the lottery? What if those lottery dollars are investing in a basic portfolio instead of being wasted on lottery tickets.  Here is a Monte Carlo calculation of what the investor can expect at retirement age.  The results are not great, but they sure beat ending up with nothing. In … [Read More...]

300 Level

Portfolio Changes

This morning I walked through the Strategic Asset Allocations for each portfolio and lowered the bond allocation to something close to 10% in each portfolio. The reason for making this Tactical Asset Allocation change is tied to my concern interest rates will rise. With rates as low as they are, the probability of them going lower is very low as they are not going below 0%. It makes sense to push … [Read More...]

New Feature To Be Added To ITA Wealth Management

A new feature or service will be added to ITA Wealth Management sometime over the next six weeks.  For those investors who choose to add individual stocks, such as high yield or "Piotroski stocks," a new analysis will be added.  This is software I use several years ago, but never included it in the ITA offerings. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Retirement Requirements

Fidelity Investments came out with a study showing that retirees need approximately eight times their last salary level to be properly prepared for retirement.  For example, if one is earning $60,000 at age 65, $480,000 is the retirement base line.  Frankly, I think the number eight is too low.  There are a number of ways to determine what the retirement savings level should be and … [Read More...]

Retirement Planning

Just a short note to all readers that this is a "must read" article on retirement planning. This Portfolioist article is along the lines of all "The Golden Rule of Investing" blog posts I've written in the past. … [Read More...]

400 Level

Retirement Portfolio: Part Three

Part three of this series of retirement preparations shows how one might optimize the array of ETFs presented in the earlier two blog posts.  In the following screen shot I set up a number of constraints and one was to hold the Diversification Metric to the 40% standard.  I also included BND, Vanguard's Total Bond ETF in the mix of investments.  Even by forcing none of the bonds to hold more than … [Read More...]

Basic Portfolio Information

The ITA blog was down most of the day due to a backup file causing the server to close down.  That file was removed and the blog is again functioning.  Platinum members will find my most recent post using the link provided below. … [Read More...]