100 Level

Five Essential Asset Classes

Five ETF Basic Asset Class Portfolio There are specific asset classes that need to be part of every portfolio.  Here is a list of the basic group I include in every portfolio.  While the ETFs shown below serve as examples, every portfolio will eventually include these five asset classes. U.S. Equities - VTI Domestic Bonds - BND or AGG Developed International Markets - VEU or … [Read More...]

Gordon Equation: What Is It Projecting?

Gordon Equation "If one of life's secrets is ... keep your head when all those around you are losing theirs, then the Gordon Equation is the collar that will keep it there." - William J. Bernstein. When discussing the Gordon Equation, we do not want to confuse the simple investment equation with the Klein-Gordon physics equation.  A Google search for the Gordon Equation will … [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...]

Curie Portfolio Review: 6 September 2011

Fifty shares of VWO were added to the Curie Portfolio in an effort to bring emerging markets back into balance.  With the market in a funk, now does not seem to be the time to jump in and bring all asset classes back into balance.  Instead, I have many limit orders placed at different price points and VWO happened to be one that was picked off today. … [Read More...]

200 Level

“Decade” Portfolios

Age Appropriate Portfolios Several weeks ago a reader wrote and asked me if I had "age oriented" portfolios on the blog.  While those were not the exact words, the question was designed to extract more precise portfolio direction than descriptions such as Einstein, Bohr, and Schrodinger.  Rather than build portfolios around high growth or conservative yield, I chose to go with … [Read More...]

Three Asset Class Portfolio

Suppose someone told you to build a portfolio, but the upper limit of investments was three.  You could pick three stocks, three mutual funds, three ETFs, or any combination of three investments.  What three investment vehicles would you select, and why would you pick these three? None of us wants to be limited to only three investments, but that is the challenge of this … [Read More...]

400 Level

Bullish Percent Indicator: Additional Information

In 1995 A.W. Cohen developed the New York Stock Exchange Bullish Percent Index.  Some technicians call it the greatest market indicator as it gives a broad overview of the market direction.  In our case, we are tracking several markets.  In the data table several market index are recorded as well as several popular ETFs.  The ETFs are on a separate worksheet and are not shown … [Read More...]

When Was The Last Time The Bullish Percent Indicators Turned Bullish?

"Do you have enough data yet to have a sense of how far in advance or behind these changes are for market down turns or up turns. Clearly they are trailing data but maybe they can help us avoid major declines?" Bob Warasila asked the above question this morning so I went back into my Bullish Percent Indicators spreadsheet for the answer.  The last time the BPI was oversold for most of the major … [Read More...]