100 Level

Ten Biggest Investor Mistakes – # 9

  Wealth Management – Mistake #9: The small investor constructs portfolios without educating themselves as to what constitutes well-diversified investments.   Most advisors and money managers focus on the selection of individual stocks while ITA Wealth Management concentrates on the development of the broad portfolio plan. If you are new to this blog, (or the old blog at this … [Read More...]

Twelve ETF Portfolio: Moving From HYG to LQD

Here is the link to a basic 12-ETF portfolio.  In addition to examining the ETFs that make up the portfolio, take time to look at the Correlation Matrix. Over time I plan to sell some shares in HYG and move those funds over to LQD.  View this comparison link to see why I might be inclined to make the change.  If looking for income, HYG does have a higher yield than LQD.   … [Read More...]

300 Level

Kepler Portfolio Update

Below is the Dashboard or asset allocation plan for the Kepler Portfolio.  Readers will note a number of asset classes are either above target (bright red) or below target (purple).  I've made some shifts in the Strategic Asset Allocation and those shifts are the primary reasons this portfolio needs so much attention.  In a number of cases, limit orders are in place to purchase … [Read More...]

Kenilworth Portfolio Update: 17 October 2011

Although the regular review for the Kenilworth is a few weeks away, purchases and sales this month are reasons for updating the portfolio today.  Readers will note some changes in the Strategic Asset Allocation plan.  For example, shares of VO and VB were sold out of the blend asset classes and those assets were shifted to VTI, the large-cap blend ETF.  VO and VB are highly … [Read More...]

200 Level

Optimization of Equity and Bond ETFs: A Handsome Portfolio Results

The following table shows an array of ETFs recommended by a reader.  What I did with this set of ETFs was to screen for maximum return with the following constraints. … [Read More...]

Retirement Portfolio: What Are The Essential Asset Classes To Include?

A request came in from an ITA reader to put together a retirement portfolio that does not need to produce income since social security and a pension will cover those needs.  In other words, what should the retirement portfolio plan look like?  The first guideline is that this portfolio not include any individual stocks as that lays on an additional level of analysis.  I suspect most investors who … [Read More...]

400 Level

Momentum-Optimization Analysis of Equity Oriented Portfolio

Momentum-Optimization Analysis In the prior blog post I analyzed a sample portfolio using Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP).  In this analysis I will use the momentum-optimizer spreadsheet to come up with the efficient frontier, a ranking of the securities, and the "decision maker," a Buy-Hold-Sell recommendation table.  We first take a look at the efficient frontier graph to see where the current … [Read More...]

Should One Sell GTU In An Effort To Manage Risk?

Yesterday I reviewed the buying and selling decisions using VNQ as an example.  Today I am reviewing our gold holding, GTU, as the price is currently well below its 195-Day Exponential Moving Average.  For portfolios following the ITA Risk Reduction model, we are out of this ETF based on those relative positions of price and EMA.  Are there confirming sell signals related to GTU? The Bullish … [Read More...]