100 Level

Basic Five Asset Class Portfolio

What are the basic asset classes that belong in every portfolio?  Investors beginning the portfolio construction process would do well to include each of the following five asset classes in their portfolio.  The ETF ticker suggestions are among those I use to populate these five asset classes.  This group of ETFs provide broad coverage of the world market, although there are still a … [Read More...]

Investing: What Should I Do?

"Pay no attention to the advisors. The Markowitz-Sharpe theory says what to do." So writes Michael Edesess in his book, "The Big Investment Lie: What Your Investment Advisor Doesn't Want You to Know." Just what does the Markowitz-Sharpe theory tell investors to do. 1. Develop a plan for the portfolio. Determine the percentage between equities (index stock funds), … [Read More...]

300 Level

Revised Gauss Spreadsheet

Here is the link to the corrected Gauss Portfolio.  I had an error in the ITA Index calculation. … [Read More...]

Schrodinger Review: 15 August 2011

Little has changed within the Schrodinger Portfolio since the last update.  Most of the asset classes are in balance as one can see from the Dashboard below.  The small amount of cash available will likely be invested in international markets. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Risk-Parity Portfolio: What Is It And What Does A Risk Portfolio Look Like?

Reducing Risk Through Risk-Parity Risk-Parity: Have you heard of the term or seen reference to this style of portfolio construction?  Join the crowd if this is new to you, even though the Risk-Parity idea has been around for quite a few years.  Risk-Parity is an alternative approach to portfolio construction where assets are allocated based on risk rather than allocation according to … [Read More...]

Why Sector Allocation Is Diversification Deficient

There are investors who build their portfolios around sectors instead of asset classes.  The following optimization shows why sector allocation comes up short when it comes to portfolio diversification.  As a reminder, asset classes cover all sectors, but sectors do not cover all asset classes. … [Read More...]

400 Level

Optimization-Momentum Recommendations For Kepler

As promised here are the optimization-momentum recommendations for the Kepler Portfolio.  We first begin with the Efficient Frontier and see that the current portfolio, after the recent transactions, is moving closer to the optimized portfolio. Efficient Frontier:  The current portfolio is represented by the yellow diamond box and the optimized portfolio by the small red dot.  The recent … [Read More...]

The Condition of Bonds Using Delta Factor

What is the current condition of bond ETFs and should they be part of the portfolio?  To examine this question one method of analysis is to apply the Delta Factor.  When I run a reversion-to-the-mean analysis on bonds, I use AGG as the reference or standard.  For equity ETFs I use the VTSMX total stock index fund.  In the following table each bond ETF is compared with the … [Read More...]