100 Level

First Steps Toward Independent Portfolio Managment

Portfolio management is not equivalent building a house or overhauling a car engine.  It is not that hard, so don’t throw up your arms and say you cannot do it yourself.  With Internet access, it is much easier than it was twenty to twenty-five years ago.  Here are steps to setting up your own portfolio, managing the assets, and monitoring it on a yearly basis. 1) Open up an … [Read More...]

Four Security Portfolio

The following four security portfolio was recommended for testing by a Platinum member.  FTIIX was substituted for other index funds as the first and second choices did not have sufficient historical data for the Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) analysis.  The following screen shot shows the projections for VTI, VEU, BND, and FTIIX. QPP Analysis:  One quick observation is the lack of … [Read More...]

300 Level

Dividend Stocks for Mosaic Investors

Mosaic investors looking for a list of potential dividend stocks to analyze will find an interesting list below.  These are stocks that have gown dividends over the last seven years. This material is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]

You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

Proper portfolio management requires a number of measurement activities.  How is an investor to know what is going on within their portfolio if they do not take the time to accurately measure not only the performance of the portfolio, but the performance of an appropriate benchmark, and portfolio uncertainty or risk?  Note the emphasis on appropriate.  Managing a single portfolio, … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance For Week of April 20th

The good news this week is that ten of the eleven portfolios gained ground on the VTSMX benchmark.  Only the Newton did not pull ahead of the U.S. Equities index, but remained even.  What was a little strange is the fact that eight of the eleven portfolios lost a fraction of a percent to the ITA Index, our customized benchmark.  By pulling ahead of the VTSMX I assumed the portfolios … [Read More...]

Portfolio for 30-Year Old

If you are between the ages of 25 and 35, you might find this analysis of interest.  I submitted this article to Seeking Alpha yesterday. Later this morning I look for an update of the Curie Portfolio. If this were the end of the month instead of the Winter Solstice, we would be taking out full positions in VTI, IWN, and VNQ.  Obviously, the U.S. market is performing much better than … [Read More...]

400 Level

Euclid Portfolio Review: 13 April 2012

Tomorrow I will take a careful look at the relative positions between the prices of the eight critical ETFs and their respective 195-Day EMAs.  Here is the current Dashboard for the Euclid and if any sales are required, an update of the Dashboard will be posted next week. … [Read More...]

Playing Defense With The “Holy Grail” Portfolio

While there is no such thing as a "Holy Grail" portfolio, humor me for a few minutes and think of this simple seven ETF portfolio as a sound basic portfolio. The purpose of this post is to test how one might play portfolio defense and when is such a move necessary.  First, we take a look at the current QPP analysis for this seven ETF portfolio. Platinum membership is available for … [Read More...]