100 Level

Is It Wise To Pay An Advisor For Access To DFA Funds?

Save the Fees Save the fees and manage your own money using low cost ETFs.  You are going to be dollars ahead and here is the evidence.  Let me describe the process I went though to come to this conclusion - and I am not finished with the analysis.  This data is not going to win me friends among DFA advisors. I logged on to one of the premier web sites on the Internet to find … [Read More...]

Who Is Responsible For Your Retirement?

With pension plans on the decline, corporations squeezing employees, and unions under attack, individuals will need to take more responsibility for their own retirement programs.  Those are the hard facts.  At one time an individual or a small group of people within a corporation managed the pension plan for a large number of employees.  The employee had few retirement planning … [Read More...]

300 Level

Sortino Ratio

Sortino Ratio: Calculation Steps Calculating the Sortino Ratio is not too difficult assuming you have historical data for the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of the portfolio and the IRR for a benchmark. Here at ITA Wealth Management our primary benchmark is Vanguard's Total Market Index Fund, or VTSMX. Eventually we plan to move to the ITA Index, a customized benchmark for each portfolio. In … [Read More...]

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...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance Data

Momentum principles continue to produce positive results as Platinum members will see in the following data table.  Right now I am making comparisons from week to week.  Eventually I want to extend the information out over at least five weeks so each portfolio has a chance to go through at least one review cycle.  Until I build that data I will make week to week comparisons.  The problem with … [Read More...]

Bohr Portfolio Review: 23 April 2012

This last week in April looks to be a full one as four portfolios are up for review.  This morning I am updating the Bohr.  Moments ago I checked the TD Ameritrade Bohr account for dividends paid out by BND, TLT, and TIP.  Note the addition of the International Bonds asset class in the following Dashboard, even though I have yet to allocate a specific percentage to this new asset … [Read More...]

400 Level

Risk Reduction Portfolio: A Potential Asset Allocation Plan

Bob Warasila, author of the "New Normal" portfolio, sent me an asset allocation plan that is worth sharing with Platinum members.  This Risk Reduction Portfolio differs slightly from one I recently posted over on Seeking Alpha in that this portfolio has a small exposure to precious metals and it also includes on stock.  In the following three screen shots readers will find the … [Read More...]

Risk Defined

Portfolio Risk Risk is a messy word as it carries so many different meanings in the investing world.  In the most general sense, it means we don't know what is going to happen.  Here are several specific meanings of the term.  We will begin by defining "systematic" and "specific" risk. 1.  "Systematic" risk is risk we cannot avoid if we seek returns higher than the interest rates from a money … [Read More...]