100 Level

Multi-Asset Class Investing

Multi-asset class investing or multiple asset classes is a title that comes right out of Richard A. Ferri’s excellent book, “All About Asset Allocation.” While my reference is to Ferri's first edition, I would pay the few extra dollars and purchase the second edition.  Nudged by a fellow asset allocation investor, I went back and reread Chapter 4 of Ferri’s book. … [Read More...]

Sample Stock Oriented Portfolio: A QPP Analysis

The following portfolio was submitted by a Platinum member for analysis.  The first look is a Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) analysis of the holdings.  This is not the exact portfolio as I use IEF as a cash equivalent.  The portfolio actually holds a number of annuities so the yield is likely higher than the 2.64% shown in this analysis. QPP Analysis of Sample Portfolio:  MPC does not have a … [Read More...]

300 Level

Optimization-Momentum and QPP Analysis of Schrodinger: Part 1

Even though it is not time to update the Schrodinger, I am using it this Memorial Day (was called Decoration Day when I was a kid) to illustrate the OM Model.  Let me state immediately that I don't have a clue what the QPP analysis will project when the assets are optimized.  Wait and see what comes out of this analysis. I'll first start with the optimization-momentum model where I am using the … [Read More...]

Curie Portfolio Update: 10 August 2011

Shares of VBK and VOE were added to the Curie Portfolio this month, bringing Small-Cap Growth into balance, but leaving Mid-Cap Value still 2.8% below the target percentage of 8.0%.  We still hold ultra-short SDS in the Large-Cap Blend asset class.  When those shares are liquidated, that asset class will be in balance.  We are still heavy in bonds, but the allocation may be on the … [Read More...]

200 Level

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...]

What Does It Take To Retire?

What does it take in savings to live during retirement? Here is data readers may find of interest as they think about portfolio development and eventual retirement. A couple nearing retirement anticipate they will need $80,000 after taxes per year to live during their first year without employment. Between them they will receive a pension of $2,000 per month or $24,000 per year. These are all … [Read More...]

400 Level

ITA Risk Reduction Update

Photograph: One of the "Painted Ladies" in Eureka, California The broad market is taking a 3.5% hit today, not a trivial move to the downside.  Those of you following the ITA Risk Reduction (ITARR) model now have the opportunity to see the benefits in action.  While we are not fully employed with this model, holding off with VEU and VWO purchases worked quite well as both ETFs … [Read More...]

Bullish Percent Indicators Mixed

With the strong market yesterday (7/27/2012) I expected most of the Bullish Percent Indicators (BPI) would move up in value and definitely show X's in the right-hand column of the Point and Figure Graphs.  Of all the BPI graphs, the NYSE PnF graph is the most important.  Even though the value dropped, it is still as high as it was back in mid-May. Right now I have the Factor Scale … [Read More...]