100 Level

Learn By Example

If your learning style is parallel to mine, it is much easier to learn by example vs. straight theory. While it is important to know and understand the logic behind an investment philosophy, it is even better to see the policy in action and observe how well it performs. That is what motivates me to write the ITA Wealth Management investment blog. This is an investment education blog. 1) How do … [Read More...]

Membership Reminder

This reminder is particularly for Platinum members who, when signed into ITA Wealth Management, see both Gold and Platinum show up under Level. … [Read More...]

300 Level

“Creme List” for 8 July 2011

Twenty-five companies made the elite list this week, the largest number in recent memory.  No new companies cracked the "Creme List" and only one was cut from the list. For new readers, note that the "Creme List" comes from a very old tradition that goes back beyond the creation of ITA Wealth Management.  While I've moved through my stock picking days, I now … [Read More...]

What Should I Do If I Am Holding Cash?

What should I do if I am holding cash?  Is it time to move back into the market, and if so, how should I proceed?  Those are difficult questions considering the S&P 500 (VFINX) increased in value by 87.4% since January 20, 2009.  If one were to follow the Louis Rukeyser analysis, moving immediately into the market is the correct decision.  However, Rukeyser was using data … [Read More...]

200 Level

Which ETFs To Use When Constructing A New Portfolio

Which ETFs do I recommend for different asset classes when putting together that first portfolio?  The first move is to decide which asset classes to use.  Twenty-five months ago I posted this Asset Allocation blog and little has changed over that time.  One error in the table is the position of VEA.  That ETF should be included in the Developed International Equities box rather than the Emerging … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance: 16 September 2011

After a strong week of market gains, much of the rise was domestic as the international markets, commodities, etc. were a drag on our diversified portfolios.  A few portfolios showed gains in the Retirement Ratio, but the relative performance was lacking when measured against the VTSMX benchmark.  Holding SDS and cash had negative effects on both the Curie and Newton portfolios. To see … [Read More...]

400 Level

Fama & French – Value Risk Factor

  Sculpture on Main Sacred Way to Ming Tombs Fama-French’s value risk factor is at the heart of their paper, The Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns.  This link connects you to an abstract of their paper.  It takes someone like William Bernstein to explain the research study and its importance.  Let me quote from "The Intelligent Asset … [Read More...]

Reviewing the ITA Risk Reduction Model

Readers not familiar with the ITA Risk Reduction model would do well to review this blog post.  Of the eleven portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management, five are undergoing testing of the ITARR model and they are: Maxwell, Euclid, Madison, Gauss, and Kenilworth.  Of these five, Platinum members have access to the trades for the Gauss and Kenilworth, but not the other … [Read More...]