100 Level

Five Investing Tips to Launch a Successful Retirement Program

Five money hints below will put you on the road to financial success. Follow "The Golden Rule of Investing." Save as much as you can as early as you can. Live below your means.  Learn self-discipline and stop spending on trivial material goods. Avoid Credit Card debt as it will kill your chances of success. Invest in index funds or index ETFs.  Many … [Read More...]

Advice for a Beginning Investor

This week I met a woman (I'll call her Rose) who was asking for investment advice.  Rose is new to investing and wanted to know how she can begin investing in the stock market.  Here is the advice I passed on and if other readers want to add to this basic advice, post your ideas in the comments section associated with the blog entry. 1.0  Open up an account with TD … [Read More...]

300 Level

Iteration Solution

Platinum members using the TLH spreadsheet may find an iteration issue from time to time when the IRR calculation for an investment moves from positive to negative or negative to positive.  The Excel™ SS needs a little nudge to launch the iteration calculation. Go to the TLH SS Help page and reference the #7 help video.  To find the TLH SS Help page, look across the navigation … [Read More...]

Constructing a Simple Seven ETF Portfolio

Looking for a conservative portfolio with reasonable QPP values?  Check out the following asset allocation plan that includes 40% allocated to bonds and income with an added bent toward value as advocated by Fama & French.  This portfolio covers the global market, both in equities and REITs.  The EFV ETF skews the portfolio toward the value side. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Retirement Mistake #4: Overestimating Portfolio Return

Historically, the U.S. Stock Market has returned about 7% annually in excess of inflation.  Is this likely to continue?  Real earnings come from dividends, dividend growth, and P/E expansion.  Projecting future returns to match the historical level, which included one of the longest bull markets from August of 1982 through March of 2000 is not likely to be duplicated in the near future.  Further, … [Read More...]

Asset Allocation: The Basic 17 Asset Classes

Much is made of the importance of asset allocation here at ITA Wealth Management.  Not all portfolios tracked on this blog use the seventeen asset classes, but we want to list the stable of assets we draw from depending on the size of the portfolio and goals of the investor.  Cash is included as one of the 17 in the data table shown below. Below the title row we have the three cap sizes ranging … [Read More...]

400 Level

Bullish Percent Indicators Update: 8/31/2012

As Platinum members can see from the data tables below, many of the major indexes and market sectors are close or currently positioned in the overbought zone.  While the markets may continue holding such lofty values for many weeks, eventually we will see some sort of correction and better buying opportunities. … [Read More...]

Risk Management: Benefits of the ITA Risk Reduction Model

Platinum members who employ the ITA Risk Reduction model will find the following guidelines of interest.  When your portfolio comes up for review, and I recommend using a 32-Day review period, run through a number of steps.  Before I get to the steps, here are the reasons for selecting the 32-Day interval. It slowly rotates the review through the month rather than always having it occur at the … [Read More...]