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...]

CNBC: The Financial “Weather” Channel

If you are looking for financial entertainment instead of sound investment advice, CNBC is for you. If you seek solid financial information that will serve you well over many years, spend time reading William Bernstein, John Bogle, Rick Ferri, Larry Swedroe, David Swensen, Mark Hebner, Charles Ellis, Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer, Burton Malkiel, and Roger Gibson. Turn off the TV, save time, … [Read More...]

300 Level

Risk-Parity Portfolio: What Is It And What Does A Risk Portfolio Look Like?

Reducing Risk Through Risk-Parity Risk-Parity: Have you heard of the term or seen reference to this style of portfolio construction?  Join the crowd if this is new to you, even though the Risk-Parity idea has been around for quite a few years.  Risk-Parity is an alternative approach to portfolio construction where assets are allocated based on risk rather than allocation according to … [Read More...]

Bohr On April 30th: Example of New Spreadsheet

This is a sneak preview of the new optimizer-momentum spreadsheet David created today.  The data is what the Bohr portfolio looked like at the end of April.  Some trades occurred in May and those will show up when the Bohr is updated in a little less than a week. Efficient Frontier:  The efficient frontier looks the same as before.  Readers familiar with this graph will not the Bohr Portfolio … [Read More...]

200 Level

Asset Allocation for Small Global Portfolios

If your portfolio is small and yet you want global diversification, this portfolio is one to consider.  This six asset class portfolio is built around asset allocation guidelines laid out by David Swensen in his book, "Unconventional Success."  Thirty percent of the portfolio is allocated to U.S. Treasury Bonds (TLT) and TIPs (TIP).  Domestic REITs are covered with the VNQ … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance Data: 22 July 2011

How did your portfolio perform this last week?  Did you gain in absolute terms but lose the relative race?  Well, that is what happened to most of the portfolios tracked using the TLH Spreadsheet.  We lost most of the ground gained last week when examining the VTSMX and ITA Index benchmarks.  Nearly all the portfolios showed a decline in both the Sortinio and Retirement … [Read More...]

400 Level

Sortino Ratio: What Is It?

The following discussion of the Sortino Ratio may get a little "heavy" for some readers.  However, this information is very important for the serious investor, so stick with me and follow along.  Users of the TLH spreadsheet are familiar with the Sortino Ratio as one of the worksheets is built specifically to calculate this number.  The equation is quite simple but very … [Read More...]

Basic Portfolio Updated

What a difference one day makes in a down market.  Just yesterday (Aug. 15th data), SHY occupied position 11 and today only five ETFs are outperforming this reference as it moved up to position 6.  Check the ranking worksheet below. This material is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]