100 Level

Where Is The Market?

Without going into a lot of explanation, contemplate the following graphs.  This graph is a composite of the stocks on the New York Stock Exchange. Platinum membership is available for a mere $5.00 per month.  Learn how to reduce portfolio risk. … [Read More...]

Five Essential Investment Decisions

Critical Investment Decisions 1.  Save Follow "The Golden Rule of Investing."  Save as much as you can as early as you can.  If you are not saving, why are you reading this blog?  Investing ideas only follow after one has developed the discipline of saving a percentage of each paycheck. 2.  Education Educate yourself by reading several of the Top Ten Investment Books listed on this … [Read More...]

300 Level

Mosaic Portfolio Lookback – September 30, 2008

Bear Market Analysis of 2008 Investors with a memory of 2008 know that desperation was in everyone's mind.  How far could the market decline and when would it stop?  Continuing with our look-back theme, what information can we glean from the QPP analysis and what were the Delta Index signals? There is nothing I can see in the following data that throws up any warning flags and we … [Read More...]

ITA Wealth Management Portfolio Without SDS Allocation

Variations of the ITA Portfolio Yesterday, a question was asked here at ITA - how is the low standard deviation impacted by holding 10% in the ultra-short ETF, SDS?  To answer that question, Platinum readers can take a look at the screen shot below, I set SDS to 0% and moved that 10% up to IWM, the U.S. Equities holding in smaller cap stocks.  If you toggle back to this blog entry you … [Read More...]

200 Level

Retirement Portfolio: What Are The Essential Asset Classes To Include?

A request came in from an ITA reader to put together a retirement portfolio that does not need to produce income since social security and a pension will cover those needs.  In other words, what should the retirement portfolio plan look like?  The first guideline is that this portfolio not include any individual stocks as that lays on an additional level of analysis.  I suspect most investors who … [Read More...]

Active vs. Passive Investing

ITA Wealth Management readers will recall the five decisions discussed in "The Investment Answer," a short book authored by Daniel Goldie and Gordon Murray, who died of brain cancer last month.  Those five fundamental decisions are:  1) Do-It Yourself Decision, 2) Asset Allocation Decision, 3) Diversification Decision, 4) Active versus Passive Decision, and 5) Rebalancing … [Read More...]

400 Level

Maxwell Portfolio Examination: 5 May 2012

Tomorrow, May 6th, is the official day to update the Maxwell, but nothing is going to happen over the weekend so here is the May review of this portfolio.  Platinum readers know that the Maxwell is one of the five model portfolios for the ITA Risk Reduction experiment.  Below is the current Dashboard for the Maxwell. … [Read More...]

Return and Risk Relationship

What is the relationship between return of a portfolio and the associated risk involved? Quoting from an “Active vs. Passive” paper I found in my files. “High potential returns always involve high potential risks. There are no low-risk/high-return investments. Investment risk comes in many forms but, to most investors, risk means the potential for losing investment capital and … [Read More...]