100 Level

Mosaic Investor

Mosaic Investing: A third investing style, and one not frequently mentioned in academic literature, is a combination of passive, index, and active management. I call it the Mosaic investing approach. Mosaic investors will fit somewhere along the broad continuum of all investing styles. A Mosaic investor may construct a portfolio around a core of index funds with a particular asset allocation tilt. … [Read More...]

Second Retirement Rule: Know Your Requirements

While there is no question about Rule #1 of following The Golden Rule of Investing, all rules thereafter could come in any order.  The second one I've selected is to know your retirement requirements.  How much will you need monthly to live comfortably?  It is not unusual to hear a figure of 80% of your last salary.  I would set that as a minimum figure.  If your last annual salary was $70,000 per … [Read More...]

300 Level

Bohr Portfolio Review: 27 July 2011

Few changes occurred in the Bohr Portfolio since the last review.  The asset allocation remains the same, and as readers can see in the first screen shot, most of the asset classes are in balance.  Excluding cash, only Small-Cap Growth and Bonds/Income are out of balance.  Limit orders are in place to correct these imbalances, but as I wrote last weekend, I lowered the … [Read More...]

Further Analysis of the Forty Stock Portfolio

Is the forty (40) stock portfolio optimized if one assigns 2.5% to each stocks?  Follow the optimized-momentum analysis to answer this question. Efficient Frontier:  A quick glance at the Efficient Frontier graph shows us that equal allocation to each stock does not provide the most optimized portfolio.  This does not come as a surprise.  The equal allocation was done for simplicity just to see … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance Data Table For Eleven Portfolios: 22 June 2012

After missing last week, here is the latest portfolio performance data for the eleven portfolios tracked at ITA Wealth Management.  Seven of the eleven gained ground on the VTSMX over the past two weeks and the other four held even.  Those that pulled ahead of the benchmark were: Curie, Newton, Einstein, Kepler, Bohr, Kenilworth, and Gauss.  Since I made some asset allocation … [Read More...]

Different Styles of Investing*

Let me pose a problem or situation to ITA Wealth Management readers.  We have two intelligent investors who approach investing from entirely different philosophies. For simplicity we will call them Investor A and Investor B.  Investor A is an active manager and readers have already know what active management entails.  Investor B is a passive manager and you know a bit about passive … [Read More...]

400 Level

Where Are The Best International Opportunities?

If you are not satisfied with broad international ETFs such as VEU, VEA, VWO, and EFA, but want to search for individual countries, the following Delta Factor analysis and projections might be of interest.  In the following QPP analysis I show the Delta Factor projections for a broad range of countries followed by several other ways to look at some of the specific countries that are showing … [Read More...]

Latest Bullish Percent Indicators

Readers looking for the latest Bullish Percent Indicators will find them at this site.  These results simply underline what I've been saying for weeks - this is an overbought market.  One of the ways to protect capital is to implement the ITA Risk Reduction model or simply go to cash at some point when the market backs off these high levels.  That is an extremely difficult call to make.  I'm … [Read More...]