100 Level

Tax Deferred Accounts: How To Begin Your Investment Plan

Planning and Saving for Retirement Whether you are just beginning to establish a tax-deferred or taxable account, the basics principles of investing are the same.  Saving and developing an investment plan are the basic starting points.  Readers of ITA Wealth Management have The Golden Rule of Investing drilled into their thinking so they understand the importance of saving and doing it as early … [Read More...]

Maxwell Portfolio Update: 9 October 2012

Since the last Maxwell update I sold and purchased a few shares in the blend areas to bring those asset classes back into balance.  Missing in the following dashboard is a recent purchase of VNQ, bringing REITs back into balance. … [Read More...]

300 Level

Swensen Six With & Without Stocks

Benefits to Super Charging Portfolio With Stocks Two portfolios are displayed below.  In the first we have a portfolio made up of only six ETFs.  I call this the Swensen Six. To point out some critical features, note the projected average annual return of 7.89% or 7.9% rounded.  This is based in the assumption the S&P 500 will return an average annual return of 7.0%. The … [Read More...]

Improving On The Simple Nine Global ETF Portfolio

While there are advantages to keeping a portfolio simple, there are also disadvantages.  For example, one will miss opportunities by not including asset classes that have been shown by Fama and French to add value to the portfolio.  Namely, value asset classes such as small-cap value (VBR).  We don't want to eliminate asset classes just to keep the portfolio simple.  The Ranking data table shows a … [Read More...]

200 Level

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...]

Retirement Analysis: What Must Be Done To Avoid Retirement Poverty

As promised, here is the Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) retirement analysis using the Kenilworth Portfolio as an example.  The first screen shot shows the assumptions involved in the analysis.  The second slide is familiar to Platinum readers as it lays out the investments and percentage in each.  The third slide is the scary one as it presents the grim details or the … [Read More...]

400 Level

“Delta Factor” – What is it and is it useful?

Context is essential when developing an argument, and that is what this post on the "Delta Factor" is designed to do.  Rather than use ETFs in the "Delta Factor" argument, I selected 20 well-known stocks so I could dip back to the late 1900s for data.  Many ETFs we use did not exist in the late 1900s and early 2000s and most that did lack the necessary historical data … [Read More...]

What Is The Meaning of Those X’s and O’s?

This morning a question was posed as to the meaning of the X's and O's in the PnF graphs.  One good source of information is StockCharts.  Another excellent source is Thomas Dorsey's book, Point & Figure Charting. The older and less expensive version will work fine. At the heart of PnF graphing is the law of supply and demand.  When the demand for a stock exceeds … [Read More...]