100 Level

Ten Biggest Investor Mistakes – # 5

ITA Wealth Management Mistake #5:  Investors pick individual stocks to build portfolios rather than use index funds. … [Read More...]

Swensen Six and Faber “Ivy Ten” Portfolios

Two model portfolios to consider using are those recommended by David Swensen, chief investment officer of Yale University and author of Unconventional Success, and Mebane Faber, portfolio manager at Cambria Investment Management and co-author of The Ivy Portfolio.  While Faber's book focuses on Ivy League portfolios, there are differences in the make up of the portfolios recommended by … [Read More...]

300 Level

Procter and Gamble (PG): A Test Analysis

The following analysis of Procter & Gamble (PG) is a test to see if I can upload readable graphics, and to illicit reactions from readers as to whether or not this type of individual stock analysis is useful. I am using PG as the test since it is a well known and established company.  Also, it is one of my holdings in at least one portfolio tracked here at ITA Wealth Management.  To come up … [Read More...]

Kenilworth Portfolio Update: 17 October 2011

Although the regular review for the Kenilworth is a few weeks away, purchases and sales this month are reasons for updating the portfolio today.  Readers will note some changes in the Strategic Asset Allocation plan.  For example, shares of VO and VB were sold out of the blend asset classes and those assets were shifted to VTI, the large-cap blend ETF.  VO and VB are highly … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance: 2 March 2012

Most of the portfolios were either flat or lost a fraction of a performance percentage point this week.  The Newton and Bohr made small gains in a rather flat market. Portfolios that gained a little ground on the ITA Index, our customized benchmark, were; Kenilworth, Madison, and Gauss.  The Newton held even and the remaining portfolios fell slightly behind.  It is difficult, … [Read More...]

Active vs. Passive Investing: Part 11

Section Eleven of the Active vs. Passive paper poses several interesting issues.  In the first paragraph the author points out that it is the active investors who 'correct' the market.  This implies the market is efficient, even though the second paragraph implies the reverse is true.  Passive investors should be grateful there are active investors as they do help to create … [Read More...]

400 Level

Delta Factor: What Is It?

Exactly what is the "Delta Factor?"  While I don't plan to reveal the exact algorithm, here are the basic ideas.   1.  A growth projection is estimated for the S&P 500 for the next year.  In most cases, I assume the S&P 500 will grow at an annualized rate of 7% over the next several months. 2.  The historical period is set for three to five … [Read More...]

“New Normal” Portfolio Analyzed

Long-time readers of ITA Wealth Management are familiar with the "New Normal" portfolio, a risk oriented portfolio developed by a Platinum member.  Following is an analysis of an approximation of the NN portfolio.  Approximate in the sense that several tickers were combined into one as the "Ranking Software" will not handle more than twenty investments in one run.  In addition I substituted XOM … [Read More...]