100 Level

Equity Markets: Overbought or Oversold?

Market Condition It is not unusual to be asked, is this a good time to purchase stocks, index funds, or ETFs? Is the market over valued or under valued? While there are always individual stocks in either camp, the question today is a broad market query. One indicator I use to answer the question is the Relative Strength Indicator (RSI) graph for the Vanguard Total Market Index ETF, VTI. Below is … [Read More...]

Beginner’s Portfolio

If just starting out as an investor, the following portfolio is a slight modification from the Faber-Richardson Ten Portfolio as published in their book, The Ivy Portfolio.  I replaced GSG, a commodity ETF with a gold ETF, GTU.  Instead of VB, I inserted IWN which provides a value tilt to the portfolio. This material is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]

300 Level

Schrodinger Portfolio Update

No changes occurred within the Schrodinger this last month other than payment of a few dividends.  This is the boring, passively managed portfolio that has been in operation since late 2000.  Platinum readers can see this is a growth oriented portfolio with only 15% allocated to the bond and income asset class.  We do derive income from our REITs holdings, both domestic and … [Read More...]

“Creme List” for August 19, 2011

Three new companies cracked the "Creme List" this week.  Coach (COH) returned in the ninth spot after a short absence and no stocks were deleted from the group.  Use this list with great care as I highly recommend building portfolio through use of index ETFs. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Why Do Amateurs Continue To Try When Professionals Fail?

Seeking Alpha is the scene of a debate around the viability of the Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH).  Before going very far into this topic, please keep in mind that we don't want this information to be scattered very far in the world of investing as we want active manager to keep throwing those $20 dollar bills on the ground so we as passive managers can come along a scoop them up for … [Read More...]

Monte Carlo Retirement Calculator

Have any readers heard the example of saving $2,000 per year starting at age 19, and only saving for eight years?  Assuming a return of 10% a year, how much will this individual have at age 65?  Then we take another investor who begins saving $2,000 per year on the year the first investor stopped.  The second investor also is fortunate enough to earn 10% per year.  Keep in mind … [Read More...]

400 Level

International ETFs: Are There Any Potential Buys?

Two days ago I ran an analysis on domestic ETFs to see if there were any buying opportunities.  The following is a similar Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) analysis of international ETFs.  As readers will see in the "Delta Factor" projection table, there are a few buying opportunities. … [Read More...]

Multi-Asset Class Investing

Multi-asset class investing or multiple asset classes is a title that comes right out of Richard A. Ferri’s excellent book, “All About Asset Allocation.” While my reference is to Ferri's first edition, I would pay the few extra dollars and purchase the second edition.  Nudged by a fellow asset allocation investor, I went back and reread Chapter 4 of Ferri’s book. … [Read More...]