100 Level

The Case of Equity Correlations

Readers following the various portfolios may have reservations about eliminating particular asset classes, particularly mid- and small-cap blend as represented by VO and VB.  Why sell off these asset classes?  The reason is the high correlation between the asset classes as you can see from the following screenshot.  The first nine ETFs cover the "Big Nine" U.S. Equity asset classes, and they are … [Read More...]

ETFs As Market Predictors

While our focus is on the long-term rather than market timing, it still makes sense to pay attention to market action.  This article is one I thought readers would find interesting.  In addition to following RSP and IYT, I recommend Platinum members also track VTI, Vanguard's total U.S. equities market and VT, Vanguard's Total World equities market. … [Read More...]

300 Level

5 ETF Bond, REIT, & Gold Portfolio

Is it possible to build a portfolio that does not include U.S. stocks or international equities?  The following portfolio was suggested by a reader and it originates from a well-known author.  Here are the five ETFs that make up this conservative portfolio. 1-3 Year Treasury Bond (SHY) Intermediate Bond ETF (BIV) Emerging Market Bonds (EMB) Real Estate (VNQ Gold … [Read More...]

Bohr Portfolio Update: 24 September 2012

Several changes took place in the Bohr Portfolio since the last update.  I sold shares of VOT in order to bring mid-cap growth into balance.  I also sold a few shares of VTV, but large-cap value is still 1.1% above target.  Cash from these sales was used to purchase VWO, PCY, and DBC.  Emerging markets and commodities are within target limits, but I still need to pick up more … [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...]

Maximizing The Return/Risk Ratio

I spent much of the morning working on optimizing numerous sets of ETFs until I came up with the following array of investments.  This sample portfolio consists of the ETFs used in many ITA portfolios.  Knowing that individual stocks bring diversity to most portfolio, I "Googled" for the five highest yielding dividend aristocrats.  To make sure I have the top five, I would need to confirm with … [Read More...]

400 Level

ETF Indicator Update

Below is an incomplete list of ETFs using in the ITA portfolios.  As I come across ETFs of interest, I add them to the list.  It takes time to update the list as each indicator (now eight in number) is entered manually.  Of the ETFs currently on the list, PCY is one that is very close to a Buy.  If the percentage exceeds 100% the ETF goes on the Buy list.  PCY is about one … [Read More...]

Bonds “Delta Factor” Data

In the following screen shot, readers can see the "Delta Factor" projections for the Bond ETFs I've compiled.  If you are new to ITA Wealth Management and are not familiar with the "Delta Factor," check out the blogs listed in the DF category or search the term. … [Read More...]