100 Level

Developing a Portfolio Plan

Basic Suggestions in Portfolio Development* In the beginning stages of setting up a portfolio plan, there are a few essential decisions investors make. Here are a few hints to consider. Follow "The Golden Rule of Investing." Save as much as you can as early as you can. Develop a savings plan as there is no avoiding this step. Live below your means.  Learn … [Read More...]

ITA Wealth Management: Adding Investment Knowledge

  ITA Wealth Management Blog: Unique Contributions     What makes the ITA Wealth Management blog different from other investing blogs? 1. ITA provides examples of actual portfolios of various size and different launch dates.   2. Platinum members have access to eight different portfolios showing all transactions, portfolio performance, benchmark performance, … [Read More...]

300 Level

Portfolio Review: Curie Update

Curie Portfolio Update Other than recording June dividends, none of the 17 limit orders were activated this month. Current dips in the market were insufficient to trigger any orders I set for the Curie Portfolio.  Based on analysis such as one sees in this article, I think we need a good 10% correction to reel in all the limit orders set for this portfolio. Below is the Dashboard for the … [Read More...]

Staying On The Right Side Of The Market With A Ten ETF Portfolio

Remaining on the right side of the market is critical to reducing portfolio risk.  Platinum members should be well aware of the ITA Risk Reduction model, our first line of defense.  Remember Faber's axiom that ETFs are more volatile when they are priced below the 200-Day Simple Moving Average.  Here at ITA we use a faster EMA, but the difference is not significant and the … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance Data: 4 March 2011

Photograph: Harley at the cabin in Central Oregon Platinum members will find the performance data below.  This is the first complete update since the February statements became available.  In almost every situation, the portfolios gained ground on the VTSMX index.  Quite a few showed improvement in the Sortino and Retirement Ratios, possibly the key measurement. Platinum … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance: 29 October 2011

This has been a great week for the ITA Wealth Management portfolios.  Not only did we see absolute gains for all portfolios, but there were many relative gains when measured against the VTSMX and ITA Index benchmarks.  Not every portfolio showed relative gains, but in general the Sortino and Retirement ratios increased in value.  Inflation held the same since last week.  While … [Read More...]

400 Level

“Delta Factor” Bond Projections

Periodically, I'll post the "Delta Factor" projections for a few bonds used in a number of the portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management.  Few changes occur over time and that is why these projections are posted infrequently.  In the following table of ten ETFs, I used a 50-month time frame so as to bridge the last bear market while not exceeding accurate data for … [Read More...]

Gauss Portfolio Review: Risk Reduction Model Update

At the end of each month the Gauss Portfolio comes up for its ITARR review.  Over the past few days I had some concerns that one or more of the eight critical ETFs would be sold out of the Gauss.  Fortunately, this did not happen as the closing prices today showed each of the ETFs priced above their 195-Day Exponential Moving Averages.  We may find a different situation when the Maxwell is … [Read More...]