100 Level

Active, Passive and Mosaic Investing

Mosaic As An Investing Style The subject of active vs. passive investing came up a few times on a forum where I'm active.  Readers know my inclination toward passive investing rather than an active investing style.  This link was cause for one of the discussion points as the "Intelligent Speculator" author speaks of "looking for high quality dividend stocks that help … [Read More...]

Seeking Alpha Articles

Over the last few weeks I've been writing a few articles for  Seeking Alpha and they have pulled a few blog posts off this site.  In case you missed any of these articles, here are the links. Emerging Market Countries: Properly Priced Probabilities Portfolio Risk: Is It Worth Taking a Chance? Stress Testing Retirement Portfolio: Will It Last? A 10 … [Read More...]

300 Level

Asset Allocation for Small Global Portfolios

If your portfolio is small and yet you want global diversification, this portfolio is one to consider.  This six asset class portfolio is built around asset allocation guidelines laid out by David Swensen in his book, "Unconventional Success."  Thirty percent of the portfolio is allocated to U.S. Treasury Bonds (TLT) and TIPs (TIP).  Domestic REITs are covered with the VNQ … [Read More...]

Momentum-Optimization Analysis of Stock Portfolio

If you have not read the QQP analysis of this set of stocks, do so before reading this blog.  Here is the link to the Quantext Portfolio Planning analysis.  While the QPP analysis provides a probability projection of what one might expect over the next six to twelve months, the following analysis shows where the current portfolio is positioned with respect to an optimized portfolio.  In other … [Read More...]

200 Level

Einstein Portfolio Review: 19 September 2011

Several portfolios are scheduled for review this week and the Einstein is first on the list.  Platinum members who follow ITA regularly know that I review the portfolios approximately every four to five weeks.  The first thing I do is look at the Dashboard, a worksheet housed within the all important TLH Spreadsheet.  The Dashboard lays out the asset classes and the percentage … [Read More...]

Risk Adjusted vs. Capitalization Asset Allocation Portfolio Construction

Is it better to construct a portfolio based on allocating assets around capitalization divisions or is one better off using a risk adjusted platform?  The following two screen shots show the details of these two approaches to portfolio construction.  In each case I am using ten ETFs that provide worldwide diversity.  Four years of historical data goes into the following Quantext … [Read More...]

400 Level

ITARR Style Portfolios: What Next?

Now that we are near the end of the month, what are the plans for the Maxwell, Euclid, and Madison portfolios?  A price check this morning show all seven basic ETFs are well under their 195-Day EMAs.  Should this continue until November 30th, and I expect that to be the case, we will not make any changes in these three portfolios even though we do hold partial positions in VTI, IWN, IGE, … [Read More...]

Bullish Percent Indicators for 4 January 2013

Both sector and index databases made gains this last week with exception of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.  The overall gains are what one might expect after the market took off on January 2nd.  Below is the data for Platinum members. … [Read More...]