100 Level

Passive Management: The Six Step Process

The following six steps provide investors with an outline for organizing and monitoring a portfolio.  Specific details of implementing these guidelines can be found by tracking one of the ITA Portfolios. 1.  Determine the portfolio objectives.  Consider the following as possible reasons for constructing the portfolio. Is this a retirement portfolio? Is it a higher education … [Read More...]

Mosaic Investor

Mosaic Investing: A third investing style, and one not frequently mentioned in academic literature, is a combination of passive, index, and active management. I call it the Mosaic investing approach. Mosaic investors will fit somewhere along the broad continuum of all investing styles. A Mosaic investor may construct a portfolio around a core of index funds with a particular asset allocation tilt. … [Read More...]

300 Level

“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...]

Updating The Curie Portfolio: 23 July 2012

Updating the Curie Portfolio is upon us again.  Even though the Curie is not one of the five ITARR experimental portfolios, I am using a modified Tactical Asset Allocation version of the risk reduction model and that is why developed international markets and emerging markets are both under target.  The Dashboard, extracted from the TLH Spreadsheet, clearly shows where we are with … [Read More...]

200 Level

Asset Allocation Performance Data

Portfolio Performance Below is the performance data table for the portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management. If the percentages seem exaggerated, note the launch time as young portfolios will show unusual results. Over time the higher percentages will begin to migrate toward values of the VTSMX benchmark. Readers should pay attention to the Sortino Ratio (SR) and Retirement Ratio (RR) as … [Read More...]

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...]

400 Level

Examination Periods of Risk Reduction Model Portfolios

Risk Reduction Examination Dates A number of readers have written to me asking if one needs to wait until the end of the month before examining where the price of the ETF or stock is compared to its Exponential Moving Average (EMA).  While the Faber-Richardson model, as explained in their "Ivy Portfolio" book, use end of the month in their research, I don't think it is all … [Read More...]

Why Pay Any Attention to the Bullish Percent Indicator?

Are there logical reasons to support paying attention to the Bullish Percent Indicator?  Simply put, the Bullish Percent Indicator (BPI) draws special attention when the market or market sectors are overbought or oversold.  When the BPI exceeds the 70 percent level, it is time to be wary of the market.  Demand is high and supply is low.  Everyone that wants in the market and … [Read More...]