100 Level

Retirement Planning Web Sites

Below are links to three sites that will aid you in planning for retirement.  These resources come from Vanguard, The Motley Fool, and Fidelity. Here at ITA Wealth Management, we also have a retirement planner, but we require more information than the three sites referenced below. Here are the three references. 1. Vanguard site can be found here. 2. The Motley Fools site can be found at … [Read More...]

Asset Allocation or Risk Parity

A Platinum member sent the following summary of an article and asked me to comment.  Note that my response is framed in the context of constructing portfolios through the use of a strategic asset allocation plan.  The Dashboard of the Curie Portfolio, posted this morning, is an example.  The second part is tied to future performance forecasts using software, Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP).  Here … [Read More...]

300 Level

Kenilworth Portfolio Review: 20 September 2011

As mentioned in the middle footnote of News and Updates, the Kenilworth is scheduled for an update this week.  Since the last review, shares of VOT, VWO, RWX, and VUG were added to this portfolio in an effort to bring more asset classes into balance.  I also altered the asset allocation slightly by reducing bonds/income and increasing international REITs.  The yield is so high on … [Read More...]

Momentum Percentage – Calculation and Interpretation

As promised in a recent comment I have prepared an explanation of how the Momentum Percentage number in the Ranking Spreadsheet is calculated and how it should be be interpreted. This may seem a little complex at first read, but I've tried to illustrate and make understanding as simple as I can. There's lots of ink that may require lots of think! … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance: 2 December 2011

This past week was a very good one in absolute terms or when comparing with historical data as nearly all portfolios gained ground.  In other words, the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) showed improvement.  However, all portfolios lost yardage when compared with the VTSMX benchmark.  It must be noted that dividends and the most recent trades are not included in the results as only the … [Read More...]

Sixteen Asset Classes: The Basic Portfolio

More Asset Classes Are Not Enough TLH Spreadsheet users are familiar with the sixteen (cash is excluded) asset classes used with most of the larger ITA Wealth Management portfolios.  Below is what I call the Basic Portfolio as standard ETFs are used to populate the different asset classes. Despite all the asset classes being populated with nearly equal percentages, there is something … [Read More...]

400 Level

“Delta Factor” Projections for Bond ETFs

"Delta Factor" projections for bond ETFs are grim for the next few months.  All but BWX are negative in the Delta column.  SHV only rounds to zero as it is also negative.  While a number of bonds are showing a "Delta Factor" of Hold, the bias or tilt is definitely down as shown by the Delta column.  The general prediction is to hold these ETFs with great … [Read More...]

Harry Browne’s Permanent Portfolio

Risk-Parity Look at Permanent Portfolio Much is written about Harry Browne's Permanent Portfolio, particularly since it held up well during the "Black Swan" markets of the early 21st century.  Below is a look at the equal allocation plan as advocated by Browne, and a Risk-Parity examination of the same four asset classes.  Both the equal allocation and Risk-Parity … [Read More...]