100 Level

Active Managers: How Well Do They Do?

For a little excitement I Googled the phrase, "Active Managers Outperform the Market." Here are a few of the top sites I uncovered with this search. 1. Active Managers' Market-Beatings Claims Debunked. Give the irritating ad time to clear. 2) Active Managers Didn't Outperform in This Bear Market. 3) Active Managers Take a Beating in 2010. 4) Can Active Investment Managers … [Read More...]

Save Early

Photograph: Florence, Italy There is no better way to prepare for retirement than to save frequently and early.  The operative word is "early."  The Golden Rule of Investing is to "Save as Much as You Can as Early as You Can." William Bernstein, in his book, "Investor's Manifesto" puts it in harsh terms. "Each dollar you do not save at 25 will … [Read More...]

300 Level

“Creme List” for February 18

Twenty stocks made the "Creme List" this week, a high number based on results over the past year.  LLTC was cut from the list as it went more then 13 weeks without making the elite list.  Only one stock is priced to buy based on my analysis.  This is not surprising considering the high market. Check the stock with the * in the following data table. … [Read More...]

Creating The Customized ITA Index Benchmark For The Kenilworth And Other Portfolios

Constructing a customized benchmark to use as a performance standard is nearly as important as putting together a Strategic Asset Allocation (SAA) plan for a portfolio.  If one does not benchmark a portfolio how is it possible to know how well the portfolio is being managed?  To understand what is required to come up with a good benchmark, check this reference.  I also recommend … [Read More...]

200 Level

Active vs. Passive Investing: Part 11

Section Eleven of the Active vs. Passive paper poses several interesting issues.  In the first paragraph the author points out that it is the active investors who 'correct' the market.  This implies the market is efficient, even though the second paragraph implies the reverse is true.  Passive investors should be grateful there are active investors as they do help to create … [Read More...]

Beginner’s Portfolio

If just starting out as an investor, the following portfolio is a slight modification from the Faber-Richardson Ten Portfolio as published in their book, The Ivy Portfolio.  I replaced GSG, a commodity ETF with a gold ETF, GTU.  Instead of VB, I inserted IWN which provides a value tilt to the portfolio. This material is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]

400 Level

Ranking Vanguard’s Sector ETFs

One of the portfolios up for review this week is the Gauss.  In preparation for that update I'm looking for ways to improve the performance of this portfolio as it still lags the VTSMX benchmark.  I thought I would rank the Vanguard sector ETFs (minus VNQ) to see if there are any potential "momentum" ETFs among this group.  Below is the latest ranking. Sector Rankings:  The financial (VFH) ETF … [Read More...]

Euclid ITA Risk Reduction Update

This was the weekend for the Euclid examination.  Here is a report of what happened.  First, take a look at the current Dashboard for this portfolio shown below.. … [Read More...]