100 Level

The Case for Indexing

If any ITA readers need additional evidence for building portfolios using a core of index instruments, be sure to read a few of the Ten Top Investment books recommend on this site and extract this PDF file off the Internet.  Go to the link provided and look for the PDF link.  This Vanguard paper titled, The Case for Indexing is written by Christopher B. Phillips, CFA. There are many … [Read More...]

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2 and Sarah Brightman: Two Recommendations

Rachmaninoff's piano concerto #2 is the CD recommendation for the week of May 26, 2013.  As a bonus, you will also receive Rhapsody On A Theme of Paganini. I second this Amazon evaluation of this recording. "This is one of the finest performance and recording of these pieces available. Gary Graffman shows his brilliant talent in these interpretations of Rachmaninoff. Far too many think that … [Read More...]

300 Level

Einstein Portfolio Review: August 13, 2011

Although the Einstein Portfolio is not scheduled for a review, shares of VEU were added to the portfolio this week.  This purchase brings the developed international markets asset class closer to the target range of 15.0%.  In the first screen shot we see the Strategic Asset Allocation plan presented in tabular form.  I've not made the decision to eliminate mid- and small-cap … [Read More...]

Sortino Ratio: Revised Calculation

Platinum members likely picked up my reference on the new Sortino Ratio (SR) calculation in the comments section.  When you first log on to ITA Wealth Management, be sure to check for the latest comments or better still, sign up for a comments RSS.  What is changing with the SR calculation? … [Read More...]

200 Level

Please Keep It Simple: A Basic Seven-Eight ETF Portfolio

Is it possible to put together a simple portfolio?  I don't want anything too complicated, particularly when I am just beginning my investing career.  Such requests are common and the answer is - yes, it is possible to build a simple portfolio.  The diversification may not be the best, but that issue can be address later.  Below is a basic portfolio any investor can … [Read More...]

ITA Portfolio Performance Data Sheet: 16 November 2012

While all portfolios declined in value over the past two weeks, the good news is that every portfolio, without exception, gained ground on both the ITA Index and VTSMX benchmarks.  Yes, you read correctly.  Every portfolio picked up basis points on both critical benchmarks. While none of these accounts are particularly set up as defensive portfolios, all reacted this way as none declined as … [Read More...]

400 Level

ETF Indicator Update

Below is an incomplete list of ETFs using in the ITA portfolios.  As I come across ETFs of interest, I add them to the list.  It takes time to update the list as each indicator (now eight in number) is entered manually.  Of the ETFs currently on the list, PCY is one that is very close to a Buy.  If the percentage exceeds 100% the ETF goes on the Buy list.  PCY is about one … [Read More...]

Gauss Portfolio: Updated Dashboard Reflecting Risk Reduction Model

The Gauss Portfolio is now ready for a 30-Day nap.  With all the critical ETFs above their 195-Day Exponential Moving Averages (EMAs), all required purchases were made this morning.  The following Dashboard shows the asset classes are in balance. … [Read More...]