100 Level

Active Management Headwinds

Odds of Success for Active Managers Richard A. Ferri discusses the various headwinds the investor faces if they choose the path of selecting actively managed mutual funds.  In his book, "The Power of Passive Investing," Ferri lists the primary obstacles to achieving success.  Success is defined as performing better than an index oriented portfolio. 1. The probability of … [Read More...]

Huffington Post Article

Remove the sphygmomanometer from your arm before reading this Huffington Post article on the 10 Biggest Wall Street Lies. … [Read More...]

300 Level

Basic Portfolio Information

The ITA blog was down most of the day due to a backup file causing the server to close down.  That file was removed and the blog is again functioning.  Platinum members will find my most recent post using the link provided below. … [Read More...]

Setting Buy Limit Order

Within a TDAmeritrade account, how does one set a limit order to buy shares of an ETF?  The following video clip explains the process.  It is quite easy.  Just log on to your account and walk through the following steps.  As mentioned in the video/audio clip, I rarely set orders of any type outside NYSE business hours as the bid-ask spread all too frequently expands in after … [Read More...]

200 Level

Asset Allocation: Breaking It Down

Launching a new portfolio requires a portfolio policy or an asset allocation plan.  There is a significant body of research on the importance of this decision.  However, some of the latest research by Ibbotson and Associates show this decision to be less important than it was thought to be twenty years ago.  Here are some of the steps I go through in thinking through what it means … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance Data: 18 February 2012

All portfolios showed gains this week on an absolute scale, but the relative movement when measured against the different benchmarks was mixed.  The Kepler held par with respect to the VTSMX and picked up a few tenths of a percent on the ITA Index.  The Kenilworth pulled ahead of both benchmarks.  Seven of the eleven portfolios held their own or gained ground on the VTSMX.  … [Read More...]

400 Level

Bullish Percent Indicators: Weekly Update

The offensive is in control of all sectors and major indexes.  Only two sectors, Materials and Utilities, showed reduction in the number of companies exhibiting bullish Point and Figure (PnF) graphs. Platinum membership available for a mere $5 per month.  Learn portfolio management. … [Read More...]

Bullish Percent Indicators: 28 September 2012

The broad market decline showed up in a number of the indexes and sectors as Platinum readers will see in the following data tables.  To check these results, be sure to set the BPI graphs to calculate percentage changes, not the traditional setting. … [Read More...]