100 Level

Fiscal Cliff: Time to Activate ITARR Model

We hear a lot about the coming "fiscal cliff."  If Congress does not act before taxes increase and spending cuts go into effect at the beginning of 2013, the country could go into another recession.  Rather than panic, now is the time to pay close attention to each major holding in your portfolio(s).  Instead of limiting the ITA Risk Reduction model to five portfolios, I plan to expand the number, … [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...]

300 Level

Benchmarking a Portfolio: Essential to Portfolio Management

Waterford, Virginia ITA Wealth Management readers know I am passionate about portfolio benchmarking and portfolio risk analysis.  To my knowledge, there is no better software program for the small investor than the TLH Spreadsheet, provided to all Platinum members.  We use two primary benchmarks in this spreadsheet, although four are available.  One is Vanguard's Total Stock … [Read More...]

Ranking of Basic ETFs One Might Use In Portfolio Construction

From time to time I post the rankings of basic ETFs one might use to build a portfolio.  I'm always interested in seeing which ETFs are performing better than VTI, the total U.S. Equities ETF.  While this list is only a small sampling from all the ETFs that are available to investors, most of these are commission free to TDAmeritrade clients. This is not a "real" or actual portfolio operating … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Performance – 14 January 2011

  Portfolio Performance Below is the Portfolio Performance data table for this week.  Overall, the seven updated portfolios gained a little ground on the benchmarks as well as the SR and RR return/risk ratios.  In one case, the portfolio pulled ahead of the benchmark, but showed a decline in the SR and RR values.  That event is rather unusual, but it does occur.  … [Read More...]

Different Styles of Investing*

Let me pose a problem or situation to ITA Wealth Management readers.  We have two intelligent investors who approach investing from entirely different philosophies. For simplicity we will call them Investor A and Investor B.  Investor A is an active manager and readers have already know what active management entails.  Investor B is a passive manager and you know a bit about passive … [Read More...]

400 Level

ETF Evaluations In Preparation for Euclid Risk Reduction Analysis

At the close of the market tomorrow (1/12/2012) I will examine the relative price of each ETF used in Euclid and compare it with its 195-Day EMA.  For example, in the slide shot below the price of VTI is well above its 195-Day EMA.  The ITA Risk Reduction model calls for holding a full position in VTI.  Checking the Euclid moments ago, Large-Cap Blend (VTI) is slightly over target … [Read More...]

Bond “Delta Factor” Projections

As requested, here are the "Delta Factor" projections for bond ETFs.  Keep in mind that VCSH, VCIT, VMBS and VGLT have short records (less than 5-yrs) so can be neglected.  If you have other bond ETFs to consider, send them along and I can add them to this list. … [Read More...]