100 Level

Portfolio Construction, Maintenance, & Monitoring

To be a successful investor, the trio of portfolio construction, maintenance, and monitoring are all essential.  While the importance of portfolio construction is receiving less attention than it did in the 1990s, detailed research is yet to be conducted on its significance.  The research I've read is too broad with a focus on stocks, bonds, and cash.  Due to its complexity, it … [Read More...]

Equal Weighted vs. Cap-Weighted Indexes

Before Robert D. Arnott came out with his book, "The Fundamental Index: A Better Way to Invest," the subject of building indexes around equal weight given to each stock rather than cap-weighted methods was under hot discussion.  Which is the better approach?  Arnott makes a compelling case for equal weighting as does the following paper referenced below.  Equal weighted … [Read More...]

300 Level

The Art and Science of Portfolio Construction

Basic investment principles require long-term portfolios exhibit the following characteristics. 1.  Equity orientation. Equity orientation includes high-expected return ETFs such as VTI, IWN, VTV, VOE, VOT, VBR, VBK, etc. 2.  Diversification over the entire world market. International exposure is possible through ETFs such as VEU, EFA, VWO, EPP, etc. This blog post is not … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance: 25 February 2011

Photograph: Harvest in the Sacred Valley of Peru with Andes in the background. Portfolio Performance Since posting the last performance table, the February 25 update shows nearly all portfolios gaining ground on the benchmarks.  Several of the larger portfolios also exhibited an increase in both the Sortino and Retirement Ratios.  It seems as if the portfolios are structured to show … [Read More...]

200 Level

Keeping It Simple

Investors wishing to keep their portfolio as simple as possible, yet obtain global diversification, can do it with no more than three ETFs. 1.  VTI will cover all U.S. Equities. 2.  VEU is the all-world except U.S. international ETF.  This ETF provides the global exposure we require, even for a very simple portfolio. 3.  BND, or an all bond ETF provides a diversifier or risk … [Read More...]

Swensen Portfolio Plus Dividend ETF VIG

As suggested by one reader, I removed the individual stocks from the Swensen-Six Portfolio and added VIG, a dividend oriented ETF.  Below is the Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) analysis, correlation matrix, and "Delta Factor" projections when using five years of historical data.  One big advantage of using VIG instead of several individual stocks is one of simplicity.  … [Read More...]

400 Level

Bullish Percent Indicators: 21 December 2012

This past week, despite the political problems in Washington, saw improvement in many of the broad market indexes and individual sectors.  Platinum members can check the results in the following two tables. The following information is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]

“Delta Factor” Projections For Sector ETFs

While I do not build portfolios around sectors of the stock market, it is important to review sectors ETFs as it provides another view of market conditions.  We examine the Bullish Percent Index information as shown in this article, to see where the market as been and is it over bought or under sold.  When the BPI values are above the 70% line, as most are today, we argue the market is too high to … [Read More...]