100 Level

Harvest Tax Losses

With Halloween on the horizon, now is the time to go through taxable accounts and identify investments that are below the average purchase price.  While I would not pay attention to stocks, mutual funds, or ETFs that are losing a few hundred dollars, concentrate on the larger losers and take advantage of tax losses.  If you are holding ETFs, and do not want to remain out of the market, … [Read More...]

Searching for the Strategic Asset Allocation Holy Grail

Establishing a strategic asset allocation (SAA) plan for a portfolio requires at least two major decisions.  1) What asset classes should be included in the portfolio.  2) What percentage of the total portfolio is allocated to each asset class.  Decision number two is the more difficult of the two.  Where do I come up with the various asset allocation plans found in the various … [Read More...]

300 Level

Einstein Update: 12 December 2011

I've been compressing the time between portfolio reviews in order to keep up with year-end changes.  For the most part, this portfolio is in good shape  Asset classes are in balance with a few exceptions.  This portfolio does receive a small infusion of cash each month and we will be using it to pull up international REITs, the one asset class that is below target.  … [Read More...]

Schrodinger Review: 15 August 2011

Little has changed within the Schrodinger Portfolio since the last update.  Most of the asset classes are in balance as one can see from the Dashboard below.  The small amount of cash available will likely be invested in international markets. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Stress Test: Part I

Stress Testing the Curie Portfolio Investors experienced a traumatic year in 2008 and it will likely happen again.  Are you prepared to deal with the risk? In the next two blog entries I will walk readers through a portfolio stress test using the Curie Portfolio.  To work through this analysis, I will use the Monte Carlo software, Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP).  Most of you are … [Read More...]

Annuities: Are They For You?

To read this article over on Seeking Alpha, go to this site.  There are links available you will not find in the posting below. … [Read More...]

400 Level

Hierarchy of Buy and Sell Decisions

Burlington Northern operating in the wide open spaces of the Northwest. Hierarchy of buy and sell decision is critical, particularly when the market is running at current high levels.  Here are some guidelines I use when it comes to rebalancing the portfolio or making buy, hold, and sell decisions. The following information is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]

Pre-Examination of Maxwell Portfolio

Tomorrow is the examination date for the Maxwell Portfolio, one of the ITA Risk Reduction model candidates.  The asset allocation plan (Dashboard will be available tomorrow) for the Maxwell is a little different than it is for "mainstream" portfolios such as the Newton, Euclid, and Schrodinger.  The allocation plan is skewed toward small-cap value and emerging markets.  … [Read More...]