100 Level

“Sell In May And Go Away”

Seasonal Timing Strategy The admonition of "Sell in May and Go Away" or "Sell in May and Go Play" likely originated with Ned Davis of Ned Davis Research Inc., or Yale Hirsch of the Hirsch Organization.  This idea reoccurred as a tickler showed up on my computer calendar.  Upon receiving this notification, I immediately did a search for "Harding" of Sy … [Read More...]

DFA Portfolio vs. Euclid Portfolio Over Thirteen-Year Period

How does the performance of a DFA oriented portfolio perform when compared with the Euclid Portfolio, one of the older portfolios tracked here at ITA Wealth Management?  I selected the Euclid as it is one of the poorer performing portfolios over the last thirteen years.  The reason for the lagging performance is that I allowed too much cash to site idle in the portfolio for long periods … [Read More...]

300 Level

Schrodinger Portfolio Review: 21 June 2013

Wow!  What a rocky market these last few days, and there is nothing to stop this from continuing.  If you are young and feeding your portfolio with new cash, this is the kind of market you are praying for as every dollar will purchase more shares.  For retirees, our prayers differ as we want the market to move higher to counter inflation and provide funds for living. While VTI "sneezed," it … [Read More...]

TLH Spreadsheet Hint

Photograph: Colter The following video/audio clip is a small hint of how to avoid the manual update on the Holdings spreadsheet.  Users of the TLH spreadsheet will find this hint useful. … [Read More...]

200 Level

Portfolio Construction

There are many different schools of thought when it comes to creating a portfolio, but how you proceed will depend on several different factors. Attitude to risk, targeted returns and available length of time to invest are all aspects that need to be built into any plan. Strategic asset allocation is one way of managing a portfolio that can accommodate different attitudes to risk, which in … [Read More...]

Optimizing the “Swensen Six” Portfolio

To answer the question of how much the "Swensen Six" portfolio changes when placed under the optimization microscope, here is the following analysis.  The percentage changes from asset class to asset class are not as different as one might expect. This material is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. … [Read More...]

400 Level

Suppose Today Was October 2nd

Suppose this was October 2nd instead of September 2nd and the alert is on for the Maxwell and Euclid portfolios.  It is time to fire up the StockCharts graphs for VTI, VEU, VWO, VNQ, and RWX.  Assume we are always going to include TLT and TIP in the portfolio.  Using VNQ as showing in the graph below, how do we interpret what move to make, assuming we were out of the market with … [Read More...]

Watching Prices and 195-Day EMAs

I've been tracking or at least observing the prices of the eight critical ETFs and their respective 195-Day Exponential Moving Averages (EMAs) and was relieved to see the upticks today. The Madison is up for review this weekend and based on the closing numbers, I can place this portfolio on automatic pilot for another month.  That leaves the Gauss to be evaluated at the end of the … [Read More...]