100 Level

What Is (Was) The Motivation For ITA Wealth Management?

What is the motivation for writing this blog? Here are a few reasons. I wanted to learn how blogs work, and there seemed no better way than to set one up. Writing this blog required me to dig into academic papers I filed away years ago.  Rereading a number of investment books is a side benefit. I wanted to pass on what I learned from over fifty years of investing. This investing … [Read More...]

Constructing Your First Portfolio

Faced with the task of building a portfolio from scratch, what are the first steps?  Assume one saved a bit of money, read a few of the Top Ten Investment Books, and is convinced of the wisdom of index investing. Read the following questions and answer them as best you can.  Don't be fearful of making a mistake or feel these decisions cannot be reversed.  Not only can you change them, I … [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...]

Sample Portfolio For Fidelity Clients

The following portfolio represents a sample of commission free ETFs available through Fidelity.  The efficient frontier shows an asset allocation plan that is so close to an optimized portfolio that the diamond and red dots are no different on the graph. Efficient Frontier:  The indicator for the optimum portfolio lies behind the diamond dot.  The Return/Risk ratio is just a bit over 0.5, quite … [Read More...]

200 Level

Advantages to Mosaic Investing

It comes as no surprise to long standing Platinum members that most equity ETFs are highly correlated.  The basic ones we use to populate many of our portfolios show correlations of 80% or higher when analyzed using the Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) software.  To reduce portfolio volatility and increase the Diversification Metric (DM) we have several choices.  One common approach … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance: 10 February 2012

All the portfolios were in good shape until Friday's market hit.  The downturn in the three critical international classes hurt most of the ITA Portfolios as they are global in their asset allocation structure.  Therefore, most gained a little ground on the ITA Index while loosing traction to the VTSMX.  The difference is that the ITA Index is a customized benchmark that … [Read More...]

400 Level

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...]

QPP Analysis of “Top 17 Stocks”

Selecting the recommended stocks from the 40 securities listed in a prior blog, here is the Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) analysis of those 17 stocks.  Included is the Correlation Matrix graph and for good measure, I threw in the "Delta Factor" projections.  Since there were fewer stocks than in the original analysis I was able to show all the correlations. QPP Analysis:  As in the prior QPP … [Read More...]