100 Level

What To Do As Congress Debates and Postures

Investors are faced with many questions as Congress continues to waste precious time in solving what has become known as the "Financial Cliff."  How are you going to handle your portfolio over the next few months and what are the best practices to follow?  My advice is to do very little to next to nothing, but to expect a bumpy ride.  When I say "very little," I would not be adding large shares to … [Read More...]

Twelve ETF Portfolio: Moving From HYG to LQD

Here is the link to a basic 12-ETF portfolio.  In addition to examining the ETFs that make up the portfolio, take time to look at the Correlation Matrix. Over time I plan to sell some shares in HYG and move those funds over to LQD.  View this comparison link to see why I might be inclined to make the change.  If looking for income, HYG does have a higher yield than LQD.   … [Read More...]

300 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...]

“New Normal” Portfolio Revised

Photograph:  Cape Mears Lighthouse.  This is the lighthouse that was shot up by vandals a few years ago.  Although repairs were made, the lighthouse will never be the same as Fresnel lenses of this size and quality of glass are irreplaceable. The creator of the "New Normal" portfolio sent me the latest holdings so here is the revised Quantext Portfolio Planner (QPP) … [Read More...]

200 Level

Steady As She Goes With The Schrodinger

Investors looking for a well-diversified no-nonsense portfolio need look no further than the Schrodinger Portfolio.  This passively operated portfolio was launched in late 2000 so it has been operational during the "lost decade."  The Sortino Ratio for the Schrodinger is a very high 10.4 and the yield is a respectable 2.3%.  Readers will note the strong tilt toward … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance – 1 October 2010

TDAmeritrade came out with the September statements this afternoon so I was able to update many of the portfolios in greater detail that expected. In nearly every case, we made progress either by gaining on the benchmarks or reducing portfolio risk. Only in the case of the Schrodinger Portfolio, where we switched to the ITA Index benchmark for our SR and RR calculations, did we see significant … [Read More...]

400 Level

Retirement Target Return

Retirement Target Return What is the Retirement Target Return (RTR) all about?  RTR is one of the factors found in the Retirement Ratio (RR) risk management equation. ITA Wealth Management readers know the importance of measuring portfolio risk and RTR is part of that process. Here is exactly how RTR is determined. RTR is the sum of the current inflation rate plus the percentage one … [Read More...]

Maxwell Portfolio Examination: 5 May 2012

Tomorrow, May 6th, is the official day to update the Maxwell, but nothing is going to happen over the weekend so here is the May review of this portfolio.  Platinum readers know that the Maxwell is one of the five model portfolios for the ITA Risk Reduction experiment.  Below is the current Dashboard for the Maxwell. … [Read More...]