100 Level

Pros and Cons of Index Investing

While scanning the Internet, I ran into this interesting post on the pros and cons of index investing. The writer covers many points we attempt to combat through our approach to portfolio construction and asset allocation. The author chides index investors for being too complacent.  We are anything but complacent and one way we avoid this problem is to accurately maintain and monitor … [Read More...]

Super Charge Your Portfolio

In response to reader requests, I am posting a list of dividend oriented stocks.  Perhaps this is the beginning of a discussion of how one might add a few stocks to a core of index ETFs. The following material is not available for publication elsewhere. … [Read More...]

300 Level

SRCE: A Dividend Stock of Interest

After screening for stocks that showed increasing dividend growth over the past seven years, SRCE is one of eight stocks (out of over 9,000 companies) that passed my tight screen.  Below is an additional analysis of this financial stock. This information is not available for publication elsewhere on the Internet. Sign up for a Platinum membership to gain access to this analysis.  Membership … [Read More...]

Adding SDS to Reduce Portfolio Uncertainty

Another risk reducing card to use with the ITARR model is the ultra-short ETF, SDS.  By allocating 10% of the portfolio to SDS, we make a significant difference in breaking the back of portfolio volatility.  While the projected return is lower, take note of the dramatic increase in both the Return/Uncertainty ratio and the Diversification Metric (DM). … [Read More...]

200 Level

Retirement Rule #6: Develop Your Own Strategic Asset Allocation Plan

Continuing the theme of retirement planning, at some point one needs to develop an asset allocation plan.  If you neglect this suggestion, you have already made a decision.  To make no decision is to make a decision.  One may as well set up a plan with some logic and reasoning behind the process.  To develop a SAA plan, one needs to understand the options available or Rule #5. There are a … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance: 12 August 2011

Asset Allocation wins again.  The following data table is what ITA Wealth Management is all about.  It is about setting up a Strategic Asset Allocation plan, following through with a passive style of investing, and monitoring the results to see how well the portfolios compares with their benchmarks. While few folks expected to see absolute gains over the last week to ten days, in such … [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...]

What Is The Meaning of Those X’s and O’s?

This morning a question was posed as to the meaning of the X's and O's in the PnF graphs.  One good source of information is StockCharts.  Another excellent source is Thomas Dorsey's book, Point & Figure Charting. The older and less expensive version will work fine. At the heart of PnF graphing is the law of supply and demand.  When the demand for a stock exceeds … [Read More...]