100 Level

Review of John Bogle Book

Larry Swedroe, one of our favorite investment authors, writes a brief review of John Bogle's latest book.  Click here to see this review. … [Read More...]

Anne Murray: CD Recommendation for November

One of my favorite female singers is Anne Murray as she has one of the most melodious and easy to listen to alto voices.  Of the many CD she has recorded, I'll begin with Croonin'.  Perhaps I will list other favorites in the future.  If you are not familiar with Murray, this is a great CD to use as a starter. Here is one positive review from an Amazon viewer. "I've been a fan of Anne Murray … [Read More...]

300 Level

Euclid Portfolio Update: 5 November 2012

Thirty-two days passed since the last review of the Euclid Portfolio and during that time, DBC, one of the commodity holdings dropped in price so that it is now below the 195-Day Exponential Moving Average.  Since Euclid is one of the ITA Risk Reduction (ITARR) model portfolios, it is time to sell DBC and wait for the price to move above its 195-Day EMA.  As Platinum readers can see from the … [Read More...]

Portfolio Performance: 9 September 2011

The first full week in September was a mixed bag.  For starters, the market was down when measured by the VTSMX.  Several portfolios gained ground with respect to the ITA Index, our customized benchmark.  A few portfolio picked up fractions of a percentage point on the VTSMX.  A few also showed stronger Sortino ratios while others declined in value. Below is the performance … [Read More...]

200 Level

High Yield Retirement Portfolio

A Platinum member submitted the following portfolio for analysis.  The portfolio is designed to throw off income for a retiree and as you can see, the historical yield is a very high 4.6% so the portfolio is meeting that goal.  Take note that the portfolio outperformed the S&P 500 and did it with much lower risk. The projected return over the next six to twelve months is 7.6% or very close … [Read More...]

Five Essential Financial Directives

Five Essential Financial Guidelines   1) Pay down credit card debt and never, ever borrow from a bank using a credit card. There is no way you will earn as much year after year through investments as you are paying interest on credit card debt. Simply put, pay off the credit card balance in full each month. There is no interest rate to hate as much as credit card interest. 2) Save as … [Read More...]

400 Level

Risk Reduction Model Clarification

In an effort to clear up some misunderstandings surrounding the ITA Risk Reduction model, permit me to go into a few more details.  My initial move, late last year, was to examine a number of portfolios I track and select several that were lagging the VTSMX benchmark.  Initially, I was only going to apply the ITARR model to three portfolios; Maxwell, Euclid, and Madison.  While the … [Read More...]

Post-Modern Portfolio Theory

Serious investors interested in digging deeper into the issue of portfolio risk management will find the article titled, Post-Modern Portfolio Theory of great interest. This link is bound to produce different references over time so here is a clue to finding the article. Google the term, “Post-Modern Portfolio Theory” and then look for the PDF article by the same name. The article is … [Read More...]