In the first two parts of this series on portfolio construction I have focused on simplicity in terms of the number of assets that might be included in the portfolio and the level of management effort required to monitor and maintain the portfolio so as to generate acceptable returns. I have addressed risk at the […]

## Constructing a “Core” Investment Portfolio : Part 2 – Buy And Hold with Periodic Adjustments

In Part 1 of this series of posts (https://itawealth.com/constructing-a-core-investment-portfolio-part-1-buy-and-hold/) I described how a new investor (or an investor wishing to change their current portfolio structure) might set up a simple Buy-And-Hold portfolio of ETFs that requires little or no management. The portfolio consisted of only four ETFs that were equally weighted and could be considered […]

## How Risky is Your Portfolio? – Another Perspective

Last week, Lowell posted a blog asking the question “How Risky is Your Portfolio?” and reminded us that portfolio returns are a function of the expected returns from the assets in our “quiver” and the risk associated with these assets as represented by their volatility. I thought I would try to provide another perspective on […]

## GLD Inflation Play with Options

Unfortunately we lost the series of posts recording the progress of the GLD Option positions used as a possible inflation hedge when we “cleaned up” the site a few weeks ago. This position was opened about a year ago, when GLD was trading at ~$153: Since then GLD moved up to a high of ~$194 […]

## Absolute Acceleration

Members occasionally ask for more information on how the the Absolute Acceleration value used in the Kipling SS’s is calculated. This post should answer this question. The Calculation The intent of the absolute acceleration (AA) calculation is to provide an indication of whether momentum is increasing (accelerating) or decreasing (decelerating – negative acceleration) at the […]

## How “Robust” is the ITA Wealth Momentum Strategy? – Part 5

Reducing Uncertainty by Tranching In the first 4 parts of this study we have focused on the optimization and robustness of the primary parameters necessary to apply the ITA Wealth Momentum Strategy – the appropriate look-back periods to measure momentum (Rate Of Change – ROC) and Volatility and the appropriate weights to apply to these […]

## Expectancy

I have mentioned the concept of “expectancy” a number of times on this site and a Platinum Member recently asked me for a reference to a post on the subject. The references are somewhere in the comments sections of various posts so I thought it might be more useful for me to dedicate a short, […]

## Feynman Portfolio Study: Part 10-3

Momentum Weighted Portfolio A modification of the Rank Weighted (RW) Momentum Portfolio described in Part 10-2 of this Study is what I have called the Momentum Weighted (MW) Portfolio. This strategy uses a proprietary algorithm to calculate allocation weights that more accurately reflect the relative momentum of the individual assets rather than the simple Rank […]

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