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Category Archives: Portfolio
I knew this time would come eventually and here it is. Starting this month I will not be publishing any further tracking updates on TAA portfolios. Going forward I will be using and recommending Allocate Smartly for TAA portfolio tracking and implementation. Here’s the why and some details on the platform. The number of portfolios I was tracking and wanted to track, and the quality of the information I wanted to provide was proving to be a bit too much. Also, my interests lie more in how to use these portfolios, e.g. to optimize safe withdrawal rates, instead of the … Continue reading
Here is the tactical asset allocation update for August 2016. Below is the snapshot for the AGG3, AGG6, and GTAA13 portfolios. The source data can be found here. This is a new version of the sheet. Google updates the Sheets program every so often and old version of sheets just stop working. That happened this month so I had to do a new version. The sheet contains the IVY5, GTAA5, and the Permanent Portfolio as well. These signals are valid after every trading day. So, while I’ll maintain these month end updates this means that you can implement your portfolio changes on any … Continue reading
Value, momentum, size, quality, volatility, etc as factors in investing are quite popular. They’ve produced significant outsized returns relative to benchmarks. Now, we even have Smart Beta funds and ETFs popping up all over to make taking advantage of factors super easy. That brings up the critical question every investor interested in taking advantage of factors in their portfolio should ask – will the outperformance of factor investing continue in the future? Here I’ll take a look at a recent post from Alpha Architect that addresses this question. In short, investors should expect past outperformance to decrease in the future. … Continue reading
Happy Leap Day! Here is the tactical asset allocation update for March 2016. As I mentioned last couple of months, I am now using a new data source for the portfolio updates. I am also maintaining the old portfolio formats, in Yahoo Finance, for a while. Here is the link to the Yahoo data. Below are the updates for the AGG3, AGG6, and GTAA13 portfolios. The source data can be found here. The big change here is the use of FINVIZ data and more importantly that these signals are valid after every trading day. So, while I’ll maintain these month end updates this … Continue reading
I’ve finally managed to gather enough portfolio performance data to out together this year’s portfolio comparison edition. I was able to add 2014 and 2015 data. Last year’s post is here. You can use last year’s post and the Portfolios page for portfolio definitions. I’ll present the comparison of the portfolios in a few ways. I also added a few new fields this year. I added the last 3 yr, 5 yr, and 10 yr performance for each portfolio and performance in the last bull market and last bull/bear market cycle. Now, on to the data. First, lets present the … Continue reading
Happy New Year everyone! Time to start fresh again in 2016. Here is the first tactical asset allocation update for 2016. As I mentioned last month, I am now using a new data source for the portfolio updates and also going to use a slightly different format for these monthly updates. I will also maintain the old portfolio formats, in Yahoo Finance, for a while. Here is the link to the Yahoo data. Lets dive right in. Below are the updates for the AGG3, AGG6, and GTAA13 portfolios. The source data can be found here. The big change here is … Continue reading
A lot of volatility this month in the equity markets. So far it looks like the portfolio signals to go to cash have been valid. Of course, that’s only half the battle. We’ll see what October brings, a historically positive month for equities. Here are the tactical asset allocation updates for October 2015. All portfolio updates are online as part of Paul’s GTAA 13 Portfolio New sheet. First, for the basic portfolios – the GTAA5 and the Permanent Portfolio. GTAA5 is now 20% invested with IEF going to invested this month. For the timing version of the Permanent Portfolio there were no changes this month. Now for … Continue reading
Compounded annual returns are the crack of the investment world. Wall Street is the pusher and investors are the addicts. Investment companies and investors focus on the annual return metric as the most important in a portfolio to the long term detriment of most investors. This myopic focus on annual returns is bad for investors’ wealth wether they are in the wealth building phase or the withdrawal phase of their investment lives. Lets look at how bad and expensive this unhealthy obsession can be. First, lets look at the case of the investor building future wealth. In a world where … Continue reading
I get a lot of questions about the mechanics of buying and selling the ETFs that comprise the tactical asset allocation (TAA) portfolios that I discuss on the blog. In this post I’ll address some common concerns and issues with respect to ETFs and share some tips for trading them in TAA portfolios. When implementing buy and hold portfolios with ETFs the predominant concern is the management fee of the ETF, especially with an infrequent rebalancing approach. For example, with an annual rebalancing methodology at most there would be one trade per ETF per year. Other common trading concerns such … Continue reading
In my recent overview post on the landscape of available buy and hold portfolios, I said I would come back with a comparison of all the portfolio types; buy and hold, tactical asset allocation (TAA), and quant investing portfolios. Here is that comparison. I’m pretty sure I’ve discussed all the portfolios I compare in this post on the blog at some point but here is a list of the portfolios and some links for more info. Also, I have uploaded a spreadsheet to Google Drive that has more info on the data sources I used for the portfolios. Quant TV … Continue reading