nisiprius wrote:Yes. For me, Portfolio Watch has been sucky and unreliable.
It's very sloppy on non-Vanguard funds, once making a small but meaningful mistake in my international/domestic percentages because it believed that a non-Vanguard fund with significant international holdings was 100% domestic.
It is not necessarily accurate even on Vanguard's own funds. A couple of years ago I contacted them regarding a discrepancy between how the fund page and Portfolio Watch classified LifeStrategy Conservative Growth. The set of holdings which the fund's page classified as "short term reserves" were classified by Portfolio Watch as "bonds."
The discrepancy was in effect "corrected" when Vanguard did a revamp on the composition of the fund itself--it no longer includes any short-term reserves, hence, no more discrepancy.
Vanguard's Portfolio Watch Tool has long been an embarrassment and people who want good information generally go elsewhere (M* and their own spreadsheets). I could dredge up examples, even including some of Vanguard's own funds. I used to complain specifically but have long given up on Vanguard in this respect. Vanguard has some real shortcomings when it comes to IT.
Imagine what it could be like if minds from sites such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Yahoo, etc. were involved with how Vanguard displays info for its customers. We'd have all kinds of options and choices:
"My Accounts" / "Balances and Holdings" would offer:
- Sorting by clicking column headings
- Choices of Column Headings (include/exclude/positioning, etc)
- Option of viewing in older Vanguard display formats
- Automatic wasting of 20% of usable horizontal screenspace eliminated
- Ability to inc/dec font size without ending up with 6 wasted lines because of how columns like "Name" display
- 1 item per line
- Saving your favorite formats
- Option re: how funds are organized
I have to resist the desire to really go into specifics. There are so many ways that this could be improved, and there are so many ways in which the Balances and Holding page format is lacking, it would take too much time from my life with so little expectation of any consequence. Vanguard really is clueless in this area. They do have excellent index funds and ETFs though.