How to Track Previous Portfolio Performance in Keeping Pace with the Market

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lizzy10
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How to Track Previous Portfolio Performance in Keeping Pace with the Market

Postby lizzy10 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:38 am

Hi,

Brand new to this forum and glad to be here.

In March of 2016, my husband and I consolidated 900K of our IRA assets into a "managed account" (moderate risk category) that I do not believe is doing that well. I know that the equity market has done very well during the past 13 months and that around the time that we liquidated our assets to consolidate, the market was at a low point (Feb 2016). Is there a way to calculate, or track whether nor not our portfolios have kept pace with the market indices for a "moderate" (60/40) portfolio? The accounts are each divided into 14 areas: mutual funds, bond funds, TIPS, iShares & a few index funds. If so, where could I obtain this information? Is there a professional or a software program that could help us with this?

Many thanks in advance.

laotzu
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Re: How to Track Previous Portfolio Performance in Keeping Pace with the Market

Postby laotzu » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:08 am

In my slow transition from fully managed to self managed investing, I used to track a monthly spreadsheet comparing my current plan with the theoretical value of my old portfolio. I literally just grabbed the last positions in my fully managed account and assumed no changes, the same rebalancing scheme and full dividend reinvestment. I did this for a year or two before deciding I didn't need it anymore. If you had a few positions, this might work for you.

GLState
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Re: How to Track Previous Portfolio Performance in Keeping Pace with the Market

Postby GLState » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:13 am

Portfolio Visualizer is easy to use to create a benchmark for comparision https://www.portfoliovisualizer.com/ Excel may also be a good choice, but if you want to compare your portfolio to a custom benchmark you would have to find the data for all of the components.

Don't be too quick to jump to conclusions. The US equity markets have done very well since March 2016, but you seem to have a diversified portfolio rather than just US equity. If your portfolio contains foreign equity & TIPS, it is not going to match US equity over this period.
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Re: How to Track Previous Portfolio Performance in Keeping Pace with the Market

Postby dbr » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:48 am

If you have contributions or withdrawals you can create a spreadsheet containing a dummy portfolio of the index investments that includes selling and buying and computes internal rate of return to compare to a similar spreadsheet for your actual investments.

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Re: How to Track Previous Portfolio Performance in Keeping Pace with the Market

Postby Lafder » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:10 am

lizzy10,
Welcome here!

I suggest you look for the fees you are paying on your accounts and holdings. They are going to drag down performance quite a bit and are a better measure of the expense you will be paying on your current holdings regardless of market performance.

Consider posting all of your holdings in this format viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6212

That format will help you take a closer look at the fees for each of your holdings as well as any management fees. It was only when I gathered my info in that format that I really took a look at the expenses for each separate holding. And since then I have greatly simplified our holdings to reduce costs and make managing easier.

Once you list holdings, folks here can help you see if your holdings should be matching the market or if there are any concerns or ways to optimize even more.

Lafder

lizzy10
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Re: How to Track Previous Portfolio Performance in Keeping Pace with the Market

Postby lizzy10 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:08 pm

Thank you all thus far for your prompt responses, the the link for the advice for asking portfolio questions and the Portfolio Visualizer. I have some work to do. I also have additional questions on our situation and will post them when I get my bearings in this forum.

The Portfolio Visualizer looks like a fantastic tool and I will definitely utilize it.

The information provided thus far is invaluable!

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Re: How to Track Previous Portfolio Performance in Keeping Pace with the Market

Postby pkcrafter » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:59 pm

Lizzy, where is the managed account?

Posting your information in the suggested format will be very helpful to us and you.

Paul
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