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rm
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tracking funds,etfs etc

Post by rm » Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:13 pm

I always re-invest my cap gains/dividends back into the fund/etf providing them. How does one track the performance of the fund and etf with the dividends re-invested.

If I look into google finance they will only give the NAV at given point of time. This makes it difficult to track exact performance so I can do my AA well

Thanks

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Re: tracking funds,etfs etc

Post by lack_ey » Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:22 pm

Morningstar growth-of-$10,000 charts would be the easiest way. Click the "chart" tab for any mutual fund. You can add ticker symbols in to compare. For some reason when on an ETF's page, the tab only shows you the price over time; you can access the same by just using the URL directly:

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http://quotes.morningstar.com/chart/fund/chart?t=[ticker]
Replace [ticker] with the ticker symbol you want, e.g. VTIAX.

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http://quotes.morningstar.com/chart/fun ... A%5B%5D%7D

For example $10,000 growing to $18,373.08 over 10 years is... [ 1.837308^(1/10) - 1 ] * 100% = 6.27% annualized. For common round numbers like 10 years or 5 years, YTD, etc., you can look those up on the fund website or some other info source, but this would be more generally applicable if looking at a more specific period of time.
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Re: tracking funds,etfs etc

Post by pshonore » Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:23 pm

Vanguuard website shows all their funds and ETFs with YTD, 1, 5, 10 returns, etc. All assume reinvestment of dividends,, etc

As an example https://investor.vanguard.com/etf/list# ... nd-returns

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Flymore
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Re: tracking funds,etfs etc

Post by Flymore » Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:37 pm

I like using the watchlist tool on Vanguards website to track funds.

https://personal.vanguard.com/us/funds/tools/watchlist

Vanguard Funds
View Watch List Details Edit this information
Name Symbol Price as of 01/12/2018 YTD Returns
as of
01/12/2018
Price Change SEC Yield
500 Index Fund Adm VFIAX $257.38 $1.72 0.67% 1.86% B 4.28% Buy
Balanced Index Fund Adm VBIAX $35.51 $0.13 0.37% 2.03% B 2.28% Buy

Good luck.

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Re: tracking funds,etfs etc

Post by dbr » Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:01 pm

I guess I'll add the obligatory suggestion of tracking everything in a spreadsheet. You may find a way to auto-download your account information but it really is not hard to update manually at for example monthly intervals. The advantage of a spreadsheet is that almost anything can be done with the data once you have it. If buying or selling, including dividend investment, is involved it is not a bad idea to have your own records.

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Re: tracking funds,etfs etc

Post by Doc » Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:49 am

lack_ey wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:22 pm
Morningstar growth-of-$10,000 charts would be the easiest way. Click the "chart" tab for any mutual fund. You can add ticker symbols in to compare. For some reason when on an ETF's page, the tab only shows you the price over time; you can access the same by just using the URL directly
To get around the ETF anomaly start with any mutual fund and add the ETF as a compare. This concerts the ETF price to total return. I often use a money market fund like VMMXX as a starter.
A scientist looks for THE answer to a problem, an engineer looks for AN answer and lawyers ONLY have opinions. Investing is not a science.

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