What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]

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Re: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]

Post by livesoft » Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:33 am

rgs92 wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:29 am
VBIAX (vanguard balanced index admiral) is up almost exactly 1% ytd today. (Just to provide a benchmark.)
That would be exactly the first half of 2018.
Vanguard.com and Morningstar.com both report 1.38% as the YTD for VBIAX.
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Post by Mursili » Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:39 am

livesoft wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:24 am
Mursili wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:20 am
I do know that my future performance will closely track the weighted performance of the US and global equity markets and the US fixed income market (60/40).
While that may be true, I think many people with index fund portfolios do strange things and underperform the weighted performance of such a benchmark. The reasons are behavioral.
I agree entirely. I understand your point and I should change my statement that looking at past performance is not a healthy thing to do for me. Knowing your performance relative to your benchmark is important to understand if the things you are doing are negatively impacting you. This is a similar reason I keep track of the gas mileage in all of our vehicles. I do it to see if the vehicles are changing and need some attention.
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Post by livesoft » Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:50 am

Mursili wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:39 am
[...] This is a similar reason I keep track of the gas mileage in all of our vehicles. I do it to see if the vehicles are changing and need some attention.
And I track our electricity bills in the summer when the AC is used. If they are different from past years without a weather reason (i.e. hotter or cooler average temps), then I suspect an issue with the air conditioning system.
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Post by rgs92 » Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:00 pm

I was just reporting the results for VBIAX (vanguard bal. index) from Yahoo finance. Why it's different, I don't know.
(NAV change from dividends maybe?)
Thanks for catching that Livesoft.

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Post by Sandtrap » Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:22 pm

dwickenh wrote:
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:57 am
ruralavalon wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:27 pm
Age 72, retired, asset allocation 50/50

Volatility strikes again, back in positive territory :) .

Total return year to date = plus 0.31% per Morningstar Portfolio Manager, or plus 0.19% per Vanguard Personal Performance.

Best fund so far is Vanguard Small-cap Value Index Fund Admiral Shares VSIAX), total return up 3.93% year to date.
I have the same AA as you, but have a .49% loss due to Wellesley having a rough time this year. I have about 20% of my portfolio
in Wellesley in my IRA. It did a little over 10% last year but the bonds are negative and the Large value stocks are not climbing like the rest of the
market. It is a long term holding so no changes- staying the course.
+1
Also took a hit due to substantial holdings in Wellesley and Total Bond.
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Post by PhilosophyAndrew » Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:20 pm

livesoft wrote:
Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:20 pm
That is a good question. I think most people actually don't calculate their portfolio performance correctly anyways. But I do think one should compare the performance of their portfolio to a suitable benchmark. That would require one to calculate their portfolio performance correctly and to select a suitable benchmark.
Livesoft, do you have recommendations or, better still, a recommended methodology, for calculating portfolio performance correctly? I would love to know more of your thoughts about these topics!

Andy.

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Post by livesoft » Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:27 pm

I use MS Money to calculate portfolio performance. I keep track of every single transaction with this bit of free software. It uses the XIRR() algorithm without you having to know how to use spreadsheet. It also allows many different performance reports from the same data. MS Money gives the same performance numbers as Vanguard, TDAmeritrade, WellsFargo, and Fidelity show on their web site for both individual funds and accounts.
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Post by PhilosophyAndrew » Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:57 pm

livesoft wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:27 pm
I use MS Money to calculate portfolio performance. I keep track of every single transaction with this bit of free software. It uses the XIRR() algorithm without you having to know how to use spreadsheet. It also allows many different performance reports from the same data. MS Money gives the same performance numbers as Vanguard, TDAmeritrade, WellsFargo, and Fidelity show on their web site for both individual funds and accounts.
Super — thanks, Livesoft!

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Post by letsgobobby » Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:06 pm

XIRR -1.28%

60/40, of which 60% of stocks are international. Some small and value tilt. Fixed income is about 50/50 bonds and stable value.

I’m very happy with my 8 basis point expense ratio.

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Post by Sandtrap » Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:08 pm

letsgobobby wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:06 pm
XIRR -1.28%

60/40, of which 60% of stocks are international. Some small and value tilt. Fixed income is about 50/50 bonds and stable value.

I’m very happy with my 8 basis point expense ratio.
Aloha
Do you think that having that 60% international has helped moderate things?
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Post by livesoft » Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:40 pm

Sandtrap wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:08 pm
Do you think that having that 60% international has helped moderate things?
j :D
"moderate" is quite polite in this question. :)

I think there is no doubt that holding international stock funds over US funds has diminished a portfolio's performance so far in 2018.
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Re: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]

Post by letsgobobby » Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:56 pm

i don’t know. i buy them for diversification and to hedge against a US black swan.

all my fixed income, real estate, and job prospects are tied up in us dollars and the us economy so having 36% of my total portfolio (and more like 30% of my total net worth) dependent on the long term fortunes of a passive index of the world’s companies seems like the least I should do.

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Post by vitaflo » Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:06 pm

I did my mid-year portfolio review today. Results:

Stock: 70% (60/40, US/Int)
Bonds: 30%

Return: +0.28%

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Post by ignition » Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:48 am

If you use XIRR to calculate YTD, you should use the last day of the year as end date right?

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Post by Tamalak » Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:55 am

What is this "up" you speak of

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Post by bgf » Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:18 am

ignition wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:48 am
If you use XIRR to calculate YTD, you should use the last day of the year as end date right?
on google sheets i use this formula:

=SUM(((1+XIRR(A3:A21,B3:B21,10%))^(((DATE(2018,6,29)-(DATE(2017,12,29)))/365))-1))

Column A is cash flows in and out, Column B is date.

row 1 has my 2017 year end balance as a negative number.
row 2 has my 2017 year end balance as a positive number.
last row has my current balance as a negative number.

all contributions are positive. all withdrawals negative.

i THINK this is correct, but if it is not someone please correct me!!
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Post by El Greco » Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:23 am

Up? I don't consider fractions, "up".

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Post by Petrocelli » Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:06 pm

Up 0.51% YTD.

32% bonds.

70/30 Domestic/International.
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Post by ignition » Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:34 pm

bgf wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:18 am
ignition wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:48 am
If you use XIRR to calculate YTD, you should use the last day of the year as end date right?
on google sheets i use this formula:

=SUM(((1+XIRR(A3:A21,B3:B21,10%))^(((DATE(2018,6,29)-(DATE(2017,12,29)))/365))-1))

Column A is cash flows in and out, Column B is date.

row 1 has my 2017 year end balance as a negative number.
row 2 has my 2017 year end balance as a positive number.
last row has my current balance as a negative number.

all contributions are positive. all withdrawals negative.

i THINK this is correct, but if it is not someone please correct me!!
Do you get the same result if you do the following?

row 1: year end balance as positive number (date = 2018/01/01)
contributions positive, withdrawals negative
last row: current balance as negative number (date = 2018/12/31)

And then XIRR(column A, column B)

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Post by sschullo » Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:04 pm

34% equities 66% bonds.
Essentially FLAT up just $1184.00 out of a 7 figure portfolio. My positive return is so small in the that I could not read my calculator!
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Post by bgf » Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:01 am

ignition wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:34 pm
bgf wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:18 am
ignition wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:48 am
If you use XIRR to calculate YTD, you should use the last day of the year as end date right?
on google sheets i use this formula:

=SUM(((1+XIRR(A3:A21,B3:B21,10%))^(((DATE(2018,6,29)-(DATE(2017,12,29)))/365))-1))

Column A is cash flows in and out, Column B is date.

row 1 has my 2017 year end balance as a negative number.
row 2 has my 2017 year end balance as a positive number.
last row has my current balance as a negative number.

all contributions are positive. all withdrawals negative.

i THINK this is correct, but if it is not someone please correct me!!
Do you get the same result if you do the following?

row 1: year end balance as positive number (date = 2018/01/01)
contributions positive, withdrawals negative
last row: current balance as negative number (date = 2018/12/31)

And then XIRR(column A, column B)
yes. actually, i am not sure why i had the year end balance as a negative number to start as that was in row 2 which isn't even included in my formula which starts on row 3... i made a mistake above when i said row 1 was my negative year end balance. actually, row 1 was just the Title of the Columns (Cash Flows, Date).

thanks!
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Post by Sheepdog » Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:05 am

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Post by ruralavalon » Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:14 pm

rgs92 wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:29 am
VBIAX (vanguard balanced index admiral) is up almost exactly 1% ytd today. (Just to provide a benchmark.)
That would be exactly the first half of 2018.
Vanguard Balanced Index Fund Admiral Shares (VBIAX), has a 60/40 asset allocation, only U.S. stocks and bonds, and it's total return is up 1.38% year to date.

Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX) also has a 60/40 asset allocation, but includes both U.S. and international stocks and bonds, and it's total return is down about 0.40% year to date.
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Post by RNJ » Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:49 pm

YTD: -.01%

Best: Vanguard S&P 600 Small Value (VIOV): +7.63
Worst: iShares Core Emerging Market (IEMG) -8.75

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Post by theanalyst » Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:01 pm

54% US Stocks
31% International
15% Bonds

1.38% YTD

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Post by sergeant » Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:44 pm

Up about 1.4%.
AA about 40/60.
Equities 50/50 Int./US.
Fixed Income almost all stable value with a chunk of Prime MM.
Lincoln 3 EOW!

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Post by randomizer » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:20 pm

Time for my quarterly update:

1-month return: -0.4%
3-month return: 0.4%
YTD (6-month) return: -0.3%

At this rate, will be able to retire in a few hundred years.
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Post by WhiteMaxima » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:23 pm

+5.0% (80% 80/20 US & Intl, 20% Stable Value Fund, 0% Bond)

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Post by Earl Lemongrab » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:40 pm

My portfolio is up about 2.2% YTD (as of the weekend) but as always that's Beardstown accounting. I don't track actual IRR of the investments. I can see that small cap and small value have done well. In fact the former has triggered a rebalance indicator.
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Post by SimplicityNow » Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:34 am

livesoft wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:27 pm
I use MS Money to calculate portfolio performance. I keep track of every single transaction with this bit of free software. It uses the XIRR() algorithm without you having to know how to use spreadsheet. It also allows many different performance reports from the same data. MS Money gives the same performance numbers as Vanguard, TDAmeritrade, WellsFargo, and Fidelity show on their web site for both individual funds and accounts.
Do you know if this works on a Mac or any other programs you could recommend that do?

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Post by willthrill81 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:39 am

Currently, I'm up 10.81% YTD according to Personal Capital. I'll take it. :D
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Post by livesoft » Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:12 pm

SimplicityNow wrote:
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:34 am
livesoft wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:27 pm
I use MS Money to calculate portfolio performance. I keep track of every single transaction with this bit of free software. It uses the XIRR() algorithm without you having to know how to use spreadsheet. It also allows many different performance reports from
the same data. MS Money gives the same performance numbers as Vanguard, TDAmeritrade, WellsFargo, and Fidelity show on their web site for both individual funds and accounts.
Do you know if this works on a Mac or any other programs you could recommend that do?
I suppose it would work on Windows running on a virtual machine on a Mac, but I have not done that. I don't do my portfolio stuff on my Mac.
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Post by Larry3862 » Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:35 am

1.61% YTD, 60/40
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Post by Nowizard » Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:07 am

1.02 UTD for 59/41

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Post by ruralavalon » Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:13 am

Age 72, retired, asset allocation is 50/50.

Total return is up 1.04% year to date.

Best fund so far is Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund Admiral Shares (VTSAX), total return is up 6.45% year to date.
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Post by HongKonger » Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:40 pm

-0.14%
40% US / 60% RoW

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Post by bgf » Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:30 pm

foo.c wrote:
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sigh, january was fun...
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Post by oldzey » Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:16 pm

Not a bad 3rd quarter - I'll take it! :beer
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Post by ruralavalon » Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:18 am

Age 73, retired, asset allocation is 50/50.

Total return is up 2.39% year to date per Morningstar Portfolio Manager, up about 2.32% by my rough calculation based on Vanguard Personnel Performance numbers.

Best fund so far is Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund Admiral Shares (VTSAX), total return is up 10.61% year to date.
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Post by core4portfolio » Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:12 pm

My 401k on 70:30 portfolio showing 8.04%
No international
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Post by BBQ Nut » Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:53 pm

Across taxable, 401k, IRA, and Roth IRAs; up 6.1% YTD and that includes selling assets to pay for 2018 expenses.

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75/25 allocation, little to no international stakes.

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Post by jminv » Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:23 pm

27.31% YTD. I've mentioned before, I do my own stock selection and you could call it a diversified group (around 25) of companies with market power that are growing.

In the last few weeks I noticed a breakdown of some correlations, which is interesting.

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Post by foo.c » Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:36 pm

18.7% in my active account.

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Post by wander » Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:19 pm

2.78 YTD.

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Post by btr » Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:21 pm

I'm up 3.56% YTD, not including cash or company stock gains.

I started the year at 60/40, and slowly increased it to 90/10 after making several realizations that my contributions make an insanely higher impact than any gains/losses in the S&P 500.

Even if there was a 50% decline in the stock market, I can make it up in about 12 months, and will happily buy stocks at lower prices.

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Post by Dottie57 » Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:35 pm

50/50 allocation. YTD returns of 4.95%

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Post by MnD » Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:52 pm

+3.68%.
70/30 with global market cap for equities and stable value and active bond funds for fixed income.
Doing better than +2.12% benchmark two-fund portfolio 70% total world (VT) and 30% total bond (BND), so no complaints. :beer
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Post by FreeAtLast » Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:54 pm

In distribution phase of my life and invested only in Vanguard funds. Six out of seven of these are index funds. 55/45 AA, stocks to bonds. International portion of stocks is now at 15%. YTD total return is 4.11%. I'm perfectly happy with that. :D All I ask for is that the bear market does not start until January 3rd, 2019. :wink:
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Post by bgf » Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:42 am

like 2.5%. after a huge year last year, 2018 has been very pedestrian. such is the market.
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