- [assets at end of period – assets at start of period – new money entering portfolio] divided by [assets at start of period],
- then used the mid-point Dietz which was a more accurate method,
- and now use Excel's XIRR function for anual returns. If it is not a full year I then adjust XIRR by the PRR (Personal Rate of Return) = [(1+XIRR Annualised Return)^(# of days/365)]–1.
Apologies for the confusion but I'm learning here too.
The first quarter is over so it’s time to benchmark my low charge retirement investing portfolio against a simple Strategic Asset Allocation that anybody could implement in next to no time. It’s a basic stock/bond asset allocation with the stocks portion being represented by the FTSE 100 total return (capital & income) index and the bond portion being represented iBoxx® Sterling Liquid Corporate Long-Dated Bond Index total return (capital & Income) index.
Firstly, let’s review my low charge retirement investing strategy. In its basic form I too am using a strategic asset allocation however instead of 2 asset classes I have:
- cash, index linked gilts, index linked savings certificates
- Australian equities
- United Kingdom equities
- International equities (US, European, Japan)
- Emerging markets
Remember, the right hand side bar of this blog contains a section called ‘My Low Charge Portfolio’ under which you can find lots more information about these asset classes and why I have chosen them. In addition to this Strategic Asset Allocation which is in its crudest form the equivalent of a 72% stock/28% bond asset allocation mix I also employ Tactical Asset Allocation which is based around the PE10 (also known as the Cyclically Adjusted PE, CAPE) ratios for the S&P 500 and ASX 200. Again, the side bar contains all details however in its simplest form I am aiming to be under weight equities when the ratio of the [Real Market Price] divided by [Average of the Real 10 Year Earnings] is greater than the long run average (I’ll call this market overvalued) and overweight equities when the PE10 is less than the long run average.
So how has my low charge retirement investing portfolio performed in Q1? Regular readers will see me each month provide an update on my year to date performance which is currently 6.3% from the 31 December 2010 until the
Therefore to get a more realistic answer I’m going to use what is called the mid-point Dietz method. Under this method Q1 has provided me with a return of 5.94%. This return includes deductions for fees (expected to be around 0.15% for the quarter), 20% tax deducted on cash interest and of course the 10% dividend stealth tax introduced by labour on all UK dividends. I’m really happy with this as my strategy is only currently targeting a real (after inflation) return of 4.1% per annum. With inflation currently at 3.7% a return of 1.95% would have satisfied this target.
Now let’s review against the simple Strategic Asset Allocation. Data available from the iShares website for the period 31 December to the
How has the first quarter been for you? I hope as successful.
As always DYOR.