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Old 01-01-2016, 12:02 PM   #21
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Down 0.93% ...

I DCA'ed in quite a bit this year. Overall, not terrible ...
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Old 01-01-2016, 12:07 PM   #22
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How did you do in 2011?

My records only go back to 1998, which was when I finally recovered from a bad divorce and was able to get serious about saving and investing. My net worth has only dropped twice since then...2002 and 2008. However, I've had a negative return in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008, and 2011...it's just that since I'm still working and contributing, the additional investments have offset the losses in some of those years.

If I was retired and living off of my investments, 2011 would definitely have been a down year for me, net worth-wise. And 2015 would have, as well.
According to Quicken, my investment return in 2011 was 3.44%. My liquid NW was up a small amount for the year. (My WD rate is generally between 2-3%)
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My total portfolio went down 1.15%. This includes deposits (IRA Cont as DW still works) and Withdrawals (monthly living expenses). This is not the return, but rather the net change in value. My portfolio return for 2015 was -0.43%.
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Old 01-01-2016, 12:15 PM   #24
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I think my portfolio might have shown a gain had I left it untouched, but this year I chose to use part of it to buy a more expensive house in cash, sell my previous home, and move, all of which involved some costs. And then there was the crummy market, and the fact that I used some of my portfolio for 2015 living expenses.

So, between my investment portfolio and bank accounts, my 12/31/2015 balance compared with my 12/31/2014 balance, is down 5.7%. I expected this, planned it, and can afford it, but it isn't pretty. My WR for 2016 is still in the 1.x% area so it will be OK.

Long ago my ex and I had a blue and gold macaw named Lucy who was terrified of thunderstorms when she was a baby. When thunder shook the house, I would comfort her by snuggling with her and saying, "It's OK, it's OK". As she grew older, she wasn't as upset by thunderstorms. Then, when thunder rang out, she would look directly into my eyes and say in such a tender voice, "It's OK, it's OK". So, I am imagining Lucy saying that to me this morning as I look at these balances.
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W2R, let's face it -- it's tough when you are enjoying life.

We enjoyed life to the tune of down -5% on the portfolio: -3.5% expenses and -1.5% investment losses.

I'm taking a good look at portfolio benchmarks to honestly compare alternate strategies going forward. No immediate plans for changes ... yet.
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More interesting to me is the first look at spending/withdrawal rates - since this was my first full calendar year of retirement.
Successfully navigating the financial side of that first year is always a great "hey, I can do this!" feeling. Congratulations.
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This is the first time that my accounts have gone down between year ends since 2008 (which was the only other time it has happened).
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Old 01-01-2016, 05:17 PM   #29
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My NW is up 34%, but that's overcoming bad investment performance (-8%) with good savings performance and options from work. The world will feel different once I RE I suspect . Impressed by youbgiys who were up this year.

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My 401K was -1.42%. Maxed out in mid-March this year.

My Fidelity accounts were up 5.57%, according to their calculations, as of 11/30/2015. Quite a bit of new money was added, so it's more difficult for me to calculate...

Here is a good guess for my Fidelity accounts. All mostly ETFs consisting of DVY, IVV, IVW, QQQ, IWM, FHLC, PFG. All dividends reinvested. Monthly purchases in my after tax account.

I just came up with a net increase/decrease, removed any new money, and divided the end by the beginning balance.

Roth, no funds added, was +4.3% as of 12/31/15.
IRA, some funds added, was +5.2% as of 12/31/15.
After Tax, funds added was +3.0% as of 12/31/15.
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I think my portfolio might have shown a gain had I left it untouched, but this year I chose to use part of it to buy a more expensive house in cash, sell my previous home, and move, all of which involved some costs. And then there was the crummy market, and the fact that I used some of my portfolio for 2015 living expenses.

So, between my investment portfolio and bank accounts, my 12/31/2015 balance compared with my 12/31/2014 balance, is down 5.7%. I expected this, planned it, and can afford it, but it isn't pretty. My WR for 2016 is still in the 1.x% area so it will be OK.

Long ago my ex and I had a blue and gold macaw named Lucy who was terrified of thunderstorms when she was a baby. When thunder shook the house, I would comfort her by snuggling with her and saying, "It's OK, it's OK". As she grew older, she wasn't as upset by thunderstorms. Then, when thunder rang out, she would look directly into my eyes and say in such a tender voice, "It's OK, it's OK". So, I am imagining Lucy saying that to me this morning as I look at these balances.
It's a lot to ask of your portfolio if you expect it to go up every year despite raiding the cookie jar to buy dream houses!

Now go and do the same calculations for a series of years using your Net Worth. Under Assets, include the sale value of your previous home for years past and the purchase price of your new home for 2015. I think that exercise will make you happier.
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It's a lot to ask of your portfolio if you expect it to go up every year despite raiding the cookie jar to buy dream houses!

Now go and do the same calculations for a series of years using your Net Worth. Under Assets, include the sale value of your previous home for years past and the purchase price of your new home for 2015. I think that exercise will make you happier.
Aw, thank you!! You are right, that DOES make me a little happier.

Another thing I tried was adding up the "leftover" money, between what I spent each year in retirement, and the 3.5% that I think would be OK for me to have spent each year. I think maybe this is what some other members like Audreyh1 and Moemg do, if I understand their posts correctly? I think they keep the leftover money set aside, to use on years when more is needed. Anyway, my leftover money from 2010 to now did add up to more than the money I spent on the house.

It's kind of hard for me to figure out how to handle a big expense like this.
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So, between my investment portfolio and bank accounts, my 12/31/2015 balance compared with my 12/31/2014 balance, is down 5.7%. I expected this, planned it, and can afford it, but it isn't pretty. My WR for 2016 is still in the 1.x% area so it will be OK.

5.7% is but a hiccup ! During 2008 I lost almost 40% . Now that is an ouch !
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5.7% is but a hiccup ! During 2008 I lost almost 40% . Now that is an ouch !
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5.7% is but a hiccup ! During 2008 I lost almost 40% . Now that is an ouch !
Yes, 2008 was definitely an ouch (23.5% for me even with my 50/50 split) The worst thing at the end of 2008 was not knowing but suspecting that perhaps there was more to come and even entertaining the thought that maybe what was to come was "it". RMD's would definitely not be a problem...
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Sure wish I could play along, but the complexities of my company esop are such that I don't know until June what the ending value of the previous year was! :-(
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Long ago my ex and I had a blue and gold macaw named Lucy who was terrified of thunderstorms when she was a baby. When thunder shook the house, I would comfort her by snuggling with her and saying, "It's OK, it's OK". As she grew older, she wasn't as upset by thunderstorms. Then, when thunder rang out, she would look directly into my eyes and say in such a tender voice, "It's OK, it's OK".
She sounds absolutely adorable
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