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  • jfoxcpacfp
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    Thanks so much!!
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    Glad to help.

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  • mkintx
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    Thanks so much!!

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  • jfoxcpacfp
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    There are apps that will make this easier than spreadsheets

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    Any in particular you’d recommend?
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    Recent review of top 5. The Excel link from swimirvine is pretty cool if you want to auto-update there. You need to have a Google account. Morningstar is decent, too.

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  • mkintx
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    There are apps that will make this easier than spreadsheets

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    Any in particular you'd recommend?

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  • jfoxcpacfp
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    I guess I need to bite the bullet and get the spreadsheets out.  No time like when the market is down, right?
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    That's correct. The point is the diversification, not the timing. People shy away from selling when the market is down, but you'll be buying into bargains, too. And I always say, if you wouldn't buy it again tomorrow if you didn't own it, you need to get rid of it.

    There are apps that will make this easier than spreadsheets, but if that's what you are comfortable with, use what works.

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  • mkintx
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    I do try to look long term, but when I have less than I have put in in one account, it eventually catches my eye.  It was actually down before the market correction.

    Thanks, Johanna, you make an excellent point about how I am diversifiying.  If I change how my accounts are balances then I can use only the "good" options within the 401k.  You're correct that I have been diversifying within my accounts, and therefore need several good options in different categories.  I initially set things up this way because it seemed simpler than adding my taxable, 401k, HSA, IRA, etc, but if I diversified as a whole I could not only utilized better fund options but improve my taxes.  I guess I need to bite the bullet and get the spreadsheets out.  No time like when the market is down, right?

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  • jfoxcpacfp
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    Well, you are looking at your returns through the lens of a short-term perspective, not a good idea, imho. Your goal should be to achieve long-term returns that match the  market. However, short term imbalances can give you clues about problem areas.

    If you are viewing all of your individual accounts as one portfolio, then you should be diversifying across the universe of your accounts rather than duplicating the diversification within each account. In that case, some will be higher and some will be lower but the combined results should simulate the market. It sounds to me as if that is what you are doing. If the combined result is very far off, then I would presume you are imbalanced in one or more areas. Even if the combined returns of your portfolio is higher, I would be uncomfortable with that allocation for the long term.

    Hope this makes sense. I'm afraid I haven't explained very elegantly.

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  • mkintx
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    I understand the negativity, but it is strikingly more than in my other accounts.

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  • jfoxcpacfp
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    I actually have a negative rate of return from last year.
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    Most investors in well-diversified portfolios were down last year. If you were down more than 2% or so, review your portfolio to see if you are too heavy in areas that were down even more.

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  • Lithium
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    Agree.  Those expenses are well under 0.5%.  You are far far better off investing in those than in the cheapest best funds in a taxable account.

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  • Joseph
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    I actually have a negative rate of return from last year.
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    Ummm... the market is down. A negative rate is expected.

     

    Those are not that terrible.

    Here:

    Principal Global Investors,  LargeCap S&P 500 Index Separate Account

    Principal Global Investors, MidCap S&P 400 Index Separate Account

    Principal Global Investors, SmallCap S&P 600 Index Separate Account

     

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  • mkintx
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    Oh, also, my employer only matches the first $1k.

     

    Investment options are below, by class:

     

    Short-Term Fixed Income 

    Morley Financial Services, Inc, Principal Stable Value Fund

     

    Fixed Income 

    Mellon Capital Mgmt, Bond Market Index Separate

    Principal Global Investors, Core Plus Bond Separate Account

    Principal Real Estate Inv, U.S. Property Sep Acct

     

    Balanced/Asset Allocation 

    Principal LifeTime Strategic Income Separate Account

    Principal LifeTime timed accounts, through 2060

     

    Large U.S. Equity  Large U.S. Equity

    Edge Asset Management, Inc.

    Principal Global Investors,  LargeCap S&P 500 Index Separate Account

    Rowe Price/Brown Advisory, LargeCap Growth I Separate Account

     

    Small/Mid U.S. Equity  Small/Mid U.S. Equity

    AB/CCI/Brown/Emerald, SmallCap Growth I Separate Account

    Columbus Circle Investors, MidCap Growth Separate Account

    Delaware Management Company, Delaware Small Cap Value A Fund

    Goldman Sachs/LA Capital Mgmt, MidCap Value I Separate Account

    Principal Global Investors, MidCap S&P 400 Index Separate Account

    Principal Global Investors, SmallCap S&P 600 Index Separate Account

     

    International Equity 

    Principal Global Investors, Diversified International Separate Account

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  • mkintx
    started a topic Terrible 401K options

    Terrible 401K options

    I have been maxing out my 401K, HSA, and backdoor Roth, and feeling pretty good about it, but have recently realized that even the "best" options in my 401K are just terrible.  I have chosen funds with the lowest expense ratios, but they are still way too high in my opinion.  I actually have a negative rate of return from last year.  At what point do the terrible fund options break even with the tax consequences of either pulling my money out of no longer funding it?
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