Truth Not H wrote:
[quote]Truth not hasbara wrote:
For the record, since the thread was started the Vanguard Total US stock market index fund is up 29.8% including dividends. Ticker VTI.
over the 2.28 year lifespan of the thread, that's 12.07% per year, annualized.
For the factual record, the s+p 500 closed at 1,709.67 on 8/2/13 (date thread began) and is presently 2,203.02. An increase of 18.33%. Which is less than 20%, as I noted.[/quote]
you want to check those dates and numbers again, champ? Reexamine your assumptions.
Assumptions? Huh? I looked up the closing value of the s+p on the date the thread began and then looked at what it is today. Then did the simple math. What assumptions do you think were involved?
but anyway, there are many ways to measure the stock market. I use the total stock market because it is the most comprehensive and measurable.
And you aren't including dividends, which is a choice (but a poor choice)[/quote]
Why would I. I am not including the interest earned on the CDs and Bonds I hold[/quote]
This will be the last commo I have with you on the subject, because you are loathsome and I feel dirty just talking to you. Assuming you are K5. Apologies if you are not.
1. You didn't check and correct your numbers.
2. Sure, count returns and interest from bonds. Count interest on CDs. Count everything.
You would have had 29.8% cumulative from US stocks, including dividends. So what did you get from CDs and bonds?
My guess is around 7% from bonds and 2% from CDs. If you had invested really well and matched the vanguard total bond market index.