July ‘17 Performance

So the month has ended, and so its time to take stock of the performance across my portfolio, and compare it to the usual index of choice. This enables me to see how I am doing. As I covered in my “How I measure my returns” – basically I take the value of the portfolio at the end of last month, add on any contributions for the month, and that was my starting value. End value is the value at the end of the reporting period. Simples 🙂

So, what did July look like?

Portfolio Performance Notes
Company Pension -0.14% No income generated as all funds are in growth or reinvested
Personal Pension -1.34% No income generated as all funds are in growth or reinvested
ISA 1 0.69% No income generated as all funds are in growth or reinvested
ISA 2 0.17% The performance does not include the income that was paid out into my account, but is covered by the income so really need to consider both in conjunction
ISA 3 1.06% Although dividends are paid out, they remain in the ISA wrapper, and will get reinvested for growth. The performance figure includes both the Capital growth, and also income received which will get reinvested. The Income is the %age paid out by the portfolio but remains inside the wrapper to buy more goodies
ISA 4 1.15% Go T’ Pub ISA
FTSE-100 1.89% This excludes any dividends
FTSE-250 0.95% This excludes any dividends
FTSE-All 1.68% This excludes any dividends
S&P500 0.02% This excludes any dividends
Dow Jones 0.61% This excludes any dividends
VWRL 1.51% This also threw off a dividend of 0.7% on top of the growth
VHYL 1.58% This also threw off a dividend of 1.16% on top of the growth
GBP/USD 1.40% This was taken on the spot rate on the close of the last day of the month. Going forwards I will pick up the exchange rate from www.xe.com for consistency and real life 🙂

So, what to make of all this? All round, I think a pretty miserable month. Markets went higher by more than my investments.

My personal ISA had quite a bit of expenses this month in terms of trading costs and yet still surprisingly positive – I will be intrigued to see how much impact on my returns the switch into larger passive funds will be.

I am disappointed with my two pensions, however my Company Pension is still in the early days and, having been going for only a relatively short time, the contributions tend to make a large impact on the performance. Still for something I don’t even need to think about it is still growing relatively quickly!

Despite all that, in real monetary terms, my retirement pot still increased by almost 3% overall so I am not going to complain too loudly. At the start of this tax year I decided to have a little bit of fun with excel (I know how to live, right?!) and decided to take a view of, had I thrown £10,000 into each of my investment vehicles, what would that look like over time. Now, we are only 4 months in so it is really too early to tell, but I will certainly keep an eye on it, for those of you who like pretty colours and excel graphs, here it is:


Surprisingly, the best place to have parked your £10k, by over £200, was the pension with my IFA!! Even more surprising in second place was my ISA with my IFA.

This was certainly not what I was expecting especially when you read about all of the costs etc. associated with active funds, but there you go. However, this is also only 4 months of data – and to have a realistic view this really needs to be done over at least 5 years.

All things considered, the slow but steady rise to get to FI continues – although I am still not yet on track to hit my target retirement date. Since I started tracking my retirement forecast date (May ’16), I have brought forward the expected date to hit my number by a staggering 18 months. If that continues then by 2020 I should be on track, although that does still leave me the challenge that a lot of funds will be stuck in pensions I can’t access.

So, how was your July?

Company Pension: This consists of a number of actively managed funds – I don’t have any choice of trackers etc, but I will take the matching, that will more than cover the fees, and I will just live with it.
Personal Pension: This is managed by my FA and contains Actively Managed funds. I continue to contribute each month and the contribution is included in the performance – before my FA has taken their cut (e.g. if I put in £100, and they charged me £5, so only £95 went into the account, I would still class that as £100).
ISA 1: This is also managed by my FA, but no new contributions going in (nor planned).
ISA 2: This is also managed by my FA, however its slightly more complicated than that. There are 3 sub portfolios within, each of which have funds added each month, but each portfolio has different levels of contribution.
ISA 3: This is the ISA I manage myself. The last contributions added to it will be this tax year, 2016 – 2017 until some of my other ISAs  have grown to a similar size
ISA 4: This is the Go T’ Pub ISA that is being held for now for reference, but will start from the new tax year in 2017 – 2018

Author: fireinlondon

Fighting the high cost of living in London

2 thoughts on “July ‘17 Performance”

  1. Ciao FIL,
    You certainly seem to have a lot of action going on there! I do not know if I could manage all this complexity of various accounts… Also I see that most of them are managed by a FA, if he/she an independent one or affiliated to some bank/brokerage firm?
    Ciao ciao


    1. Ciao Stal,
      Well, to be honest it probably looks more complex than it is – with the exception of my actively managed ISA they are all on auto pilot! Yes you are right that a number of them appear to be done by an FA but in reality again they are on a fire and forget approach. He is semi independent – he can’t offer a full selection from the market, but not limited to just one provider. As long as things outperform the market then I am happy, but we will see over time!


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