So, I'm back. It's been a few months ish, and I'd like to apologize for my past trolling. Sometimes my humor forgets that other people can get annoyed.
The last time I was here, I set up an imaginary stock market using Warlight's ladders as stocks. It ended poorly when I used an alt to toy around with influencing the numbers, but I still have a strong interest in investment, and would like to open something useful to the community. So, with that in mind:
I've discovered it is possible to track the values of real stocks, in realtime, using Google Spreadsheet functions. With this, it is possible to set up hypothetical portfolios and to watch the results as if they were true investments. The only problem I currently have is that I haven't figured out how to deal with dividend payments. If anyone could shed some light on that, it'd be useful.
Thus, our new forum game:
You've been given $4,000 to play the stock market! Let's assume no trading/management fees. Do some research, and, when you feel comfortable, announce your investments. I'll be posting a publicly viewable spreadsheet document that will track every portfolio in realtime soon.
Let's say that bonds and mutual funds, etc, are also allowable investments so long as the value can be tracked using the function =Googlefinance(x) or a similar method.
My own portfolio, currently based on my own real funds, is as follows;
Name: Share #
iShares Inv Grd Corp Bond ETF (LQD) 1.805954
Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO) 2.63181
Vanguard Small Cap ETF (VB) 7.865027
Vanguard Emerging Markets (VWO) 20.571737
Vanguard REIT Index (VNQ) 13.20344
iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF (SHY) 2.12155
Started investing in November; currently up +6.65% for a total of (roughly) $3630.23.
Good luck! Hopefully some insights can be gained from this experiment.
Spreadsheet is up, https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1L5W3cbTbVIoCK3Z6gL5PArlt7sXKKruOE_InxWR0r2k/edit?usp=sharing
. Anyone who would like to help manage the sheet is welcome to contact me.
Another minor edit to the guidelines:
If you choose to make a portfolio that is based on your real investments, you may deposit/withdraw funds here to reflect any changes you make to the real investment. Imaginary funds, however, will only change based on their own performance. I do ask that you maintain some degree of realism/honesty if you go this route, but there's no way I can enforce it. Lol.
Edited 4/28/2016 15:46:37