One of the first things you might want to do is to set up one or more portfolios. These portfolios can consist of mutual funds or MPF funds, or both. The portfolios can be real or imaginary.
These portfolios use real funds and real prices, and are updated every day so you can keep a track of your fund investments.
To start using the portfolio tool, you must be logged in to your free FE Trustnet account.
To set up a portfolio, you can do so by clicking on the ‘manage portfolios’ tab inside the portfolio tool. Click here to add a new portfolio now.
You must give that portfolio a name. It will automatically be based in HK$.
2.1 Adding funds to your portfolio
Once you’ve created the portfolio you will be able to add holdings. You first need to specify whether the next holding you wish to add is a HK mutual fund or a HK MPF fund. Once you have done that, you’ll see every fund available, organised in a League Table. Alongside each fund in the table is a small green disc.
Whenever you click on one of these green discs you’ll see that you’re offered a choice; you can add the fund directly to your portfolio, or to your basket or watchlist (more about these later). Make sure it is set to add to your portfolio.
You can add several funds one after the other, if you wish.
Once you’ve added the funds from your basket to your portfolio, there are various ways you can look at them.
Fig 3: Summary page
This page shows you all the funds in your basket, the currencies in which they’re denominated, the last price, and the value/cost/profit and loss associated with each relative to your portfolio.
You need to enter the details of how much of each holding you own, and when you bought it, in order for these profit/loss related features to be activated. This you do in the next section.
Fig 4: Valuation page
The valuation page allows you to enter or amend the quantity of shares you own, and the date on which you bought them, with the option of manually entering a price. If you know what date you bought the shares, it’s easier to simply enter the number of shares you bought, and the date upon which you bought them, and let FE Trustnet do the rest based on its database of past prices. Don’t forget to click the ‘Update Holdings’ icon on the right of each entry row.
Fig 5: Portfolio buttons
At the top of this page you’ll see there are various icons which are also to be found alongside individual entry row.
- Aside from Update Holdings which has been referred to above, and Delete which should be clear, we also have –
- 'Multiple Holdings’ – use this if you’ve made more than one purchase of a single fund at different times and at different costs – so you can see how each has fared
- ‘Regular Savings’ – use this to get the system to estimate your purchases if you save to the portfolio on a regular basis. The system will use actual prices that prevailed on the savings dates, so it will be pretty accurate, but it will never be completely exact. So you may need to overwrite the values occasionally with actual values. This feature is extremely valuable for MPF savers.
Fig 6: Profile page
This page shows you today’s price, alongside historical performance details and figures showing how volatile a fund has been. Lower down the page you can see all the funds you own charted against one another, and a breakdown of your asset class exposure via each vehicle.
The alerts page allows you to set two kinds of alert concerning your portfolio
- Portfolio alerts will let you know when the value of a portfolio as a whole goes above or below a certain point, determined by you. You can set a value in cash terms, or an uplift in terms of percentage growth.
- Price alerts will let you know when the price of a single fund goes above or below a level determined by you. You can set a value in cash terms, or an uplift in terms of percentage growth.
Once you’ve set up your portfolio, you can instruct FE Trustnet to send you a report – in as much or as little detail as you like – about the portfolio on a daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly basis.
You can chart the performance of your whole portfolio as a single line, or all of the funds within that portfolio, using this tool – against any benchmark you choose – so you can see how well your investment choices have done in comparison with whatever alternative you select.
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