S&P 500 Index Fund - August 2019 Report

S&P 500 Index Fund Challenge - August 2019

A little background if you stumbled upon this Challenge Report. I started these challenges in 2018 as a way to show everyday people how investing and saving for your future is as easy as putting a little money aside and growing it using investment securities. As I developed these challenges, I wanted the amount that was saved to be affordable to anybody who was reading these reports. In the S&P 500 Challenge, I commit $65 per month to an S&P 500 index fund. The goal is to keep it there for as long as it takes (30 + years long). This isn’t my retirement plan, but in order for readers to actually see it work, I have to make this longer than just 5 or 6 years. So as long as blogs and websites are still a thing 30 years from now, I’ll keep reporting on it month by month.


As of 8/12/2019 investment date (all S&P 500 investments are made between the 10 - 15th of each month):

Investment Month Number: 19
Amount Invested Each Month: $65.00
Funds: S&P 500 Index Fund
Total Amount Invested: $1,235.00
Total Account Value: $1,299.13
Total Expected Value: $1,302.03*
Total Annualized Interest Rate Return: 6.71%


During the past month, the market (S&P 500) decreased by 4.02%. This was a weird month because if you remember from my comments in the July report, there was a 4% or so increase in the S&P 500 due to the federal reserve signaling a rate decrease at the end of July. Well, it happened and we saw the market drop nearly 5.6% over the next few days since the rate cut. The interesting thing is that the “market” priced in a rate cut within the market price, however whether the market liked it or whether the market expected a 0.5% reduction in fed rate (instead they got a .25% rate cut) the market didn’t like that. So our annualized took a hit because of the rate cut the federal reserve made towards the end of July.

At the end of the month, we achieved an annualized return of 6.71% which is about .29% below our target of 7%. As I am writing this, it won’t get better in the next month as we’ve seen a few down days since the purchasing of this set of shares and the posting of this report. Stay tuned to September 2019’s report and I’ll explain what has gone on.

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Until September, see you later.

*Total Expected Value Calculation (Using a TVM Calculator)
Annuity Due Calculation - BEG on BA-II PLUS
N = 18
P/Y = 12
I/Y = 7%
PV = $0
PMT = -$65
FV = ? (Calculated to $1,237.03 + $65.00 = $1,302.03)