I want to look at a scenario to see how the Getty Trust with $1.2 billion in 1982 would have performed had it stayed with just an index fund such as S&P 500. Bonus, if there is a way to take out 5% each year from the trust fund.

I tried using Yahoo! daily export to CSV. I get that $1.2 billion would be a specific number of shares per day. I also understand the value today would be about $20 billion. I just don't know how to take out 5% each year as an operating budget.

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I've downloaded an S&P 500 fund data you point to over the time period from February 1982 until the present, and made an attempt to set up a spreadsheet that removes the fraction in cell K1 from the value of number of shares in the fund at or close to the March 1st anniversary dates.

Below is a plot that shows three scenarios:

  • Not removing anything from the fund (blue).
  • Removing 5% from the fund every anniversary date (red).
  • Removing 10% from the fund every anniversary date (green).

Note that this takes zero account of dividends paid by the fund, which should also probably be taken into account.

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  • I guess since the current value of the Trust is $6.7 billion, it is beating the index by a large margin. Thanks for the analysis. I am still not sure how you removed the 5% and 10% by calculation, but I appreciate the analysis.
    – Sun
    Feb 17, 2015 at 19:51
  • If you check in the cells showing the number of "shares" in the S&P 500, it just carries on except for every anniversary date. On that date, I just multiply the previous number of shares by 1-K1 and so the number is reduced (provided K1 is positive!).
    – Peter K.
    Feb 17, 2015 at 20:18
  • Also, don't forget those dividends. That probably won't make up the entire difference between what is calculated and $6.7 billion, but it will probably make up a bit.
    – Peter K.
    Feb 17, 2015 at 20:20
  • That's not in the Yahoo! CSV I though. Or perhaps I missed that as a feature.
    – Sun
    Feb 17, 2015 at 20:24
  • No, I added a few columns and converted to a Microsoft Excel file... and uploaded it to Google Drive. The data is columns A through G is straight out of Yahoo.
    – Peter K.
    Feb 17, 2015 at 20:25

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