Mid Year Portfolio Rebalancing to Reach Long-Term Goals.


As we’re nearing the halfway point of 2022, this is a reminder to review your portfolio. Additionally, identify if any rebalancing changes may be necessary to reach long-term goals. Here’s a multi-step guideline that you will find helpful to accomplish this important portfolio management task.


Step 1: Setting your portfolio allocation targets:
  • select the portfolios menu
  • for a listed portfolio, select the portfolio allocations tab

Given your goals for growth with investment risk, enter a portfolio asset mix for cash v. fixed income v. U.S. stock. For example, if your goals are for moderate growth, willing to accept a mix of investments offering less risk (and reward) than a pure equity portfolio, a possible portfolio asset mix might be:

  • Cash: 10%
  • Bonds: 25%
  • U.S. Stock: 65%
    • Further breakdown:
      • U.S. Large Cap Stocks: 25%
      • U.S. Mid Cap Stocks: 25%
      • US. Small Cap Stocks 15%

Likewise, Investment Account Manager 3 allows you to identify allocation targets for diversifying common stock investments by both sector and size. If you’re uncertain on how to set these targets, you might simply use the provided benchmark for the current mix of the S&P 500. On the stock sector and stock size analysis tabs, Select the ‘guidelines’ link to use the allocation percentages of the coinciding exchange traded fund for the S&P 500.

Step 2: Updating portfolio activity

Once you have defined your target allocations by asset type, industry/sector and company size, you can rely on record keeping features provided by IAM3 to update your portfolio activity. These include:

  • updating portfolio activity for purchase, sale and investment income activity either by automatically downloading from your broker or manually updating in the transaction activity ledger.
  • updating portfolio for recent market pricing data.
  • updating portfolio for allocation characteristics by importing the asset composition data for your exchange traded funds and mutual funds using the QuoteMedia data feed or manually updating this data directly in the current asset library.
Step 3: Reviewing reports and rebalancing

After these tasks are completed, use IAM’s home page | allocations summary tab to identify your current portfolio allocation and measure this against your portfolio targets.


For example, you might first want to review the level 1 allocation rebalancing tab. This tab reviews the cash, fixed income, and stock allocations in your portfolio. It offers you a helpful review of your current holdings and current allocations and necessary rebalancing to meet targeted goals.



Further detail is provided by the level 2 allocation rebalancing tabs. If you have updated your funds for the composition details by manually entering into the IAM current asset library.  The level 2 allocation tabs (file menu | preferences | home page | include level 2 allocations) include the portfolio compositions of any funds held in your portfolio. This means each fund’s proportional impact (amount invested in cash, bonds and stocks, etc.) will be included along with any individual holdings of each asset type held outside of your funds, providing a total allocation analysis of your portfolio.

Repeat this process, reviewing both the level 2 allocation ‘by Sector’ and ‘by Size’ summary tabs to identify any rebalancing needs.

The allocations shown reflect the sector and size compositions of any funds held in your portfolio. This means each fund’s proportional impact will be included along with any individual stock holdings of each sector. Examples are amount invested in financial, healthcare, small, medium, etc. Additionally, the size held outside of your funds, will provide a total allocation analysis of your portfolio.


Now that you have reviewed your allocations, you’ll be able to rebalance your portfolio to mesh with targeted goals. Prior to doing so, be sure to rely on other features provided by IAM3. This is so the rebalancing decision is consistent with tax planning goals.

  • review existing holdings, lot by lot, by printing the Security Basis Report, segregated by holding period, to list short term versus long term.
  • review year-to-date sales activity to identify realized gains/losses by printing the Sold Securities Report.

Many investors have multiple investment accounts such as taxable, non taxable, spousal, etc. Investment Account Manager 3 allows users to combine on reports such as single/multiple/all investment portfolios. This allows you to see the ‘total view’ of holdings, allocations, performance, and more. However, when considering rebalancing decisions be sure to combine your portfolios for a true aggregate picture of your investment holdings.

Investment Account Manager 3 includes many tools that enable investors to identify portfolio rebalancing needs. This is in order to maintain the proper risk/reward balance. Further, portfolio rebalancing helps to reduce chances for disproportionate losses if over concentrated in one asset class. Additionally it is a cornerstone of good portfolio management. And as you rebalance you effectively buy low and sell high!  Portfolio rebalancing can grow/preserve wealth.

Investment Account Manager 3 (since 1985) is a Windows desktop-based software program that provides investors with the comprehensive features necessary to properly manage portfolio allocation, diversification and rebalancing for long-term investing success.

A free 60 day demo version (no credit card required) is available on our website: Investment Account Manager