This lesson explains how to access and use the Portfolio Checkup feature within PortfolioAnalyst. Here, users can select a specific account or set of accounts and view a single-page snapshot of performance, risk and return.
Portfolio Checkup allows users to measure the complete portfolio performance across multiple external
financial institutions and display the results in an easy-to-understand format. The Portfolio checkup
screen provides a one-page snapshot for selected accounts and resides within the PortfolioAnalyst tool.
PortfolioAnalyst is a powerful online application that lets investors easily consolidate, track and analyze
performance across all their financial accounts including bank, credit card, broker or mortgage accounts
held at any financial institution.
Login to Client Portal. From the Application menu to the upper left, locate from the side menu the
After clicking the link, you will see on screen your account net asset value including any external
accounts you may already have linked to. These are displayed in the table below the bar chart. The NAV
displayed includes only the accounts displayed to the right of the PortfolioAnalyst in the blue title bar.
To the right of the page is the Portfolio checkup window. Before we access by clicking the green View
button, choose the accounts you want to include by opening the account selector. To do this click on any
of the blue pill-like account buttons in the blue toolbar.
The default selection is all accounts. You can deselect all by clicking the Account checkbox and select
individual accounts to analyze in Portfolio checkup. When satisfied, click the white x button to contract
the account selection window.
Next click the View button to reveal your analysis for the Portfolio checkup. The checkup screen is
broken down in to five segments of Return, Risk and three measures of Distribution to include
Geographic, Asset Class and Sector. Use the Help icon to the upper right of each tile to view a
description. On the left of the screen you can see Risk and Return measures for two time periods; For
30-days and since inception.
It’s important to understand that for externally linked accounts, the software treats the inception date
as the date you link your account to it. PortfolioAnalyst will then build data and start to measure
performance going forward. However, it is possible to upload external account history, which we will
discuss later. Let’s examine the individual tiles and describe what they show.
Asset Class Distribution – For a snapshot of the account or portfolio, the pie chart displays the
distribution across asset classes. Hover the mouse above a slice to see its NAV and weight as also
described in the table below.
Beneath is the Sector Distribution, which assigns pieces of your Interactive Brokers account to one of
the major sector classifications, but also including cash and other assets.
The Return tile compares the return of the selected accounts within your portfolio against the S&P 500
index over the past 30-days and since inception. Users can determine the view according to whether
money was added or withdrawn from the account over time. Use the Money Weighted Return to
include asset changes or choose the Time Weighted Return to perform a simple calculation. If you wish
to use an alternative to the default benchmark measure, click on Change and search for one by typing in
part of the name or its TWS symbol. When you locate the desired alternative, click on the Green Add Benchmark button.
Risk – The Risk tile provides several statistical measures to help you compare your investment
performance to that of the reference index. The software calculates the largest dollar decline in the
value of your portfolio over 30-days, 1-year and since inception. And for the same periods it will
calculate the timeframe and percentage value of the largest decline from peak-to-valley. The Sharpe
ratio measures return relative to the degree of risk associated with it, such that higher values represent
better returns per unit of risk. The standard deviation is a measure of volatility associated with your
portfolio. Typically, higher levels of risk are associated with higher returns.
Finally, the Geographic Distribution breaks down the location of your portfolio’s NAV between North
America and the rest of the world.
There is a tremendous amount of information delivered within PortfolioAnalyst and it is a valuable risk
and return toolkit enabling users to measure risk in a specific account or across all financial accounts. In
order to upload the history of an external account and view its performance, go to the main page for
PortfolioAnalyst and click on the link to Manage External Accounts. On the next page look for the
upwards-pointing arrow sign to the right to manage the upload process. When clicked, you will see a
choice between CSV or manual upload. In this demonstration I will select to Upload via CSV File. On the
next screen click on the Select Account button to choose from the list to the right the account whose
history you wish to upload. Click Continue below.
Before moving ahead, please note that there are two hyperlinks at the bottom of this page to the Users’
Guide where file formatting and more detailed upload instructions can be found.
For the chosen account, the user must input Date and Cash balances before uploading the CSV file.
Locate the CSV file from your computer and click the Upload button
Once uploaded, you will be able to include or isolate the account when you use PortfolioCheckup.
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