I've downloaded adjusted closing prices from Yahoo using the quantmod-package, and used that to create a portfolio consisting of 50% AAPL- and 50% FB-stocks.

When I plot the cumulative performance of my portfolio, I get a performance that is (suspiciously) high as it is above 100%:


cmp <- "AAPL"
getSymbols(Symbols = cmp)

cmp <- "FB"
getSymbols(Symbols = cmp)

df <- data.frame("AAPL" = tail(AAPL$AAPL.Adjusted, 1000),
                 "FB"   = tail(FB$FB.Adjusted, 1000))

for(i in 2:nrow(df)){
  df$AAPL.Adjusted_prc[i] <- df$AAPL.Adjusted[i]/df$AAPL.Adjusted[i-1]-1
  df$FB.Adjusted_prc[i] <- df$FB.Adjusted[i]/df$FB.Adjusted[i-1]-1

df <- df[-1,]
df$portfolio   <- (df$AAPL.Adjusted_prc + df$FB.Adjusted_prc)*0.5
df$performance <- cumprod(df$portfolio+1)-1
df$idu <- as.Date(row.names(df))

ggplot(data = df, aes(x = idu, y = performance)) + geom_line()

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A cumulative performance above 100% seems very unrealistic to me. This lead me to think that maybe it is necessary to adjust/scale the downloaded data from quantmod before using it?


1 Answer 1


Have you checked the performance of the particular stocks?


cmp <- "AAPL"
aapl <- getSymbols(Symbols = cmp, auto.assign = FALSE)$AAPL.Adjusted

cmp <- "FB"
fb <- getSymbols(Symbols = cmp, auto.assign = FALSE)$FB.Adjusted

returns(window(merge(aapl, fb), start = as.Date("2015-1-1")),
        period = "itd")
## AAPL.Adjusted:  73.2%  [02 Jan 2015 -- 04 Mar 2019]
##   FB.Adjusted: 113.3%  [02 Jan 2015 -- 04 Mar 2019] 

So this seems quite realistic (and you may verify this performance via other sources as well). However, you should properly merge the time-series on their timestamps. Also, the portfolio performance you compute assumes that you rebalance to equal weights every period (i.e. day).


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