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Got a question for the Fools here.

Okay, I've set up a spreadsheet to track how our 401k investments are doing since the beginning of the year.

For each fund, I set up a spreadsheet. I set up a column listing each month end balance, a column tracking contributions for each month, then a column to list the balance less the contributions for each month.

Now, I'm thinking that if I take the ending balance at say 9/30/04 and subtract the ytd contributions, I should arrive at what the balance would be without contributions. Doing this, yields negative return, yet Yahoo Finance says the fund has had positive return ytd.

So, what am I doing wrong?

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