Multiplication of percentage & currency returning incorrect answers

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Hi, I have recreated my table with just simple data but still getting the incorrect answer. Column E results are wrong. Can anyone please assist? Thank you

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 Portfolio 1Portfolio 2Combined Portfolios    
ACCT 118.0%21.7%18.6%$58,491 CHECK$58,535.15
ACCT 236.3%7.2%31.7%$99,785   
ACCT 30.0%8.1%1.3%$4,025   
INV 130.6%28.4%30.2%$95,069   
INV 29.8%28.6%12.8%$40,268   
INV 30.4%6.1%1.3%$4,219   
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IMHO, do not use Google Drive, and especially Google Docs.  In general, I worry that Google might change some details of the files.




From the data that you posted, it is difficult to know what values are facts and what values are calculated, perhaps incorrectly.


Note that 21.70%, 7.20% and 8.10% (C3:C5) sum to 37.00%, not 36.90%.  So I suspect a rounding error in the recording (presentation), not in the calculation, of some numbers.


For example, if $58,491 (sic) in E3 is supposed to be $58,535.15, which is indeed about 18.60% of $314,705, then perhaps B3 and C3 should be about 18.02135% and 21.66348% respectively.


Those percentages were estimated using Solver.  Other pairs of percentages are possible.  Also note that we must use the unrounded percentages -- or rounded as shown for these examples -- in order to calculate the expected result.  But the point is....


Note that they round to 18.0% and 21.7%. So I suspect that your recorded percentages were actually rounded to 1 percentage decimal place, not 2, for presentation.


We can apply the same analysis to the rest of your data if and when you provide additional "check" amounts.


But I suspect that if and when we do, that will explain why your calculations are so different.


The formulas in column D should be of the form (e.g. D3):


=SUMPRODUCT(B3:C3, B$2:C$2) / $D$2


And the formulas in column E should be of the form (e.g. E3):


=D3 * $D$2