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Net Worth – May 2008 May 31, 2008

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Well, another milestone achieved as we have finally surpassed $600K in net worth. I had eclipsed $500K in March 2007, and so it took me just a tad bit over a year to make the next one. I’ll take it. Unless the stock market takes off, I am not expecting to achieve the same kinds of gains I’ve had the last couple of months. Gains made possible by a perfect brew of stock market gains (feeling like I actually benefited from some of my investments made in January), year end bonuses, and tax refunds.

Now that we are in summer, we are engaged in the typical activities like yardwork, BBQ, and the ice cream man. As far as spending is concerned, although nothing exciting to report this month, we will have some fairly significant expenditures coming up very soon…not the least of which will be our property taxes. To that extent, I could actually see a drop…bah.

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Net Worth – Apr 2008 April 30, 2008

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My net worth in Sept 2007 was $555,433 and in Feb 2008 sat at $556,032 for a whopping gain of $599 (I guess I should be thankful it wasn’t negative?!). In March, we finally started to see some healthy movement to the upside. This month, the stock market followed it up with a strong showing that pushed my net worth to $598,677. I don’t know whether it will be short-lived, but a treat to see an increase two months in a row.

In general, April was another quiet month with no major purchases to speak of. However, I did complete my 2008 Roth IRA contributions (trying to buy while it was down…hopefully as low as we’ll see in 2008). Anyway, here is the breakdown:

Results at Networth IQ

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Net Worth – March 2008 March 30, 2008

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One year ago, I posted my very first net worth update. At that time, my net worth was $515,583. As I post the update for this month, I am currently at $577,487. In that time period, I have improved my net worth by just over 12%. While not a “lights out” gain, I think it’s very solid and would count myself very fortunate if I were able to sustain it throughout my lifetime.

As I look at the past year, I noticed that I increased my assets by about 8%, while barely showing any progress on reducing my overall liabilities in terms absolute dollars ($244,634 in 2007 vs. 244,009 in 2008). I would like to see this a bit higher, but would not expect huge gains as:

  • Almost 95% of my overall liability is mortgage debt and will only be drawn down gradually over the course of a year (I’m not trying to accelerate the payoff)
  • I do participate in some credit arbitrage (have significantly increased my credit card balance versus a year ago)

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