October 2017 Net Worth Update

//October 2017 Net Worth Update

October 2017 Net Worth Update

With another month in the books, it is time to take stock of whether my net worth increased or decreased.  I can’t express how important this exercise is for me, and as such, this post is usually my favorite to write each month.  I don’t think I am alone considering how many sites, forums, apps, etc., exist to calculate and share this number.

Prior to calculating the number, I like to take a moment to think about whether it went up or down.  It gives me a few minutes to actively think about whether I made good or bad decisions the previous 30 days or so.  It doesn’t feel like I had a particularly rough spending month or inspiring saving/income month, however, I am almost positive my net worth has I think my net worth is going to have increased over the past 30 days.  A couple of my larger holdings have been (finally) going the right way!

My Net Worth Calculation

Creating a net worth statement is pretty simple.  All one has to do is honestly add up your assets and minus your liabilities.  If you build your net worth calculation on lies, what’s the point of even doing the exercise?  I know calculating my net worth helps me keep track of my decreasing liabilities while seeing if my investments are growing like they should be.

My Assets

My assets are pretty simple:

  • Emergency Fund – It is a little less than where I would like it, but I don’t calculate it in terms of monthly expenditures.  Rather I think to myself how much cash would I really need if an emergency happens.
  • My Dividend Growth Account – I am finally back into undervalued dividend growth investing and I am very excited to share my screens and purchases!
  • My Wife’s Roth IRA – Nothing special – just a mixture of cheap index funds and individual companies that capture my attention.  I have started to sell covered calls within this account.  Just boosts my investment capital – small (read: very tiny) droplets of capital I wouldn’t have had otherwise.  This is where LB and AOBC are.
  • My 401(k) – My 401(k) is terrible with high fees for garbage mutual funds, but where else am I getting a match on my money.  I am not one to turn down free cash.  I just decided this month that I am going to change my allocation to brace for the inevitable bear market.
  • Wife’s Mutual Funds – This was an amount that was given to my wife from her deceased grandparents.  They were horribly mismanaged until I stepped in, putting them in low expense vanguard mutual funds.  She and I both look at this account as a super emergency fund.
  • My House – This is the first year after buying the house for 4 years where I increased the value of the home.  I increased it a nominal 3% in 4 years.  I don’t plan on reviewing this dead money asset for another year or two.  I also just took out a HELOC but haven’t used any of it.
  • My Traditional IRA – Just a few stocks that have captured my attention. Similar to my wife’s Roth IRA I will often sell covered calls on holdings to generate nominal amounts of cash flow.
  • Investment Account with my Brother – The Wife and my brother invested a nominal amount ($1,200 each) to try and give my brother confidence with his stock picking ability.

My Liabilities

  • My Law School Loans – Despite being almost 35 years old I have a significant amount of law school loans left. They are locked in at 3.5%, so what’s the rush to pay them off?
  • My Mortgage – I live on Long Island (and its on not in), so the odds of me ever prepaying this down, especially with a 3.375% 30yr fixed is unrealistic.
  • Credit Cards – My favorite card is my American Express Premier Gold Card, whose fee I fight every year.  I also have some minor outstanding balances that I’ll just pay down slowly.
  • My HELOC – Brand new line item – I haven’t really used any of it, but have to keep a small balance for promotional purposes.

My Net Worth Increase/Decrease

  • From September 1 to October 1 my net worth increased 2.71%
  • My net worth increase YTD has increased 21.07%

Not a bad month!

By |2017-11-27T22:04:35-04:00October 2nd, 2017|Personal Situation|8 Comments

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  1. Buy, Hold Long October 3, 2017 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Fantastic work. Keep up the good work and that net worth will increase over time! Excellent results. Cheers

    • Evan October 10, 2017 at 8:37 am - Reply

      it really is amazing when I look back at the spreadsheets how it all adds up over time!

  2. Lazy Man and Money October 14, 2017 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    That’s a great gain for the month and year. We are around 15% for the year, which is exciting for us. We had some big expenses this year, so we’ll take it.

    • Evan October 31, 2017 at 10:16 pm - Reply

      Expenses always seem to creep on me!

  3. Jim October 23, 2017 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Enjoying the site. Personally, I don’t see the point of posting the “Net worth” statement each month if it only has % increases/decreases. Just not enough detail to be meaningful as a benchmark comparison. I’m currently struggling with the same question of whether or not to include detailed numbers on my own site. Since the site is mostly “anonymous”, what’s the worry?

    • Evan October 31, 2017 at 10:21 pm - Reply

      Jim, I completely understand. After 8 or 9 years of running this site and nosy (yet kind-hearted) friends – this site is not anonymous. I don’t really believe anything is *really* anonymous on the web and as such when I started sharing my net worth I made a conscious decision not to include a whole number.

      I completely understand your frustration and/or disappointment, and if I cared about the general growth of the site I may change my approach. Trust be told, this site, and especially these types of posts, are done for me. For whatever reason coming back to them monthly keeps me accountable to some type of stranger who may call me out for a loss, not just knowing exactly how much my gain is/was. Again, that would disappoint me as a reader but as an owner/writer, it is what it is.

  4. Church November 6, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    I did the same as you and didn’t rush to pay off my student debt when I was locked in at 3.5%. What are your thoughts on using the HELOC, assuming a lower rate than the student debt, to pay off the debt?

    Grant it, the HELOC could increase and put you in worse situation, but could be a good interest rate arb opportunity to slay debt.

    • Evan November 14, 2017 at 4:39 pm - Reply

      I have my HELOC at 2.4% for this year and then I think projected to be 4% next year so I’d be higher. Wouldn’t work in my situation, but I’d be HAPPY to make that move it worked.

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