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Re: Net worth increase 2016 (i.e. the 'present' you give yourself)
« Reply #1000 on: December 27, 2018, 02:00:40 PM »
I have to math early this year because I'll be away from computers for the next week, so I'm checking in a few days ahead of schedule.

Reviewing my previous posts in this thread, it looks like

At the end of 2014 we were at 61% of our target retirement amount.
At the end of 2015 we were at 71%.
At the end of 2016 we were at 86%.
At the end of 2017 we were at 107%.

Then I retired in August, when we were at 117% of our target.  Then the market crashed, and now at the end of 2018 we are back down to 108% of our target.  At no point since 2013 have I deliberately altered my asset allocation, which means I rode the wave up long after I thought it would crash, and then this year I rode the wave back down a bit.

To be fair, all of those quoted values are liquid assets only, not counting equity in real estate.  Our RE equity has been rising along with everything else, and is now approximately twice what we would need to pay off our primary mortgage.

As previously discussed, I still plan to give away at least half of my salary for every paycheck I receive past my target date.  The other half will go towards special spending projects, like replacing the siding on my house before we have any structural damage, to try to minimize future unexpected irregular expenses.  The recent spike in asset values has me a little worried about a coming crash, but it has spiked so far by now that even a moderate recession would leave us in reasonably good shape.

As predicted, I gave away half of my earnings for the year.  Also as predicted, we're in reasonably good financial shape even after the recent market turmoil.  We're another year closer to death, which means my funds have to last for a shorter period of time.  Our net worth climbed by a six figure amount this year even after everything that happened, meaning we have more funds available to cover that shorter period of time than we had last year at this time. 

So far, no regrets.  Retirement is awesome.  Our finances are sound.

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« Reply #1001 on: December 27, 2018, 02:33:41 PM »
I have to math early this year because I'll be away from computers for the next week, so I'm checking in a few days ahead of schedule.

Reviewing my previous posts in this thread, it looks like

At the end of 2014 we were at 61% of our target retirement amount.
At the end of 2015 we were at 71%.
At the end of 2016 we were at 86%.
At the end of 2017 we were at 107%.

Then I retired in August, when we were at 117% of our target.  Then the market crashed, and now at the end of 2018 we are back down to 108% of our target.  At no point since 2013 have I deliberately altered my asset allocation, which means I rode the wave up long after I thought it would crash, and then this year I rode the wave back down a bit.

To be fair, all of those quoted values are liquid assets only, not counting equity in real estate.  Our RE equity has been rising along with everything else, and is now approximately twice what we would need to pay off our primary mortgage.

As previously discussed, I still plan to give away at least half of my salary for every paycheck I receive past my target date.  The other half will go towards special spending projects, like replacing the siding on my house before we have any structural damage, to try to minimize future unexpected irregular expenses.  The recent spike in asset values has me a little worried about a coming crash, but it has spiked so far by now that even a moderate recession would leave us in reasonably good shape.

As predicted, I gave away half of my earnings for the year.  Also as predicted, we're in reasonably good financial shape even after the recent market turmoil.  We're another year closer to death, which means my funds have to last for a shorter period of time.  Our net worth climbed by a six figure amount this year even after everything that happened, meaning we have more funds available to cover that shorter period of time than we had last year at this time. 

So far, no regrets.  Retirement is awesome.  Our finances are sound.

Congratulations Sol!  Retiring just before this latest downturn could be very disconcerting but it looks like you have it well in hand.

And I agree.  Retirement IS awesome!

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Re: Net worth increase 2018 (i.e. the 'present' you give yourself)
« Reply #1002 on: December 27, 2018, 09:51:36 PM »
We increased our net worth by $45,000.

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« Reply #1003 on: December 28, 2018, 08:56:39 AM »
Looks like as of today, we are down in NW by about $23k. Not too shabby given the performance of the stock market.

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« Reply #1004 on: December 28, 2018, 09:47:57 AM »
Up about $28k this year. A bit frustrating since I had the arbitrary goal of breaking out of the $100k -> $250k race this year, and the recent bear market cost me that accomplishment. But still a decent increase in NW, and a good increase in shares owned. Preparing for the next big gain, so to speak.

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« Reply #1005 on: December 28, 2018, 10:45:29 AM »
After a complete wipe out due to sickness and being unable to work, this has been a good year. Bought an apartment, so some one time expenses, but:

Home equity up 44500$ this year, which is very nice as we bought it 5 months ago.

Pension up with 6200$.

Side hustle will make 23000$ in profits after tax, that goes straight to investments.

Hopefully 2019 will be just as good :)

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Re: Net worth increase 2016 (i.e. the 'present' you give yourself)
« Reply #1006 on: December 28, 2018, 11:15:26 AM »
2013:  $315k  (salary $75k)
2014:  $420k  (salary $80k)
2015:  $475k  (salary $86k)
2016:  $601k  (salary $90k) - hit $500k in April
2017:  $754k  (salary $91k)
2018:  $758k  (salary $93k)

Financial goals: a paid off house + $1.3M stash to support a conservative 3% withdrawal rate via ~75% savings rate, 90/10 asset allocation.

NW basically flat despite plowing over $35k into the market. Spendiest year ever in 2018 at $38.6k. Savings rate plummeted to 52% with atypical expenses: $1k car timing belt, $9.4k new HVAC system + ductwork, solar PV system, 2 international trips, fancy pants house items like a firepit, new bed, and a boat (kayak) in honor of b42. Asset allocation now 80/20.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

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« Reply #1007 on: December 28, 2018, 11:27:42 AM »
The markets most of us invest in will be down around 10% for 2018, so depending on the ratio of annual savings to current investments, it could be a net worth decrease for 2018.  We'll find out more by the end of the day Monday.  The good news is that 90% of economic indicators are good so 2019 should not be a bad year.

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« Reply #1008 on: December 28, 2018, 11:37:02 AM »
JAN 2014 - $364k (owned a truck, a garage full of "stuff," investments were fairly conservative and spread across 30 high fee funds. And half that $364k was cash!
DEC 2014 - $458k (sold truck, sold stuff, started Roth IRA for DW, got into Vanguard with a much more aggressive AA, deployed and came close to maxing the extended TSP limit)

DEC 2015 - $525k give or take what happens next week.  This year was fairly straightforward as far as AA and contributions go so my NW increase was pretty much what I put in to it since I had zero growth.

DEC 2016 - $650k. So around a $125k increase, and $72k of that is contributions.

As of 1 Dec, $850k.  $200k increase, $71k in contributions. Compounding for the win.

As of 27 Dec close, $866k after $76k in contributions.  A more or less down year like a lot of folks, but I still ended the year up based on our savings rate.  On a different forum somebody remarked "OMG, I lost $100k in net worth this year...OMG, my net worth is high enough that I have $100k to lose!"  It's definitely a good way of looking at how the market went this year.

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« Reply #1009 on: December 28, 2018, 11:56:53 AM »
This is my first full year of tracking and figuring things out.
If I calculated right, it looks like a +$57k increase in net worth. I counted payments to principal on loans but didn't count home value. This was the year we crossed $0 into positive net worth, which felt awesome. I was super happy to be temporarily worthless. Happy New year everyone!

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« Reply #1010 on: December 28, 2018, 12:02:37 PM »
End 2013: about $822000
End 2014: about $1015000
Change: about $193000

Finally did some work to update my tracking sheets I just started this year. The above does not include house in the total (the value of which is not going to change drastically).

I was pleasantly surprised with the net change for 2014!

12/6/16: about $1,125,000 (excluding house)
FIREd 7/2/15
12/20/16: about $1,150,000 (excluding house)
12/30/17: about $1,333,000 (excluding house)
       Using the actual numbers - up about $184K in 2017.


1/2/19: about 1,260,000 - DOWN about $73K in 2018

A bit more spent this year (about $30K) due to lumpy expenses. Iím FIREd so no savings rate, but have cash to invest and have done a little of that (might get more done before the books close for 2018). Mostly this was market losses.  But Iím still moving money into the market.
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« Reply #1011 on: December 28, 2018, 02:46:01 PM »
Single. Chugging along.  I just wish I had started this at 22 instead of 42. 

2013 - $0
2014 - $68K
2015 - $152K
2016 - $238K
2017 - $350K
Years to FIRE - 7.51

Theoretically, I could hit $500K by the end of 2018, but would need a lot to go right.

On the bright side, lots of debt eliminated this year - credit cards, student loans, and alimony all down to zero.  This year I'm going to tackle those pesky 401k loans. 

2013 - $0
2014 - $68K
2015 - $152K
2016 - $238K
2017 - $350K
2018 - $420K
Years to FIRE - 6.98

Still single.
« Last Edit: December 28, 2018, 03:39:13 PM by SaucyAussie »

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« Reply #1012 on: December 28, 2018, 07:54:15 PM »
2018 Year End Update:

2015 NW: $350k   Stache: 35k
2016 NW: $448k   Stache: 69k
2017 NW: $568k   Stache: 185k
2018 NW: $650k   Stache: 256k

Ages: Me (35), Wife (34), DS 6 and DD 3
Jobs: Me (HS teacher & coach 75k/year), DW (Administrator 80k/year)
FIRE Goals: We will both get a full pension at age 48, so 2031 for me and 2032 for DW.  Plan is paid off house and about 2 million stache to supplement the pensions. 

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« Reply #1013 on: December 28, 2018, 08:33:36 PM »
2017   $2523k

2018   $2524k


About a $1,300 gain in NW for the year, but that includes a $37k windfall we can't take any credit for.   It also includes about $16k in renovation costs on rental #4.   We'll get about a $35k bump up in NW by the end of Jan 2019 when rental #4 is ready to rent.   

We fired in May 2018.

Income wise for 2019, we'll have to draw down up to $10k from our savings for our budgeted living expenses, or less than 1%.    By end of 2020 we should have that gap closed so that we don't have to draw down our savings for a regular year with regular expenses. 

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« Reply #1014 on: December 28, 2018, 09:09:26 PM »
5.74 percent gain in NW YTD.  Not great but since it is roughly 3 years of expenses I am not complaining.

19% Y on Y gain for 2016.  I FIRED on Nov 01 with a package so that accounts for part of the gain but it is still happy dance time!

9% Y on Y TNW gain for 2017 (YTD).  Investment accounts were up 17%.  Cash reserves and real estate lowered the total gain for the year.

Down 3.8% Y on Y for 2018 (YTD).  The big drop at the end of the year wiped out significant gains.  This includes all expenses for the year.

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« Reply #1015 on: December 29, 2018, 03:03:09 PM »
Running the YTD numbers, it seems that 2018 has been a slightly sub-par year for me.

NW is up 49K (EUR) to 433. It rose significantly more last year (2017) but due to special events.
In 2016 it rose 53K and in 2015 it rose 45K, so 2018 was neither great nor bad.

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« Reply #1016 on: December 29, 2018, 05:25:08 PM »
2017   $2523k

2018   $2524k


About a $1,300 gain in NW for the year, but that includes a $37k windfall we can't take any credit for.   It also includes about $16k in renovation costs on rental #4.   We'll get about a $35k bump up in NW by the end of Jan 2019 when rental #4 is ready to rent.   

We fired in May 2018.

Income wise for 2019, we'll have to draw down up to $10k from our savings for our budgeted living expenses, or less than 1%.    By end of 2020 we should have that gap closed so that we don't have to draw down our savings for a regular year with regular expenses.

What feeds your day to day expenses?

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« Reply #1017 on: December 30, 2018, 03:03:09 PM »
2018:
  • Cashflow after taxes and all expenses: +$300k
  • Net worth: -$50k
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Depending how you look at it, we are somewhat further from FIRE than we were. We moved into a much more comfortable apartment and had significant medical expenses. So the amount we have to clear has increased (assuming we would change nothing upon retirement, which is not the case). If the stock market were happy, then we'd probably have gotten "closer" to FIRE, although the recent fluctuations make me think that maybe that would simply be an illusion.

I must admit, I have enough things on my mind right now that a "loss" of $50k is hard to get wound up over. Maybe tomorrow I'll be up $50k. Or maybe I'll be down $300k, how I was earlier last week. As long as I can keep my family healthy and safe, and I keep hitting up a 50% savings rate, the FIRE situation will handle itself eventually.
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« Reply #1018 on: December 30, 2018, 07:28:40 PM »
End of 2013: 27K
End of 2014: 41K
End of 2015: 78K
End of 2016: 120K
End of 2017: 199K
End of 2018: 241K

Increase of 42K or 21%.
Was above 250k at one point, but the market and a few other things squashed that. :-P

Changes this year: Paid off a personal loan that's been around for years, refi'd, added to, etc in the past. Used an unexpectedly huge tax return to get a head start on that. Paid off debt from selling our previous house at the end of last year (Which was underwater.)
Continued working on a degree that work is paying for much of.
Wife took a lower paying job, losing $7K in unvested company match she had, and about $8k/yr lower salary. But her stress level is MUCH MUCH better.
Saved a good chunk towards some home repairs and a 2020 off grid cabin build.
Still managed to increase out retirement savings by a few k, despite the market working against us.

2019: Hoping for a decent promotion. OTOH, we've decided to likely take out a HELOC to get a bunch of deferred maintenance done on the house now. All stuff we'd do anyway, just sooner. I'll continue saving for a cabin build as well, and a large international trip at the end of next year.

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« Reply #1019 on: December 30, 2018, 08:25:01 PM »
2017   $2523k

2018   $2524k


About a $1,300 gain in NW for the year, but that includes a $37k windfall we can't take any credit for.   It also includes about $16k in renovation costs on rental #4.   We'll get about a $35k bump up in NW by the end of Jan 2019 when rental #4 is ready to rent.   

We fired in May 2018.

Income wise for 2019, we'll have to draw down up to $10k from our savings for our budgeted living expenses, or less than 1%.    By end of 2020 we should have that gap closed so that we don't have to draw down our savings for a regular year with regular expenses.

What feeds your day to day expenses?


@Travis ,

Wife's social security and mentally handicapped daughter's disability,  farmland rental income, rental home income, and mortgage interest payments on our first flip sale cover the bulk of our expenses.   The <1% draw on our stock and bond portfolio covers the gap.

If we get to 5 or 6 rental properties (from 4), we'll close the gap.   Or when I go on SS at some point.



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« Reply #1020 on: December 31, 2018, 03:53:19 AM »
My turn:

2012 - $295k
2013 - $419k
2014 - $534k

2015 - $713k
2016 - $898k

Out of this, only $210k would be considered net investments (taking out house equity and super). So therein lies the "problem" I have... not enough liquid, cash flow generating investments.

Something to solve in 2017.

2017 - $1,084k
2018 - ~$1,176k

It's been my smallest increase since I started keeping records, basically the problem was twofold - a falling realestate market and a falling stockmarket. And this year was also further boosted by a gift from mum and dad too, so in actual fact the "real" personal gain was much smaller.

Nonetheless, my income producing FIRE net assets have now increased to $425k. If I sold up the investment property and invested in shares I'd have enough dividends to cover my bare bones annual expenses.

That's a good achievement at 32. I am thankful for that.

Happy New Year everyone :)

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« Reply #1021 on: December 31, 2018, 03:55:49 AM »
Good onya Marty!
Why aren't you at a party either?

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« Reply #1022 on: December 31, 2018, 04:15:02 AM »
Good onya Marty!
Why aren't you at a party either?

I'm about *this* close to falling asleep lol.

Just caught up on your journal @happy  - well done on the weight loss. And yes it is hot here! Did you enjoy the storm this evening? I basically stood outside and was happy to drench myself in it!

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« Reply #1023 on: December 31, 2018, 04:20:14 AM »
Yes indeed, it was welcome. I've been working on my parents house all day today and came home completely exhausted without a NYE plan (except for "get pissed at home"). The house is now empty for the painters on 2/1. DD is hosting a NYE party for her friends.  The house is full of my parents furniture and mattresses for the fall out of the party.

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« Reply #1024 on: December 31, 2018, 12:54:50 PM »
Saved $124k while net worth increased $98k *shrug*

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« Reply #1025 on: December 31, 2018, 02:04:48 PM »
760>930

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« Reply #1026 on: December 31, 2018, 02:37:29 PM »
Solo stash increase - $21,978
Mortgage payoff - $13,428
Total increase - $35,406

Given the recent market falls I'm happy with that.

Savings rate currently sitting at around 51% of after tax pay. (Plus employer super contributions).

2019 is the year we combine finances, add a baby and downshift, so next year's update will be very different.

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« Reply #1027 on: January 01, 2019, 02:45:23 AM »
Its difficult to estimate my net worth since the value of my PPOR is difficult to estimate and the housing market has cooled in the last 3 months. Best case scenario I'm line ball. Worse case scenario I'm down 150k.

I'm not bothered by this as I am midway through subdivision and renovation - probably at the lowest point of outgoings or close to it right now. Once the subdivision is achieved through the value will go up substantially.

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« Reply #1028 on: January 01, 2019, 04:35:09 AM »
Our household net worth:

Dec 2014 $150k
Dec 2015 $195k
Dec 2016 $256k
Dec 2017 $283k
Dec 2018 $320k

+ $37k

Not too shabby given our goal for me being on maternity leave (which turned into unemployment) was not to eat into our savings. We are also still holding butt loads of cash because we still havenít used it to purchased a house to live in.

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« Reply #1029 on: January 01, 2019, 04:38:58 AM »

Our household net worth:

Dec 2014 $150k
Dec 2015 $195k
Dec 2016 $256k
Dec 2017 $283k
Dec 2018 $320k

+ $37k

Not too shabby given our goal for me being on maternity leave (which turned into unemployment) was not to eat into our savings. We are also still holding butt loads of cash because we still havenít used it to purchased a house to live in.
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« Reply #1030 on: January 01, 2019, 06:55:07 AM »
NW 2015: - 46 k
NW 2016: - 18 k
NW 2017: 3 k (!)
NW 2018: 23 k

Saving rate around 40%

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« Reply #1031 on: January 01, 2019, 07:46:17 AM »
Despite the market working against me and some $$ medical expenses this year, I still had a positive trend.

This is liquid net worth:
2011-   $71,905.11   
2012- $139,042.72   
2013- $217,250.05   
2014- $284,626.51   
2015- $332,514.20   
2016- $431,718.92   
2017- $586,059.24   
2018- $591,792.31

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« Reply #1032 on: January 01, 2019, 08:44:25 AM »

Dec 2013 - $699,658
Dec 2014 - $859,626
Dec 2015 - $958,149
Dec 2016 - $1,229,319 
Dec 2017 - $1,617,661


Dec 2018 - $1,642,265  Increase of $24k

Losing over 200k from October to Jan 1 sucked but nothing wrong with a positive year.

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« Reply #1033 on: January 01, 2019, 08:53:38 AM »
                12/31/2017    12/31/2018    %Change
Invested      1,514,360    1,486,906         - 1.8%
Cash                 63,899        48,363
Subtotal       1,578,259    1,535,169         - 2.7%

Home Equity    386,639       408,217

Grand Total   1,964,898    1,943,386         - 1.1%


This was my last big year of adding to my investments, I'm now officially semi-retired.

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« Reply #1034 on: January 01, 2019, 09:43:26 AM »
We scraped out a small gain on the year; our investments were down 5.6% and our estimated home value dropped by more than that.

2018 EOY: 1517K
2017 EOY: 1502K
2016 EOY: 1079K
2015 EOY: 820K
7/1/15: 749K (when I started tracking)

If I exclude our home, the worth of our investments increased by 96K (from 733K to 829K) by investing 140K.

Even though I had hoped this year would be more lucrative, retirement is in 3 months regardless - my last day is March 5!

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« Reply #1035 on: January 01, 2019, 10:05:59 AM »
January 2016    $668K
Dec 2016          $832K

Most of that is an increase in property value, and some of Zillow's values are questionable. But who knows.
About $80K of that total increase is certainly real cash. Likely more is real.

Dec 2017          $903K  ...but actually $863K when considering our $40K balance on 0% promo rate credit cards.

Considered an average of Zillow and Redfin estimates of our property value because both seem off for certain properties. CC balance is for a major remodel, so home equity will go way up in 2018 when we finish.

Dec 2018         $953K  - remodel project isn't finished but close!  0% CC and HELOC balance are taken into account in this number. But not increase in the house value (yet) from the remodel, so in actuality once the project is done, there should be a big jump.

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Re: Net worth increase 2018 (i.e. the 'present' you give yourself)
« Reply #1036 on: January 01, 2019, 01:01:59 PM »
Turns out we had a pretty good year despite the massive money-letting that was the renovations to our new-to-us old house. This is our first home so we went from NW compromised of purely investments and cash to that plus home equity.

Our NW as of December 31, 2015 was $333,176.15 and current NW including home equity is $427,947.20 (+$94,771.05). This is impressive considering we spent just shy of $45k in closing costs and home improvements this year.

2016 NW breakdown
Cash and investments: $370,799.22
Home equity (purchase price - mortgage balance): $46,619.89
Cars (2): $10,528.09
Total: $427,947.20

Good news for 2017
- Annual husehold income has increased from $170,600 to $183,570 (+$12,970) due to my husband's recent promotion plus year-end increases for both of us. This doesn't include any bonus income we may see this year. Woo hoo!
- As of May 2016 my husband and I work in the same location and carpool to work most days. I'm looking forward to greatly reduced car usage and gas consumption now that we only have one home.
- All of the major renovation work in the house is finished, so we can get back to dumping serious cash into investments! We just have some small stuff left now...lawnmower, some paint, garden supplies, etc.
- We have no big spendy plans for 2017. We're talking about keeping our travel local and hosting my in-laws instead of traveling internationally to see them.

2017 NW Goal
Hit $500k NW (cash, investments, home equity) by my husband's 30th birthday in August, with a stretch goal of $550k by this time next year. --> We exceeded this goal massively, thanks to a crazy year in the market!

Well, final numbers are in and it's been a hell of a year! Current NW including home equity is $628,029.19, which represents an increase of +$200,082 (!!) over our Dec 2016 NW of $427,947.20. This is higher than our combined salaries for the year!

Good news for 2018
- Annual household income has increased from $183,570 to approx. $190,640 (+$7,070) due to year-end increases for both of us. This doesn't include any bonus income we may see this year.
- Much of our 2018 travel was paid for already in 2017 (big trip to visit in-laws planned for Feb 2018, personal trip to Iceland for May 2018). Hopefully we can curb our travel spending a bit this year, as it's consistently about 15-20% of what we spend annually. This is ok, as it aligns with our priorities, but it's still a huge pile of money.

2018 Goals
I have no idea where the market is heading, so I'm hesitant to make a NW goal. But I will set a few goals for things which I actually do have some control over....
- Reduce household spending below what we spent in 2017 ($50,347.57) & continue to plow the rest into investments. Spending goal: sub $4k / month or $48k / year. My husband's car loan is finished in June, so this should free up some cash, and there's always room for additional optimization in other areas as well.
- Personal sub-goal, inspired by Mrs. Frugalwoods: No clothing shopping for me in 2018. I don't have a clothing "problem" per-se, just want to re-program myself and really think hard about all of my purchases and make sure they align with my priorities.

2018 Numbers are in and current NW including home equity is $718,610, which represents an increase of +$90,581 over our Dec 2017 NW of $628,029. I'm fairly certain it's less than we invested in the market this year but I'll take it.

Good news for 2019
- Annual household income has increased from $190,640 to ~$203k (ish) due to year-end increases for both of us. Most of this was a big pay raise for me (9.5%!!) to bring me up to the level of the rest of my team. This doesn't include any bonus income we may see this year.
- Husband's car is now paid off, so now the mortgage is our only debt.
- We spent just about $52.5k in 2018, but $7.5k of that was to install AC and $2.4k was for dental surgery (which failed, but I digress...). So the good news here is that our "normal" spending was only ~$42.6k. That's a new low for us!
- No big house projects or international travel is currently planned for this year. We may still end up traveling but fingers crossed we won't be dropping thousands on home improvements...

2019 Goals
- Control household spending & continue to plow the rest into investments. Spending goal: sub $4k / month or $48k / year.
- (Somewhat arbitrary) NW goal: $850k by the end of 2019. Cheers!

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Re: Net worth increase 2016 (i.e. the 'present' you give yourself)
« Reply #1037 on: January 01, 2019, 03:10:27 PM »
12/31/2011: $18,719
12/31/2012: $23,793   Income: 20k/yr.
12/31/2013: -$57,156   Started grad school financed by loans and got married and to a wife with a lot of student loans
12/31/2014: -$71,684   Still in grad school - more loans. Found MMM.
12/31/2015: -$68,111   Graduated and started working in June.
12/31/2016: -$61,128
12/31/2017: -$30,801   2018 could be the year we get back to black
12/31/2018: -$202 So close!

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Re: Net worth increase 2018 (i.e. the 'present' you give yourself)
« Reply #1038 on: January 01, 2019, 04:12:43 PM »
2015:  $604k
2016:  $724k
2017:  $860k
2018:  $900k

Not too shabby considering our investments are down and Husband was out of work for 6 weeks this year.

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Re: Net worth increase 2018 (i.e. the 'present' you give yourself)
« Reply #1039 on: January 01, 2019, 04:31:41 PM »
Net worth increased by less than $3K this year.  Combination of saving less due to job changes and the market going down.  I can live with it, we have ramped up the savings again for 2019!

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Re: Net worth increase 2018 (i.e. the 'present' you give yourself)
« Reply #1040 on: January 01, 2019, 04:48:12 PM »
I don't ever calculate net worth, just my stash which I will be using to drawdown on using the 4% rule, which doesn't include my home's value.  And on that note, despite the pullback in the market, my stash is a little over 100% of what it needs to be to meet my FIRE target, which is a fairly FAT fire for me, which is more than 2 1/2 times my barebones budget.

Edit:  Looks like my net stash growth for 2018 is only about 1 1/2 years of barebones spending - not too good considering I saved $70K from my job alone.
« Last Edit: January 02, 2019, 06:00:00 PM by DreamFIRE »

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Re: Net worth increase 2018 (i.e. the 'present' you give yourself)
« Reply #1041 on: January 01, 2019, 04:50:40 PM »
I also had almost no change. +1k overall for the year. However we didn't work for about 5 of those months. So not too bad, probably could have eeked out a 10-20k gain if we were working then, but the market was over valued anyway. 2019 I think will be a good year.

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Re: Net worth increase 2016 (i.e. the 'present' you give yourself)
« Reply #1042 on: January 01, 2019, 05:36:41 PM »
I want to play!

31 Dec 2010: $85,203
31 Dec 2011: $106,303   (Δ $21,100)
31 Dec 2012: $144,111   (Δ $37,808)
31 Dec 2013: $212,510   (Δ $68,399)
31 Dec 2014: $264,836   (Δ $52,326)
31 Dec 2015: $299,579   (Δ $34,743)
31 Dec 2016: $371,611   (Δ $72,032)
31 Dec 2017: $496,452   (Δ $124,841)

31 Dec 2018: $528,285   (Δ $31,833)

I saved ~$60k, and the rest is market losses.
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Re: Net worth increase 2015 (i.e. the 'present' you give yourself)
« Reply #1043 on: January 02, 2019, 09:32:38 AM »
1/1/15- $0
11/20/15- $29,800

We haven't been tracking long, but January marked $0 net worth, which is a convenient starting point. (We didn't combine finances fully until this year, so before that, numbers are unclear).

Approximate 2016 end of year numbers! Needless to say.... a big jump this year. +$78,517 in 2016. Combined earnings will probably come out to ~$105k for the year. Combination of market gains, home purchase that worked out nicely (immediately valued higher than we paid), and a generous gift from my grandmother to help pay some student loans.

12/18/2016: $108,317
11/20/15: $29,800
1/1/15: $0
(2014, -$20k, although that's pretty much a total guess)

(2014, -$20k, although that's pretty much a total guess)
1/1/15: $0
11/20/15: $29,800
12/18/2016: $108,317
12/2/2017: $179,061

+$70,744 in 2017. Not *quite* as big a jump as last year, but considering crazy high vet and medical spending (over $11k), and me not working at all for ~4 months of it (and part time most of when I was working), that's pretty damn good! Earnings will probably be right around the same as last year, somewhere around $110k total for the two of us.

ETA: better than I expected, because I realized I dropped car value off my net worth tracking this year. So it may have been a +$90k! I would have to sit down with all the numbers to double check, but I'm pretty sure that's right.

(2014, -$20k, although that's pretty much a total guess)
1/1/15: ~$0
11/20/15: $29,800
12/18/2016: $108,317
12/2/2017: $179,061
1/1/18: $239,972

The jump from when I last did this thread was +$60,911, but from EOY2017 to EOY2018 was $54,064 according to my other tracking. Really not bad considering I had a good $37k of OOP medical expenses this year. We also prepped to sell, then sold, our house.

That being said, our year on year increases in NW are dropping even as our household income rises, so we really need to step up our frugal game again!

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Re: Net worth increase 2018 (i.e. the 'present' you give yourself)
« Reply #1044 on: January 02, 2019, 10:30:55 AM »
This was the first year I started tracking. My net worth is my emergency fund, the cash I keep on hand for basic expenses, and my retirement accounts. I rent, so no mortgage or home value to consider.

12/17: $44k
12/18: $70k

That's an increase of $26k despite a negative rate of return in my investments. I'm pretty pleased with that.

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Re: Net worth increase 2018 (i.e. the 'present' you give yourself)
« Reply #1045 on: January 02, 2019, 11:45:04 AM »
358k -> 422k

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Re: Net worth increase 2018 (i.e. the 'present' you give yourself)
« Reply #1046 on: January 02, 2019, 12:03:09 PM »
Grand total difference from Jan 1, 2018 to Jan 1, 2019 = -24,190.

I guess I'm doing this wrong.

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Re: Net worth increase 2016 (i.e. the 'present' you give yourself)
« Reply #1047 on: January 02, 2019, 12:46:47 PM »
2013 - $10,000? (records aren't great back then)
2014 - $49,193
2015 - $101,290
2016 - $179,734
2017 - $287,830

2018 - $317,638

Up about 30K from last year, which is well less than I saved, but still positive, so I'll take it.  Plus, I own a lot more shares of index funds than this time last year.

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Re: Net worth increase 2018 (i.e. the 'present' you give yourself)
« Reply #1048 on: January 02, 2019, 02:44:59 PM »
Dec 2015: $65,356
Dec 2016: $106,701    (+ $41,345)
Dec 2017: $206,349.74    (+ $99,648)
Dec 2018: $255, 892.49    (+ $49,542.26)

NW was up to $276k in November before the market correction. Got some good tax loss harvesting out of it, but I didn't meet my goal of $300k by the end of the year. Goal for EOY 2019 is $325k.     

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Re: Net worth increase 2018 (i.e. the 'present' you give yourself)
« Reply #1049 on: January 02, 2019, 03:53:50 PM »
Grand total difference from Jan 1, 2018 to Jan 1, 2019 = -24,190.

I guess I'm doing this wrong.
@MrDelane ,

Not necessarily!   At a certain point ups or downs in the market will dwarf any contributions you are making.