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Jan 2008 Net Worth Update (+1.04%)

Time for the first net worth update for 2008! 

January was ANOTHER volatile month in the markets and my portfolio was hit hard.  Even though my non-registered portfolio is mostly cash right now (for the upcoming house and Smith Manoeuvre), my RRSP account took a beating.

This month, I took the advice of the readers and took out the insurance as a liability.  What I did though, was subtract the equivalent amount off my savings so that there is no gain in my net worth because of it. 

In terms of spending, this was not the greatest month.  During the boxing week sales, we bought a new washer/dryer set (for the new house coming), along with a new laptop (Christmas gift for myself).  On top of that, we starting buying some baby stuff.  The upside is that our expenses are currently still low with our frivolous spending kept to a minimum.

Here are the numbers:

Assets: $ 384,500.00 (+0.23%)

  • Cash: $4,500 (+0.00%)
  • Savings: $120,400 (+2.03%)
  • Registered Investment: $46,700 (-3.31%)
  • Pension: $21,900 (+1.86%)
  • Non-Registered Investment Account: $45,500 (+0.66%)
  • Real Estate: $ 124,500 (investment property) (0.00%)
  • New Home Deposit: $5,000 (+0.00%)
  • Vehicles: $16,000 (2 vehicles) (-3.61%)

Liabilities: $ 102,300(-1.92%)

  • Mortgage Debt(investment property): $94,300 (-0.21%)
  • Other Liabilities: $8,000 (-0.00%)

Total Net Worth: ~$ $282,200 (+1.04%)

Started 2008 with Net Worth: $279,300

Year to Date Gain/Loss: +1.04%

Not a bad way to start 2008 considering how the markets are moving these days, but still a long way to go in order to reach my financial goals for the year. 

Starting March, I'll be initiating my Smith Manoeuvre adventure.  Do you think it would be a good idea to post my portfolio updates and progress?

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FT About the author: FT is the founder and editor of Million Dollar Journey (est. 2006). Through various financial strategies outlined on this site, he grew his net worth from $200,000 in 2006 to $1,000,000 by 2014. You can read more about him here.

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  • Avatar moneygardener January 31, 2008, 10:36 am

    Hey, I bought a laptop for myself for Christmas too…great minds… The good news is that expenses for the baby are really not as bad as you might anticipate, and you’ll save lots of money once the baby comes as you’ll probably eat out less or spend less on entertainment.

    Good progress on net worth in a down market, and I’m always up for posts about portfolio progress etc., so keep it up.

  • Avatar Jordan January 31, 2008, 11:13 am

    I’m starting my own SM around that time, so I’d love to hear your progress to compare notes.

  • Avatar MunEconomist January 31, 2008, 12:56 pm

    I too would like updates.

  • Avatar Cisco Kid January 31, 2008, 5:51 pm

    That would be amazing to see your progress in performing the SM, as I was planning on doing it in the future & to see the progress would be tremendously invaluable

  • Avatar Gary January 31, 2008, 8:08 pm

    Keep the up-dates. Like seeing the progress. It’s very interesting.

  • Avatar The Reverend January 31, 2008, 8:17 pm

    Somewhat unrelated question, but does anyone use the SM on a small scale basis? I have Manulife One account and make small monthly contributions into some non-reg investments which I’m tracking separately for SM purposes, but it seems kinda funny to do it on a small scale.

    For time being I’m just leaving myself borrowing room for other purposes and don’t want to withdraw any big lump sums. Any thoughts?

  • Avatar Blain Reinkensmeyer February 1, 2008, 2:03 am

    Nice month FT!! I say post the updates man, no doubt :P

  • Avatar Dividendgrowth February 1, 2008, 12:20 pm

    Wow, nice month. Looking at your investment accounts, it seems that you have significantly outperformed S&P 500 if it only represents gains, other than your contributions. I am a new reader, so I am wondering why do you keep such a large amounts of savings (120k)? I presume it’s in cash, but i could be wrong..

    • Avatar FrugalTrader February 1, 2008, 12:26 pm

      Hey DC, we’re in the process of building a home so we’re hoarding cash for a down payment. So yes, most of the $120k will be used as a down payment.

  • Avatar EmperorCoder February 1, 2008, 8:50 pm

    Have you thought of deducting your laptop as a business expense ? After all, you can use it for generating blogging income, so it would make sense to deduct it.

  • Avatar FrugalTrader February 1, 2008, 10:59 pm

    EC, the business expense was the factor that pushed me over the edge to actually make the purchase. Without that, I probably wouldn’t have bought it.

  • Avatar George February 6, 2008, 1:43 am

    I’m curious as to what the “savings” account is invested in – it isn’t an RRSP (that’d be the registered retirement account) and it isn’t a non-registered investment account. It’s also not “cash”, since that’s listed separately. Is it just in a bank account, or is it invested in something?

    Also, why no payments on the “other liabilities”?

  • Avatar Blain Reinkensmeyer February 13, 2008, 1:03 am

    Nice month FT, you the man.

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