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Nov 2007 Net Worth Update (+0.52%)

It’s time again for the monthly net worth update – The November 2007 edition.

October was a great month for the markets, but November has been terrible.  This recent drop has taken a bite out of my registered/non-registered accounts.  Thank goodness for our bigger savings these couple months as they have offset most of the market losses.  I usually don't get too concerned over dips in the market as I'm in it for the long haul. 

Assets: $377,100 (+0.40%)

  • Cash: $4,500 (+0.00%)
  • Savings: $112,500 (+5.73%)
  • Registered Investment: $47,700 (-7.20%)
  • Pension: $21,100 (+1.93%)
  • Non-Registered Investment Account: $45,000 (-2.81%)
  • Real Estate: $ 124,500 (investment property) (0.00%)
  • New Home Deposit: $5000 (+0.00%)
  • Vehicles: $16,800 (2 vehicles) (-0.00%)

Liabilities: $104,100 (.90%)

  • Mortgage Debt(investment property): $94,700 (-0.21%)
  • Insurance: $1,500 (+25.00%)
  • Other Liabilities: $8,000 (-0.00%)

Total Net Worth: ~$ 272,900 (+0.52%)

Started 2007 with Net Worth: $224,000

Year to Date Gain/Loss: +21.83%

One more month to go to see how 2007 went in terms of net worth increases.  I'm hoping that it will be close to 25% when it's all said and done. 

Did the November market tumble affect your portfolios as much as it affected mine?  Perhaps I should have a small bear hedge in my portfolio for such months as these.  Anyone use the bear ETF HXD? 

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  • Plan Your Escape November 30, 2007, 10:18 am

    Yeah, I know I’m in it for the long run too but I can’t help feeling a ‘tad’ frustrated seeing the market value of my portfolio drop so much. I guess we’d all be millionaires if the markets always went up though! Good luck hitting your 25% in December!


  • Canadian Dollars November 30, 2007, 10:42 am

    I considered using a Bear hedge, but decided against it for one main reason: I’m in it for the long haul as well and I don’t believe in investing in temporary hedges without definitely knowing which direction the stock market is moving. If I knew 100% (impossible I know) that November would be a lousy month, I would just sell every single holding and buy a Bear hedge. But honestly, nobody knows.
    I’ll do a future post on this topic some time

    check my blog for more details in the future

  • Mike November 30, 2007, 12:04 pm

    Why do you include insurance in your liabilities? Is this your annual cost?

    • FrugalTrader November 30, 2007, 12:19 pm

      Mike, I pay my insurance on an annual basis, so instead of getting a huge chunk taken out when that times comes, I spread it out over the months.

  • nobleea November 30, 2007, 1:39 pm

    I still don’t understand the reason why you put insurance in liabilities. But if you liquidated everything tomorrow, would you have to pay the insurance? Probably not since it’s paid up front for the year. In that case, it’s not really a liability. I guess it’s just semantics. Meloche Monnex doesn’t charge to split up the payment to monthly, so that’s what I do.

    I have used the HXD bear fund a couple times. Once it worked, once it did not. I think it’s best for shorter term trades.

  • Jeff English November 30, 2007, 7:32 pm

    I got linked into this website through a google search for the Smith manoeuvre and I am intrigued by your quest and have spent the last hour pouring through it. Great blog – unfortunately – I didn’t know where to post this as I haven’t figured out how to navigate the blog completely.

    Anyways, my question is simply this – is your quest for a million dollars for yourself or for you and your wife, because theoretically – you only own half of the assets. So should the Million Dollar Journey be more of a Journey for two – or is it really a Two Million Dollar journey?

    Also – I’m not clear on the insurance issue either. If you’re paying it on a month to month or year to year basis – it is not really a liability in my opinion. A LOC would be a liability or credit card balances would be one as well – but if what I think you are saying is correct – then you should be putting your costs for groceries, heat, electricity, cable (all your regular bills) in as liabilities as well – which defeats the whole purpose of monthly balance sheet.

  • Jeff English November 30, 2007, 8:23 pm

    Another thing I have seen pop up here on a couple of different comment sections is that a 1 year variable mortgage does better then (for example) a five year fixed. I think it was an Ed guy who made that claim. Anyways, have these studies been posted anywhere on this blog? And if they were – did they take into account the legal costs of re-registering the mortgage on a yearly basis? Which, I am speculating would cut substantially into any savings on the interest…….

    Thanks, and again, great blog.

  • moneygardener December 1, 2007, 12:27 am

    I agree with people’s comments here about insurance.

    You look like you are making great progress 22% on a net worth of that size is pretty good for YTD.

    I agree with Canadian Dollars’ comments regarding his point against a bear hedge.

  • Jeff English December 3, 2007, 10:26 pm

    Dude, no offense, I don’t mind you dogding, but serioulsy, answer one of the questions.

  • FrugalTrader December 3, 2007, 10:50 pm

    Sorry Jeff, I get A LOT of comments/emails a day and it’s challenging to keep track of it all.

    Regarding your questions:

    • The quest is for combined net worth of $1 million.
    • I think that you guys may be right regarding the insurance liability. I think I may take it out next month. As I explained above, the reason why I include it as a liability is because I don’t like seeing a big drop in savings every year as I pay lump sum
    • With regards to the 1 yr fixed beating the 5 yr fixed. I believe Ed is basing this statistic on a study that he’s read. You can contact him directly regarding this issue on his website: edrempel.com

    Jeff, if you want questions answered directly, it’s best to send me an email directly through the contact tab at the top of the page.

  • My Dollar Plan December 8, 2007, 6:55 pm

    Nice to see someone up for the month!

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