Welcome to the Million Dollar Journey October 2011 Net Worth Update – Market Bottom Edition. For those of you new to Million Dollar Journey, a monthly net worth update is typically posted near the end of the month (or beginning of the next) to track the progress of my journey to one million in net worth, hopefully by the time I’m 35 years old (end of 2014). If you would like to follow my journey, you can get my updates sent directly to your email or you can sign up for the Money Tips Newsletter..
August and September were tough months for the market with the expectation of October being worse. However, since October started, the Market has bounced back quite aggressively. If we have already hit bottom, the correction was much more tame that what I had hoped for. As mentioned last month, we have been slowly deploying capital into the markets, but perhaps not as much as I would have liked. In October, I added to my long term energy positions, added to our RESP indexed portfolio, and made a couple of quick trades in my “fun money” non-registered account.
With cash building up, I’ve been trying to come up with more ways to increase our income. I’ve been considering building our online business even further, to potentially getting back into the real estate investment game. I have been in talks with a friend in another province to potentially get involved with some vacation rental properties, but we’re still in the feasibility study stage.
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On to the numbers:
Assets: $ 655,648 (+2.37%)
- Cash: $4,500 (+0.00%)
- Savings: $60,000 (+7.14%)
- Registered/Retirement Investment Accounts (RRSP): $116,000(+4.50%)
- Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSA): $29,500 (+3.21%)
- Defined Benefit Pension: $36,400 (+1.11%)
- Non-Registered Investment Accounts: $30,000 (+1.35%)
- Smith Manoeuvre Investment Account: $87,500 (+5.29%)
- Principal Residence: $291,748 (+0.00%) (purchase price adjusted for inflation annually)
Liabilities: $81,400 (+0.37%)
- Principal Residence Mortgage (readvanceable): $0 (0.00%) (Paid off in 2010!)
- Investment LOC balance: $81,400 (+0.37%)
Total Net Worth: ~$574,248 (+2.66%)
- Started 2011 with Net Worth: $505,800
- Year to Date Gain/Loss: +13.53%
Some quick notes and explanations to net worth questions I get often:
The $4,500 cash are held in chequing accounts to meet the minimum balance so that we pay no fees (accounting for regular bill payments – ie. our credit card bill). Yes, we do hold no fee accounts also, but I find value in having an account with a full service bank as the relationship with a banker has proven useful.
Our savings accounts are held with PC Financial and ING Direct. We usually hold a fair bit of cash in case “something” comes up. The “something” can be anything that requires cash such as an investment opportunity that requires quick cash or maybe an emergency car/home repair. We also need cash to cover any future tax liabilities.
Our real estate holdings consist of a primary residence and REITs plus a rental property. The value of the principal residence remains valued at the purchase price (+inflation) despite significant appreciation in the local real estate market.
The pension amount listed above is the value of both of our defined benefit pension plans. I basically take the semi annual statement and add the contribution amounts (not including employer matching) on a monthly basis. The commuted value of the pensions are not included in the statements as they are difficult to estimate.
Stock Broker Accounts
Another common question is which discount broker do I use? We actually have accounts with multiple institutions. I’m hoping to reduce the number of accounts that we hold in the near future. Here is a review of some of the more popular online stock brokers.