Wednesday, January 16, 2019

2019 Financial Independence Goals


Financial goals.
- Save 20% on the income. I would like to follow financial advice on an index card and save 20% of your money (Currently this is around 12%.  I will try to save any extra bonuses I receive and trim some of our expenses.
How am I going to save 20%:
- Accumulate $10 K a year (tax deferred contribution) in the private pension fund – equivalent of 401(k) , $10K to the tax efficient account.
- Accumulate $4 K of them towards long term house maintenance and make two additional monthly payments on the mortgage.

Portfolio
 – No changes. Keep investing in the pension/retirement fund.
- Develop additional income source in full, potential reward about $2,000 a year. Target sites to be developed in full this year.

Blog:
- Regular monthly updates.
- To cover 6 themes on financial independence, including mortgage one.
 
Educational:
- Read 12 books from the list.
- Publish the books reviews.
- Corporate finances to study in detail.

Family Budget:
- As long as the savings goal is made I do not mind the rest. Aim to stay under previous year budget.
- Be happy.  Run 1,000 miles during the year. BMI at 26.3 by December. Loose 2.5 pounds a month.
What are your goals for this year?  








Sunday, January 13, 2019

2018 Financial Independence Goals - Review

Financial goals.
- Accumulate $10 K a year, with $4k of them towards long term house maintenance.Complete.
- Portfolio – no changes. Keep investing in the pension/retirement fund – Complete. Invested $19K (this is 2018 and 2018 cash).
- Develop additional income source in full, potential reward about $2,000 a year. Target sites to be developed in full this year. – This is not achieved.

Blog:
- Regular monthly updates.- Complete. Although sometimes I was loosing will to do it.
- To cover 6 themes on financial independence, including  30 year forecast scenario. – Partially complete. I covered four themes – Financial Advice on a Card, Return on Loft Insulation, Family Budget for the past 10 years, 10 years Networth Change.
 
Educational:
- Read 12 books from the list. – This is not achieved.
- Publish the books reviews. – Complete, although not a lot of reading happened.
- Corporate finances to study in detail. - This is not achieved

Family Budget:
-          As long as the savings goal is made I do not mind the rest. Aim to stay under previous year budget. – Complete. The savings goal is complete but I was unable to send under previous year budget.
-          Be happy.  Run 1,000 miles during the year. BMI at 26.3 by December. Loose 2.5 pounds a month. – This is not achieved. Only ran 400 miles. As the result BMI is not achieved.

Overall the year was a good one but I wish I would do more progress on educating myself and developing more skills in Financial Independence, looking after my health.
I spent too much time at work and although this resulted in extra $3K as a bonus I am not sure that it worth it.

How was your year? What do you think was the most impactful for you?

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Financial Independence change in the Net Worth over the past 6 years analysis


This is how my financial performance looked like over the course of the last 6 years and benchmarking my investment decisions against global stock markets:
Year
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
End of the Year, $ K USD
298,429
288,608
295,536
387,831
482,266
432,089
Money invested (Do nothing)
298,429
318,105
332,356
413,899
508,617
528,940
Inflation adjusted U.S.*
299,282
322,877
337,740
418,038
519,298
540,048
S&P 500 benchmark**
394,553
470,275
491,211
640,340
895,521
869,044
DAX (Germany)**
374,528
404,848
459,332
578,196
724,056
608,157
FTSE (the UK)**
354,235
376,529
385,699
556,486
729,349
689,698
* If I invested in inflation protected US treasury bills
** Total return (market change and dividends reinvestment)

This is how my networth change last 9 years:
Financial Independence Net Worth



Tuesday, January 1, 2019

December 2018 update ($432,089 -$38,755 or -8.2%)


↑ EUR is slightly up to USD by $1,885 or 1.0%
Grand total additions: $1,885

↓ Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund is down by $5,270 or -4.5%
↓ Eurozone Stock Index Fund is down by $6,648 or -6.1%
↓ US 500 Stock Index Fund is down by $14,594 or -12.4%
↓ Global Small Cap Index is down by $13,006 or -12.1%
↓ Vanguard FTSE U.K. All Share Index is down  by $961 or -4.8%
↓ GBP to USD is slightly down by $153 or -1%
Grand total losses: $40,737
Road to Financial Independence - December 2018  How To

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

November 2018 update ($470,844 +$4,176 or +0.9%)


Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund is up by $4,857 or 4.3%
US 500 Stock Index Fund is up by $10,741 or +10.0%
Grand total additions: $15,598

Eurozone Stock Index Fund is down by $785 or 6.5%
Global Small Cap Index is down by $7,927 or 6.9%
Vanguard FTSE U.K. All Share Index is down  by $269 or 1.3%
EUR is down to USD by $1,954 or 1.0%
GBP to USD is slightly down by $481 or 2.4%
Grand total losses: $11,422

Sunday, November 4, 2018

October 2018 update ($466,668 -$30,277 or -6.1%)


↑ Vanguard FTSE U.K. All Share Index is up by $6,970 or 49.9%
↑ GBP to USD is slightly up by 0.8% or $162
Grand total additions: $7,132

↓ Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund is down by $7,344 or 6.1%
↓ Eurozone Stock Index Fund is down by $7,598 or 6.5%
↓ US 500 Stock Index Fund is down by $17,051 or 13.7%%
↓ Global Small Cap Index is down by $3,331 or 2.8%
↓ EUR is down to USD by 1.0% or $2,086
Grand total losses: $5,399
Financial Independence October 2018 update - how to reach it step by step

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

How to calculate economic return on loft insulation? Projected vs. Actual.


      At the time I spent about 750 GBP and 5 days to put the insulation up in the loft (including cleaning it and teak oil application to the beams and joists to protect them). I also estimated that 20% of the heat loses were going through the roof.
     The actual natural gas consumption in 2016-2017 was 24,500 kWh (at 4.28p per kWh + 14.80p standing charge a day) or 1,104 GBP a year. 
Since I installed the loft insulation 2017-2018 consumption was 16,400 kWh (at 4,46p per kWh + 19.18p per day) or 8,100 kWh less (30% reduction) at the cost of 760 GBP.  This is a saving of 344 GBP a year.
    This means that I will get my money back in just over 2 years.  I overpaid my  utility company by 500 GBP so far. Only after I contacted them, they bothered to cancel couple of the monthly payments to reduce their debt to me.
    The natural gas prices went by 5% up in the UK last year, making them among the most expensive in western europe. No wonder that the propaganda encourages people do not heat their homes, including leaving some of the rooms unheated and keeping others at 61F (16C) in the winter.