I can’t believe the year is almost over. It’s already time for Halloween. Next thing you know, it’s time for Christmas and New Years again.
This month was definitely not as exciting as last month (+$5000) or the month before that (+$10,000), but I will take a positive $1500…it’s better than a negative value.
We have paid for most of our wedding including 80% of deposit for the venue, our flights, accommodation, florist, photographer, officiant etc. Nothing to do but to sit back and relax before the big day (haha yeah right).
I don’t include the commuted value of my pension in my net worth calculation that I post, but I do keep track of it, and this month I will be over $480,000 if I include this, which is a very nice feeling! So very close to half a million that I can feel it. Now just need to double that amount before I hit 40.
My goal for the end of 2016 as one of my personal finance resolutions is to reach $420,000 in net worth. Now I just have $0 towards my goal of $420,000 by the end of the year. My long term goal is to have a net worth of one millllllion dollars by the time I reach 40. We will see how that goes…with kids hopefully in the forecast in the next few years, this plan might get derailed, but you never know!
Okay, so here’s the breakdown for October 2016: $423,770 (+$1520)
CASH: $47,400 (+1.3%)
- Once I deplete the cash in my non-registered account (yes, there is more cash in there) I will start moving this cash into investing accounts. It is nice to keep it here for an emergency fund anyway.
- I added up my chequing and savings accounts (High Interest Savings Account). I automatically deduct money from my chequing account and have it siphoned to the HISA account (paying yourself first)
Non-Registered: $83,505 (+0.0%)
- Up by five whole dollars this month
- Slowly depleting the cash in my non-registered.
- These are stocks that capture the “moment in time”, including unrealized gains or losses in my BMO Investorline and Questrade accounts.
RRSP: $64,920 (+0.6%)
- This includes the pre-authorized monthly contribution into my TD E-Series account, and a Questrade RRSP account.
I max out both my TFSA and RRSP (read my TFSA vs RRSP great debate over here)
- I’m not including my defined benefit pension contributions which is >$50,000
- I paid back the Home Buyers Plan for my down payment in 2013.
TFSA: $59,300 (-0.6%)
- Check out my dividend income spreadsheet updated quarterly!
- One of my to do tasks is to track my dividend payments in an excel spreadsheet
- Watch out for TFSA over contributions, guys, the CRA will get you for every last penny.
- I signed up for a Tax Free Trading Account with Questrade in 2009 and haven’t looked back!
- Am planning to rent it out in a few years.
- I updated it for 2016-2017 with the Canadian Black Book price, will update it again in July 2017 with the depreciated price
Credit Cards: -$306
- I signed up for the Chase Marriott Visa and also have an American Express Gold Rewards Card again, with the goal of travel hacking my way to trips.
- I use Mint.com account but I only added my credit card (this is helping a bunch so that I can keep track of my spending)
- I’ve redeemed $250 for 2016 so far with my MBNA World Points World mastercard
- I pay off my full amount every month (and folks, it’s VERY important you do so otherwise you’re losing out on a 19% return!) but include it in my net worth update so I have an accurate picture of my actual net worth. I sort of think “If I were to sell everything right now, what would my net worth be?” I guess I shouldn’t put it in the liabilities column since i pay it off regularly, BUT in mint.com it’s under the liability column so I’ll do the same.
Mortgage: $118,710 (-1.1%)
- I pay an extra mortgage payment a month
- My intent is to rent it out in a little while (see above). In order to offset future rental income, I chose to acquire a mortgage instead of paying for the majority of the condo, and would rather not put all my eggs in one basket (e.g. real estate).