Welcome to our April 2014 Balance Sheet!
We use the structure of a monthly income statement and balance sheet in tandem to make sure we are keeping our expenses low and planting our pennies wisely. If you’re not already tracking your finances using these two methods, go to mint.com and get started today! If you have any questions about how we do this just post a comment and we’ll be sure to help!
While our personal lives felt like they were a bit flipped upside down with travel in April, our balance sheet growth was fairly slow and steady. Most of our gains this month were in our 401K and taxable accounts, which is where most of our savings is directed these days. While we did show some modest investment gains, the majority of our gains this month were due to our high savings rate.
But for the month of April:
- Our total assets went up by $10.0K
- Our total liabilities went down by $0.4K
- Net worth rose by $10.4K
- Total net worth as of the end of April is $716.0K, which represents a 1.5% increase this month.
And for the details…
- 401K accounts: $182.9
- Roth IRA accounts: $142.0
- HSA account: $6.4
- Taxable Brokerage Accounts: $24.1
- Total Stock Accounts: $355.4
Real Estate (based on current market comparable sales)
- Primary Residence $215
- Investment Duplex: $130
- Investment Residential Land: $80
- Total Real Estate: $425.0
Cars (values from Kelly Blue Book)
- Car 2: $9.7
- Total Cars: $9.7
- Checking Accounts: $9.8
- Savings/Money Market Accounts: $14.0
- Total Cash Holdings: $23.8
Total Assets: $813.9
Real Estate Loans
- Primary Mortgage: $96.8
- HELOC on Investment Duplex: $0.0 (re-advanceable)
- Personal Loan – Used to Purchase $50K Duplex: $0.0
- Total Real Estate Related Loans: $96.8
- Credit Card Balance: $1.1
- Total Revolving Credit: $1.1
Total Liabilities: $97.9
Net Worth = Assets – Liabilities
Net Worth = $716.0, up 1.5% from February
Tracking Investable Asset Growth
This first graph shows the growth of our investable assets (net of any liabilities against them), and shows the distribution of the various equity classes we hold. Pretty self explanatory.
How Many Years Of Spending Do We Have Saved?
Here I’ve taken the total of our investable assets for each month and divided it by the expenses (excluding our investment property expenses) for that month. The idea being that this shows how many years we could live off of those assets at that rate and gives us a better idea of what lifestyle inflation (or intentional deflation) can do to the relative value of our savings.
It fluctuates in a much bigger range, because in high spending months (like February 2013 when we spent almost $7K paying off our car completely), the denominator is so much bigger. Because of that, it’s the overall trend we’re looking for.
Early Retirement Locale Index
Mr PoP wanted one more way to understand more viscerally how much we have in “investable assets”, so we’ve come up with what we’re calling our Early Retirement Locale Index.
The basic idea is that we know how many years of savings we have at our disposal if we were to continue living in south Florida. (That’s the chart above.) But using the “magical” 25 years of savings necessary for early retirement, where would we have to move so that our current investable assets would cover 25x our COL adjusted current spending? (Note, this is purely for fun, we’re not intending to move. Don’t worry Mama & Papa PoP!)
If you want to follow along, we’re using this Cost of Living Index from Expatistan, and using the average of the two big cities in south Florida on the list (Miami and Tampa) as our current COL index, which gets us 152. Our city isn’t on their full list, hence the average – but maybe yours is. Then we’re solving this equation:
Current Years Saved/ 25 = COL Early Retirement Locale / COL S. FL
12.59/25 = COL Early Retirement Locale / 152
COL Early Retirement Locale = 76.9
… which puts us in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Admittedly, we’ve never been to Asia, let alone Thailand, but Chiang Mai actually sounds pretty cool. With a name that translates as “new city”, and set in the mountains of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai sounds like a city with history, culture, variations in elevation (which Mr PoP occasionally really longs for after living in oh-so-flat Florida). Heck, apparently it’s even TripAdvisor’s 24th best destination in the world. Not too shabby, eh?
Here’s our progress using the COL Early Retirement Locale Index.
- January 2014 – Delhi, India
- February 2014 – Quito, Ecuador
- March 2014 – Kiev, Ukraine
- April 2014 – Chiang Mai, Thailand
How was your balance sheet in April? Where would your savings land you today?