PoP Balance Sheet – April 2017

Welcome to our April 2017 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!

Not too much action in terms of the substance of our balance sheet this month.  However, with some high spending months from travel spending last spring falling off of the LTM (last twelve month) calculation that we’re using to chart our spending, we finally crossed over where our potential passive income is greater than our last twelve months of spending.  Now just to keep it there!

Here are the numbers for April:

  • Our total assets up $19.7K
  • Our total liabilities went down by $2.2K 
  • Net worth went up by $21.9K 
  • Total net worth as of the end of April is $1,382.8K, which represents a 1.61% increase for the month

For the details…



Brokerage Accounts

  • 401K accounts: $380.2
  • Roth IRA accounts: $210.9
  • HSA account: $20.4
  • Taxable Brokerage Accounts: $201.8
  • Total Brokerage Accounts: $813.3 

Real Estate (based on current market comparable sales)

  • Primary Residence: $269.0
  • Investment Duplex: $175.0
  • Investment Residential Land: $160.0
  • Total Real Estate: $604.0 

Cars (based on “fire sale” pricing per Mr PoP’s research)

Cash Holdings

  • Checking Accounts: $33.9 – in the midst of moving $ into our taxable account to get this lower
  • Savings/Money Market Accounts: $4.0
  • Total Cash Holdings: $37.9

Total Assets: $1,485.0


Real Estate Loans

  • Primary Mortgage: $77.0
  • HELOC on Investment Duplex: $0.0 (re-advanceable)
  • Personal Loan – Used to Purchase $50K Duplex: $0.0
  • Total Real Estate Related Loans: $77.0

Car Loan

  • Loan on NSX: $24.9  – the interest rate is so low on this, almost all of the $727 payment went towards principal
  • Total Car Loans: $24.9

Revolving Credit

  • Credit Card Balance: $0.3
  • Total Revolving Credit: $0.3

Total Liabilities: $102.2

Net Worth = Assets – Liabilities

Net Worth = $1,382.8, up 1.61% from March


How Close Are We Getting to FIRE?

New this year is a graph that Mr PoP and I are still trying to figure out how useful it is to us.

In this one, we’re tracking month-by-month, two lines.  The blue one is an approximation of FIRE income – it is the sum of the last twelve months of net real estate income plus 4% of the most recent brokerage account balances.   The yellow one is an approximation of our FIRE spending, for which I’m using the last twelve months of what I’m thinking of as our “recurring spend”.  Bu that I mean our spending, net of all the crazy shenanigans we’ve been up to the last couple of years with remodeling and “fun car” spending.  The main reason we’re netting these out, is that we definitely won’t be pulling the plug with any big line items like this hanging over us.

Woohoo!  Yellow line crossed under the blue for the first time ever!  Now we just need to hold it there steadily.  =)


We’re still chewing on this visualization a little bit, because while it’s nice and succinct, it still omits some important information from our portfolio and spending patterns, specifically our empty lot (worth ~$160K) that instead of generating income is currently costing us ~$1,500/year, as well as the ever decreasing lifespan of our mortgage.  We also spend ~$9400/year on the principal and interest payment of our mortgage, so paying that off (and the value of the lot would pay it off and then some!) would decrease our outflow needs significantly, and even if we pay it off according to schedule it’ll be gone in 2026.

Do you take any future changes into account in your visualizations?


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 and February 2015 when we spent a bunch installing solar panels), 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 188.0. 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

19.56/25 = COL Early Retirement Locale / 184.0

COL Early Retirement Locale = 143.96

… which gives us the city of Bolgona, Italy!

Last month had us visiting the Porsche and Mercedes Benz headquarters in Stuttgart, so I suppose it’s only fitting that we’re continuing our car manufacturing tour with a visit to Bologna, Italy which has the headquarters for Lamborghini and Maserati and Ducati (the last of these which Mr PoP seems to drool over more than the first two).  Tokyo (Honda’s HQ) is still pretty out of reach, but maybe Detroit can be next?  =P
In all seriousness, Bologna is a city steeped in history (can we celebrate the first female mathematics professor?) and would be interesting to visit, but it’s never really been on the radar of anywhere we’d want to live.  Maybe we need to reconsider!


Here’s our journey through the ERLI so far…

  • January 2014 – Delhi, India
  • February 2014 – Quito, Ecuador
  • March 2014 – Kiev, Ukraine
  • April 2014 – Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • May 2014 – Madras/Chennai, India
  • June 2014 – Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • July 2014 – Bangalore, India
  • August 2014 – Yerevan, Armenia
  • September 2014 – Skopje, Macedonia
  • October 2014 – Brasov, Romania
  • November 2014 – Prague, Czech Republic
  • December 2014 – Mexico City, Mexico
  • January 2015 – Zadar, Croatia
  • February 2015 – Kiev, Ukraine
  • March 2015 – Cairo, Egypt
  • April 2015 – Bangalore, India
  • May 2015 – Niteroi, Brazil
  • June 2015 – Nowhere!
  • July 2015 – Skopje, Macedonia
  • August 2015 – Recife, Brazil
  • September 2015 – Ankara, Turkey
  • October 2015 – Lisbon, Portugal / Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • November 2015 – Debrecen, Hungary
  • December 2015 – Tbilisi, Georgia
  • January 2016 – San Antonio, Texas or Louisville, KY – readers pick!
  • February 2016 – Lisbon, Portugal
  • March 2016 – Brno, Czech Republic
  • April 2016 – Vitoria, Brazil
  • May 2016 – Santiago, Chile
  • June 2016 – Johannesburg, South Africa
  • July 2016 – Thessaloniki, Greece
  • August 2016 – Gurgaon, India
  • September 2016 – Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • October 2016 – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • November 2016 – Oakland, California
  • December 2016 – Hartford, Connecticut
  • January 2017 – Montevideo, Uruguay
  • February 2017 – Noweheresville – or maybe we can just live in the car?
  • March 2017 – Stuttgart, Germany
  • April 2017 – Bologna, Italy


How was your balance sheet in April? Where would your savings land you today? 

4 comments to PoP Balance Sheet – April 2017

  • Nice. Just rub your NSX in some more, why don’t ya’? You can’t see me right now, but I’m weeping.

    Don’t laugh, this isn’t funny! Please stop, this really hurts. I’m serious, don’t make me come down there!

    OK, have it your way. I’m jumping on a plane this morning. We’ll see who’s laughing tonight!
    Carl recently posted..What Flying Airplanes Taught Me About FIREMy Profile

  • Our April balance still looks good but at some point, probably this year, when we close on a property, we’re going to see a significant shift from cash assets to real estate debt. I’m not particularly looking forward to that part of the process, though I’ve accepted it’s going to happen.

    Everything I do up to that point is going to be focused on hoarding cash and cutting costs, though, to make sure the hit we take doesn’t create a chain reaction spending spiraling out of control. :)

    I must say, I love your investable assets graph (hi, graph junkie here). It keeps reminding me to revisit our own FIRE goals and progress.
    Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life recently posted..Net Worth & Life Report: April 2017My Profile

  • Congrats on yellow under blue! My investment income line is at like $83 per month. Hey, it’s better than zero!

    I didn’t have any money left over to save last month but I noticed that my IRA seemed to be slightly more than I remembered it being.
    Jamie Holcomb recently posted..April 2017 Spending: OuchMy Profile