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!
June was a nice little month on our balance sheet. We kept socking away money into various savings vehicles, and the S&P500 gave us a boost by climbing a couple of percentage points during the month as well. All around a nice month. So for the month of June:
- Our total assets went up by $15.1K
- Our total liabilities went down by $1.5K
- Net worth rose by $16.6K
- Total net worth as of the end of June is $760.2K, which represents a 2.2% increase this month.
And for the details…
- 401K accounts: $198.9
- Roth IRA accounts: $147.8
- HSA account: $7.2
- Taxable Brokerage Accounts: $38.9
- Total Stock Accounts: $392.8
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: $9.2
- Total Cars: $9.2
- Checking Accounts: $13.5 – need to move some into taxable, so a little high at the moment
- Savings/Money Market Accounts: $16.0
- Total Cash Holdings: $29.5
Total Assets: $856.5
Real Estate Loans
- Primary Mortgage: $95.7
- HELOC on Investment Duplex: $0.0 (re-advanceable)
- Personal Loan – Used to Purchase $50K Duplex: $0.0
- Total Real Estate Related Loans: $95.7
- Credit Card Balance: $0.6
- Total Revolving Credit: $0.6
Total Liabilities: $96.3
Net Worth = Assets – Liabilities
Net Worth = $760.2, up 2.2% from May
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.
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
13.20/25 = COL Early Retirement Locale / 152
COL Early Retirement Locale = 80.26
… and since we didn’t quite make the cut for Cairo, Egypt (81!), we’ll have to wait for that adventure and choose between the next lower ranked cities which are tied – Colombo, Sri Lanka and Muree, Pakistan. No offense to Pakistan, but the Sri Lankan board of tourism has clearly been hard at work getting beautiful and alluring pictures to pop up when you google Colombo, so we’re going to have to choose Colombo, Sri Lanka for our virtual “move” this month. Besides, I think I have a thing for coastal cities. =)
Skimming through the Colombo’s wikipedia page, the only red flag to me is how metropolitan and modern it sounds along with the comment about the rising high prices of land. Will Colombo continue to be relatively inexpensive into the indefinite future? It seems doubtful given the modernizing economy. And that’d be our biggest worry if actually retiring abroad.
- 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
How was your balance sheet in June? Where would your savings land you today?