PoP Balance Sheet – June 2015

Welcome to our June 2015 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!

Well, it officially happened. After over three years of tracking our net worth on this site and having increases every month, this month we had a net worth drop. We knew this day was bound to happen, and I had thought we might be more stressed out when it finally did. But the truth is, our first net worth drop was a “non-event” in the PoP household. And I think that’s probably the best reaction we could have had.

The markets took a little dive last month, our two biggest holdings (VTI and VTIVX) were both down about 2% for the month, which is pretty indicative of our brokerage accounts overall. And now that those accounts hold over $500K.. 2% down swings are big enough that it’s hard to make up for that in deposits! A good problem to have.
Of course, it didn’t help that it was a pretty spendy month of buying things (mostly tile) for the kitchen renovation. But even if I hadn’t ordered the tile already, our net worth still would have dropped. Just less.
So that’s life.

So for the month of June:

  • Our total assets down by $4.5… oh no, wrong way!
  • Our total liabilities went up by $1.3 – again, wrong way!
  • Net worth DROPPED! by $5.8K 
  • Total net worth as of the end of June is $909.6K, which represents a 0.63% decrease this month.

And for the details…



Stock Accounts

  • 401K accounts: $252.0 – stayed flat despite what we deposited
  • Roth IRA accounts: $164.2 – dropped
  • HSA account: $11.3
  • Taxable Brokerage Accounts: $81.1
  • Total Stock Accounts: $508.6 

Real Estate (based on current market comparable sales)

  • Primary Residence $239
  • Investment Duplex: $140 – increased by $10K
  • Investment Residential Land: $80
  • Total Real Estate: $459.0 

Cars (values from Kelly Blue Book)

  • Car 2: $7.6 – decreased… yay depreciation!
  • Total Cars: $7.6

Cash Holdings

  • Checking Accounts: $10.7
  • Savings/Money Market Accounts: $15.0
  • Total Cash Holdings: $25.7

Total Assets: $1,000.9   


Real Estate Loans

  • Primary Mortgage: $89.3
  • HELOC on Investment Duplex: $0.0 (re-advanceable)
  • Personal Loan – Used to Purchase $50K Duplex: $0.0
  • Total Real Estate Related Loans: $89.3

Revolving Credit

  • Credit Card Balance: $2.0
  • Total Revolving Credit: $2.0 

Total Liabilities: $91.3

Net Worth = Assets – Liabilities

Net Worth = $909.6, down 0.63% 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.


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.
Especially in months like this one where we made a big purchase (the tile) that we won’t be doing all the time!

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 184. 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

6.83/25 = COL Early Retirement Locale / 184

COL Early Retirement Locale = 50.24

… which brings us to Nowheresville!

Yup! Between our high spending month and the drop in our investable assets, this month there isn’t a city on the Expatistan list that would meet our ERLI needs if all of our months were like this!

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!


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

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