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January 2013 Net Worth Update

There isn’t much progress to report this month, in regards to net worth. Actually, my net worth decreased by about 22% this month, as I was forced to liquidate the majority of my dividend holdings to fund a downpayment for Rental Property #2.


Up to date, I’ve been tracking net worth as a way to measure the total value of all stock holdings (Roth IRA, 401k, taxable portfolio).

I don’t include any equity I’ve built up in investment properties. So, in that sense, the 22% drop this month in net worth isn’t a true representation of what’s really going on with my investments. I’m merely shuttling funds from one investment vehicle to another, not burning cash on an expensive yacht.

Here are the transactions from January:


17 shares of Cummins Inc (CMI) for $112.92/share
20 shares of Air Products and Chemicals (APD) for $88.16/share
153 shares of Exelon Corporation (EXC) for $29.97/share
45 shares of Emerson Electric (EMR) for $55.09/share
51 shares of ABBV for $36.87/share
39 shares of CVX for $115.00/share
41 shares of PEPSICO INC (PEP) for $72.41/share
51 shares of ABBOTT LABORATORIES (ABT) for $32.66/share
29 shares of CONOCOPHILLIPS (COP) for $59.27/share
80 shares of PROCTER & GAMBLE CO (PG) for $69.87/share
100 shares of NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORP (NSC) for $66.87/share
23 shares of MCDONALDS CORP (MCD) for $92.77/share
25 shares of WAL-MART STORES INC (WMT) for $69.54/share
17 shares of CATERPILLAR INC (CAT) for $97.20/share
141 shares of CSX CORP (CSX) for $22.06/share
14 shares of PHILLIPS 66 (PSX) for $56.69/share
25 share of BP P L C SPONSORED ADR (BP) for $44.14/share

Total (including fractional share sales not shown): $46,647.34

Net Worth Update:

Roth IRA: $38,086.94 (+6.20%)
401k: $81,035.21 (+6.37%)
Taxable: $22,500.81 (-205.02%)

Total: $141,622.96 (-21.64%)


Lost in the sea of selling is the progress the stock portfolios made in January. The markets had a nice bull run to start the year, so the 401k and Roth IRA are up quite a bit this month.

I’m now 31.47% of the way there towards building a $450,000 portfolio. Once the loan for Rental Property #2 is complete, and the place is rented out, I should be able to live rent free from here on out. Removing my largest expense will do wonders in helping me stuff more money into my brokerage account to buy more stocks.

So, this short-term setback is just that – one step back now, so that I can take two steps forward later. Hopefully the net worth will explode upwards as the year progresses. I’m looking forward to that day! 😉


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  1. I love seeing how big your 401(k) is! Mine should break the $50k marker in another month or so, which I’m pretty excited for. Looks like yours could hit $100k this year if you max it out, possibly? I’m jealous of your Roth IRA – mine is going to be stuck at ~$10k in contributions for many years since I don’t want to do backdoor contributions.

    1. Leigh,

      Yeah, it sure is fun watching the 401k grow. Reaching a milestone like $50k is an awesome feeling.

      What’s even better is knowing that a large part of my gains came free from company matching. I haven’t funded any of the 401k for 2013 yet, but now that the second rental is close to being finalized, I’ll probably re-start contributions in April. So, yes, I’m hoping to max out again this year. Hopefully it will clear $100k sometime this year!

      Hmm, I actually don’t know anything about backdoor contributions to a Roth IRA. I take it that means you make too much and aren’t qualified under the income limit requirement. That sounds like a good problem to have! Obviously, you are doing amazing in regards to the salary department 😉

      Keep up the great work!

  2. One step back in order to take 2 steps forward. This time next year I bet you’ll be laughing at the situation. All the hard work in order to secure the cash for that second property will have been well worth it.

    1. Marvin,

      I sure hope so! It’s crazy, but real estate has picked up tremendously in just the last year or so. In my area, prices are approaching (and exceeding) even the highs from 2006-2007. It’s absolute madness…

      Quite frankly, I’m real tired of going to open-houses, engaging in bidding wars, and wasting a lot of time. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that real estate is not passive… at all. I really just want to be done with this… at least for the next few years, so that I can refocus on building truly passive income 🙂


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