Net Worth Update - August 2018

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August 2018 Net Worth Update
While cash flow is more important when it comes to financial independence, it's still good to look at the balance sheet too, which is why I provide these net worth updates.  Since more and more of my net worth is tied to the markets, there's a larger correlation between my net worth and the markets, but in the long run as I continue to save and invest the net worth trend should be higher even though short term fluctuations can vary wildly.  As a dividend growth investor I'm not overly concerned with the short-term gyrations as long as the dividend stream remains in tact, but the markets' effect is noticeable.

The S&P 500 added another 3.0% in August and my net worth followed suit thanks to the markets, dividends and most importantly savings.  The S&P 500 actually became the longest bull market/economic expansion in history during the month too.

During August my net worth increased $8,446.09.  

Total Assets: $755,753.07
Liquid Assets: $266,216.60
Total Liabilities: $-174.100.58
Net Worth: $581,652.50

When the markets move my net worth follows and that was very much the case for July.  That's now 4 consecutive months of increases after the 2 months of decline earlier this year.

For the month my net worth increased 2.85% and YTD it's climbed 7.24%.

Our main financial target for 2018 is to pay down our non-mortgage debt.  There's a variety of things that just kind of came up as life happened.  Some medical debt, a vehicle, an unexpected new air conditioning for the house.  Nothing out of the ordinary, but burdensome nonetheless.  

At this time it doesn't make much sense to pay extra on the mortgage given our relatively low interest rate as well as the tax break on mortgage payments and think we'll come out much further ahead investing the extra cash flow.  So the liabilities side of the net worth equation will be slow moving.  However, once the FI portfolio is able to get to a self-sustaining level of dividends then the plan is to aggressively pay down the mortgage.

As of the end of August we have 26.7% equity in our house based on our purchase price from 2013.  However, according to Zillow our house has increased in value around $35.3k from our purchase price which is a nice bonus, although I keep the purchase price as the value in the net worth equations.  Based on Zillow's estimate the equity in our house jumps to 36.9%.

The following chart shows my assets and liabilities, as well as my net worth, since January 2012.  While I have accurate records for my net worth dating back to July 2010, I didn't keep track of my assets and liabilities on a monthly basis until the start of 2012.
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Net Worth History through August 2018
In order to give you a general idea of the breakdown of net worth I've started including a % breakdown of our net worth with each monthly update.  The assets are broken down into cash, taxable investments, tax advantaged investments (401k, Traditional & Roth IRAs), house (using our purchase price) and other which covers things like our cars and various collectibles from when I was a kid (they don't really move the needle at all but I have them in my spreadsheet because I was bored).  

I finally got off my laziness streak and figured out the amount of the debts that we owe, most of them at least.  Well, close enough to ballpark it.  The liabilities side of the net worth equation consist of our mortgage, my wife's car and our air conditioner replacement from last year.  Combined the non-mortgage debt totals $13.9k with the mortgage being $160.2k.  That's still a hefty amount of non-mortgage debt; however, the interest rates are low and we're starting to aggressively reduce the debt with $5k of extra payments made during August.  #WINNING  

It's been a long time coming but I think there's a very real possibility of us being debt free, except the house, by Christmas.

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Net Worth Breakdown - August 2018
Since I write so much (or at least try to) about investigating companies as an investment I figured it'd be fun to see how our balance sheet looks.  As of the end of August our debt to equity ratio is 30% and our debt to total capitalization is 23%.  Not bad, but I'd love to get that debt down to ZERO!

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Capital Structure - August 2018
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How did your net worth do in August?  Did you continue to ride the markets higher to new personal bests?

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