Net Worth Update - November 2020

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Net Worth Update - November 2020

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.

2020 has truly been a year unlike any other especially when it comes to the financial markets.  The S&P 500 has seen wild swings this year and November was no different.  However, November just happened to be a big swing upwards.  The S&P 500 climbed 10.8% during November which is pretty mind-boggling.  With most of our assets tied to the stock market our net worth certainly enjoyed being along for the ride.

During November my net worth increased $71,566.67.  

Total Assets: $955,537.65
Liquid Assets: $373,033.08
Total Liabilities: -$157,679.13
Net Worth: $797,858.52

For November my net worth increased 9.85% compared to October.  Year to date our net worth has risen 15.0%.

Our main goal for 2020 continues to be ridding ourselves of the one non-mortgage debt, the loan on my car, that we carry.  We're making good progress and paid an extra $1,500 on it during November.  We're currently debating on whether it's best to keep cash on hand or to take some of the emergency fund to pay off the remainder of the loan in December.  At the end of November the remaining balance on the loan is $5.4k.

At this time I don't believe it makes 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 outside of the car loans.  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 November we have 30.3% equity in our house based on our purchase price from 2013.  According to Zillow our house has increased in value around $66.2k 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 44.4%.

Combined our monthly debt reduction between the mortgage and house was $1.77k.  Not bad for one month!

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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In order to give you a general idea of the breakdown of my net worth I include 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 and deeply discounted (they don't really move the needle at all but I have them in my spreadsheet because I was bored).
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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.  At the end of November our debt to equity ratio is 20% and our debt to total capitalization is 17%.  Not bad, but I can't wait to get that debt down to ZERO!
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How has your net worth fared throughout the craziness of 2020?  

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