Goal Progress

My goal is to build a portfolio of $1,000,000 $1,120,000 by February of 2017 with no debt, 1500 days from the birth of this blog (1/1/2013). At that time, I’ll retire. By contributing at least $24,000/year and earning 10% on my investments, I’ll be able to make my goal.

Every month, I’ll update my progress right here. By looking at the table below, you’ll be able to see exactly how I’m progressing.

 My goal for 2017: Diversify my Investments

Whoah, I accomplished my goal of $1,000,000 plush enough cash to pay off my home in April of 2016. Read all about how I celebrated it.

Where do I go from here? Diversification. I’ve had almost all of my money in the stock market and that doesn’t sit well with me. I’m looking to invest in real estate in 2017. Because my area is very expensive, I won’t be buying property. Instead, I’ll be looking to invest in hard money loans, private equity and maybe even throw some more money at Fundrise

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4/1/2017
What is going on with the world? After the first 3 months of the year, I’m up $132,078. This is equivalent to my gains for 2016. What could possibly go wrong? 🙂

2/1/2017
Oops, it looks like I’ve lost track of the last 4 updates. I’m back on track now and 2017 is upon us. Upward and onward!

9/1/2016
Along with making money, I enjoy uncertainty. The future is best when it’s an open book, not a carefully planned outline.

8/1/2016
Another up month! No thanks to Pokemon .

7/1/2016
I finally figure out the last piece of the puzzle. And it involves ping-pong.

6/1/2016
Life is good. Read me Preterpluparenthetical Update.

5/1/2016
Holy crap, I made my goal!  And then the portfolio went back down in a sickly dumpster fire.

4/1/2016
Nothing clever to say. Move on. Read the update here.

3/1/2016
I’m up about $500 this month. Whoop dee doo! Full update here.

2/1/2016
Wow, 2016 is off to a fun start! Well, fun if you like chaos and drama. I invested almost $20,000 this month. Never forget, buy low, sell high. Full update here.

1/1/2016
Yippee, 2016 is the last full year for this blog in it’s present form. I have no idea if I’ll make my goal of $1,120,000 by the end of the year, but that is all part of the fun. In the meantime, read my 2015 wrap-up here.

12/1/2015
Life is chugging right along and so are the investments. I eked out a small gain in November, but slow and steady wins the race. Full update here.

11/1/2015
Woot! Despite underperforming the market, this is the first month that my net worth closed above 1.3 million. Full update here.

10/1/2015
September was another downer! No big deal. Too bad it’s not down more so I’d get some decent buying opportunities. Read my full update here.

9/1/2015
The markets finally take a breather and I’m booted from the Double Comma Club once again. Oh well.

8/1/2015
Google and Amazon came out with crazy good earnings. Apple and Facebook, not so much. However, the bad news wasn’t enough to drag my portfolio down. Life is good.

7/1/2015
All of the chaos in Europe gave my portfolio a good, swift kick in the groin. Ouch! I ended June with getting thrown out of the Double Comma Club once again. I wish the correction would have been more severe. Since I’m still in saving/investing mode, I prefer to buy my funds at the lowest possible price. Never forget: Buy low, sell high.

4/1/2015
A down month, but no more debt besides the mortgage!

3/1/2015
Apple rock and roll in February. Portfolio sees new highs.

2/1/2015
January is off to a rough start.

1/1/2015
Hmmm, 2015. Where do we go now?

12/1/2014
Whoah, millionaire (11/26/2014)!

11/1/2014
Portfolio moves up some more. Apple is at all time highs.

10/1/2014
Winning streak is over! Overall, markets are down. Apple also took a bit hit after new iPhones were announced.

9/1/2014
Apple flying high lately, taking me to new highs.

8/1/2014
Up, up and more up. Thank you facebook.

7/1/2014
Portfolio continues to roll along. Go, go, go!

6/1/2014
Hey, we’re back on track. So much for “stay away in May!”

5/1/2014
Another bad month. It’s all good though. Remember that the markets are voting machine in the short term (Thanks Ben Graham!).

4/1/2014
Yikes! My tech heavy portfolio went down, down, down. Also, I had to take out $25,000 to pay for my addition.

2/1/2014
2014 is off to a slow start. However, don’t worry. 2013 was a great year and corrections are natural and healthy.

1/1/2014
Wow, 2013 was a stellar year. If you were invested in equities, you saw very healthy gains. Here’s to a happy and prosperous new year for everyone!

11/1/2013
October was awesome! Apple, Chipotle and Google all caught fire and propelled the portfolio to new highs. Can it last though? I’m starting to smell a bubble.

10/1/2013
September was awesome! Facebook has caught fire and Tesla is firing on all motors.

9/1/2013
August was another great month! Facebook and Tesla Motors propelled my portfolio to new highs. I see some near term headwinds (Syria and tapering of bond buying program), but I’m optimistic for the rest of the year.

8/1/2013
Wow, holy crap! July was the best month ever for me, mostly due to gains in facebook and Apple. If gains hold, I’ll make more money this year from my investments than I will from my job.

7/1/2013
Hey look, we bought a house last month! Since the home was much cheaper than our previous one, we ended up with $55,000 of new money to invest. As you can see, June was actually a down month, caused mostly by Apple which torpedoed my portfolio for a loss of 15K.

6/1/2013
Things are flying. Sharp readers will notice a drop in my cash. What’s up with that? The answer is an upcoming real estate transaction. More on that later.

4/1/2013
The first quarter was super for the markets. The S&P 500 is up 10% and reached an all time high on the last trading day of the quarter. What a start to 2013!

Due to my overallocation in Apple, I didn’t fare nearly so well. Apple dragged my down to the tune of about $40,000. For more thoughts on my first quarter, please see my post here.

1/1/2013
The fiscal cliff fiasco has put a damper on my investments as of late, but I do believe that 2013 will be a strong year for the markets. Real estate is getting its feet back under it and growth seems like its finally starting to pick up in the United States.

My goal is to build a portfolio of $1,000,000 by February of 2017; 1500 days from the birth of this blog (January 1, 2013). At that time, I’ll be 43 and ready to retire.

 

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