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SEP 2018 Net Worth $459,807 (-$5,904)

SEP 2018 Net Worth $459,807 (-$5,904)

A new player has joined the game! Our very first LIC (Listed Investment Company) made its way into the fold in September after we officially transition our portfolio to Strategy 3. This is the dividend focussed portfolio that will mainly consist of Aussie shares...

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AUG 2018 Net Worth $465,711 (+$10,871)

AUG 2018 Net Worth $465,711 (+$10,871)

Three big things to cover for August. First off, we have a brand new edition to the portfolio! I have essentially replaced our VAS ETF with the BetahShares A200. The only major difference between the two products in terms of what they are invested in is the A200 is...

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JUL 2018 Net Worth $454,841 (+$27,258)

JUL 2018 Net Worth $454,841 (+$27,258)

Big month for the net worth in July. We had a few things add up which explains the big jump which I'll cover in the Net Worth Update below but it was a great month.   I went on a business trip to a major city in July which required me to catch the train each morning....

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JUN 2018 Net Worth $427,582 (+$4,078)

JUN 2018 Net Worth $427,582 (+$4,078)

And so ends another financial year. Which leads us to the most exciting part... It always amazes me when I hear people say they haven't done their tax return yet month after July or even worse when they haven't done one for years! You're leaving money on the table....

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MAY 2018 Net Worth $423,504 (+$8,494)

MAY 2018 Net Worth $423,504 (+$8,494)

A solid month of savings with a little help from the assets sees the net worth soar to new heights in May. Averagish (not a word I know) month expense wise with us spending a touch over $4K. The hidden costs of certain activities added up last month. A pet peeve of...

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APR 2018 Net Worth $415,010 (+$14,906)

APR 2018 Net Worth $415,010 (+$14,906)

Finally feel like we're making progress again this month. The ETFs are doing great, Super is up, killer month for savings and we booked a holiday. That a domi (made up word used to describe good things) if I've ever seen one! We are actually paying for flight and...

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MAR 2018 Net Worth $400,104 (-$7,211)

MAR 2018 Net Worth $400,104 (-$7,211)

March was a month of highs and lows. Mostly highs. I was asked by the ABC to come on to their national radio program to chat about my journey towards FIRE which was pretty cool. They had a financial planner, audio snippets from someone who was in their mid 30s current...

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FEB 2018 Net Worth $407,315 (+$9,248)

FEB 2018 Net Worth $407,315 (+$9,248)

What a month February turned out to be! The market had a big dip at the start of Feb which I included in my net worth update from last month because I didn't get around to writing it until the 7th of Feb. Now, what separates an astute investor from a novice? An astute...

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JAN 2018 Net Worth $398,066 (-$2,106)

JAN 2018 Net Worth $398,066 (-$2,106)

2018 has not been kind.   Firstly, this is the first time since I've been posting our net worth updates that we have been in the negative two months in a row. I secretly knew that the run we had in 2017 was not sustainable but I was hoping that we could at least start...

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December 2017 Net Worth $400,877 (-$11,746)

December 2017 Net Worth $400,877 (-$11,746)

The last net worth update for 2017 ends with a... whimper.   Down nearly $12K!   A few things happened in December.   Firstly and most damaging to the net worth drop this month was some repair work (more about this to come) that was done to one of my investment...

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