Net Worth Update – February 2015

Despite February being a short month, it went by pretty slowly. Maybe it’s the cold gray skies and all that snow. But it’s another month closer to Spring and there’s warmer weather ahead. The Bare Naked Ladies are touring this summer so we bought tickets and that’s something to look forward to. I also received some good news as I received a bonus from work this month plus a higher salary starting next month.

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Net Worth Update – January 2015

It’s hard to believe that January has come and gone already, but it has. It’s been a cold month too – a couple of days it was 6 degrees F (-14 C) as I drove to work. I’m not able to process temperatures that cold – I mean six degrees … really? That’s not a temperature, it’s a shoe size! Anyway it’s another month closer to summer and it’s time to see if Financial Independence is another month closer too.

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Net Worth Update – December 2014

December is usually a quiet month for us in spite of the Christmas holidays. The stock market hasn’t been as quiet however with a drop on the last day of the year erasing most of the gains for the month. I know you’re desperate to know if I moved forwards or backwards on the path towards Financial Independence in December so let me get on with the report. Caution: Three monthly records (♥) were broken in the writing of this email…

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Net Worth Update – November 2014

I’m settling back into my usual routine now that I’m back after my recent trip to the UK, and it’s time to see if I major another step towards Financial Independence last month in November.

November was the month of low oil prices as a result of OPEC decisions and the stocks of oil companies such as XOM and CVX dropped quite a bit as a result, since they make less profit when oil prices are low. Chevron in particular took a big hit and my position there is currently showing a loss.

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Net worth update – October 2014

October was quite the rollercoaster ride with the S&P 500 losing nearly 8% of its value from its high on September 18 to October 16. It then went and promptly regained the losses, ending the month at an all time high. Aside from that drama there was little excitement in my world – so here’s my net worth update and progress towards my goals, October 2014 style!

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July 2014 Summary – The good, the bad and the … concert?

King of Leon, Detroit, 2014 Kings of Leon came to our part of the world last night as part of their Mechanical Bull Tour, and we went to see them as a birthday present for Ms DL. The concert was at an open-air stage, it was a warm summer’s evening and they played a frantic number of songs in their set. Supporting bands were The Kongos and Young the Giant. It’s the first concert we’ve been to this year and there are a couple more on our watchlist this year.

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June 2014 – a record month for dividend income!

I can’t believe it’s the end of June and that we’re halfway through the year already! I’m already excited to report that this month has been my highest month for dividend income since I started this journey two and a half years ago. I even beat the income from last December, usually my strongest month due to additional capital gains from some of the funds I hold.

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