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Are you working towards your first 100k or are you filling in the gaps until your first million? This is meant to be a motivation post for those people seeking to increase their net worth! This article was originally written to document a 2017 milestone, but has since been rewritten to include information from subsequent years.
I’m a natural saver.
I was saving with no clear purpose until I accumulated 100k – mainly in my 401k.
At that point, I realized that if I made investing a priority, I could substantially change my household’s financial picture.
Money to me has always equated to freedom in some form or another.
Freedom from financial stress, anxiety, worries.
This eventually turned into a financial freedom goal. A goal to redefine my 9-5.
It has become clear to me as each 100k is achieved, the snowball becomes bigger and the momentum is stronger.
No inheritances, no funny business – just hard work and a goal.
100k Net Worth Milestones From 2017-Current
Instead of crafting a new article each time a 100k milestone is achieved, I’m updating it here to show the progression.
It’s a motivation booster to visualize the snowball effect of investing.
Also, this provides a real-world view of when the market is riding high AND when there’s volatility.
Please note: I’ve been investing since 2007. It wasn’t until 2013 when I started taking investing seriously, with the hopes of dramatically changing my household’s financial picture. With that being said, I’m only choosing to share my 100k net worth milestones from 2017-current.
Please note the following when reading the charts within this article:
“Contributions” = New money that is used to fund share purchases and employer additions. This section does not factor in dividend/capital gain reinvestments and additions/withdrawals to savings – this is considered inherently in overall growth.
“Growth” = Delta of “Total Increase In Value” and “Contributions”.
“Total Increase In Value” = Takes into account monthly change in value from investments.
Year 2017 – Hitting the Next 100k
This happened a week into October 2017.
With my prolonged work absence, I was doubtful that a milestone would occur.
As the months progressed, I gathered that it was going to be a record-breaking year in terms of the markets.
The foundation that had been built in prior years was working its magic – even without significant contributions.
Here’s a 2017 investment summary:
(It may be worth noting that this shows 2017 only. I don’t hit 100k increases at the same time each fiscal year, so that’s why the total increase is ~$80k, and not $100k.)
As I noted earlier, it was a record-breaking year with epic returns.
aka, this is NOT normal.
Therefore, it’s going to take more 9-5 funding and investing to get to that point that growth throws off a living wage consistently.
Year 2018 – Staying The Course
Back in 2017, I had projected that another 100k milestone would occur in the last quarter of 2018.
Due to market volatility, that did not happen.
Here’s a 2018 investment summary:
To give you an idea, I was still looking for a 9-5 for most of 2018 (while Mr. FTD worked to pay the HH bills).
I found a new role in a major city at the end of 2018, which is when I started contributing to brokerage accounts again.
The delta of -$10,216.37 shows that I ended 2018 with a net worth less than what I had at year end 12/31/2017 (when solely looking at investment assets).
Year 2019 – Hitting the Next 100k
Will be updated soon
What’s Included in My Net Worth Calculation
The net worth calculation looks like this:
Assets – Liabilities = Net Worth
Head over to this article and scroll down mid-way to find out what is typically included in the calculation.
There is a clearly defined way to calculate net worth, but it’s up to you what you choose to include (or not).
Here’s what I include:
- Current value of all stock market investments
- Current value of pension (rolling this over when Mr. FTD leaves employer)
- Savings (for the past few years, I’ve held <$10k in savings for emergencies)
- Rental real estate fair market value (pending next 1-2 years)
- Rental real estate mortgage (pending next 1-2 years)
- If I had debt, other than the mortgage, I would include it
Here’s what I don’t include:
- Value of cars
- Home value(+)/mortgage(-) on main home
- Possessions that may/may not be valuable
Here are a couple of reasons why:
The value of my two cars are not included because I’m not driving a Rolls Royce.
In all seriousness, it’s mainly because my cars aren’t worth much and they will continue to depreciate.
Both cars are 10+ years old and may be valued around $10k total.
The home equity is not included because I cannot readily liquidate it for cash.
I’m using it as a buffer for when it’s time to sell and use the equity for a down payment on a new home.
On the flip side, I don’t include the liability as a reduction in net worth either.
I like to keep my home separate in the calculations because it makes it much clearer for me on what I actually have to work with in terms of retirement assets. This is a personal preference.
My mortgage balance is my only recurring liability, so other than credit card balances that get paid in full each month, I don’t have any other debt to consider in this net worth calculation.
My net worth would increase by ~$45k if I were to include home equity (home value – amount owed).
Please note the net worth purists will say that I am calculating my net worth incorrectly. I shared how I approach it.
Timeline On Hitting The Next 100k
I have been an investor since 2007, and during that time I have experienced the ups and downs of the market.
Here’s what I DON’T DO:
- time the market
- invest in a speculative manner
- pay exorbitant fees
- sell low in a down market
- make decisions based on fads
I plan on hitting the next 100k’s how I have done it in the past – mostly.
Right now, I’m primarily invested in low-fee index funds and individual stocks.
In the next 1-2 years, the plan is to include rental real estate in the asset mix.
Overall – I don’t invest unless I’m willing to part with that money for an extended period of time.
As a buy and hold investor, I invest with a long-term outlook.
That being said, depending on the market and contributions, the plan is to hit the next 100k in mid-2020.
This applies a conservative growth rate along with consistent monthly contributions.
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The Future Is As Bright As You Make It
For anyone out there that is wondering how they can start building wealth, know that you can achieve it – if you work for it.
I abide by the following wealth equation:
An excess of money is not the end goal, it’s just the fallback plan.
If I could offer one slice of advice, it would be to stay motivated in any endeavor that you want to accomplish and keep moving forward.
There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, we have to be people who make things happen. – Jim Lovell
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