There’s not too much to report once again this month, with my net worth remaining flat. Probably the only variable that has really changed is the fact that I’ve increased my savings rate by bumping up my 401k contribution rate by another percent. I still feel like money has been accumulating in my checking account, and I’d rather be putting that excess into the market where it will hopefully be earning money. When money is just sitting in my checking account I know it won’t be doing anything!
I’m not expecting too much from this analysis for March with the fact that my net worth actually decreased in February. But I do think it’s important to keep doing this to see the long-term trends and flat areas, like over the past three months. As long as I continue to save the same percentage of my income, the market should return at a positive rate over a longer time period. Obviously these things are not guaranteed, but growth is necessary for an early retirement.
We are now 17 days into the new year, yet I’m still typing/writing out 2017 whenever doing anything. Hopefully I’ll get over that by the end of the month! It’s time to bring you the second edition of my early retirement tracker, where I take a look behind exactly how much I need to save, and for how much longer. I started tracking this back in October, but just published the first post in December to establish a bit of a trend before I shared it with the world. I think that watching the years count down are a huge motivation for me, probably even more so than watching my portfolio grow. And that’s not to say I am wishing away this time, I intend to fully enjoy my time both while working and when financially independent.
Time to share how I’m doing on the savings side of personal finance, specifically my retirement accounts. I last shared an update back in January based on the account balances that I had at the end of December. With my student loans finally being paid off, saving has now become my personal finance priority. Taking advantage of retirement accounts and the tax savings that they have to offer is an important part in meeting those savings goals. I’m hoping that by trying to max these accounts out it will bring me closer to my goal of financial independence. This snapshot should hopefully give a better picture of that!