Monday, October 23, 2017

Recent Buy --- T


Today I initiated a position in T.

  • T:  100 shares @ $35.26 --- Yield  5.56%

Total capital invested is $3,532.83 and will add $196 to my yearly dividends.

Forward dividends are $440.

DEFY MEDIOCRITY

Monday, October 16, 2017

October 2017 Net Worth


All figures are generated from Mint.com. Another really solid $18k gain. I'm getting really close to reaching escape velocity. For the first time in three months my home value actually increased about $1,000. I had record high income in September so that along with a surging market really boosted my net worth.

Starting this month my income will be a lot lower which is fine, but my net worth will be more influenced by the market from this point forward.

Also my combined checking, savings, and Lending Club accounts surpassed $410k this month which is what I plan to use to fund my retirement prior to using my 401k and later SSI. 


Assets

Checking --- $12,968
Savings/Investments --- $388,356
Lending Club --- $8,645
HSA --- $2,718
IRA --- $9,487
401K --- $335,601
House --- $129,258

Liabilities

$0

Net Worth

$887,033


YTD Totals

May 2017 --- $835,009
July 2017 --- $851,904 

Aug 2017 --- $860,072
Sept 2017 --- $869,374

Oct 2017 --- $887,033



There is no down time when building a path that doesn't lead back to ZERO!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Recent Buy --- GE


Today I initiated a position in GE.

  • GE:  100 shares @ $22.98 --- Yield  4.18%

Total capital invested is $2304.45 and this purchase will add $96.00 to my yearly dividends.

Forward dividends are $244.00.

DEFY MEDIOCRITY

Friday, October 6, 2017

Position eliminated --- Old pay $220k - New pay $120k


In recent months I have mentioned that there have been some major changes in my job situation. The owner passed away earlier this year and the new owner has made management shakeups at the top here at work over the past four months. This is typically what happens with new ownership. No hard feelings at all!!

While I have come to work each day and have been repeatedly told that I will "always" have a job here, inside I knew that something would happen fairly soon. I have worked here 23 years and was optimistic that I could make it through this year. That appears to be the case and likely I can stay for many years if I choose to.

Many people have been fired, reassigned, demoted, or put into impossible work environments and it reminds me of the "Who Moved My Cheese" book from the early 2000s. Things like this happens across all industry classes throughout cities large and small all across the country.

This is the purpose of having FU money. When a change occurs, we aren't saying "This isn't fair, I wan't things to go back to the way they were". When changes occurs, reverse is never an option even if it makes complete sense. The train keeps rolling forward with or without us. Understanding this fact early on will spare you a lot of brain damage.

Today I received my washout commission check from September and grinned as I saw the total commissions for the month...

$21,608 (All time high)

Starting this month my base pay will be $120,000 which is still a lot of money. In fact, I may make quite a bit more. Who knows?

Another change will be no longer getting off work at 6:00 every night. Two or three nights a week I will have to work a late shift until 9:00pm. Now the good news is I don't have to come in until 11:30am on those days.

Making $17-20k per month and getting off at 6 each night is almost impossible to give up. Who the hell in their right mind would quit a job like that?? That has been a big problem for me during the past 4 years. I have made and saved a shit load of money, but I would be viewed as a complete idiot if I voluntarily left this type of job.

So the position that I had was eliminated completely with no replacement. I went back to my previous position within the company. This is good news in that I don't have to fear some paranoid, sadistic, ballbuster who hates the idea of me still be around to possibly undermine him. I wouldn't anyway as this is not my style.

So while the idea of leaving a $200k plus position sounds ludicrous, the idea of $120k with shitty hours doesn't. Especially since I have ton of FU money and am essentially FI.

I am typing this at work right now and am feeling a great sense of relief and have a strange peace within me right now!!

This has been a great day and am looking forward to next step which will be complete separation from the traditional work force. Early next year is the plan!! This job change has been the catalyst I have needed to transition into FI completely

Stay tuned!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Recent Buy --- HCP


Today I initiated a position in HCP


  • HCP:  100 shares @ $27.70 --- Yield  5.34%

Total capital invested is $2,776.45 and will add $148.00 to my yearly dividends. 

Usually buying HCP below $30 is a pretty good investment idea and hope this continues to be the case.  Back in June I liquidate my entire portfolio due to extreme uncertainty with my job. Since then things have stabilized and my cash balance is sitting at just over $400,000. I'll likely keep my cash at that level and will invest anything over $400,000.

Forward dividends are $148.00.

DEFY MEDIOCRITY


Friday, September 15, 2017

September 2017 Net Worth


All figures are generated from Mint.com. Another really solid $9k gain. I'm getting really close to reaching escape velocity. The only account that continues to go down is my house. The value fell from $129,000 to $128,000. The three month home value has now fallen about $9,000 from $136,000 to $129,000. 

Hurricane Harvey kicked the shit out of us down here in Houston last month, but fortunately I live north of the city and was spared any flood damage. My business was closed for 5 days however, so it is tough sledding for a lot of my coworkers. Some lost everything while most knew someone who was affected by the record flooding.

Since my company sells products that were wiped out during the floods, business is at record levels this month and the boom should continue to throughout the remainder of 2017. That's some welcome news!

Also since my combined checking, savings, and Lending Club accounts surpassed $400k this month, I will start investing in dividend stocks again very soon. $400k in cash is the number that renders me FI. :)


Assets

Checking --- $18,063
Savings --- $373,455
Lending Club --- $8,728
HSA --- $2,728
Brokerage --- $0
IRA --- $9,382
401K --- $328,434
House --- $128,584

Liabilities

$0

Net Worth

$869,374


YTD Totals

May 2017 --- $835,009
July 2017 --- $851,904 

Aug 2017 --- $860,072
Sept 2017 --- $869,374

There is no down time when building a path that doesn't lead back to ZERO!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 2017 Net Worth


All figures are generated from Mint.com. It's good to see an $8,000 monthly gain. I'm getting really close to reaching escape velocity. The only account that appears to have gone down is my house. The value fell from $131,000 to $129,000. The two month home value has fallen about $7,000 from $136,000 to $129,000. 

The job front is still a bit shaky, but I'm holding on. It does feel good to have enough FU money not to worry about things. Many others are continuing to sweat their asses off worrying. In fact, we closed one department about three weeks ago and laid off 8 workers. Crazy times indeed!


Assets

Checking --- $11,501
Savings --- $373,441
Lending Club --- $9,618
HSA --- $2577
Brokerage --- $0
IRA --- $9,252
401K --- $323,898
House --- $129,785

Liabilities

$0

Net Worth

$860,072


YTD Totals

May 2017 --- $835,009
July 2017 --- $851,904 
Aug 2017 --- $860,072

There is no down time when building a path that doesn't lead back to ZERO!