Every 3 months for the past two years, I have published my family’s net worth. Unless there is a strong outcry from the readers, this will be the last net worth update. I don’t want to flaunt our progress, and I feel like we have already laid a good foundation and example for others to follow in their first two years after training.
The purpose of this blog is to help guide you to prevent and treat burnout through financial independence. And, if these quarterly net worth updates are not accomplishing that, then they need to go. Let me know in the comments if they are helpful for you. Otherwise, they’ll stop this month.
Before we start, I want those brave enough to read this to know two things. First, my family and I have made a number of mistakes along the way and we have made a ton of progress. Second, you should know that you can do it, too! Though, you have to be dedicated and work diligently towards your goals!
- This post discusses some of my numbers and goals when I first started this site in November 2017.
- Here is my first quarterly net worth update written six months after I started my job as an attending (numbers from January 2018)
- Second Quarterly Net Worth Update (4/27/18)
- The One Year Out from training Quarterly Net Worth Update (7/30/2018)
- 15 Months Out from training (10/2018)
- 18 Months from finishing fellowship (1/2019)
- 21 Months Out (4/2019)
If you don’t feel like clicking through those, our net worth started at negative (-) $208,000. This is how our net worth has changed at each of those time points:
- Six months out, it had improved to (-) $78,819.
- By 9 months out we were at (-) $40,270
- We finally had a positive net worth one year out at +$45,000
- At 15 months, we had reached $73,000.
- It took us 18 months to get to a six figure net worth: $107,718
- After 21 months, we were sitting at a net worth of $150,820.
Where are we now? Read on to find out.
24 Months After Fellowship: Assets
Given that I am no longer anonymous with the release of my book (which you should purchase, by the way), the details below are still accurate, but not quite as specific. I have no desire to get mugged.
Here are my assets and the dollar amount for each category. All of this is as of 7/26/2019
|Asset Class||Investment||Amount 1/27/19|
|Emergency Fund||Slightly more than 3-Months of Expenses||~$40,000|
|TPP 403B||Vanguard Total Bond Index Fund||$7,329|
|Vanguard Institutional (Large Cap) Index Fund||$44,702|
|Vanguard Mid-Cap Index Fund||$28,286|
|Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund||$26,867|
|Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund||$18,555|
|Mrs. TPP 457 (governmental)||NC Fixed (Intermediate Bond) Index Fund||$1,884|
|NC Large Cap Index Fund (Black Rock)||$13,505|
|NC Small/Mid Cap Index Fund (Black Rock)||$10,288|
|NC International Index Fund (Black Rock)||$6,033|
|Mrs. TPP 401K/403B||Various Stock Index Funds||$8,990|
|My Back Door Roth||Vanguard Real Estate Index Fund (VGSIX)||$8,600|
|Mrs. TPP Back Door Roth||Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSAX)||$8,599|
|529 TPP Kid #1 (Utah)||90% stocks/10% bonds – Index Funds||$7,974|
|529 TPP Kid # 2 (Utah)||90% stocks/10% bonds – Index Funds||$3,655|
|529 TPP Kid # 3 (Utah)||90% stocks/10% bonds – Index Funds||$2,707|
|Home||Equity (Fair Market Value = $469,000)||$15,000|
Comments on our assets
We have officially broken a quarter of a million in assets in only two years. This all occurred while we destroyed some major debt as described below. And, the numbers above do not include our depreciating assets (we have two cars that are worth about $50,000 together).
We started investing in the Real Estate Index Fund offered by Vanguard in one of our backdoor Roth IRA accounts. This is approximately 5% of our portfolio while another 5% of our portfolio is bonds. Thus, 90% of our portfolio is in index funds that are investing in equities (i.e. stocks).
We plan to move our cash to a high-yield savings account offering at least 2% in the next month or two.
Going forward, our annual investment goal will be between $115,000 and $125,000 with a goal of having around $2.5 million in assets by the time we are 45. I suspect we will get there sooner than that, though, with a higher savings rate.
Debts: 21 Months Out
Here are my family’s current debts.
|Class||Amount of Debt|
|Home Mortgage (~452,500)|
|Total Debt (excluding mortgage)||$0|
Some Comments on Our Debt
In the last three months we paid off both car loans and that private loan from medical school that we forgot about (another example that people who care a lot about personal finance can make mistakes). In all, we paid off $55,000 in debt this quarter. In large part, this was accomplished by using 90% of my annual bonus straight towards our debt. The other 10%? We followed the 10% rule and purchased a rug and a ping pong table!
We view the mortgage debt as a zero sum game. In fact, we have some equity in the house with the local market turning into a seller’s market. That said, if we wanted, we could get rid of the house. It would cost us a lot from our emergency fund, but we could make it work.
Still, our goal is to pay our mortgage off in fifteen years at a maximum. I bet we do it ten, though, with our track record of destroying debt.
Net Worth = Assets – Debts
$252,974 – $0 = $252,974
**For the purest out there, if we were to include the house, we would include the full value on the assets side and the full amount owed on the debt side of the equation above. This would result in the same net worth number.
Goals / Summary
- We improved our net worth by over $100,000 in the last quarter alone! This is in large part because of my annual bonus (90% of which went towards our remaining non-mortgage debt). We did make some blogging income, too.
- Since I finished training (when my net worth was -$208,000), we have improved our position by $460,974 in only 2 years. If we include the value of the cars, that number is >$500,000. I am pretty proud of that.
- If we keep this pace up, we will be sitting at $1,000,000 in assets in only 3-4 more years and well before age 40.
- Over 50% of our gross income has gone towards building wealth over the last 24 months. In other words, the majority of our income has gone towards paying down debt or investing in the market. I guess I am still following Physician on FIRE’s “live on half” challenge.
This should serve as proof that living like a resident after training works if you make a plan and stick with it!
We continue to build our net worth regularly and consistently. The vast majority of our dollars go towards this endeavor + 10% to tithing at our church each month.
Now that all of our non-mortgage debt is gone, we will be cash flowing a bunch of extra money each month. Going forward, we plan on building a slightly larger emergency fund. Then, we will start piling cash into a taxable account and a vacation fund for our vacations each year.
I hope that this series of posts has been a helpful case study of how you can go from a very negative net worth to a very positive net worth quickly. All you have to do is set some goals and then set your mind to it!
Share your awesome financial news! What goals have you accomplished this year? How did you do it? Leave a comment below.