2017 July Passive Income Review

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July was an average month for passive income. Compare to the first month of  last quarter, passive income went down by about $300. This drop was due to my company moving it’s dividend distribution from July to August

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2017 June Passive Income Review

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June was a good month for passive income. Compare to the third month of  last quarter, passive income went up by about $130. This month I added more shares of OHI, QQQ and SPY to my dividend portfolio.

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2017 January Passive Income Review

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Happy Lunar New Year! January was a decent month for passive income. Compare to the first month of last quarter, passive income went down by about $50 and this was due to MYC distributing all their dividend/capital gains at the end of December. This month I added 10 shares of BMY and 50 shares of MYC to my dividend portfolio.

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2016 June Passive Income Review

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June was a not bad month for passive income. Compare to the third month of last quarter, passive income increased by about $100. I picked up 50 more shares of F and 40 more shares of MYC this month.

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2016 May Passive Income Review

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May was a bad month for passive income. Compare to the second month of last quarter, passive income decreased by about $85. I picked up 20 more shares of GPS and 50 more shares of MYC this month.

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Five Year Plan to FI/RE Review

Lets do a quick review of my 5-Yr Plan to FI/RE targeting April 15, 2020. It has only been a month and I am still working on the details of each step. I track my income, expenses and net worth on a regular basis so it’s easy for me to know how well I am progressing toward my goal in any given month. Continue reading

Step 3: Become An Accredited Investor

The third step of my five year plan to FI/RE is to become an accredited investor. Given that most of my assets are tied up in my primary home, and the primary home does not count as part of the assets required to be an accredited investor, I have some work to do. The requirements to become an accredited investor is to have an annual salary of at least $200K for singles and $300K for married couples, or have a net worth of at least one million, not counting your primary home. For me to achieve this, that means I need to invest, invest and invest in the stock market.

Some of my ex-coworkers lost big in the tech bubble in 2001 and that scared me from heavily investing in my early years. The worst part was a couple of them bought their options to hold, and then they got laid off. They ended up with a huge tax bill and no salaries to pay. Luckily, I just started working, so I didn’t have much to lose. I probably loss enough to buy a nice BMW, but not nearly as much as some of my older c0-workers.

I funded my 401k when I started my job, but I was not maxing it out. I was putting all my savings in a money market for a down payment. It was not until 2006 that I started to max out my 401k, and around the same time funding a Roth IRA. When the market crashed around 2008-9, that’s when I slowly got back into the market, and picked up a couple of index funds and value stocks. I bought my home in 2006-7 with a ~40% down payment, so that cleaned out my savings. And as some of you know 2006-7 was the peak of the real estate market in the SF Bay Area, before it crashed. Strike 2! So far I had the worst timing in the real estate market.

After refinancing my home four times, I am down to about a 15% loan-to-value, and a monthly payment that’s less than 1k. At the same time, I have also built a hefty 2 to 3 years emergency fund and invested about 1 year worth in I-Bonds. At this point, I don’t need more cash cushion, unless I want to invest in another rental. But with the Las Vegas rental situation, I am turned off by the idea of being a landlord again. Who knows? When my boyfriend and I do move in together, I do want to eventually buy a bigger place to live. If I do, then my current place will be my next rental.

My plan for the next five years with the extra cash I have each month is to invest, invest and invest in index funds, REITs, and dividend stocks. I am open to any kind of investment that gives me a high return in dividend or interest. I have not started the peer-to-peer lending, but I might consider doing it in the near future. I am also looking into investing in crowd funding in large scale real estate investments. This is after I pay off my monthly mortgage payment and after I invest in muni bonds in step 1. The stock market is almost back at it’s all time high again. I hope third time is the charm and leads me to FIRE. I am excited what the future holds.

Cheers,

Lady Butterfly