Net Worth Update – April 2023

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Since we are about to end the 2022-23 tax year in the UK, it’s the time of year I always calculate my net worth. I also did this in December, but since I had just sold my rental property and was calculating expenses, taxes and so on I kept some back for those purposes. Now the dust has settled, I have a much clearer picture.

This time last year I was writing about how it feels to be at almost $1 million net worth. Interestingly, and largely thanks to changes in FOREX rates and that I have my investments in sterling, my dollar net worth hasn’t changed much and now stands at $980,000. But the true amount has increased: from £ 717,677 to £793,000 or an overall growth of £75,324 over one year.

That equates to an increase of more than £6,250 per month which I can feel pretty proud of! It has also been a shocker of a year in terms of the markets, soaring cost of living and a whole bunch of other apocolyptic doom feelings.

And it’s a reminder that time in the market rather than timing the market, and keeping consistent, is more important than looking for tricks.

So what is my portfolio made of?

With the sale of my rental, this is now much less heavy on house equity. I have split my savings into two here – one is the investments I have, and the other is a chunk of money which I intend to use to buy a rental property, and about £100,000 set aside for other investments and savings opportunities.

Pensions £            288,826
Savings £              68,711
House Equity £              90,464
Money to invest £            345,000
TOTAL £            793,001

The main growth has been in ‘money to invest’ – largely because I worked out all the house sale costs and this is the final figure – and also in pensions. I pay a significant chunk to my employer pension which is also matched, and I also added to my SIPP when I sold my rental.

I always find it interesting how people calculate their FIRE number and what they need to live on. In theory I need £30,000 per year in retirement. Using the 25 x income calculation, would mean aiming for a net worth of £750,000 which I am already above.

But there are a couple of issues with this. One is that my pensions can’t be accessed until 67 (or if all the pensions changes proposed come to pass, 100 years old by the time I get there). The other is that retiring on that money assumes that my kids are financially independent. I spend a lot more than £30,000 at the moment (I would say largely on them though I am sure they would disagree), and it’s an interesting moment of reflection about the choices I am making for me and the kids, and what our options are. My net worth also doesn’t include a paid for house any more, and my calculation of income required on retirement assumes that I have one and therefore don’t have a mortgage or rent.

So that’s it. There are other very small pots in there like crypto and angel investments, but these are the real pillars of my financial plan. But the pot is growing, and I am staying on the path. Kudos to all of you following your dreams of independence!