Wednesday, January 6, 2016

401K Update - January 2016

Hi Everyone,

So a follow up post to the Dividend Income - the 401K Portfolio update.  I said that I would post about the 401K when big changes were made or about twice a year in July and January. Usually in June and December, some of my funds pay some dividends and after 6 months of new capital, there are a decent amount of shares added.  My company's 401K policy is that employees receive 3% company match throughout the year and then a bonus of 2% at the end of the year.  The 2% doesn't hit until around the March timeframe so I'll probably have an update then.  My portfolio now looks like this:

As of 1/5/2016:

At the present time, I view my 401K Portfolio as an added bonus to my path to financial independence but I might be rethinking my ways...

 I said these exact words in my past post about the 401K -- "The overall goal of my investing journey is to retire at an age much younger than most which is why I am mostly invested in a taxable account.  I need to be able to retrieve those funds and more importantly, the dividends that are generated to support our family when the time comes."

However,  Blogger Retire29 has a great post about how to legally transfer your employers 401K to an IRA and then be able to retrieve those funds in 5 years to invest as you please.  So I am leaning towards maxing out our 401K's.  To be able to save money on taxes is a great thing!

I would love to max out our taxable account until we reach $11,000 in dividends per year, but that might take a little too long.  I am now thinking of doing something like this:  Continue to max out our taxable portfolio until the dividends reach $7,500 (hopefully end of this year).  That would allow for one IRA to be completely funded at $5,500 and another one to be funded at $2,000 a year.  We would come up with the other $3,500 per year to max out that IRA until dividends from taxable take over completely.  Simultaneously I will begin to max out my 401K.  I have already started the process of maxing out tax advantaged accounts with the HSA that is now completely funded.

My wife and I invested $47,000 last year in our taxable account alone.  This does not include dividends because they are all on DRIP right now.  Total, we put to work about $52,000 in our taxable account.  Starting next year, $18,000 into 401K, $11,000 into IRA's and $3,500 into HSA leaves us with still $20,000 to invest into our taxable account (unless we have a baby and my wife quits her job!).  Am I missing anything?  Other than my wife's 401K?

Anyways, the whole reason I want to keep investing in our taxable account is that I would love for it to produce over $10,000 in dividends which is also enough money to lump sum pay off our mortgage and have a little bit left over if I was to lose my job.  Those two totals go roughly hand in hand with a 4% yield.  I like the security to be able to get to our money quickly.

So what do you all think about that plan?  Good, bad?  What are you doing?

Combining both my 401K and our taxable account, we hold roughly $160,000 in investments!


Dividend Income - December 2015 Update

Hi Everyone,

Well there is its...  2015 is gone and 2016 is here.  The year went by incredibly fast, that's for sure.  But, I know for a fact that I had a ball this year! My wife and I didn’t hit nearly all of our financial goals like we would have liked, but looking back… Who Cares! We went to 7 weddings, 6 of which out of state. Hotel rooms, catching up with old friends, multiple vacations (Austin TX, Fenwick Island DE, New Orleans LA, Pensacola FL, Gulf Shores AL, Pittsburg PA, Connecticut) and time well spent with family. We work our ass off and play hard, that’s all you can hope for.  I'll have a post out shortly about the goals passed or not passed throughout 2015 in a little bit.  Even though I know there might be some failures it is important to remember to try and save the most you can.  Because, not having to work for money is the best way to make money! So hopefully this post inspires other families out there to start saving and investing as soon as they can. The power you feel knowing that you are richer than you were yesterday and you didn't have to work for it is a wonderful feeling.

We realize that our situation is different than every other blogger out there but its not how much you make, its how much you save. We make a middle class income but we live well below our means and this gives us the benefit to invest the surplus month after month and subsequently drive our passive income to new heights!

We ended up just making one small purchase in December, KMI of 28 shares at $17.80, for roughly $500 total.  I did not even bother to right about it, but that purchase means we invested $47,000 this past year!  Pretty remarkable.

We want to thank all of you readers out there who have stopped by and congratulated us thus far.  You are the reason these posts keep coming out and continue to get better and better!

So with that being said, lets get down to the numbers.