July 2011 Investment Comparison Report (+3.13%)

Aug 22, 2011 @ 08:13 am by EMS

Our investment portfolio beat VTI by 3.13% over the month of July 2011.  The gain was especially satisfying because it occurred over a time in which VTI performed negatively, while our portfolio ended up in the positive side.  This is also the first month is several in which we actually beat VTI.

August is obviously going to be very ugly when it comes time to report these numbers.  However, I’m pretty confident that our portfolio will again beat VTI.


July 2011 Net Worth Report (+$5,438)

Aug 01, 2011 @ 11:25 am by EMS

July ended up being a surprisingly good month.  We increased our net worth by over $5,000 even though the stock market was down and we took a small vacation.  Part of the increase is due to July being one of the two months in a year in which my wife gets paid three times rather than two (she gets paid every two weeks).  We also made a few changes in how we handle day care over the summer months which has been a big help in decreasing those costs.  Basically, we found a good day camp program at a local park that we can send the older two kids to rather than the expensive daycare that we had planned on.

With no planned big expenditures (other than a desk for our middle child), August should be a good month in terms of cash flow.  I still think the market is due for an adjustment, so I did sell a few of our investments with the intention of waiting for a good entry point sometime this month.

June 2011 Investment Comparison Report (-0.53%)

Aug 01, 2011 @ 10:19 am by EMS

A tad late, I know, but our portfolio in June underperformed our stock index (VTI) by about one-half of a percent.  This is a third month in a row that our performance has trailed the index and it has me thinking about making some minor adjustments.  The good news is that our July performance ended up significantly better and I’ll be able to report on that later this month.

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