I hope everyone had a great Christmas and good break from work. I had an excellent time in Hong Kong – short post on my trip to follow.
So how did I do in December?
I saved 49.3%
Of course, I hadn’t intended to save so much, going overdrawn in the process as I’d forgotten to change my automatic savings amount.
The amount saved was boosted by £100 rent received. No extra bits from online activities as I’ve been too busy doing other stuff but hopefully, ‘normal’ business will resume in the new year!
Average savings for 2014 was therefore 46.5% – missed my target of 50% but a great first attempt, even if I say so myself!
After reading Tim Hale’s ‘Smarter Investing
‘, I created my Portfolio For All Seasons
and also made the decision to “include my shares under the ‘Domestic Equity’ bracket”, even though Hale only talks about funds.
However, I think I will now separate my shares from the rest of my investment portfolio, so that I follow Hale’s philosophy a little more closely with just funds (tracking the value
of my funds) and my dividend investing ‘philosophy’ with my shares (tracking the dividend income
So how does my actual fund portfolio look now, compared to my Portfolio For All Seasons? Well I’m getting close now…
Still need to shift some more from the UK sector into global/world and then I’m pretty much there. I will then just try to keep those allocations relatively the same for the next few years.
I added more GlaxoSmithKline shares to my portfolio and bought a few in BHP Billiton. Sounds like I was jumping on the bandwagon with the latter as everyone seemed to be buying into mining shares but I did have this purchase set up as a regular payment at the end of November ready for the December purchase.
Dividend income this month came from Tesco (£1.39) and BP (£4.40).
So my total dividend income from shares for 2014 is £9.30. I think I can confidently say that I should be able to beat that next year!
Anyway, here’s what my share portfolio looks like right now:
Will be looking to add some more over the coming months.
My Future Fund
now stands at £43,001.78
, which is 17.2%
of my overall target. Still a long way to go but I’m happy with the progress I’ve made so far.
(a) Figure based on August 2014 statement
(b) Monthly payment of £147.95, final payment of £3,166.25 in Aug 2015
(c) Estimated value of property based on similar property sold in area
(d) Statement as at May 14, plus contributions
My net worth has increased by £5,782.30 since my last update in September, which is around a 7% increase. I don’t put a huge onus on my net worth but do track it as it seems to be something that other bloggers are interested in, so I just update quarterly to keep tabs on it.
Since I was out of the country for over a week, spending in this area has been low, which is just as well, considering the amount on spent on presents and socialising. Oh and while I was on holiday…
5th Dec – £12.28
12th Dec – £16.33
30th Dec – £25.53
Total Dec – £54.14
Average per week – £18.05
19% was spent on meat or fish and 27% was spent on fruit and veg. 16% on snacks so I guess I’m getting my fill in before the diet starts!
So that’s pretty much it for this year – I would never have imagined how important 2014 would be for me financially, that my eyes would be opened to what can be achieved if you only had a plan and some focus; that I would ‘see the light’ and make a plan to save for my own financial independence.
Thanks to all who have taken the time to read and to post comments on here – all very much appreciated, thank you!
Wishing you all a happy and prosperous 2015!