Thoughts go out to the people of Ukraine.
I can do nothing except make a financial donation to charities helping the people in crisis over there.
In My Little World
In my little world, February was a good month, including several social nights out with friends and an actual works leaving do – colleagues had been slinking off over the past year or so with no thanks or fanfare so it was nice to give someone a good send-off.
There was also the Manchester FIRE pubmeet, which was the usual eclectic mix of people at all different stages of their FIRE journeys, and was the usual engaging, enjoyable and interesting event.
Work ran a ‘Compliment a Colleague’ on Valentine’s Day, where you could submit an anonymous (or not) Valentine’s compliment or message to a colleague (all compliments and messages vetted by HR to ensure nothing inappropriate was sent, otherwise it could have been carnage, with an office full of young twenty-something lads…)
I received the following compliment:
You are awesome at your job and so patient with people!
I appreciate our chats and think you’re an amazing person – kind, smart and funny. You rock!
It was sent anonymously but I know who sent it and I was extremely touched to receive the compliment from them!
Anyway, enough of that warm fuzziness, let’s take a look at the numbers for this month:
I saved 22.6% of my net salary. The above includes £37.96 from doing Prolific surveys and £61.63 from Google Adsense.
Shares and Investment Trusts
No changes here, I just topped up existing investments.
Current share/IT portfolio can be found here.
(Entire portfolio here)
It’s obvious that war causes uncertainty and volatility so the markets continued to dip.
I have no insight (who does?) as to what will happen next but as I think my portfolio is mostly diversified, I just continued to invest as normal according to my plan.
My Future Fund continued to fall, settling at £223,780 by month end, down by 3.6% YTD.
I’m almost back to where I was a year ago!
Dividends and Other Income
Another hurrah for dividends, which are a welcome sight when stock prices are plummeting: