I checked my wife’s Central Provident Fund (CPF) balances today and found out that her contributions from last month’s annual performance bonus and this month’s salary have been credited. It’s a pleasant surprise because I was expecting the crediting to only happen next week. As I load the net worth Google Sheet on my phone to key in the updated figures, I know this is an important moment.
For the first time in our lives, the total assets (cash, investments and retirement funds) sum to more than S$1 million. I don’t count us as having joined the double comma club because our net worth (after subtracting for the entire mortgage, tax and credit card liabilities) is way below that. I don’t include the value of our owner-occupied apartment in the net worth calculation because it will only inflate the number unnecessarily. Does nothing other than make me feel better about my self.
But I already consider it an achievement for our total assets to hit S$1 million. It’s still satisfying to see the double comma in the cell and I had to expand the cell width in the Google Sheet to see the full figure. It represents 8 years of hard work, especially in the last 4 years in Singapore. At the beginning, we felt like we were going no where with our wealth-building journey but our efforts eventually made a difference.
There are still a few problems with our total assets distribution, which is probably overweight on cash holdings and retirement funds. I found it difficult to increase the investment component aggressively when the equity markets have been priced at such high levels for a sustained period of time. The Dollar-Cost Averaging (DCA) approach still ensures I keep myself invested just in case the bull market keeps going for the rest of this year. Only time will tell whether I am an idiot for not investing more of the cash holdings.
Which reminds me about something else I’m not doing. I stopped tracking the profit/(loss) performance of my investment portfolio a while back. I still refer to StocksCafe to track the profit/(loss) on my individual stock holdings because I hope to one day sell those worst-performing stocks at a profit. Though I fear I may have to wait a long time for that to happen.
But I figured the profit/(loss) performance of my investment portfolio mattered less the more I relied on DCA. Isn’t that the point of monthly capital injections? Once it gets high enough and I don’t plan to adjust it downwards but only upwards when there’s market dips and crashes, I’m not sure why I should be worried about the portfolio performance anymore. At least not in the short to medium term. As long as I keep this up over the long term, odds are it should work in my favour.
I know it’s a stupidly simple approach but I’m lazy and I can’t be bothered doing too much thinking and planning. I guess capital injections inflate the investment portfolio growth performance but it’s not even a key indicator for me with this strategy. I just need to ensure that every component of my total assets grows over time and I can’t see how this is a bad thing.