Financial Independence Progress Report for May 2019

May 2019 is done….seems like time is moving faster and faster!! Since the beginning of 2019, I have been studying a bit on different planning strategies for a 40 year retirement. I picked one of the strategies and have been doing a dry run for the past few months. I am ready to make that the main execution vehicle from next month onwards. So, I will introduce the method I chose and also how I am going to track it going forward.

This means that this form of monthly progress update will be the last. I have used this template since I started this blog…almost 6 years ago. So, bit sad to let it go…but time to move on and look to the future.

That said, let us see how much closer I got to my financial independence targets in May 2019.

Emergency Fund 100.0% Done
College Fund 67.39% 65.34%
Passive Income (2018 vs 2019) $1228.30(05/2018) $1213.09 (05/2019)
Retirement Fund 92.52% 87.8%
Roof for our Family($750K) 00.00%
Medical Fund (via HSA) 18.60% 18.53%
Life Insurance Done (term life insurance policy)

Main Takeaways this month

There is a lot of red in this month’s portfolio….mainly to the stock market tanking by a few points.

  • Passive Income Stream
    • This year’s target dividends was $500 pm or $6000 per year. The target is half of last years because I had to sell some investments for a home down payment….though home search itself has not been successful yet.
    • The good news is that I have met the yearly target of $6000 per year as of this month. The total dividends, as of end of May, is $6060.73.
    • Every dollar of passive income from now on is just a bonus.
  • Additional Investments
    • Investments in taxable accounts
      • Nothing this month.
    • Investments in tax-deferred account (IRA)
      • Used the IRA cash fund to invest into VEIPX: Vanguard Equity Income Fund
      • I.e. Dollar cost average down my VEIPX holdings in light of market drops.
    • Investments in tax-deferred 401K
      • Nothing this month
      • For 401K cash fund, my investment plan is in the following order…have not used it yet….waiting for the market to go down more.
        • Dividend growth fund or
        • US large cap equity fund or
        • US total market fund
  • Miscellaneous
    • Nothing special.