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Subject:  FIRE mid-year update 2008 Date:  7/1/2008  1:57 PM
Author:  whyohwhyoh Number:  4619 of 5224

Here is a mid-year update on our retirement goals....

--Net worth down almost 1% since 1/1/08. Now at 5.3 NW/AI at age 34.

Current Portfolio:
31% Picked Stocks (Top 4 holdings: SSD, BMY, BWLD, BUD)
8% Stock Options
17% 401k Mutual Funds (75% S&P500 index fund)
37% California Real Estate (Our House Value*0.93-Mortgage)
7% Fixed Income (Savings, CA-exempt MM)

2008 Notes so far:
Funded one 2008 Roth and one 2008 ERA so far. On par to fully fund 401k.
Tough market so far with the S&P500 dropping 15%.
Upward adjustment to AI.
Increase in stock option value, BUD and BWLD have saved our net worth.
Poor choice in dumping money into bank stocks a few months ago.

FIRE at age 40 is looking impossible, but it is only a goal. Now with 2 kids, a 3+ month vacation later this year, and the desire to purchase a larger house will definitely affect our financial strategy over the next 12 months.

NW/AI historical chart

2007 Update: NW/AI=5.3

2006 Update: NW/AI=4.6

2005 Update: NW/AI=3.7

2004 Update: NW/AI=2.5

2003 Update: NW/AI=1.4

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