Even though we DINKs are a half a world apart from each other we’ve still managed to keep track our net worth together. After a couple of hours talking via the internet, we reconciled our accounts and totaled up our net worth. When it was all said and done, our wealth grew by 4% since this September.
Most of this is due to the strong performance of the stock market. The values of our TIAA and CREF, IRAs and brokerage accounts all increased. Also, our spending held steady in the past few weeks after spending to purchasing supplies and equipment for Miel’s trip to Afghanistan. Miel is still getting settled in Kabul and due to the security situation and lack of consumer economy in Afghanistan, she’s not spending as much there. Also, James is a graduate student and doesn’t spend a great deal.
The values of our savings bonds and precious metals were up as well, but most of the growth was due to the stock market combined with modest spending.
The nitty gritty details are below.
James & Miel