Net Worth Update: October 2020

Last updated on January 1st, 2021 at 05:23 pm

Hello everyone! Thanks for checking out my net worth update for October 2020. These numbers represent our net worth as of October 1st, 2020. I do my best to round to the nearest $100 to keep everything easy on the eyes.

This month we came into an unexpected windfall. It was a three paycheque month for my wife, and on top of that, she earned a decent bonus for all of her hard work this year. As a result, our income for the month was much higher than normal. This bonus income helped increase our net worth by $12,000! This net worth increase is even better than in our September net worth update where I also reported an abnormally high earning month.

October Sources of Net Worth Increase
Where our net worth increase came from this month.

As you can see, our net worth increase was almost totally from saving our income. The net worth increase we earned from our regular pension contribution and mortgage payment only contributed $2,000 to our net worth increase. Our investments dragged down our net worth somewhat – we lost $600 after dividends on our investments.

Liquid Net Worth

Here’s a peek at how our liquid net worth has grown since starting this blog back in June. By “liquid net worth” I mean the cash in our savings accounts and our investments in our brokerage accounts.

October Liquid Net Worth
How our liquid net worth has grown since starting AnotherLoonie.

We’ve been on a pretty good streak of increasing our net worth significantly each month. These past two months were quite exceptional. In an average month, I expect our liquid net worth to increase around $2,800. This number is based on some calculations I did at the beginning of the year. But, as we’ve experienced, this varies depending on our expenses and if it was a 3 paycheque month. If any annual expenses come due (like insurance or property tax) I expect our net worth increase to be less.

A Peek at our Portfolio

Another thing I’d like to discuss this week is our portfolios. I don’t think I’ve shared everything about our investment accounts just yet. For those of you that don’t know, my wife and I have our registered accounts with Questrade. We don’t have any non-registered accounts. I have a TFSA (1) and an RRSP, while she just has a TFSA (2). Here’s a look at the investments we hold in these accounts:

October Assets in each Account
Our investment accounts at Questrade.

As you can see, we invest in low-cost, diversified ETFs. Earlier this year I used some spare USD to buy VTI in my RRSP to allow me to avoid foreign withholding taxes on this investment. My wife enjoys monthly dividends, so she picked out two ETFs that pay them: XDG and XDIV. These are both low-cost ETFs from iShares that focus on quality companies with good dividend track records.

At the moment we don’t own any bonds, REITS, or other asset classes. I do plan on buying bonds in the future, but I’ll probably wait until our investment accounts have grown large enough that we can no longer rebalance by simply purchasing more each month. I’m not sure what my target will be for bonds in my portfolio. If anything, I think I’ll have some floating target depending on how comfortable I feel investing in the market. Perhaps between 0 and 15%.

Canadian Equities

One thing I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is how much Canadian equity I should be holding. And to be honest, I didn’t even know how much of our portfolio was invested in Canadian companies. I decided to plug everything into an Excel sheet and find out. Here’s what I found:

October Total Portfolio Allocation
Our total portfolio allocation.

Now, 29% isn’t as bad as I expected. I must have had much more allocated to Canada a few months ago before I started more aggressively buying VEE and VIU. I also had advised my wife to buy a little less of VCN and XDIV, and focus more on XAW and XDG. I’m not sure what the ideal amount of Canadian equity to own is. My feeling is that 29% might be a bit too much – especially if I consider all of the other ways I’m invested in Canada (my job, my home …).

Thanks for Reading!

I hope you enjoyed my net worth update for October 2020! What do you guys and gals think: is 29% too much, or not enough Canadian equities? Should I be investing in bonds yet? Or is it too early? I’d like to hear your thoughts on my portfolio and overall how you think we’re doing so far in our progress towards FI!

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8 comments

    1. Agreed! 3 paycheque months are the unspoken heroes of financial freedom! Thanks for stopping by FMS :).

    1. Yep! Gotta love it. I think we have another one coming up soon. Should help juice our net worth just a bit more before the end of the year. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Still growing, nice!

    I think more bonds makes sense as you start to approach the retirement timeline (perhaps when you start working through withdrawal strategies a few years out), or, once you’ve reached FI and want to start protecting your wealth. Each extra dollar isn’t as valuable as the prior once you’ve already got enough, I think it makes sense to be defensive at that point.

    So far as allocation, well that’s up to you 🙂 I’m tempted to start moving more international as a diversification strategy as we’re a little too US-focused, even under the argument that US companies are internationally diversified by the nature of their business.

    1. Hi Chris. That’s a great point: bonds start to make sense when you’re close to FI. At the moment, FI seems far away, so I’ll probably keep my bond portion at 0% for now. Unless rates rise enough to make the yield attractive ;).

      I think it’s important to have some international exposure, although it’s probably less important for an American like yourself! I feel like Canada is just too small a slice of the pie to have 29% or more invested here.

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