Read? Four Financial Progressive Stages
(Another book that helped me is "Think and Grow Rich" ) Read? Two Books That Change My Views
But, how to achieve this wonderful dream?
Business or Investment?
For me, the choice is quite obvious. Without much talent for Business; I would have to take the Investment path to financial independence. Next, I would have to decide whether properties or stocks? I decided on stocks as I believe stocks are easier to execute.
Read? Why you must not stop dreaming of reaching financial freedom and pursue it?
Why we must get out of rat race as early as possible? Read? Regret of the Dying
Why 55? When I began that dream, Singapore's official retirement age was 60; but now, it is 65. Too bad folks! We will have to work longer. 60 is the new 55.
Actually, when I have this dream I have already achieved financial security so financial independence is just the next step and leaded me to this simplistic thinking. If I put in enough time and effort to educate myself to become savvy with long-term investing and short-term trading; I will be able to create wealth from the stock market. (This is how I named the title of this blog. This is why I am still blogging since 2006).
I started reading many finance and investment books that I could find in NLB libraries. I also started to follow closely many investment and trading blogs, forums, cboxes closely and to identify who were the experts and gurus and hoping to learn more tips and tricks from them. (But, unfortunately, some of my superheroes were killed in 2008/2009. Read? Following My Superheroes!)
I also attended many investment and trading previews to hear from Gurus themselves; but all of them have failed to convince me to part my hard earned money to attend their so-called easy money making programmes. May be I was too stingy!
It was only after a few years in the stock market, I realised that I must get real and set concrete goals to achieve this dream. I then set progressive yearly investment goals to be achieved from 2003 to 2011. This is how the investment marathon race for 2003 to 2011 has started. Basically, it is living part of my life in financial news and market and riding the emotional roller coaster ride up and down with the market.
OMG! I missed the end goal!
I only achieved only 58.6%.
The reason for not achieving 2011 goal is so obvious! Look at the Red arrow in the above chart.
Financial Independence by 55
Lagi sianz .............
Look at the plunge in 2008 bear. Just a few moments of foolishness and greediness in me to bet much bigger in 2008 and the dream never come true!!!
I have to dream once again till 2015.
My net worth as on 30 Dec 2011
My net worth as on 30 Dec 2011 market closing price.
- Capital already invested in stocks and subjected to market volatility = 5% of net worth.
- Capital not invested yet and available as cash on hand = 20% of net worth.
- 30% of net worth comes from net profits from stocks and re-invested back into stocks and subjected to daily market volatility.
- 45% of net worth are assets not affected by market volatility.
Volatility is name of the Game
How bad will the next bear hit my portfolio?
My stress test result on my portfolio indicated that it may not be as bad as compared to 2008 Bear.
I am better prepared for the next bear this time than in 2007. Now, I will have far more bullets to take on the bear. See the chart below:
In 2007, I have too much capital invested in stocks and too little bullets.
In 2008, I have too little bullets to recover.In 2012, I think I am quite balance with stocks and bullets.
Track, Measure and Visualise!
It is very important that we can visualise our portfolio performance and know how are we doing?
Can we reach our goals with the current investing strategies?
Know our XIRR!
- XIRR since one year ago = -2.5% (negative growth)
- XIRR since 3 years ago = +10.0%
- XIRR since 9 years ago = +11.0%
- XIRR since 12 years ago = +9.3%
2011 is a very difficult year with my current investing strategy. It has failed so badly. I will go to Batam in the New Year 2012 to think over it.
I never have so much cash for investing!
2011 is even more important year for me when I unlocked my Division of Commandos in my CPF OA to battle the next bear; but it can be a double-edged sword too. I can lose big.
Setting the new goals
The next 10 years of progressive goals (2012 to 2021)
I have been tracking my annual expenses since 2000. The next 10 years of progressive goals are inflation adjusted at 3% rate based on this formula to compute the likelihood annual expenses to determine the amount required in retirement.
Likelihood Annual Expenses =
(Max Expense since 2000 + 4 x Avg Expenses since 2000 + Minimum Expense since 2000) / 6
The Money tree has grown and is bearing fruits
Sometime in life, we will reap what we have sowed. I will be reaping what I have sowed. Read? One click! That is more than enough to generate passive income for a long time.
These fruits will ease my future goals.
I hope to sow more One Click in the next bear.
I realized that passive income from stock dividends is fantastic once you got damn right. You don't even need to lift a finger to receive it. Really wonderful!