April 2017 Net Position Update

Hey everyone! Welcome to the first net position update for my blog. I couldn’t be happier with how this first month has gone. While it was in no way perfect, it’s a great first step for me on my journey. This month involved some huge milestones for me including buying my first shares, receiving my first dividends and starting this blog. Hopefully every month goes as well as this one.

Without further ado, here is my net position for the end of April 2017.

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 I’m now going to breakdown each section and compare how I did to my goals. If you haven’ already, you can check out my goals for 2017 here

Assets

Savings

I managed to increase my savings by $151.53 this month to a total of $718.5. Whilst I didn’t reach my targeted amount of $174/month saved, I am now 36% of the way to achieving my goal of saving $2000 this year.

Investments

Huge month for Investments! Bought my first ever stocks – WAM Research Ltd. I also sold a couple of old dead phones and a tablet for cash which went straight into my Acorns account. For the month of April, I increased my amount invested by $446.40 to achieve a total $756.13. Not only did I more than double the amount I aimed to invest this month but I am now 38% of the way towards my investing goal for the year.

Superannuation (Retirement Fund)

It’s been an interesting month for my super. Having never set up a superannuation account before I have found the whole process weird. You cannot access or activate your account until your employer makes a payment. I’m excited to hopefully be able to combine my super accounts next month. So this is a small step towards achieving my super related goal. Also, as of writing, the contributions made by my employer haven’t hit my super account yet, which explains the slight decrease.

Vehicle

Depreciation expense which will occur each month.

Debts

Personal

Managed to pay $342.50 off my person debt this month. I didn’t achieve my goal of paying off $375 this month but I am now 11% towards my debt reduction goal for the year.

Student

No change.

Other Goals

Dividends

In my previous portfolio post I stated that I had already received $14.40 in dividends from the WAM stocks I purchased. Unfortunately, I was wrong and purchased one day too late to receive those dividends. I did however receive $1.70 in dividends from acorns which were automatically reinvested. This marks my first dividends ever (yay) and puts me at 1.7% towards my dividend goal for the year.

Savings percentage.

I managed to have a good month of earning thanks to some work I picked up on the side from my mum. Of the money I earned, I managed to save or invest $597.93 total. This put me at 24% of earning saved or invested putting me well above the 15% I was aiming for.

Net Position

Last but not least, I managed to increase my net position by $755.30. This equates to an increase in net position of 2.89% which I am really excited about! It also means I met my goal for monthly net position increase and am 12.5% of the way towards increasing my net position by $6000 this year.

 

Overall I think it was a great month. In hindsight, I should have put more money into savings and debt reduction rather than investments so I will have to focus more on balance next month. My fortnightly pay allows me 3 pay dates next month which should produce another great month financially.

Thanks for reading my April update. If you have any questions, tips, or want to let me know how your April went please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you guys think.

 

 

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13 thoughts on “April 2017 Net Position Update”

  1. I was bummed to read that you missed the ex-div date ! especially because you thought you’d just made it in. We tend not to buy too close to ex-div because it can manipulate the share price somewhat. Great first net-worth update though! I hope you will keep saving aggressively even when you hit your savings target.

    Mrs DDU

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    1. Thanks for the comment. To be honest I didn’t even know I was buying so close to the paydate so getting dividends almost immediately would have been some serious beginners luck. It feel really great to be able to put some worth to my name so I hope I can too!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your recent finance update. Never heard of Superannuation before. Is that basically like an employer retirement program? Keep collecting those dividends. Everyone misses an ex-date every now and then for a dividend payment. Just know you are in it for the long haul and that dividend investing is a marathon not a sprint. Keep buying those quality stocks, reinvest and let your passive income compound.

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    1. Yeah superannuation is essentially a retirement fund except in Australia employers are required by law to pay into an employee’s super. Thanks for the comment. I’m excited to build a nice portfolio of dividend stocks and I’m only 23 so I know I’ve got a long way to go

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  3. Congrats on your first stock purchase. The first one is always the hardest, and just getting started in general. Looks like you are well on your way if you keep up the same mindset.

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  4. Congrats on buying your 1st stock. The 1st one I bought for DividendMonkey was Reality Income (O). I still own shares in it. I am so glad to start down this journey, and I am still working very hard towards it. I am glad I have so much fun with it. I am always glad to see someone joining our ranks. Keep it up.

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  5. usually if you get the stock the morning of the exdidvedend date it will be a little bit discounted not always because some shoot right back up quickly. but the only problem is tyou have to wait a long time to get that dividend. good job

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  6. Hey great update. How’re you doing? Can we expect another update? I recommend putting a majority of your monthly savings into a index fund that mirrors the total market (i.e. S&P500 or Wilshire 5000). It doesn’t hurt to cherry pick and try to do moon shots; but you’ll have lower fees and more favorable taxes going with passive investing.

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    1. Hey Tim, It’s going well. I have had another update since this for June and it was my best month yet. Thanks for the tip. It’s hard to choose a direction when starting and I spend most of the time tossing up between good dividend stocks and the index.

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