Abhi’s FIRE Investment Portfolio | Updates for the year 2022
Updates for the year 2022
The year 2022 was a googly year for our family. There were developments on multiple fronts.
- Wife and Daughter moved abroad
- Sibling’s marriage
- Great deal of time spent outside of India
- Major life shift in moving family to a different country
- Drop in Stocks, Crypto and alternate investments as well as points and loyalty due to very little spends in 2022
First and foremost, early 2022 my wife got a job abroad which bought about quite some discussions and calculations on the pros and cons. Schooling for daughter, what to do with my job, getting a home abroad, moving things from India to abroad or just get new things there and so many more dilemmas.
Ultimately we decided to take a center path where wife and daughter travel abroad first a I go for a month to get them set up, post which I come back and continue with my work in India for the rest of 2022 and join them early 2023 once I have quit my job in India. I could not quit my job in Bangalore as I had a number of things to account for, namely, home loans x2, car loan as well as my sibling’s marriage that was arranged for the end of 2022.
The one month I planned abroad turned into near half of 2022 as we found it difficult to get a house on rent in the budget there. Fully furnished houses were difficult to come across and we finally settled on a small unfurnished house. I used an OLX alternative to furnish the house getting fridge, washing machine, bed and oven. We took the required clothes, utensils etc from India.
In the time I spent there we got the house set up, school for my daughter and other necessities, all while I continued working in my current job remotely. Once this was done, I got back to India to start preparing for my sibling’s wedding.
In this entire period my monthly savings were depleted and more over I had to dip into my rainy day funds too liquidating near half of my Gold bonds and a few other nest eggs to pay for wedding and moving expenses.
With my focus elsewhere I have not been able to catalog my FIRE trackers or put up monthly updates. My apologies for that. This will change from 2023 as a number of major responsibilities have concluded and I will be able to focus on Little Saves post this.
As of the end of 2022 the following is the state of our family:
- Wife is working abroad earning in dollars
- Daughter is studying in nursery abroad
- The expenses abroad such as rent, groceries, school fees, transport etc have now been set up to be completely handled from my wife’s salary. On the flip side, no savings is possible from my wife’s salary.
- I am now back in India with my parents as it is not sustainable to be earning in Rupees while spending in Dollars.
- I hope to have most of my Company Leased Vehicle loan and a few other loose threads closed by early 2023 and then quit my job in India.
On the investment side several things went wrong:
- FTX closure impacted several other crypto investment, bringing along the value of the market overall
- I had to draw down on Gold and several other alternate investments to fund for the family move abroad as well as the wedding
- Russian Ukraine conflict had a minor impact on the investments I had on several European platforms.
I closed the year 2021 having achieved 13.5% of my FIRE Goal. At the end of 2022 I closed at 13.47%. Slight drop in total. But the future seems to be a lot more interesting as once I have pivoted abroad, with my wife’s salary taking care of expenses there I should be able to have my income completely go towards savings. Not to mention all the other avenues I will be getting to explore while staying in a different country. Stay tuned to hear all about it!
You can check out my earlier updates below.
October’19 to December’21:
I’ve been tracking my FIRE Journey from October 2019, back when I had started out with Rs.5,00,000 and a goal to achieve Rs.5,00,00,000 to FIRE early. In the past I used to write one article per month to give my updates which later on changed to have one page on which my progress is updated every month.
So here is the list of old articles that tracked my progress in the past.
- October’19 – Stocks
- October’19 – Mutual Funds
- November’19 – Monthly Updates
- December’19 – Monthly Updates
- January’20 – Monthly Updates
- February’20 – Monthly Updates
- March’20 – Monthly Updates
- April’20 – Monthly Updates
- May’20 – Monthly Updates
- June’20 – Monthly Updates
- July’20 – Monthly Updates
- August’20 – Monthly Updates
- September’20 – Monthly Updates
- October’20 – Monthly Updates
- November’20 – Monthly Updates
- December’20 – Monthly Updates
- January’21 – Monthly Updates
- From 2021 onwards Monthly Updates were maintained on a single page
- Updates for the year 2021
WHO, WHAT, WHEN
Abhi is a 30 years old engineer living in Bangalore. He’s on a mission to save Rs.5 Crores by age 40 to retire and do what he loves, no longer needing to worry about a job. He hopes to achieve financial independence by building a stream of passive income sources that make early retirement a possibility.
Achieved out of Rs.5 Crore Goal
Current Month’s Investment Snapshot
|Final Goal||Rs.5 Crores|
|Current Value||Rs. 67,34,613|
|2022 Passive Income Earned||Rs.4,15,703|
|% saved from monthly income||71%|
|% of income from passive sources||27%|
|Time left||107 of 144|
FIRE Goals & Progress
Notes, discrepancies and things to keep in mind
Note 1: The big jump you see in my networth between May’21 to June’21 is due to me moving out and renting my house. As the property started earning rent, I included the equity (excluding the outstanding home loan) in my net worth
Note 2: You will see a disparity between my monthly income and how much I invest per month. This is due to me selling/shuffling investments and re-investing them. So when an earlier investment of Rs.1000 becomes Rs.1500 and I reinvest it somewhere else, the new investment is Rs.1500, the additional Rs.500 is not from my savings or salary, so it is possible to see my savings from Salary in a month is only Rs.X however I would have invested more than that.
My tracking can be improved I believe, perhaps over time I will tweak it. Feel free to suggest better ideas to me or ask for a particular addition by writing to me at [email protected]
Value of my Portfolio by Category
|Asset Class||Asset||Volatility||% of Portfolio||Target %||Current Value|
|Equity||Equity Linked Funds||Medium||4||8||3,29,949|
|Fixed Income||Retirement Funds||Low||9||15||9,25,914|
|Fixed Income||Gold Bonds||Low||18||10||7,20,000|
|Fixed Income||Fixed Deposits||Low||0||0||27,310|
|Fixed Income||Debt Fund||Low||7||3||5,63,916|
|Fixed Income||Corporate Debt||Medium||3||5||2,84,736|
|Cash||Cash in Hand||Low||3||0||1,05,272|
|Cash||Loyalty & Reward Points||Low||1||1||62,004|
|Real Estate||Rental Property||Medium||43||20||31,70,316|
|Commodities||Physical Gold & Silver||Low||2||1||125,120|
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Property & Real Estate Investments
|Location||Type||Value of Property||Amount Paid Up||Rent Income/month||Loan End Date|
|Bangalore||2 BHK Apartment||5200000||27,39,000||21,000||02 Apr 2029|
|Bangalore||3 BHK Apartment (under construction,2024 delivery)||4850000||4,31,316||0||31 Aug 2033|
Passive Income per month
2020 – Total Passive income was Rs.1,86,471
2021 – Total Passive income was Rs.4,76,538
2022 – Total Passive income was Rs.4,15,703
|Minimum Income Plan||3,06,000||3,00,000|
|Temp Loan to invest in [email protected]%||0||0|
|Rental deposits @0%||-225,000||-225,000|
|Cash (for Emergency) @4% pa||1,05,272||1,05,272|
|Fixed Deposit @5.5%||25,000||27,310|
|Physical Gold & Silver||64,610||1,25,120|
Cashbacks & Rewards – Balance
|Cashback & Points Program||Current Balance (in INR)|
|American Express Points||12,987|
|Flipkart Supercoins & Vouchers||1,336|
|Hotels & Stay points||2,593|
|Other points programs||0|
Cashbacks & Rewards – Redeemed
|Cashback & Points Program||Redeemed in 2020||Redeemed 2021||Redeemed 2022|
|American Express Points||16,000||25,000||16,500|
|All other Credit Cards||17,927||19,731||0|
|Flipkart Supercoins & Vouchers||7,642||26,528||190|
|Other points programs||287||750||100|
|Amazon Pay Card+Cashbacks||9,735||13,987||3,932|
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