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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

March 2008 Financial Asset Roundup

Here are my current financial assets as of the market close on March 11th, 2008:

Asset February 2008 March 2008 Change
Checking 734 854 120
Money Market 20,805 22,710 1,905
Savings Bonds 4,669 4,685 16
Treasury Bills 0 0 0
CDs 98,364 98,785 421
Brokerage 97,491 96,963 -528
401k 95,491 95,537 46
Roth IRA 31,223 31,193 -30
SEP IRA 171,304 179,433 8,129
529 Savings 36,240 36,181 -59
Credit Card 0% Balance Transfers 0 0 0
Total Assets $556,321 $566,341 $10,020 (1.80%)

The market volatility has continued since my last update, with the S&P 500 index falling by another 2.09% during that time:

(chart courtesy of msn.com)

It's been another wild ride over the past month. The FOMC tried another liquidity injection and could follow that up with more rate cuts at their March 18th meeting. The increasing risk of inflation is finally being acknowledged and oil is continuing a climb toward $110 per barrel. My personal increase in financial assets over the past month can primarily be attributed to my final 2007 SEP IRA contribution, but the only other money move on the short term horizon is dealing with the proceeds from a Bank of America 5.15% APY 4-month CD that matures at the end of the month. For that money, it is looking like putting some cash in I Bonds could once again be an attractive choice when the March 2008 CPI-U numbers are released on April 16th.

And of note on the personal recession watch, it appears that I am about to lose one of the largest clients of my IT services S Corporation. That is particularly noteworthy for me since the same thing happened to me in 2001 during the last recession. Fortunately, I have a nice cash cushion on hand for just such an occasion, although it would be a shame if I had to forfeit some interest by breaking some of those 6% APY CDs that I've been accumulating over the past two years


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