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Monday, July 13, 2009

July 2009 Financial Asset Roundup

Here are my current financial assets as of the market close on July 10th, 2009:

Asset June 2009 July 2009 Change
Checking 561 595 34
Money Market 25,477 27,252 1,775
Savings Bonds 20,383 20,445 62
Treasury Bills 0 0 0
CDs 119,249 119,721 472
Brokerage 82,125 80,403 -1,722
401k 70,491 66,452 -4,039
Roth IRA 28,796 27,556 -1,240
SEP IRA 167,056 159,224 -7,832
529 Savings 34,400 33,730 -670
Total Assets $548,538 $535,378 -$13,160
      (-2.40%)



The gains from the previous month have pretty much evaporated as the S&P 500 index is down 6.39% since the last update:

(chart courtesy of msn.com)

Unemployment is now up to 9.5% (a new 26 year high) and I wonder how long it will take for that trend to reverse. When the tech bubble burst in 2000 the resulting recession officially began and ended in 2001, but by my recollection the IT job market didn't perk up again until 2003. Since we've already been in this recession for about a year and a half and counting, I worry that it will be quite some time before we see sustained job growth again.

One small bonus for consumers has been the recent fall in crude oil to below $60 per barrel. If prices continue to fall, I wonder if another position in the The United States Oil Fund ETF (USO) could be in order? If nothing else, hopefully it will help cut the price for the new layer of asphalt I'm planning on adding to my driveway this year.

With savings rates so depressing, my lack of money moves has continued over the past month. I'm also pretty bummed out that my first Penfed 6% APY CD will be maturing in two months and I don't have any attractive destinations for that cash at this point.

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