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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

January 2010 Financial Asset Roundup

Here are my current financial assets as of the market close on January 11th, 2010:

Asset Dec 2009 Jan 2010 Change
Checking 10,637 371 -10,266
Money Market 45,489 40,663 -4,826
Savings Bonds 25,865 25,955 90
Treasury Bills 0 0 0
CDs 100,520 111,797 11,277
Brokerage 85,538 86,592 1,054
401k 84,117 87,861 3,744
Roth IRA 33,966 40,337 6,371
SEP IRA 191,917 199,268 7,351
529 Savings 41,070 42,478 1,408
Total Assets $619,119 $635,322 $16,203
      (2.62%)



The Santa Claus Rally has continued into 2010 as S&P 500 index rose 3.67% since the last update:

(chart courtesy of msn.com)

The unemployment rate remained at 10% for December, but the payroll number for November was revised to a net gain of 4,000 jobs, the first increase in almost two years. The price for crude oil has been trending up since last month, but it has eased a bit to about $81 per barrel as warmer weather is expected.

As for money moves, I had a small 1 year @ 2.90% APY CD mature at Patelco Credit Union earlier this month and moved that cash along with some money sitting in money market accounts to a Penfed 5 year @ 3.50% APY CD. I can also yet again claim that I've eclipsed my previous peak in financial assets for the fourth month in a row.

My next area of focus is tax time. During the first quarter this year I'll need to get my 2009 S Corp taxes, SEP IRA contribution, and reporting nailed down followed up with my personal tax returns. Once that is done I'll get to find out if my largest client is interested in renewing our contract in Q2. :)

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