Well, I have to say it was nothing like I thought it would be, but that was mainly due to my procrastination and little struggle with depression.
One of my objectives was to transfer 60% of my portfolio out of Investors Group since we felt the fees were too high and our return was far to low. Well we never did it since we didn't know where to put it. For the first 3 quarters (ending Oct 1) we had earned .8%. Talk about disappointment
, it was a fair drop from the previous quarter. Due to this wake up call and the fact that we just don't have knowledge to do our own investing we decided to go with a new Financial Advisor from TD Waterhouse which will charge us .9% per year. They will manage 85% or our portfolio and I will manage the rest in an attempt to motivate as well as educate myself into trying to figure out this whole investment world. My neighbor
who retired early has given me great advice and shown me great returns.
On the personal side:
I've tried reading several books such as the 4 Pillars, Stop Working, Rich is a state of mind. The only book I had to put down was 4 pillars since I couldn't grasp it all. I will try again during the winter months but I know I'll still put it down several times.
I managed to complete 50% of my to do list, much less than I had hoped for. Didn't take a vacation with my family. Pinched pennies which reminded me of when I was first married over 22 years ago. I've put on about 20 pounds. I had the opportunity to get to know my kids better which was both good and bad, since I have an 18 year old who thinks, he knows and wants all. I've never gotten along better with my 12 year old and my wife and I have.................well let's say we still agree it was the right choice for me to retire early although we have gotten into a routine. The only worry she has now is financially which l can feel every day, although she won't tell me.
Objectives for the next year:
Complete the IG-TD Waterhouse transfer.
Increase the rate of return on our portfolio
to a point where there is money left over even after accounting for the rate of inflation.
Loose 25 pounds and get in better shape.
Educate myself more on the "world of investing".
Stop the routine and take a vacation with my family as well as spend more time alone with my DW.
90% of my to do list and stop procrastinating.
Change my mindset and stop worrying about our financial
Wish me luck everyone.