FIRE Progress Report – January 2019

It’s the first FIRE Progress of 2019

The Numbers


This is our invested assets/target number. Our invested assets span across a variety of investment vehicles such as 401k, HSA, IRA, Roth IRA, ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Program) and standard taxable mutual funds.

115 months

The number of months until my 45th birthday and our finish date.

117.11 months

The number of expected months until we reach our target number based on our current expected monthly contributions, assuming a 10% annual return.

9.1 times annual spending

This is how many multiples of our annual spending we have saved up towards our goal. For example, if we spent $10,000 annually, we would have $91,000 saved up.

36.41% to minimum FIRE

The minimum number to achieve FIRE is 25 times our annual spending. This number shows how close we are to the absolute minimum.

44.55 times annual spending at goal number

We have a goal amount that we’d like to reach. Given our current annual spending, this is how many times our annual spending we’ll have saved when we reach our goal number.

Where We Saved This Month

401k – $2361 total (employee and employer)

HSA – $420

Roth IRA – $1000

ESPP – $621

Taxable Investments – This will start after we’ve built up an extra cushion in our savings account, probably closer to the end of the year.

What’s Happened and What’s Happening

While we did see capital gains and dividends paid out in December, because of the drop in the stock market, many of our numbers moved backwards. Some people may be concerned about this, but this just means we’re getting more shares when we invest.

I have added some new numbers that I’m now tracking. If these numbers are confusing, let me know in the comments and I’ll try to describe them a bit better. All three of these numbers are based on our current annual spending. I’ve reorganized our YNAB categories so that our annual spending will be more accurate. Unfortunately, that may mean that these new numbers may decrease slightly as we get a more accurate annual spending number.

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