Saturday, September 5, 2009

Retirement Perspectives

My Goal is the leave the workforce on my 55th birthday, 11,567 Days from now.

** I’m not including the $1,600 in cash that I have sitting aside to Max out my Roth IRA for 2009. Until the money is deposited in there, it technically isn’t in there and therefore is not accounted for in this update.**

401 Account: Approximately 2.89 % of my portfolio• $565.61 (Employer Paid 1% of Salary); $576.60 Worth
o Up 1.94% from inception, +$10.99
o Stable Value Money Market Accounts make up 32.10%
o Milestone 2040 makes up 67.90%

457 Account: Approximately 5.18% of my portfolio• Employer Funded. Future Contributions Discontinued (minimal interest earned—like pennies)
o Positive $1,032.17

ING DIRECT Roth IRA: Approximately 11.29% of my portfolio• $2,200.00 Invested; Worth $2,248.80
o Up 2.21% from inception. Positive $48.80
o CD’s ranging from 1.65% to 4.5%.
o Current Average CD rate 2.99%

ShareBuilder Roth IRA Approximately 47.49% of my portfolio
• $10,200 Invested; Worth $9461.43
o Down 7.24% since inception… Loss of -$738.57
o Strategic Allocation Moderate 93.50%
o Strategic Allocation Growth 6.50%
o Money Market Cash 0.0%

Excluding my Pension, my variable retirement accounts are worth $13,319.00. Of that I’ve only invested $12,400.00 of my money (the rest has been my employer). So technically I’ve made 7.41%. If I compare all the “free money” and my contributions (Totals $13,997.78), my portfolio is down 4.84% since inception.

Pension: Approximately 33.15% of my portfolio
I’ll have my 5 years of service in July of 2010. If I quit tomorrow, I’d just have the cash in the account. New Statements Delivered every November
• Up until 2007, Employer paid all contributions.
• Jan 2007- July 2009 Employee’s contributed 1%
o 2007- Contributions $299.74
o 2008- Contributions $336.12
o 2009- Contributions $214.82 (July 31st, 2009)
• As of August 1st, 2009 –Employee’s will now contribute 2% of income.
o 2009-Contrbutions $26.86 (August 14th, 2009)
o Cash Value as of 07.01.2008 $6,605.55.
• I’m ALSO buying additional time in my retirement accounts from when I was 16-18 years of age (service prior to membership). It’s less then a year’s worth of service credit, but I’ll be paying $33.06 for 48 more installments.
o 2009- Total Contributions $132.24 (August 14th, 2009)

My entire portfolio (if I cashed my pension out today) is worth $19,924.55

I bought another CD for my Roth IRA... but instead of going for the highest amount i can get regardless of the length of the cd, i limited the length of the CD to only 6 months because the rate was just slightly lower and my money isn't locked in to a crappy cd for 4 years. I'm trying to gage were the market is going and if the cd rates start to go up, I want to be able to take advantage of that. PLUS

ING has a roll over amount added on if you renew cd's. It used to be .10 was added on, but now its .15

Right now the best CD i can get with them is 1.75% but its for 4 years. If i do a 6 month cd at 1.65%, when it expires it should set to 1.8% for another 6 months assuming rates don't change... So let my experiment begin

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