September 2008 Net Worth Update: -5.6%

Posted by Madison on October 9, 2008

Our portfolio decreased -5.6% in September, bringing us to 862% total increase since the beginning of our dollar plan.

Total Net Worth Sept 2008

In addition, our year-to-date total decrease is -16.9%.

YTD Net Worth Sept 2008

Reflections on my portfolio this month

September was tough, just like most of 2008. However, instead of looking at the gigantic losses, it helps to focus on the benchmark. I use the Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 Fund. It’s the closest set of indexes to my asset allocation.

The YTD return for the 2045 fund is –18.56%. Compared to my -16.9% decrease, I’m feeling a little better!

September Performance Highlights

Individual Stocks

  • Best: Exxon Mobil
  • Worst: Home Depot

Mutual Funds

  • Best: Vanguard Reit Index
  • Worst: Vanguard Emerging Markets Index

My Dollar Plan Review

You might have noticed that I skipped a site review last month. (Actually you probably didn’t.) They’re really just for me to stay accountable to making the site the best site I can for you.

I’m going to combine the site stats with my net worth each month, so I only have to do one update (a trick I stole from Moolanomy). Since I skipped August, I’ll incorporate both August and September here.

Top Articles

Want to know what everyone enjoyed last month? In cased you missed any, here were the top articles written in August and September:

  1. 29 Steps I Took to Leave the Workforce at Age 29
  2. 15 Tips for Saving Money While You Still Have a Job
  3. Myth Busted: $7,500 First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit is Not a Credit
  4. Leaving the Workforce at 29: Where Do I Go From Here?
  5. Ideas for Frugal and Easy Cooking
  6. Digging Out of Dirt and Debt
  7. 7 Sneaky Ways Your Health Insurance Can Save You Money

Site Statistics

  • Visitors: 43,787 in September; 27,625 in August (58% increase).
  • Page views: 115,352 in September; 57,246 in August (102% increase).
  • Subscribers: 1190 at the end of September; 951 at the end of August (25% increase).

I reached my goal of 1,000 subscribers on September 6! Thanks and welcome to the new subscribers!

Top Referrals

Here are the sites that sent the most referrals to My Dollar Plan during August and September. Thanks for the referrals and be sure to check out their great sites.

  1. Get Rich Slowly
  2. Simple Mom
  3. Million Dollar Journey
  4. Frugal Dad
  5. Free Money Finance
  6. Generation X Finance
  7. The Digerati Life
  8. Wallet Pop
  9. Lazy Man and Money
  10. The Wisdom Journal

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Comments to September 2008 Net Worth Update: -5.6%

  1. Your net worth graph looks kind a link mine. Yeah, we just have to keep going…

    But it looks like you are doing great with the number of visitors. Congratulation!


  2. I’m not going to open my portfolio. LOL
    You are brave. 😀


  3. @ Pinyo: Yep, in a few years, hopefully it will just represent a little dip on the chart!

    @ Squawkfox: That’s one way to look (or not look) at it!


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