Like last year in my Looking Back 2010 Before Setting Financial Goals for Year 2011, I will also start have a quick check on my financial year 2011 and what I have achieved and what I have failed to achieve and the reasons for failing to achieve the financial goals that I have set for the year.
I have very simple 2011 financial goals and it is sort of generic as well. The generic goals were to
- Continue tithing
- Clearing 10% debt
- Stocks portfolio to grow another 15%
I am pretty sure that I have successfully completed the three financial goals that I have set.
Tithing requires discipline and I always ensure that I set aside the money to tithe. Debt repayment is also the same. I always set aside the same amount of money to pay my car loan and this year, I again managed to reduce the car loan to another 16%. However, the same cannot be said to my education loan as I only managed to pare down 6%, due to I need quite amount of money for my property renovation.
My stocks portfolio grow 17% - which is about 2% better than my financial goal. But overall I feel that the stocks are doing good considering that the index actually gained less than 1% throughout the whole year. What I like most about the growth is that 32% of the stocks growth actually came from dividends and now I actually have 11% from the stocks allocation are cash which means I can go on shopping spree if the market doesn't look good and at the same time, I can continue to grow the cash via dividend.
Overall, it is another great year for me although I feel like cash strap due to the renovation cost.
Disclaimer: This blog post only serve the purpose of updating the financial goals progress which I've set last year, and nothing for show off, which is why I only do a short review rather than posting everything in details.