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Long break

July 23rd, 2017 at 07:56 pm

It'd been a while. I'm surprise there are still page views on here Smile

Let see, a bit of update on finance. Still hanging on at my job. Since the last job scare, I was promoted to a senior position, lol, with an increase in salary to 54k and flex work hours. I've moved from the lowest paid to the second lowest paid, while being among the most valuable. Ah well, good thing money isn't everything to me.

The downturn is real and if there is no turnaround in the next 6 months to a year, there will definitely be cuts in my department. I'm in a pretty good position, staying or going, so this doesn't really faze me.

Networth is a bit higher expected due to skyhigh stock market and real estate appreciation.

Home equity - 115
Investments - 170

Not bad at 35, no? I did have to move my retirement marker from 46 with 600k and a paid off home, to 50 with anywhere from 600k to 1M and a paid off home.

Also managed to increase my 401k contribution to 30%. Add in the bonus I got a couple months ago, I should be able to max my 401k this year. Yay!

A couple of firsts

February 21st, 2015 at 10:10 pm

First Milestone



Solidly in the six digits

First Fraudulent Charge

When I applied for cash back CCs a few months ago, one arrived with flimsy packaging that has a large tear. I thought it was just the USPS mishandling it, but kept a lookout just the same and there it was. You may want to keep an eye out for charges from Spotify, especially if you don't use their service.

Cash-strapped pension

December 22nd, 2012 at 06:10 am

I know CalPers has a lot of financial issues, but refusing to disburse money to people who left their system is a bit much.

They kept insisting that I'm still an active public employee despite the fact that I've handed in my resignation and gone private almost a year ago. So, to get them to update their system, I need to contact my former employers and ask them to inform CalPers that I'm terminated.

Here's the kicker. My former employers told me they sent the info over on the day I left and the last time they tried to contact CalPers, they were put on hold for over 2 hours and then got hung up on. They don't know how to make me more terminated than I already am.

Also, by law, CalPers was supposed to contact me regarding the handling of the fund within 60 days of my termination. Refusing to acknowledge that I'm a former employee certainly is a good way to circumvent that law. I was hoping to tie up all the loose ends within this year, but this is going to take much longer than I expected.