My Sweet Retirement Mid Year Checkpoint 2018

Time files as half a year of precious time has gone. This year, the U.S Fed has been raising interest rates, impacting the prices of REITs. On a positive note, there are opportunities as prices of REITs dipped slightly. It is unclear whether REITs can maintain their full year DPU but we shall monitor and see over the next few quarters.

Recently, I received my performance bonus at work. I have expected a lower payout as compared to last year. This is the first year I am on the role of a manager and I am glad I did well but did not exceed the expectations of my company. As a result of lower payout, I need to be cautious in deploying my cash into stock investments.

1. 11K of Passive Income

My total dividends collected for 2017 was S$7,350.31. With recent addition of Frasers Logistics and Industrial Trust, this should give my stock portfolio a dividend boost but my rough projection is that the total dividend yield is still far from the 11K mark of passive income.

Below is my stock portfolio for May 2018.

2. Read (at least) 6 Books

I read zero books. Part of the reason is that I have not been going out on weekends over the past six months and as such, I didn’t have the chance to visit the bookstores to browse for good financial books. However, I did my regular reading on financial websites and blog posts from fellow financial bloggers to improve my knowledge on investing.

3. Contribute to SRS Every Month

I have contributed only S$600 to my SRS account this year. However, I have been purchasing the Singapore Savings Bonds over the last few months. The interest rate is pretty attractive now. (Read more July 2018 Singapore Savings Bonds is 2.63% ).

4. Jog (at least) twice a week

I ran a total of 61.18 km from January 2018 to June 2018. Yes, I can say that I achieve my goal of jogging twice a week. Health is wealth and this is one area I am determine to focus on this year.

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