OK, math was never my strong suit.
But given that my retirement fund is in the toilet (currently at $153,336, down from a high of $174,518 in October, 2007--and never mind the thousand dollars a month I've faithfully contributed since then!), my residence is worth $9000 less this quarter than last, and my debts have increased, how is it that my total net worth for this quarter stands at $599,775? That's $8180 more than it was on March 31, 2008.
Not that I'm complaining! This is the first positive news on my financial front in three months!
Looking more closely, I see that my rental property on the coast actually increased in value by some $11,000. I'm guessing that is because it is a modestly priced home in a good neighborhood. That rise in value offset some of my expenditures this quarter to leave me solidly in the black and on the rise--at least in terms of net worth.
Nice to leave this month on an up moment.