I tally my net worth quarterly, so here's the net for December 31, 2008:
It would feel better if that same total on December 31, 2007 hadn't been:
Having done the math, I know that I've taken a $61,149 loss, or, put another way, my net worth declined nearly 10.5 percent over the course of a year.
In general, my retirement funds took the biggest hit--they are down 31%. My two pieces of real estate held up better, though, they, too, have come down in value. It still intrigues me that my rental home in a dying mill town on the coast has fared the best--I'm guessing that's because it's a good, small starter home in a good neighborhood.
I have to admit, it still feels good to be able to say I'm worth over half a million!