Continued weakness in the Australian stock market saw my geared stock portfolio decline in value, and also resulted in the value of my retirement account (SMSF) decreasing despite two months of employer contributions (SGL and salary sacrifice) being deposited into our SMSF bank account during April. On the other hand the continued boom in Sydney real estate pushed up the estimated valuation for our home (which may be overly conservative due to reasons mentioned last month). I also adjusted the valuation for 'other real estate' (the hobby farm at Lake Wallis) upwards by $11,000 to incorporate the cost of having the pastures 'mulched' and trees within 10m of the farmhouse removed to reduce the bushfire hazard (allowed under the current "10/50" state legislation).
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