It is good that you want to assist your parents in their money decisions. At the same time, you need to be cautious while handling their investments. What if the investments go wrong? You may say that even if these investments were to go wrong, you will be around to take care of them. Yes, that’s your duty. However, your parents may not want to depend on you financially. In … [Read more...] about Your Parents’ Retirement Corpus is not your Investment Project
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You invest Rs 100. Let’s consider the following sequence of returns. Case 1: You earn -50% (or lose 50%) in the first year. You earn +50% in the second year. Case 2: You earn -25% (or lose 25%) in the first year. You earn +25% in the second year. Case 3: You earn -15% (or lose 15%) in the first year. You earn +15% in the second year. Case 4: You … [Read more...] about The Key to Investment Success: Lose Less
Once you lose money in stock markets or any other investments, there is a natural tendency to shift to products that offer guaranteed returns or that seem to offer guaranteed returns. While it is important to make investments that are aligned with your risk appetite, you also need to make investments in line with your financial goals. You must appreciate that return guarantee … [Read more...] about The Price you pay for Guaranteed Returns in Investments
I advise investors of all age groups. Many middle-aged investors are concerned about whether they are too late in starting investments. Even though it is better to start early, it is never too late. They will just need to make up for the missed period by investing more. Not as easy as it sounds. They can, of course, make up by targeting higher returns but that’s … [Read more...] about The Choice between Starting Early and Investing more
Your life insurance needs are not static. Your life cover requirement keeps changing during your life. Your life cover need increases when you assume additional responsibility (marriage or birth of a child). On the other hand, it decreases as you achieve your financial goals or your savings for the goals grow. For example, your outstanding home loan will keep going down … [Read more...] about A Life Insurance Ladder can Save you Money
Many of us dislike annuity plans. The rates are low and the income is taxable. You lose flexibility with the money. The income is not inflation-adjusted. So many problems. Still, annuities can add a lot of value of retirement portfolio if purchased at the right age. In this post, let’s try to understand this with the help of examples. We will start with a brief introduction … [Read more...] about Retirement Planning: Staggering Annuity Purchases can Increase Income and Reduce Risk
Avoiding bad financial decisions is as important as making good ones, but what influences you to make such good or bad financial decisions? Your decisions are a reflection of your financial habits i.e. a reflection of who you are as an investor and as a person. In this post, we will look at 5 financial habits that you can affect your financial lives adversely. #1 Think more and … [Read more...] about 5 Financial Habits that can ruin your Financial Life
When we plan for a goal, we assume a rate of return on investments for the goal and plan investments accordingly. Picking up the long-term average return is a rational choice. Long term averages are fine (even though long term averages can also change). However, the sequence of returns matters too. For the same level of long-term return, the actual output can be very … [Read more...] about How the Sequence of returns risk affects your Financial Planning?
You start with a certain asset allocation mix. At regular intervals, you bring your portfolio to original asset allocation mix. Let’s say you have Rs 20 lacs to invest. You have two asset classes Equity and Debt. You invest Rs 10 lacs in Equity and Rs 10 lacs in Debt. Asset allocation of 50:50. During the next 1 year, Equity gives 20% returns while Debt gives 5% … [Read more...] about What is Portfolio Rebalancing? How it helps?
I get many inquiries about financial planning or investment advisory services. During the follow-up discussion, a few prospects go cold once we start talking about the fees. I do not deny affordability can be an issue. A few perhaps feel that the advice (value) is not worth the price. I am quite finicky about who I onboard as a client. A few prospects are lost there too. Fair … [Read more...] about The Cost of a Poor Financial Product is much higher than the cost of Professional Investment Advice