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?
HDFC Life Sanchay Plus is a Non-participating traditional life insurance plan. That means the payouts are guaranteed. There is no market risk or risk associated with varying annual bonuses. You know upfront what you are getting into. Moreover, it is a deferred payout plan i.e. maturity value is paid over a period of time. Let’s find out more about HDFC Life Sanchay Plus and … [Read more...] about Review: HDFC Life Sanchay Plus: The good and the bad
For many of us, when we think about investments, the focus is mostly on returns. Not unfair. Everybody wants adequate reward for the risk taken. However, when you think in terms of financial goals or financial planning, return is not the only part of the equation. Let’s look at the equation for compounding. A = P * (1+r)^n Where P is the amount invested, r is return … [Read more...] about Financial Planning and Investing more
Investors have different levels of risk tolerance. Some don’t bat an eyelid even if their portfolio nosedives by 25-30% while others worry even if their portfolio is down half a percent. The first category of investors are likely experienced investors while the second category have a low level of risk tolerance. How should such investors with low risk appetite or tolerance … [Read more...] about How to invest if you have low risk appetite?
Are you looking for a financial planner or financial adviser? Who would you go to? There is no dearth of choices. Let’s look at some of the common financial advisers/ planners/agents you may encounter: Mutual Funds Distributors (MFDs) or Independent Financial Advisors (IFA) Insurance Agents Bank branches/ relationship managers SEBI Registered Investment … [Read more...] about What is better for you: A Fee-only Financial planner or a Fee-based planner?
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
Do you need a financial planner? In my opinion, not everyone needs financial planner. Only a few do. Basic financial planning is a very simple exercise. It is no rocket science. Financial planning, at least as I understand, can be broken down into a few simple steps. Get your insurance portfolio right. Purchase adequate life, health insurance and accident covers. … [Read more...] about Do you need a Financial Planner?