Upper classes are a nation’s past; the middle class is its future. Ayn Rand The irony is middle-class earners are busy earning money and aspiring to become rich. In the process, they just ignore the very process to enhance their financial wellbeing. We were not taught financial literacy in school. It takes a lot of work and time to change your thinking and to become financially … Continue reading Money Basics Middle Class Needs to Master for a Good Life
When it rains earth, mountain, lawns, and bridges all get wet. The value of shelter goes up. Similarly, in times of Warmongering and actual war, the performance of national economies, private companies are affected as the risk increases. The value of the unaffected metal Gold goes up. We live in fickle times. Things change overnight. A terrorist can attack twin power and the world become an unsafe place. Nuclear … Continue reading Why Is Gold Not The Safest Investment in Uncertain Times?
Scene: INT: Pavilion Mall in Pune – 1st Jan 2020, Eve. Several mega-brand stores were witnessing encouraging footfalls. We visited a couple of stores. There were plenty of products and brands on display. Most of the products we never used were attractively placed. It was tempting to buy several of them. We didn’t buy any but decided to buy some of them as and when the occasion … Continue reading Isn’t Buying Unwanted Things a Social Crime?
“We were not taught financial literacy in school. It takes a lot of work and time to change your thinking and to become financially literate.” Robert Kiyosaki This is a classic case of how financially prudent decisions can change your life forever. Here is a family of 3, a couple and a young son just turned 20. Both husband and wife, in their early 50s, … Continue reading How Can Financial Illiteracy Keeps You Slave Forever? Real Life Casestudy
Life is uncertain. Death is certain. There are family members dependent on you. Your death can make them vulnerable if they are not financially secure. You have still not achieved the level of savings required for a comfortable lifestyle after retirement. In these circumstances, Life insurance is the only investment that can rescue your family from financial distress. There is a famous quote that aptly … Continue reading Why Shouldn’t You Escape From Life Insurance?
“College graduates spent 16 years gaining skills that will help them command a higher salary; yet little or no time is spent helping them save, invest and grow their money.” Vince Shorb, CEO of the National Financial Educators Council Karvy is pledging customers’ shares, PMC bank joining hands with the fraudulent borrower, DHFL lending recklessly to builders. Many such companies in the financial system thrive and defraud every now and … Continue reading Nothing is Safe, How to Minimise the Risk?
Mergers, acquisition, sell-off, buy out and takeover are common with large businesses and start-ups. Every now and then we read this news. However, there is no such large market for SME businesses. Selling a business is a good option in several circumstances. Holding on to it for emotional or non-strategic or non-financial reasons is not a good decision. A simple one-liner is when you can’t … Continue reading Are You the Best Owner of Your Business?
We all know putting all eggs in one basket could be dangerous if the basket goes bust. Similarly, keeping all your savings and investments in one class of assets could be either risky or would not give a reasonable mix of return. There are several classes of assets available for an individual to park their savings. Some are risky, some are safe, some are reasonably safe, and some … Continue reading Do You Know Asset Allocation is the Key to a Successful Financial Planning?
PMC Bank scam and many such scams that sprung up every now and then have shaken the trust of the depositors in the financial system of the country. But the scenario is not that bad. There are various safe investment options available to investors. One of the safest and trustworthy institutions of the country Post Office offers several investment schemes for the depositors and savers. … Continue reading The Safest Investment Schemes You Need to Know
Investing in the stock market is a painful experience for most of the investors. The market like a pendulum can change the fortune either side. We invest by tips, news reports, friends’ recommendations, expert recommendations, our own analysis, on gut feeling. We invest in turnaround stocks, best performing stock, dark horse and on technical charts. Yet most are struggling to make money, some could change … Continue reading The Easiest Way to Pick-up Stocks for Long-Term Gain
One of the important roles of financial literacy is to know when the money is enough and when to stop pursuing money. Those who think devoting life to earn money till the body works are not only financially illiterate but also life illiterate. The purpose of life is not to earn money, exploit the body in the dedication of earning money, suffer, and die. The money is … Continue reading Your Financial Literacy Without This Is All Useless
Becoming rich is a dream. Is it your dream too? Becoming rich and building wealth is possible even if you earn less. Earning more is not necessary to become Rich. Saving regularly is the key. Rs. 1,000/- invested monthly for 21 years at a 12% rate of return, becomes Rs. 11.40 lakh Rs. 5,000/- invested monthly for 21 years at a 15% rate of return … Continue reading How to Become Rich With Less Income
PMC Bank depositors are struggling to solve their problems. Godwin Jewellers investors are worried. There are several such companies and banks which fail from time to time. Gullible investors/depositors lose their hard-earned money. In the 90s it was IPO scams, and plantation companies robbed investors. Every now and then the comes promoters who shake the system and benefit out of its inefficiencies. The Govt is doing … Continue reading Investor Grievance Redressal – What You Need to Know
Once I was with my client at a coffee shop in the 5-star hotel. I was asked about my coffee choice. Out of the multiple options , I was not sure what to order so I left it to the client. I thought when we had only two options of coffee i.e. filter coffee, and Nescafe life was easier. With the arrival of Starbucks and … Continue reading A Short Post on Personal Finance for Quick Understanding
“Financial education is more valuable than money.” Mac Duke The Strategist Your secured investment can become unsecured. Yes, do not be under the impression that investment which marketed to you as secured will always remain secure. The case in study is secured non-convertible debentures (NCD) issued by NBFC DHFL. But it applies to all the secured NCDs. The debentures are secured by way of charge on assets created by the company … Continue reading When Secured Investment Becomes Unsecured & Risky
Cash is King but it also kills. One of the companies hit the market with an IPO. Their Merchant banker advised them to raise more money than required. The issue was subscribed. Excess money they invested in unrelated business. That business could not succeed. The return on share capital could not match the market expectations. The share price reached below par. Since the share price was … Continue reading How Can Excess Cash Kill Your Business?
Mr. X, who was once a very dynamic entrepreneur engaged in the pharmaceutical business, is now under depression for many years. Family expenses and cost of two daughters’ education was borne by other close family members. His wife was doing some domestic work until both daughters completed their studies. Marriage of both the daughters was solemnized with the help of close family members. This is … Continue reading Is Your Business Suffering from Financial Cancer?
When you opt for Cake against Ice-cream, you have sacrificed the experience of eating ice cream. When you opt for Watching TV over outing, you have sacrificed an enjoyable outing experience. Every day and in several matters, we choose one over the other choice. The choice we sacrifice in favour of the choice we make is the opportunity lost. This is why it is called Opportunity cost. This is … Continue reading You Need to Know This Important Concept For Better Decision Making
Financial Literacy is very important literacy but ironically is not given the importance it deserves in our education system. “One of the reasons the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle-class struggles in debt is because the subject of money is taught at home, not at school.” Robert Kiyosaki, Educational Entrepreneur. According to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) “financial literacy as a … Continue reading Know Why Financial illiteracy Could be Extremely Dangerous
“No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don’t ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives.” Neil deGrasse Tyson. Knowing the competency and independence of the professionals we work with is important. Usually, we go to doctors or chartered accountants referred to us by someone known to us. With the opening up of the financial sector in India, we have plenty of investment … Continue reading What You Need to Ask Your Financial Planner?