The financial independence mindset

There are many people who make lot of money and can be potentially financially independent in future, but they don’t. Conversely, there are many people who may not be making much money but can potentially be closer to financial independence in few years. They may or may not get there. But they can at least be on that path. What differentiates the both? Arguably it is the starting point – the mindset – the financial independence mindset.

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Common financial mistakes by people in 30s

Once in 30s, you often look at career and social growth & this makes you susceptible to making several financial mistakes.. What are some common financial mistakes people make in their 30s?

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Rising medical costs and retirement

As humans strive to live for longer, the probability of need for medical interventions is also increasing. Since a significant chunk of this enhanced lifespan may be spent in retirement, one needs to be adequately prepared for paying for such interventions! If recent history is anything to go by, medical expenses grow at a much higher rate than inflation.

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Rich, yet bankrupt!

What makes you rich – high income or savings? There are several examples of celebrities who are seemingly rich, yet bankrupt!

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How can you start investing?

How can you start investing? – This is a question which several wannabe investors have. These may often be wannabe serious investors, or just someone who heard of investing and wants to get started (and different types of people in between!). It might just be indicative of the general inertia while investing.

So – how does one start?

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Right questions to ask while choosing a financial advisor

When it comes to financial advisors, there is a lack of clarity on what financial planners do. Some of the common questions are – How much do they cost? What is the final product – a report and a set of actions points? Or do the advisors also manage the KYC, account opening and investing process? Here is a set of questions you should ask an advisor to figure out if they suit your needs.

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Mistakes to avoid in tax saving investments

What are some mistakes to avoid while choosing tax saving investments? There are plethora of tax saving options available (Most of the tax saving options in India are under Section 80C). However, very few people bother to understand how these investments works and what suits them.  This leads to people getting drawn towards investments which […]

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Does easy access to loans make things affordable to you?

Getting loans has never been easier. More and more banks, NBFCs and fintech startups are making it easier to access loans. Some promising loans with just click of few buttons. You can fulfill most of your needs via a loan, even if you are short on cash.

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Concentration risk while investing

Concentration risk is the risk which an investor faces while investing in only few assets and not diversifying enough. It can be concentration in a single asset class (e.g. – all equities or real estate) or single or few investments within one asset class (e.g. – buying just 2 stocks for entire portfolio!). If everything goes well, this concentration can be very good for you. But it requires things going wonderfully well for that asset class and your specific investments. But, as you think of placing concentrated bets … are you aware of the risk? What if the asset class/ investment you have been bullish upon, doesn’t do well? Here are some ways the concentration risk while investing can play out.

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5 reasons why people invest in insurance

Don’t mix insurance and investments – most financial advisers, who don’t have any conflict of interest will suggest that.  You end up doing injustice to insurance as well as investments in that case! Yet insurance continues to be a popular investment. What are the reasons why people “invest” in insurance products?

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