Year In Review – 2019 Expenses

This is the continuation of my 2019 year in review series. See my previous post if you missed my returns report. As you probably know, I maintain two set of expenses — one for monthly expenses and another for annual expenses. The monthly expenses include expenses that occur more frequently than once a year and the rest of the expenses go into annual expenses. Lets dive deeper into the report. Monthly Expenses I have allocated a monthly budget of Rs. 53,000 for the year 2019. Below is the consolidated view of my budget, the actual expenses incurred on average per … Continue reading “Year In Review – 2019 Expenses”

Year In Review – 2019 Returns

It is that time of the year again when I do a review of my investments, expenses, net worth and also plan for the upcoming year. This year is special because I also have to do my 10 year planning as this is the start of a new decade. Anyway, enough banter, on to the good stuff. As usual, this will be a series and this is the first of them which covers my returns in 2019. Portfolio vs Index I got returns of 9.25% last year. When compared to some well known indices, my portfolio performed better than most, … Continue reading “Year In Review – 2019 Returns”

Franklin India Ultra Short Bond Fund is Down!

Normally I do not write any mutual fund specific posts because I do not recommend specific funds. But in this case I will make an exception because many people I know have invested in Franklin India Ultra Short Bond Fund and are shocked to see it go down by 4.36% in one day! Yes even ultra short term debt funds go down. Most people forget or ignore the credit risk involved in debt funds. If you want absolute safety of investment go for liquid funds or overnight funds. Anyway, back to the point, I don’t have all the information at … Continue reading “Franklin India Ultra Short Bond Fund is Down!”

The Doll House Project

What do you tell your daughter when she asks for a doll house? Well if you are like me, retired and have no work then you will say “I will build one for you” . And so it began. We had a few corrugated cardboard boxes which were the packaging material used for some furniture or electronics. We decided to build the doll house using that material so we can reuse the waste and also teach our kid some hands-on building skills. Eventually it turned out to be a skill building session and a test of patience for me … Continue reading “The Doll House Project”

Should You Invest in Bharat Funds?

By now everyone must have heard about the PSU based ETFs, namely, Bharat 22 ETF and Bharat Bonds EFT. Should you invest in them because they carry the safety of investing in companies mostly owned by the government? That is the topic of today’s post, but I will be brief. Bharat 22 ETF First, lets start with the Bharat 22 fund because it is easier to come to a decision. Bharat 22 ETF was introduced as a divestment vehicle for the government. It is a fancy way of saying that the government wants to get rid of some of its … Continue reading “Should You Invest in Bharat Funds?”

Happy New Year 2020!

I would like to wish all my readers a very happy new year! May this year bring more happiness and cheer. I hope 2019 has been kind to you and you were able to achieve your goals. As for me, 2019 has been the first full calendar year in retirement and it was just fabulous! I am still getting used to the life in retirement although it has already been nearly one and a half years. In the last one year I published more than 50 posts on various topics including health and fitness, financial planning, my financial report, various … Continue reading “Happy New Year 2020!”