Am I Financially Ready To Retire?

Here is an alternative take on whether you are financially ready to retire. In this post, I want to help you determine if you are ready to quit with nothing but a simple calculator and just one formula. You don’t need to predict expenses, inflation, rate of return etc, and as such, this method is not as comprehensive as the How Soon Can I Retire calculator. So take it with a pinch of salt and use it more as an indicator of whether you are ready to retire or not. Also note that this is only to check if you … Continue reading “Am I Financially Ready To Retire?”

How to Choose a Debt Mutual Fund

Hopefully you have read my post on how to choose a mutual fund. This post is kind of an extension to it. I will specifically explain what things you need to look for when picking a debt mutual fund as opposed to the general advice given in the other post. While I don’t consider myself an expert, I will give you some tips based on my experience. But first, the usual disclaimer: Disclaimer: Information provided in this blog is to help educate you. Any mutual fund, company or stocks mentioned within the post are used only as examples, and should not … Continue reading “How to Choose a Debt Mutual Fund”

The Peer-to-Peer Lending Experiment

It is 3 years to this day, when I first decided to get my feet wet with a new type of investment — peer-to-peer lending. While peer-to-peer lending is nothing new in countries such as the US at that time, it was relatively new in India. After reading about the lending platform called LenDenClub, I decided to give it a try to see if I could get some good returns. How it Started Peer-to-peer lending is a high risk and high return asset class which is certainly not for everyone. Don’t go down this path unless you understand the risk. … Continue reading “The Peer-to-Peer Lending Experiment”

Life Insurance

Everybody needs a life insurance to protect their loved ones from financial hardships in the event that your time on the planet has unexpectedly come to an end. So I wanted to write a post about life insurance. The recommendations made in this post are for people who are planning early retirement. For others, it may not work. You requirements of life insurance will be different pre and post retirement.   Pre-retirement Life Insurance At any point in life before retirement, the amount of life insurance you need is the corpus that you would need at the time to support all … Continue reading “Life Insurance”

How to Choose a Mutual Fund

We’ve all heard it — don’t choose a mutual fund just based on past performance or star rating. Then, how does one go about choosing a good fund? That is the question I want to answer today. While I am not expert at picking a good mutual fund, I did have my share of bad pickings and hence have had some wisdom knocked into me. So here are some tips on how to choose a good mutual fund based on my experience.    Disclaimer: Information provided in this blog is to help educate you. I am not suggesting that is … Continue reading “How to Choose a Mutual Fund”

My Asset Allocation

I have discussed the 70:30 asset allocation in my previous 2 posts. However, I did not really follow the rule, not because it did not work for me, but for the simple reason that I wanted to learn market cycles and take risk while doing my investments. I would not suggest anyone play with investments like I did (unless you know what your are doing) and risk losing money. Instead follow the boring simple rule of 70:30 and it works. This is more of a case study of my investing style.   Disclaimer: The asset allocations discussed in this post worked … Continue reading “My Asset Allocation”

The 70:30 Asset Allocation

In my previous post, I talked about about allocating 70% to equity and 30% to fixed income and just keep that ratio irrespective of which stage you are in your life. But does it really work? Lets work out some examples to see how it might work under various conditions.   Pre-retirement While you are still not retired, you have income coming in and you are investing. It does not matter what markets are doing, your job is to just invest in such a way that you maintain the 70:30 split.   The way it would work is that every month … Continue reading “The 70:30 Asset Allocation”

Should You Retire Early?

Early retirement is not for every one, and it is not like everyone need to retire early. Don’t blindly follow the bandwagon and join the F.I.R.E (Financial Independence Retire Early) cult. You subconsciously know who you are, and whether early retirement makes sense for you. Here are some reasons why you may not want to retire early.   You don’t know what you will do with all the free time Just imagine, once you have achieved the goal of early retirement, and if you sit down to think “what’s next?”, then boy are you in trouble. You should already have … Continue reading “Should You Retire Early?”

How Long Will My Money Last?

How long will your money last? The oft given cliched answer is — it depends. It is true if you want someone to answer for you. But if you put some effort, you will be able to answer the question yourself. The only problem is that you should be able to make some good estimates of your expenses, inflation and investment return long into the future.   This is a continuation of my earlier post — How Much Do you Need to Retire. If you haven’t read it, I urge you to head over there first. So by now you … Continue reading “How Long Will My Money Last?”

How Much Do You Need To Retire?

I have touched upon this point briefly in step 5 of How to Retire Early in 5 Steps, but I thought I should expand a bit on that. Most people suggest the 4% rule, which basically states that if your expenses can be met by withdrawing 4% of your corpus, then that should be the corpus size. For example, if you need Rs. 50,000 per month to meet all your expenses comfortably in your retirement, then your corpus needs to be Rs. 50,000 * 12 / 4% = Rs. 1.5 crores. But does it really work?   For the skeptics, … Continue reading “How Much Do You Need To Retire?”