My Early Investment Journey

While I am sitting comfortably today, writing about my journey to early retirement, the initial days of my investment years were not without their share of issues. Let me explain in a bit more detail. When I first started out, I had planned to do a SIP of a certain amount every month and planned on increasing it every year. The increase in SIP I planned at that time was to match up with the inflation rate. The thought process was that if I was just average at work then my salary increments will match up with the inflation for … Continue reading “My Early Investment Journey”

My Talk On Early Retirement

I gave a talk on Financial Planning for Early Retirement a few weeks ago at my previous work place. It was well received with more than 100 attendees. I was actually not planning to give a talk. I casually wanted to visit the old office and visit some folks over lunch. But they wanted a talk, so I had to quickly make some slides. Fortunately, most of what I wanted to say was already available on my blog. Made some slides based on my experience and blog and gave a talk on June 14, 2019. I enjoyed giving the talk … Continue reading “My Talk On Early Retirement”

How Much Should I Invest?

While having a conversation with one of my friends, it occurred to me that the current calculators are not sufficient to figure out how much to invest per month while increasing the SIP every year to meet your retirement goal. Lets say, you have an age in mind at which point you want to retire. And you want to know how much you should invest every month of every year until you reach your goal. Throw in a twist, which is that you want to increase your investment every year by some fixed percent. There is no calculator on this … Continue reading “How Much Should I Invest?”

Tax Deductions

As I am doing taxes for the recently concluded financial year, I am realizing how much of tax saving one would be forgoing once you retire :). Without income there is no more section 80C deductions, no more savings from interest paid towards home loan via section 24, no exemptions for HRA under section 80GG. These things only hit you once you retire. Of course I went into retirement knowing that, so nothing to worry, but you don’t realize these until you do your taxes. During your earning phase, every paycheck is a reminder for saving taxes and claiming as … Continue reading “Tax Deductions”

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?”

Funding Child’s Education Expenses

In the past, I wrote about how to fund children’s education expenses, but some of my readers felt that there should be a calculator to figure out education expenses. So naturally, I am obliged to fill the gap with this calculator. I would strongly urge you to read the previous post before using this calculator to understand the basics first. Lets get some shortcomings of the calculator out of the way before using it. First, note that this calculator does not assume you will retire early. It will just tell you a number which is how much your corpus should … Continue reading “Funding Child’s Education Expenses”

Form 15G and 15H

It is the start of the financial year and now is a good time to figure out if you need to submit form 15G or 15H. For most individuals, this probably does not apply, but it may be applicable for your parents or if you or your spouse have a nil tax liability. In this post, lets go over when, why, where, who and how one can submit form 15G/15H. Why submit Form 15 If you have large savings lying in your bank which accrues interest, or invested in Fixed Deposits (FDs), or have invested in other fixed income plans … Continue reading “Form 15G and 15H”

Financial Support for Your Parents

You are currently working and deriving a salary. It is easy to support your parents with the salary. But how about when you retire? Hopefully, you have included supporting your parents as part of your expenses when calculating how much do you need to retire. Alternatively, they have enough corpus or other income that will let them support themselves and live independently. In my case, it was a mix of both and I thought I should explain how I am handling it. May be it will help you get some clarity on how you want to go about it. We … Continue reading “Financial Support for Your Parents”

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”

Debt Funds vs Fixed Deposits

If you ask someone whether Fixed Deposits are better or Debt funds are better, more likely than not, you will hear a biased answer towards either of them. Some swear by FDs and their safety, while others say debt funds always give better returns than FDs. Lets bust some myths and try to get an understanding of how these two types of investments work. Before going any further, if you are eligible for Senior Citizen Saving Scheme (SCSS), then I would say that is the best fixed asset option for you, if your investment is less than Rs. 15 lakhs. … Continue reading “Debt Funds vs Fixed Deposits”