Sensex Touches New High!

Ok, I confess I am late to the party. But it seems like the Indian stock market is enjoying new highs every other day. Is this sustainable? Who know? Does anyone know why the stock market is touching new highs even as the economy has not recovered and many things are still unknown? No one knows. But that does not stop one from making wild guesses. The most common and obvious theory is that the market is buoyant on the news that a vaccine may soon come. I don’t know why that should be a good reason to hit new … Continue reading “Sensex Touches New High!”

Is It Better To Buy Or Rent A House?

There are already tons of articles about which is better — buy or rent. In this post I will give my perspective on this subject. The topic is about buying a house to live in as compared to renting a house. If you are looking to compare investing in real estate vs equity investment, you might want to read my other article. The problem with making this kind of comparison is that it depends on a lot of factors. Lets take an example to help understand. Buying a house Say you want to buy a house instead of renting. Lets … Continue reading “Is It Better To Buy Or Rent A House?”

Franklin Saga Drags On

Franklin has been in the news quite a bit due to the decision to wind-up six of its funds. After deciding to wind-up the funds the fund house was planning to get unit holder’s consent for disbursing cash from liquidated papers. However, some investors did not like the decision and started legal proceedings against the fund house. Unit holders filed cases in multiple High Courts. Now we all know how long courts take to pass judgement on just one case. Given there were multiple cases I was not very positive that something will happen any time soon. However, the Supreme … Continue reading “Franklin Saga Drags On”

Different Types of Investors

Let me start off with a story. So the other day a friend of mine called me up asking me to help him solve a plumbing problem. He probably thought I was good at plumbing because I have been working on rain water harvesting and drip irrigation. Anyway, he tells me that there is a tap that was constantly leaking water. He tightened it fully, but the water still leaks. Asks me if I have a fix for his problem. I started off by giving the best possible advice like any friend would give. I told him to find a … Continue reading “Different Types of Investors”

Investing For Multiple Goals And Portfolios Management

One of the readers of my blog asked me how I manage multiple portfolios for various goals. They also wanted to know what platform I use to manage portfolios for family. So I thought I will expand a bit on that topic. To start off, I don’t have multiple goals. I just had and still have retirement corpus as the only goal. The portfolios I manage for my parents, wife and kid have only one goal as well. However, mine is a unique case and almost everyone have multiple goals. As I mentioned before, every goal needs to have a … Continue reading “Investing For Multiple Goals And Portfolios Management”

What Is Your Net Worth And Is It Good Enough?

Sometimes it is worth knowing if your net worth is good enough or not. But how do you know if it good? And what if you don’t even know how to calculate your net worth? These are some of the questions I am trying to address in this post. Simply put net worth is the sum of all your assets minus the sum of all your liabilities. An asset is something you own and has a value. Your watch, TV, jewelry, car, house etc come under assets. A liability is something that you owe to others. For example if you … Continue reading “What Is Your Net Worth And Is It Good Enough?”

SEBI Modifies Multi-cap Fund Classification

What happens when a regulator tries to over regulate? This happens. BSE small-cap is up 4%. The reason? SEBI released a circular on September 11, 2020 requiring all multi-cap funds to hold at least 25% of total assets in large-cap, mid-cap and small-cap companies. It feels a bit weird to have this kind of limitation on a multi-cap fund. If 25% of assets are invested in small-cap companies, it will drive up the investment in the small-caps. It will basically drive up the prices of small-caps. Why was this decision taken? SEBI released a clarification on September 13, 2020 as … Continue reading “SEBI Modifies Multi-cap Fund Classification”

Real Estate Investment vs Equity Investment

While you know my aversion to real estate investment in India, I don’t discourage anyone from investing in it. If you don’t mind the corruption related to property deals, you might make more than simply investing in equity and debt mutual funds. But before you decide which way to go, make some informed decisions. In this post I will try to simplify some calculations which can help you guide in the right direction. I will also mention some risks involved in each of those asset classes. Buying a property Lets take an example to make it easy. You will have … Continue reading “Real Estate Investment vs Equity Investment”

Risks Of Wrong Financial Planning

It is now more than 2 years since I officially retired. But unofficially I have retired in Jan 2018. I had accumulated the required retirement corpus by Dec 2017 and I could retire at the beginning of 2018. But for reasons best described in one of my earliest posts, I decided to delay my retirement date by 6 months. The way I decided when I was ready to quit was based on the 4% rule. Since it’s been only 2.5 years, I can’t say for sure if the 4% rule is working or not. We will have to wait and … Continue reading “Risks Of Wrong Financial Planning”

How To Plan Your Financial Independence

Several people have routinely asked me whether I planned for this or that before deciding to retire early. Well I planned the way that works for me under my circumstances. There is no one size fits all and no one comprehensive definite solution. None the less, since so many people have this question about how to go about planning for financial independence, I thought I should write a post about it. So what were your questions? Some have asked me if I had planned for child’s education, child’s marriage, travel, medical expenses, inheritance etc before deciding to retire early. I … Continue reading “How To Plan Your Financial Independence”