How to Choose a Financial Planner

If planning your finances in minute detail and researching investments that fit your goals and risk appetite is not your cup of tea, then it is better to hire a financial planner who will do the work for you. But how does one find a good adviser? What attributes make up a good financial planner? Here are some tips to help you get started.   Finding a Financial Planner The best way to find a planner is referrals from friends, colleagues or family. The financial planner should have been handling their finances, and they should be happy and satisfied with … Continue reading “How to Choose a Financial Planner”

Invest Across Market-caps for Better Returns

If you want better returns for your investments, choose to invest across market caps. Generally, choosing 2-3 good multi-cap funds is sufficient for most investors. However, if you want to be a bit more aggressive with your investments, add some small-cap and mid-cap funds. But how much? That is the question I will try to answer in today’s post.   Disclaimer: Information provided in this blog is to help educate you. I am not suggesting that is the right way to do it. Any names mentioned within the post are used only as examples, and should not be considered as … Continue reading “Invest Across Market-caps for Better Returns”

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”

Are Index Funds Better Than Active Funds?

In the US, index investing is all the rage. John Bogle who started the first index fund, contends that an index fund beats almost all actively managed mutual funds (after accounting for fees) in the long run. But does it work in India? That was the experiment I set out to conduct in early 2012.   Disclaimer: Any mutual fund names discussed here are purely for the study of the experiment and not a recommendation. I may or may not have owned, or still own these funds at the time of writing this post.   What got me started? When I … Continue reading “Are Index Funds Better Than Active Funds?”

The Gilt Experiment

 You’ve probably heard about the inverse relationship between bond prices and interest rates. When interest rates rise, bond prices fall and vice-versa. How can we use this information to make some money without a lot of volatility? Read along about my experiment with interest rate cycles.   Disclaimer: I would not advice anyone to take risks like I am about to explain in this post. It is supposed to be more of a study rather than any recommendation or advice. Any mutual fund names discussed here are purely for the study of the experiment and not a recommendation.   The Entrance It … Continue reading “The Gilt Experiment”

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”

Make Money Work For You

In my earlier post on How to Retire Early in Five Steps, I briefly touched upon asset allocation in step #3. In this post, I go into a bit more detail into how one should go about asset allocation for early retirement. Before understanding asset allocation, you need to understand asset classes. If you have not read my post on asset classes, head on over to that post.   Disclaimer: The asset allocations discussed here are only a suggestion, it may or may not work for you because your needs and requirements may be different from mine. Please work with your … Continue reading “Make Money Work For You”

Let’s Understand Asset Classes

Did you know that if you only invested all your money in stocks you would get incredible returns over the long term? But what if you cannot stomach the risk where your investment could erode by 70% within a few months? Would you be able to sleep soundly if you found that your Rs. 50 lakhs investment became Rs. 15 lakhs? If you don’t like the wild roller coaster ride then you might want to diversify your investments into different investment baskets of varying risks. Generally risk is correlated with returns, so lower risk usually means lower returns too. To … Continue reading “Let’s Understand Asset Classes”

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?”