Bored In Retirement. Not.

When I announced my early retirement, some well wishers asked me if I would get bored with so much time on my hands at such productive age. When I told them that I will be working on some fun projects, which should keep me busy, they still wondered if I would feel bored after 6 or 9 months. Some call or email me every few months to see how I am doing. My relatives ask my parents if I am getting bored. It is now almost 9 months since I retired and yet my To-Do list keeps on growing and … Continue reading “Bored In Retirement. Not.”

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”

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”

Do You Need International Exposure

India is a growth story. As a developing nation, we obsess over growth rates. While most analysts hope for a sustained 8% growth rate from India, our government has sometimes vowed to take India into double digit growth. I am not really sure if that is even possible. Nonetheless, every time the growth rate falls just below 7%, media and analysts make a huge deal about it worrying why the rate is so low. A developing nation is expected to have a high growth rate and so do a lot of investors. So, should one invest in international funds which … Continue reading “Do You Need International Exposure”

Record Your Expenses

In my previous posts, you have seen my monthly and annual budgets. Now it is time I explained how I actually track and record my expenses, so I know how I am performing compared to the budgeted numbers. Most of our expenses are paid through debit cards. But in some cases, the vendor does not accept a card, in which case we use cash. We use two debit cards to make payments. Both cards are setup to send an email to me when any amount is debited from the bank. We make online payments or money transfers via NetBanking or … Continue reading “Record Your Expenses”

My Annual Expenses Explained

In my last post, I went over my monthly expenses. In this post I will go over my annual expenses so you too can plan your annual expenses along those lines. For the year 2018, I budgeted an annual expense of Rs. 3,60,000. That comes out to Rs. 30,000 per month. Annual expenses are those expenses that occur less frequently than a year. So things like property tax, buying a car, painting your house etc will come under annual expenses. My annual expenses planning is shown below. The first column is the list of expense types. The second column is … Continue reading “My Annual Expenses Explained”

My Monthly Expenses Explained

In one of my previous posts, I briefly mentioned that I planned my monthly expenses to be around Rs. 50,000 per month. In this post, I want to explain a bit more on how I arrived at those numbers. May be it will help you figure out your own expenses in your retirement. Before nearing retirement I never kept a meticulous record of my expenses, but I was keeping track of where they are going in general. But come 2017 (a year before my retirement), I finally decided to sit and write down what I thought my expenses ought to … Continue reading “My Monthly Expenses Explained”

My Daily Routine

Ever since I retired, lots of people have been asking about my daily routine. So I though I should probably write about it and help the folks 🙂 and this is that post. Before I get started, you have to remember a few things about my reasons for retirement. First, I did not retire to do a startup and run like crazy. That is not to say that I am playing video games and watching TV all day either. I found my Nirvana by doing just enough and not too much. I have a lot of free time and my … Continue reading “My Daily Routine”

Year In Review – 2018 Net Worth

The final chapter in the Year in Review series, is reviewing my net worth. At the end of every year, in addition to reviewing my returns and expenses, I also take stock of my net worth. It is an exercise not to check how much I am worth, but more to get an understanding of my asset allocation, and see if it is converging towards my planned allocation. Lets take a look at the constituents of my net worth first. There, all the usual suspects such as equity, fixed income and real estate. In addition, I have been tracking PF … Continue reading “Year In Review – 2018 Net Worth”

Year In Review – 2018 Expenses

Continuing the “year in review” series, this time lets go over my expenses last year. Did they go according to plan? Did I over estimate or under estimate? I think I need to write another post to show how I planned my expenses. But for this post, I will just go over them briefly and how they panned out over the course of last year. To start with, I have two types of expenses — the monthly expenses and the annual expenses. Any expense that occurs every month or more frequently than a year are clubbed into the monthly expenses. … Continue reading “Year In Review – 2018 Expenses”