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”

My Corpus Reached All Time High And I am Worried

Just recently, my corpus has reached an all time high. I thought we are in the middle of a world wide pandemic. How come the markets don’t seem to care? Agreed that I don’t understand markets, but still, this is completely unreasonable. Various indices and stocks in India, as well as in the US, are hitting all time highs. But the economy is hurting. Where am I going wrong in my understanding? Well, there is nothing new happening really. Mr. Market has always been manic-depressive and probably will continue to be that way forever. My corpus Just 4 months ago … Continue reading “My Corpus Reached All Time High And I am Worried”

Goal Based Investing

So far I have been giving financial advice for the singular goal of early retirement. But many of you probably have multiple goals. May be you want to buy a house, save up for kids education or planning an international vacation in a couple of years. Whatever might be your goal, you need to have a financial plan. Each goal needs to have a different corpus, asset allocation and redemption plan. If you rather watch a video on the same topic, check out the YouTube video at the end of the post. Start with the goals If you want to … Continue reading “Goal Based Investing”

How Am I Handling the Market

Given the current market situation, a few of my friends wanted to know how my portfolio is doing and what have I been doing during the crisis. So this post should hopefully answer these questions. I want to preface by saying that don’t be fooled by randomness. I may have performed better or worse than you expect and it does not mean I made any smart moves nor that I made mistakes. Only note that luck favors the prepared. For a couple of years now, I have been complaining about the market being overvalued (in my opinion) and you know … Continue reading “How Am I Handling the Market”

COVID-19 vs Market

Have you seen the market lately? It has gone on a wild roller coaster ride. You get to read news like Sensex fell over 1500 points from the peak. Should you be concerned? Do you need to act on this news? Lets find out. Let me preface by saying that I don’t know anything about the virus, how much affect it will have on economy or how the economy works. Nor can I predict the future and where the markets will go. All I can give is some financial planning advice. Now, how bad is the effect of the virus … Continue reading “COVID-19 vs Market”

Year In Review – 2019 Net Worth

The final post in 2020 Year in Review series, is my net worth. Like last year, I took stock of my investments and asset allocation. As a reminder to the readers, the idea is not to know how much I am worth, but mainly to understand my asset allocation. Even so, it is fun to check out the net worth, so here it goes. Since I have retired, I don’ t have PF anymore. I took out all my PF investments and moved them to debt funds because I am liable to pay taxes on the interest earned on PF after retirement. … Continue reading “Year In Review – 2019 Net Worth”

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”

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”