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”

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”

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”

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?”

How Long Will My Money Last?

How long will your money last? The oft given cliched answer is — it depends. It is true if you want someone to answer for you. But if you put some effort, you will be able to answer the question yourself. The only problem is that you should be able to make some good estimates of your expenses, inflation and investment return long into the future.   This is a continuation of my earlier post — How Much Do you Need to Retire. If you haven’t read it, I urge you to head over there first. So by now you … Continue reading “How Long Will My Money Last?”

How Much Do You Need To Retire?

I have touched upon this point briefly in step 5 of How to Retire Early in 5 Steps, but I thought I should expand a bit on that. Most people suggest the 4% rule, which basically states that if your expenses can be met by withdrawing 4% of your corpus, then that should be the corpus size. For example, if you need Rs. 50,000 per month to meet all your expenses comfortably in your retirement, then your corpus needs to be Rs. 50,000 * 12 / 4% = Rs. 1.5 crores. But does it really work?   For the skeptics, … Continue reading “How Much Do You Need To Retire?”

How to Retire Early in 5 Steps

Achieving early retirement is not really as difficult as most people think. But it certainly is not for everyone. Some may not like not being able to work and stay at home, some may not be ready for the simple retired life, some may feel anxious about finances (even if their corpus is as big as they wanted it to be). Going into early retirement requires the stomach to handle all those and much more. For most, it may be fulfilling to work and keep themselves busy that way. For the rest, these 5 steps will help you get started … Continue reading “How to Retire Early in 5 Steps”

Accelerate Retirement With Philosophy and Minimalism

This is the continuation of my earlier post. If you have not already read it, head on over there first.   In 2016, three things happened simultaneously that changed my retirement goals completely and my life style permanently First, I got introduced to Stoicism by sheer chance which changed my behavior and attitude towards life Next, I started to read more and more about leading a simple minimalist life which changed my life style And finally, I was having a great time with my daughter and wanted to spend more time with her, which led to me wanting to retire … Continue reading “Accelerate Retirement With Philosophy and Minimalism”

Setbacks Help You Get Started

In my last post, I talked about how I put an end to my work life and transitioned into early retirement. In today’s post I wanted to talk about how it all started.   It was the winter of 2010 when I finally decided to move back to India after an 8.5 years stint in the US. The reasons were like most other people moving back to India — to take care of parents and to be closer to friends and family. Until that point, early retirement or even the thought of retirement or saving never really occurred to me. … Continue reading “Setbacks Help You Get Started”