Year In Review – 2020 Returns

At the start of every new year I review my portfolio and take stock of my expenses, returns and net-worth. So just like last year I am reviewing my returns for 2020. This is the first of the year in review series. I will also post my expenses and net-worth reviews in upcoming posts. Without wasting too much time, lets get right to it. Portfolio vs Index — Returns The first thing I do is to compare my returns with index. Of course it should not really matter, but I like to have fun like that :). The index returns … Continue reading “Year In Review – 2020 Returns”

Maximize Investment Returns (While Taking On Some Risk)

With more powers come more responsibilities. Err… I meant to say, with more returns come more risks. Most new investors want to maximize their investment returns with minimal risk. But that is hardly possible. Instead, in this post I will talk about how you can increase your returns but buy taking more calculated risk. I say calculated risk because you will not take blind risk, but instead use a proper method to improve your chances of increasing your returns. There are no shortcuts in life. So more returns are only possible if you can put adequate effort to learn some … Continue reading “Maximize Investment Returns (While Taking On Some Risk)”

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”

Interest Rates On Govt. Schemes Have Been Cut

Finally some good news that I have been waiting for. The interest rates for the governments schemes have come down. Just in yesterday’s post I have been complaining about the high interest rates of many of these schemes have been the barrier for the rate cut transmissions. I am not particularly happy about the rate cut because it does not really help. The banks rarely cut the lending rates because they still have to honor the FDs which are fixed at the previous interest rate for a fixed duration. Moreover the FD rates are quite high compared to the repo … Continue reading “Interest Rates On Govt. Schemes Have Been Cut”

Year In Review – 2019 Returns

It is that time of the year again when I do a review of my investments, expenses, net worth and also plan for the upcoming year. This year is special because I also have to do my 10 year planning as this is the start of a new decade. Anyway, enough banter, on to the good stuff. As usual, this will be a series and this is the first of them which covers my returns in 2019. Portfolio vs Index I got returns of 9.25% last year. When compared to some well known indices, my portfolio performed better than most, … Continue reading “Year In Review – 2019 Returns”

Investment Analysis App

For the past few months I have been working on a web app that would let me slice and dice my investment data so I can do some analysis and answer interesting questions about my investment. I am finally (mostly) done with the app and published it recently. In this post, I will go over my investment strategies and how they played out using the data from the app. Disclaimer: You might see me mention some of the funds that I had invested in the past or perhaps still holding, and their returns. None of the names mentioned here should … Continue reading “Investment Analysis App”

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”

How Much Should I Invest?

While having a conversation with one of my friends, it occurred to me that the current calculators are not sufficient to figure out how much to invest per month while increasing the SIP every year to meet your retirement goal. Lets say, you have an age in mind at which point you want to retire. And you want to know how much you should invest every month of every year until you reach your goal. Throw in a twist, which is that you want to increase your investment every year by some fixed percent. There is no calculator on this … Continue reading “How Much Should I Invest?”