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?”

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”