One Year Into Retirement

It is now exactly one year since I retired on June 29, 2018. Incidentally, this also happens to be my 50th post on this blog! It was a fun journey so far. While I cannot say if this will continue into the future, there are some exciting times ahead. Everything is going almost exactly the way I planned. Still, since I haven’t yet gone through a bad market cycle, I don’t yet know if my financial planning will stand the test of time. One thing I realized is that no matter how much free time you create, it will get … Continue reading “One Year Into Retirement”

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?”

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”

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 Soon Can You Retire?

Like I mentioned in the previous post, there are really just two variables that you can control, which determine how soon you can retire. They are your expenses and savings. Remember step 4 of How to Retire Early in 5 Steps? Plan a Simple Retired Life. The lesser the expenses today, the less it will be in future after adjusting for inflation. If you like a rich lifestyle today, then as the years go by, not only will inflation cause the expenses to go up, but you will want higher and better lifestyle which adds up. Your savings will not … Continue reading “How Soon Can You 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”

Be Strategic About When to Quit

While I was able to reach my financial goal by end of 2017, I actually retired on Jun 29, 2018. The timing of my exit has nothing to do with my finances, it was just strategic. And I will tell you why it is important to time your exit properly.   The company I work for, announces bonus at the end of the year. But the bonus is only paid out in the January paycheck of the next year. And the rule is that I should be working at the time the bonus is paid out. Obviously that meant that … Continue reading “Be Strategic About When to Quit”

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”