Book on Retirement : Retire Rich Invest Rs. 40 a day

Posted January 23, 2010 by subra1221
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Book written by me….

RETIRE RICH INVEST, 9789380200071

book review that I found online…

About the Book : – To most people retirement is an age. It of course depends on your health, the company you work for etc. However in the first chapter I would like to introduce you to the concept that retirement is an amount of money! After all, if you have that magical amount why not retire early?

The second chapter takes you through the steps and importance of planning, and to the dangers of not planning.

Retirement is a goal and has to be approached in a financial planning mode. Retirement Goal Setting becomes important. How much money is adequate for a person to retire? Here is a generic answer telling you what are the factors to consider while trying to answer this question. This chapter has many pointers and a calculator which leads you towards the answer.

Can you really retire by investing an amount as little as Rs. 40 a day? The answer is yes it is the power of compounding. If you do have or time on your side, it is possible to create a retirement corpus on an amount as small as Rs. 40 a day. And the fantastic thing is that this small amount can be got by making simple changes in your life style.

If you have accumulated money for your retirement, you should also know how to withdraw. Here we deal with what is annuity, what are the methods of creating annuities, what options are available, and the works about annuity.

A few chapters are devoted to answering how much and what type of insurance should you look at during retirement, the attitude of the Indian family to retirement, the need to make a will, some retirement blunders, etc.

What is interesting are the tables at the end of the book telling you how much to save and invest – and case studies about portfolio make over for retirement.

Available at the following shops:

Twistntales (Pune) Shop1, Siddarth, Gaikwad nagar, Aundh, Ph:-020-25881465 / 25899745

Paperback (Thane) Dayanand – cell no. 9967255843  022-21714414

Bookzone, Fort, Mumbai. (022-25054616/17)    All Crossword Stores in Mumbai and New Delhi.

New Delhi: Jain Book Agency (011-4151380), Land-Mark (0124-4143020), Om Bookshop (011-46075621), Pages (011-46132001).

Chennai: Landmark – has the copies. Odyssey not sure..Crossword has it..

Also available online from cnbc..check out on google..


Reduce your expenses: here are some tips

Posted January 28, 2009 by subra1221
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How to reduce your cost of living

The basic needs of man are food, clothing, shelter and circus (entertainment?). However, most of us have today graduated from needs to wants and luxuries.

However, when the headline inflation numbers hit 11.9% there is a serious worry about people not being able to meet even their basic needs – and that is a worry.

While shopping at a discount store instead of the mall generally takes care of the clothing issue, and living in a small apartment instead of a huge house, if you can live in a less fashionable area – like Vikhroli instead of Powai, can address your housing situation. Rising world food prices can lead to some significant challenges in the food department!

Everything from rising transportation costs to the development of biofuels, push up the cost of food and put a pinch on consumers’ wallets.

While reducing your eating to one meal a day is good for yogi’s and is a good way to cut down costs, that is not what I am suggesting. Instead, I am suggesting something much simpler.

1. Eat at Home
Eating out is expensive. Apart from food even coffee made at home is inexpensive. And you get the added benefits of nutrition, hygiene, etc. Small numbers do add up – if you are spending Rs. 200 a day eating out, and it costs you Rs. 50 to eat at home – you save Rs. 150 a day. A systematic investment plan of Rs. 150 a day done for 30 years can give you returns in excess of 5 CRORES! Toast butter, vegetable sandwich, Tea, coffee, curd rice, salads – are really simple to make 🙂

2. Know what you are buying
You need a plan for almost anything you do! Shopping is not very different – if you stumble around the grocery store and fill your cart with everything that catches your eye, chances are you will spend a lot more money that you needed to spend. Plan your meals for the week ahead, and make careful note of what you need to buy. Once the list is made, purchase only the items on the list, and avoid impulse buys.

3. Buy what you need and then put on Blinders!

Stores are designed to make you go through a long walk to get to the most basic items you need. ON the way you will pick up a lot of things that you do not need, and in quantities that you do not need. Though there is no research in Indian conditions, clearly people do not use all the things that they buy – refuse to be bullied into buying! Most necessities and basic cooking items are found along the outside perimeter of the store, start there and work your way around the edge of the store.

4. Shop on a full stomach

On a hungry stomach you are likely to pick up a lot of things that look like food! You might also pick up a lot of food – which is perhaps un-necessary. On a full stomach on the other hand, you will most likely
be tense and pick up unnecessary stuff.
6. Do you really need bottled water?

A water filter works far cheaper, compared to bottled water in terms of costs.

7. Shop sans the Kids
Hungry, tired, cranky kids increase the amount of time it takes to get your shopping done. Kids can really bug you into buying things which are bad for your health and for your purse – leave the kids at home / crèche / school before you venture out shopping.

8. Buy in Bulk
Bulk buying can save you a significant amount of money. Pay attention to the prices and pick up the family size package if the per-unit cost is lower and you have a place to store it. However, you need to realize that bulk buying has a dark side too! If you are not a big user of any particular product, and storage is an issue be careful of bulk buying – the Indian weather does require refrigerators for most products.

9. Use Store Reward Cards
If the store that you visit most frequently has a reward card, sign up. In some cases, stores raise their prices when they offer reward cards, and without the card your bill will certainly be higher. If the reward card offers other benefits, such as a preferred (or free) parking, some free schemes, etc. be sure to maximize your benefits before they expire.

10. Buy Local products
Whenever I step into a big branded store, they do try to push “American grapes” – I fell for it once, and realized only on billing that it was Rs. 400 a kg! The Indian variety is normally available for Rs. 40. Locally grown or produced food is often available at a cheaper price because you don’t pay for long transportation costs. In the place I live I also see farmers coming and holding an exhibition / sale of seasonal vegetables and fruits – common to see a mango mela or a fruit and vegetable exhibition. You cannot do your weekly purchase here but you get a good price indication.

11. Choose unbranded goods!

There is a huge, huge cost difference between a branded product and an unbranded one. Even in case of “expensive” items like dry-fruits if you buy it from a wholesale-retail shop you will find a 20% price difference. Some branded foods like cornflakes, hold your breath – are more expensive than dry fruits on a per kilogram basis J. If you thought potatoes were selling at Rs. 12 a kg., you are correct, but when it gets converted to branded chips, it becomes a little expensive – about Rs. 300 a kg!

12. Men are bad shoppers?
It is not so much a gender issue – but men do not have much patience and that shows while shopping. So if you are a man, realize that shops know and understand this. So things are arranged in such a way that when you are in a hurry you will find the most expensive items. So look in the corners, look at levels lower (and higher) than just at the eye level. To find less expensive items, look down. Also, looking around your brand-name food can find you a cheaper generic alternative.

13. Avoid Checkout Temptations

Normally you have some high priced crackers, chocolates, shaving blades – and the cheaper alternatives are just a little further away, so walk a few steps. Picking up things at the check-out counter surely spoils your health – like the chocolate that you eat on the way to the car! Most of the times it also spoils your wealth.

14. Compare Prices and Stores
I personally do not compare prices and stores but my wife has a doctorate in this! She knows which shop is good to buy vegetables, which shop for branded goods, and which shop for unbranded goods. And she plans her shopping accordingly.

15. Sales offers
n Indian conditions September to December are what we call “Festive season” when most of the buying happens. Surprisingly, Hindus, Muslims and Christians have some festivals for which they buy new clothes in this period. So shop keepers do a pre-festive sale in July-August and a post-festive offer in January. Use these sales to build your wardrobe – you can get good deals.

16. Shop less frequently
The lesser the number of trips you make to the shop, the lesser the things you will end up buying! So if you are making more trips to the store, it is time you reduced the trips.

17. Pay In Cash

When you buy your day-to-day requirements with your credit card, and do not pay off in full, you pay interest. Apart from this, when you see cash go out of your hand, you tend to be more careful about how much you spend. So paying by cash is a good option.

18. Check Your Bill
You should check all the statements which have a financial implication – whether it is your credit card statement, you mutual fund statement, your bank statement, your insurance statement or even your bill at the Store where you buy. Scanners are fine, but sometimes there could be a mistake. There could be one item scanned twice. Sometimes the prices are not changed – maybe carelessly but you MUST see the bill before you pay. Or go home, check and then scream if things are wrong.

19. Buy leather goods in monsoon and umbrellas in Winter!

During the non-season prices of goods are lesser. If you are in a monsoon area check out for sale of leather goods. There must be one going on somewhere near your office / house. Be alert to such offers. If you are buying things for your kids this is more true. So be awake.

Keep watching this space, i will keep adding points here….

Finance for Non finance Managers: Seminar!

Posted November 4, 2008 by subra1221
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I do workshops on “Finance for Non finance Managers” – have done sessions in Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, New Delhi, Bangalore…and have had a good response from people as diverse as a CEO to a Senior Manager.

Am doing a session in Mumbai (in Feb and March 2010 at Vashi and Andheri).


Well if you need to understand your business, do you not need to understand how it looks on paper? So if you are a sales guy who should attend the importance of collections, HR who should understand constucting the “cost to the company”, the materials manager who should understand the need for efficient working capital management, you should attend. If you are the CEO, or the person liasioning with the JV partners, you are welcome…just drop a mail to or you can call her at 091-22-67231091


Posted September 8, 2008 by subra1221
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Hi have just shifted all the posts to

Simple stuff – just click on the url and you will be redirected…

How can a doctor retire?

Posted September 4, 2008 by subra1221
Categories: Doctor's Finances, Retirement Planning

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How can a Doc retire early?

Docs start earning quite late in life – at least the big bucks come at a late stage. So is it really possible for a Doc to retire early?

It really looks difficult. Docs unless they are super specialized and have created some kind of aura about their capabilities do not really earn the mega bucks of sports star or a film star. However, they do have a lot of flexibility in their profession. They can be on their own, be in a partnership or grow it like Dr. Reddy of Apollo Hospitals.

Having established that it is a good idea to retire early, and to never stop, how does one go about doing this?

Investing early and well, normally means the doc can retire early and well. If things are done properly then by, say, age 55, or whenever the kids are coming off the doc’s financial hands, the income from investing starts to exceed the income from the practice. This is a great position to be in, particularly if the income consists largely of unrealized, and hence un-taxed, capital gains. Also given our current tax structure where there is no INCOME TAX on dividends, the doc may be in a good position to retire.

Interestingly, most docs continue to practice even when they are at this point. But thankfully they can skip the long hours, choose lesser locations, and work more sensibly. They can also decide to and take many more holidays and long weekends. And there is a huge difference between the doc driving to work because she wants to, and the doc driving to work because she has to. One is happier than the other.

The major issue here relates to the costs of general practice. Unfortunately Docs do not have much training in considering Fixed Costs, Variable Costs and Marginal Costs! Not all costs fall just because the doc is doing fewer sessions. Many costs, for example, rent, some wages, depreciation of equipment and so on, stay the same regardless of how many sessions are completed each week. These costs are called “fixed costs”. This is because they

are fixed irrespective of how many sessions are completed each week. It is also called a Period Cost. At the end of the period, the cost has to be paid – immaterial of whether the equipment or place got used. A common mistake is to assume that there are no fixed costs. A doc completing, say, 7 sessions a week (only Mornings) and making Rs.15,00,000 a year may reason that his income will fall to, say, Rs.950,000 if he cuts from 12 sessions a week. Sadly this is not so. More probably, because fixed costs stay the same, profit falls by much more than this, say down to Rs.700,000, if not less.

How can he avoid this? There may be some options which he can consider:

  1. He may start teaching at a Medical college including doing sessions on how to handle customer psychology. Lady docs are sometimes preferred because of better soft skills.
  2. The doc can stop practising solo or in a group practice where costs are shared equally irrespective of the number of sessions.
  3. The doc should try to change to a practice structure where all costs (or virtually all costs) are variable costs not fixed costs.
  4. The doc can join a friend who has similar ideas and become a partner. One of them could used the infrastructure in the morning and the other person in the evening.
  5. The doc could also get into an arrangement with 2-3 junior docs who will use the geography of his practice are – and split the fees.
  6. One more alternative is to sell a portion of his practice to a deserving junior and get into a fee sharing arrangement.

Many of these arrangements may look difficult, and in many cases involves the DOC selling all or part of the practice to younger Docs. In at least one case I know the doc used his practice till his age of 81, but sadly many of his customers had gone away. He had to just sell his premises to a dentist. The practice fetched him nothing. Surely retirements could have been better planned.

Falling oil prices: good news or bad news?

Posted September 3, 2008 by subra1221
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Oil prices have fallen – from a high of $ 150 to a nice $ 105! However if prices have fallen because there is a slow down in the world economy, is it a good news?

Most people will not be able to decide on whether it is a good news or a bad news! However on the day the oil prices fall, if the market goes up, MEDIa will “connect” the two events. However, media is capable of connecting any 2 events! So beware. There is a “good” and a “bad” to oil prices. Learn to read events not reported in the media.

For e.g when oil prices go up media is likely to tell you that Hotels, airlines, etc. will suffer. However did they every carry a story saying (say in 2006) that since oil prices are low, hotels will benefit, NO. No chance – so please learn to “read” stories not written by the media.

Shankar Sharma: You are wrong!

Posted September 1, 2008 by subra1221
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“Sensible soundbytes” is an oxymoron. This is what a great author has said. So if most of you know what is a black swan, you know who I am talking about.

I normally do not watch much TV – except for Ramayan or Animal Planet with my daughter. However, I am many times under great pressure to watch the business channels – from friends in the media.

Yesterday, I believe, Mr. Shankar Sharma came on NDTV Profit and said “The index will not reach 100,000 – not in my life-time – and may not be in your life time too, and you are much younger than me.” Frankly, Mr. Sharma you look young, and maybe you are about 45 years of age. However, for our purposes may I please assume you are 50? May I also assume that you will live to the age of 72 years? i.e. we are talking about 22 years. May I also assume that India will grow and there will be inflation in India? i.e. we are talking of 6% growth + 6% inflation. That is we will get a growth of at least 12% p.a? I know about standard deviation, and I also know that we will not grow at this constant rate….however 12% over the next 22 years will happen.

On this assumption Mr. Shankar Sharma the index will grow as follows:

50 16,307
51 18,753
52 21,566
53 24,801
54 28,521
55 32,800
56 37,720
57 43,377
58 49,884
59 57,367
60 65,972
61 75,867
62 87,248
63 100,335
64 115,385
65 132,693
66 152,597
67 175,486
68 201,809
69 232,080
70 266,892
71 306,926
72 352,965