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

January 23, 2010

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..

Best channel for investing?

July 17, 2008

Which is the best channel to watch if you are an investor?

Cnbc? Ndtv Profit? Zee Business? …

Well what about Animal Planet?

O.k. Okay…I am wrong, but please read ahead especially if you are asking me …

Will watching Animal Planet help me answer the following questions?

Will inflation touch 17% six months from now?

Where will oil be six months from now?

And where will the sensex be?

What about real estate?

Fact is, investors who try to time the market are fooling themselves. Jumping in and out of the market isn’t a reliable strategy for wealth creation, and it isn’t successful – period.

Fact is, you are trying to fool yourself by hoping to get answers to these questions by watching the business channels.

You cannot get an answer to these questions by watching Television, or by doing a PhD in Finance. So stop attempting to answer these questions. Period.

Generally in any sport or in real life activities you win by controlling your emotions – not by succumbing to them. So unless you are really made of steel you will succumb to the emotions of the TV analyst. Just remember the channel makes money if you watch. You make money if your portfolio does well. I have still not seen proof that watching television (or reading the pink papers) can create a good portfolio. I may be wrong, but I still have to say it!

SIP: works or not? Caveat about direct equity SIPs!

May 5, 2008

SIP creates wealth in the long run, however it gives no immediate gratification. Equity trading (what the common man thinks is investing) gives immediate gratification and does not create wealth for the client. The broker wants him to trade so that broker’s wealth goes up.

So what is the solution?

Sell SIP in equities as a fantastic product. The call goes something like this – “Sir in volatile markets you should be investing in small lots instead of lump-sum, so we have an EQUITY SIP …it works like this. Every month you invest Rs. 5k in a scrip that we choose, thus you create a portfolio”

Sounds good, well it is not. Averaging works only in a portfolio – rupee (dollar) cost averaging – which is what SIP helps you do DOES NOT WORK IN CASE OF A SINGLE SCRIP. Imagine if you had bought silverline at Rs. 1300 ….and you are still averaging, you would have been wiped out. In case of a large cap mutual fund, the ups and downs are not so steep, so you can do an SIP.

With a single scrip you can average, but requires tremendous amount of information, and skill. Do not fall for such sales pitches. You will be red in 3 years time!

This actually reminds me of a Ben Graham quote:” The individual investor should consistently act as an investor and not as a speculator”

Are you in debt? Do not stop investing.

March 31, 2008

In a topsy-turvy world, you need to live by the new rules.

So, if you have some money saved or invested and want to see it grow, well, that’s the spirit, right? Well, for many, the biggest impediment is debt. Your investment strategy may be bogged down by e
ducation loans, car loans, house mortgage, personal loans, etc.

Does this mean you should not invest and keep postponing your investment program?

No!

No doubt, being in debt, could make it tough for investors to make money; because if you have some high-cost debt it may not be possible to get returns higher than the rate of interest at which you have borrowed. Hence it is thought to be counter-productive to simultaneously invest as well as borrow.

Expert say

Many financial planners would suggest that you pay out or cut down your debt. In other words, if you have a credit card loan at an interest rate of 42% per annum (pa), the money you are investing will have to make more than 42% pa to make it more profitable than simply paying down the debt. There may be investments that deliver such high returns, but you have to be able to find them, knowing you are under the burden of debt. I surely cannot find them.

The debt trap

You may be paying off the following:

1. THE most expensive loan

This is your credit card debt. High interest is relative, but anything above 30% pa fits in this category. Carrying any kind of balance on your credit card or similar high-interest vehicle makes paying it down a priority before you start to invest.

Personal loans at 30% pa are also included in this category. Despite a bull market (which may last another five years?), getting a 30% pa return on a sustained basis is a pipe dream. Also did you know that SIPs started as back as a year back are now in the RED? (31 Mar, 08 – today’s comment). You should also be keeping track of your net-worth and for this you could go to www.myirisplus.com which has a software that helps you track your net-worth.

2. Low-interest debt

This can be a car loan, a line of credit, or a personal loan from a bank. The interest rates are usually described as prime plus a certain percentage, so there is still some performance pressure from investing with this type of debt. It is, however, much less daunting to make a portfolio that returns 12% pa than one that has the pressure to return 25% pa.

3. Tax-deductible debt

If there is such a thing as good debt, this is it. Tax-deductible debts include mortgages, student loans, business loans, investing loans and all the other loans in which interest paid is returned to you in the form of tax deductions. Because this debt is generally low interest as well, you can build a portfolio while paying it down.

Note: The types of debt we will cover in this article are long-term low-interest and tax-deductible debt (like personal loans or mortgage payments). If you don’t have high-interest debt or, better yet, all your debts are tax deductible, then read on. If you do have high-interest debt, you’ll need to pay it off before you begin your investing adventure.

The time to invest is NOW
Debt elimination, particularly of something like a loan that will take long-term capital, robs you of time and hard-earned money. In the long term, the time (in terms of compounding time of your investment) what you lose is worth more to you than the money you actually pay (in terms of the money and interest that you are paying to your lender).

You want to give your money as much time as possible to compound. This is one of the reasons to start a portfolio in spite of debt (but not the only one). Your investments may be small, but they will pay off more than investments you would make later in life because these small investments will have more time to mature.

The plan
Instead of making a traditional portfolio with high and low-risk investments that are adjusted according to your tolerance and age, the idea is to make your loan payments in place of low-risk and/or fixed-interest instruments. This means that you will be seeing ‘returns’ by the lessening of your debt load and interest payments rather than the 4-8% return on a bond or similar investment.

The rest of your portfolio should focus on the higher-volatility, high-return investments like equity shares and equity mutual funds. If your ability (or willingness) to take risk is very low, the bulk of your investing money will still be going towards loan payments, but there will be a percentage that does make it into the market to produce returns for you.

Even if you have a high-risk tolerance, you may not be able to put as much as you’d like into your investment portfolio because, unlike bonds, loans require a certain amount in monthly payments. Your debt load may force you to create a conservative portfolio in which most of your money is being ‘invested’ in your loans with only a little going into your high-risk and return investments. As the debt gets smaller, you can readjust your distributions accordingly.

The big picture
It’s a one-point conclusion: you can invest in spite of being in debt. The important question is whether or not you should. The answer is very personal and can be determined on a case-to-case basis. There is no denying that there can be benefits from getting your money into the market as soon as possible, but there is no guarantee that your portfolio will perform like it needs to. Such things depend on how adept you become at investing.

The biggest benefit of investing while in debt is psychological. Paying down long-term debts can be tedious and disheartening if you are not the type of person who puts your shoulder into a task and keeps pushing until it is done. For many people who are servicing debt, it seems like they are struggling to get to the point where their normal financial life — that of saving, investing, etc — can resume.

Being in debt is pretty much a state of limbo state, when things seem to be happening in slow motion. By having even a modest portfolio to distract you from the tedium, you can keep up your enthusiasm with regards to finances. Knowing that the sun will come up and being able to see the dawn are very different experiences.

For some people, building a portfolio while in debt provides a much-needed ray of light. It is like your first day at the gym. You keep regretting all the sweets, and fried stuff that you ate. What you can now do is get on the treadmill and start the work-out!

PS: Did you know that your weight is a much larger function of what you eat and a small function of how much you burn?