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Are we Saving it?

Hello Riters, hope you are having a good time, enjoying yourself and making loads of Money. No? Yes? well regardless, these tips will help you grow your wealth. So lets dive in! (Opinion Alert – most of these below are my personal opinion)

5 Tips to Save your Money

  1. Automate your Savings – yes! you need to Automate this. As they say out of sight is out of mind, every first of month or whenever your Income gets credited Automate a recurring deposit to another account that you can’t / won’t access for your expenses. Even if its just 10% of your Income, over time it can grow to a substantial amount which you can later Invest. Remember Save first spend later.
  2. Don’t Shop when you are hungry – Please avoid running to a mart or your favorite restaurant at the very moment you are hungry. Plan it well before or else your mind will be fogged by that juicy extra Guacamole or that Cheese round the corner.
  3. Get your Caffeine fix at home – You may need to avoid daily Chai Point Tea or that Starbucks Coffee as a recurring soul not so satiating. Instead buy a Coffee Maker (Indians out there just get that pan) and have some mouth watering Dark Roast Ethiopian Coffee, and you can get the cost down from few dollars to few cents (150 Rupees to just 20 rupees).
  4. 30 Day Rule – This one is controversial, good to have, not exactly saver but a thumb rule to save on expensive expenditures. Whenever you want to make a big purchase like that Gucci Scarf , sleep on it not one day but full month, yes, unless its peanuts money for you, wait till that luxury is yours, so when you buy it you know you really need it!
  5. Cut those Credit Cards – Stop those Credit bills from drowning you in debt. Only own the card if you can repay it! Yes, if you can’t pay on time, ditch it! This one really depends if you sure can repay within a month go ahead and avail those extra points and benefits, but if you can’t destroy, burn it to grounds or just put it away from your sight.
credit cards

Thank you for reading, if you are already following Two or more of these tips do let us know how is it going. Keep Learning.

2020, Is ‘Recession’ the Economic Doomsday?

Coronavirus plunges eurozone economy into historic recession

France sinks deeper into recession, with 14% GDP hit in 2Q

The U.S. is officially in a recession. Will it actually become a depression?

With these news making into the front, its time we look at What is Recession?, a Depression?, and what can we do about it?

Welcome to riteFinance, this is your host Ritesh and today we are gonna unveil this curtain of fear!

A Recession is a slowdown in economic activities for at least two quarters. Since the economy is in contraction during a recession, so a GDP, Corporate profits and Employments go down.

So what causes a Recession? A fall in consumer confidence and spending referred to as a demand shock, causes a Recession. And what causes a fall in Spending?, well there are multiple factors like the 2008 financial crisis was caused by the Real Estate Bubble Burst causing a Recession, and the current one is caused partially by Lockdowns imposed by economies to prevent the spread of COVID.

Economies all the time goes through a Boom and a Bust cycle, a high rate of growth followed by slowness. These Bust periods are what is referred to as Recession and it can have one or other factor. Recessions are caused usually by irrational exuberance and soar in asset prices during the economic boom when people become so irrational that they think Economy will never reset again. Now, it doesn’t mean Recessions are good, Credit become difficult, Investors lose money, consumer cut spending, a company cut job etc. And if left uncontrolled a Recession can lead to a Depression.

The Economy

A Depression is a severe economic downturn which lasts for years (not months or quarters), and its effect can last up to a decade! Currency devaluation, price deflation and Bank failures can occur during a depression.

While since 1984, world economy is hit by 33 Recessions, the depression we know of is only ‘The Great Depression’ of 1929, which lasted for around 3 years.

Is 2020 Recession the result of Covid?

Well to say so, will only be partially correct. Covid acted like a needle in already inflated bubble. Recessions are not caused by a single event. Rise in corporate debt, economic slow down of 2019, China-US trade war and Brexit were some factors that led to the build up resulting in the current recession.  

With two quarters down, it is sure we are in a Recession. Question remains however In 2020, Are we heading for a Depression?

To answer, we don’t know, no one knows for sure! But no indicator is currently pointing towards a Depression, Economic revival is the priority of many states, focus on innovation and vaccine to reduce if not eliminate COVID is under way. That said, it is likely we will see more costly adjustments, certain setbacks along the way, but a economic revival even though slow will be underway soon in 2021. Will it be a V shape recovery (a steep decline and quick revival)? I think definitely not, it doesn’t look so, but a longer U shape recovery is likely, the Great recession of 2008 which lasted for around 19 months saw a U shape recovery.

Current State of our Economy
State of the Economy

With all this Negativity around, is there a light at the end of the tunnel?

The short answer is Yes!, At least for some.

  • Some Business thrive – Grocery stores, Bankruptcy attorneys, Bars, Maintenance services are usually the one that survive a recession. Definitely this depends on the kind of recession for example Bars which usually thrive in recession as the Binge drinking increases will likely be not in a good shape during Covid given the current health emergency and the government guidelines, also another example can be of Online Retail Marketplace like Amazon that are likely to thrive in current crisis, in-fact Amazon has added more jobs, additional 1,75,000 employees during this crisis .
  • Efficiency Increases – Inefficient Businesses and the one with on-going difficulties are the first to go Bankrupt during a recession. While a Business that can streamline itself, find alternatives and reduce its costs survives easily.  

On an Individual or Consumer level –

  • Change in Mindset – Recession forces you to reflect back on your expenses, cut some unwanted expenditures, look for alternatives, streamline personal finances, and set up an emergency fund, making you more efficient.
  • Crisis as an Opportunity – Every crisis comes with an Opportunity, that is why it is believed more Millionaires are made in crisis than any other time. While it is a harsh reality Recession can create more income inequality due Govt. policies, printing of more money, and can result in inflation, Nevertheless it gives you as an investor to buy some big firms (I mean a piece of them – stocks) in big discounts. Only if you think like a Minority and do your due diligence as an Investor.  We have a few resources to get you started and more coming up soon (watch out for this space).

Link to Resources for the Minority

“Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful”

– Warren Buffett (Legendary Investor)

News UpdateGDP Decline in Second Quarter : Spain 18.2%, France 14%, Germany 10%, United States 32.9% (worst economic contraction)

Keep Learning, Keep Investing! Thank you Readers.

Am I Dumber than She thinks?

Am I? I don’t know (confused), Are you?

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people that they don’t like.”

-Will Rogers

Hello Riters, Welcome to riteFinance, this is your host Ritesh and today lets discuss about-

Five Dumb ways to spend your Money

  1. Gambling, Believe it or not an average American spend $1000 a year on Lottery, with a odd of winning 1 in 14 millions, i.e. you are 20 times more likely to be struck by a lightening (thunder roars in far), and even if you win the Lottery you are more likely to be broke the next year than to be wealthy. Gambling in any form is a total waste of money, with slot machines and equipment designed in favor of Casinos to drill a hole in your Pocket! Here is link to an interesting read on Psychology behind Casino   
  2. Things you buy to impress them! Yes, that Gucci Scarf or the blue Jaguar, all the liabilities you take just to impress the girl or guy next door can drill a deep hole in your pocket and all your future cash flow may flow down that banking stream. So think before next time you go on a Shopping spree, ask yourself can I really afford it?, will this serve a purpose?, is there a way I can be happy without it? Do I really need it or its just a show-off?  (squirm face)  
  3. Things you buy to destroy health, yinkeesss, what did I say?, yes you heard it right, things like drugs, excessive junk snacks to munch on, or too much alcohol. This things not just have a recurring cost due to their addiction capability but also a cost far beyond your imagination, a cost that no money can pay for.
  4. Fees that Bank Charges: Overdraft charge, Bank Account Maintenance charges, your Card fees or that interest they charge you on Credit Card, even the money that’s deducted when you used your xyz card on abc ATM! To top it all, Bank also has a unique advantage of deducting cash directly from your account. So next time you may like to read your bank statement more carefully or maybe make a call & ask your banker. To know more on how to avoid some of these fees, check out the article here by lendup.com.
  5. In-App Purchases; yes, the skin you bought just to show-off in the virtual world or the extra life in your favorite game, even if it is in 50% discount (which is obviously a fake number to put on), may not be worth your Money (and your time). In most cases put away your phone for few minutes or watch an Ad and you will get an auto renewal of life totally free of cost. Also, the more you spend, the more likely it becomes for you to spend again, so it not only have a present but also the future cost attached to it.

Thank you for reading, let us know in comments below if you don’t do any of the above mentioned Dumb Expenses, or if you have one of yours own. Follow for more, #KeepLearning #Money

Money Matters

Two weeks back we discussed about the Worth of Money where we mentioned things that are above Money, and why they are above Money. Today lets discuss about why Money Matters!, if you haven’t read my previous blog post the Worth of Money i highly encourage you to do so.

Money, means a whole lot of emotions to many of us. Often times we either avoid the topic or doesn’t discuss thinking what others will think. Majority of us have associated the negative emotions like Greed, Lust, Selfishness with Money. The way majority think about Money is also the reason why majority lacks it. Today we urge you to think like Minority.

Let us think of Money as Freedom, Money as a Tool, Money as a Servant not just for you but also for your loved ones. Make Money a positive emotion and wealth will follow you. That said, I am not saying Money doesn’t make a few of us blind, and force us to do even the gruesome crimes like murder, rape etc. But before criticizing Money lets not forget it is just a Tool, And a Tool is as good as the person using it. All Money do is give you the Power, and the Freedom of Choice. How you use this power or freedom is totally up to you. You can use Money to give back to the society, or you can use it to further exploit the society. Just like you holding the cash have the choice where, how and when to spend.

Most of us live paycheck to paycheck, and are a few paychecks away from insolvency. Some of us are already broke and are spending way above the means i.e. we earn 100 dollars and spend 110 (this situation is worse in some countries than other). The point is many of us lack financial literacy, because it isn’t taught in any class or anywhere in this professional world! The Education system is designed in a way to not let you be free but instead follow the instructions. It doesn’t teach you how to think, but what to think. That is why you need to take control in your hand. You need to switch gears, or it will be too late before you reach the destination. The first step to be Financially Literate is to understand the financial mean – the Money. So, lets discuss why Money Matters.

5 reasons why Money Matters –

1.Basic NeedsMoney help you build a shelter, buy some clothes and get food on your plate. Without these you pretty much can’t survive.

2.Dream Executor Money can help you execute your dreams. It give wings to your desire. You want to be a pilot, go enroll in a University. You want to be a hotelier go own a Hotel. You can also start a Business of your choice, without the headache of getting it the required fund, because even if you are not funding it fully with money comes the networking, the contacts, the people whom you can ask to invest. With proper funding dreams get traction in the physical world.

3.As a Fuel – Money act as a fuel for the causes you care about. You can start a project or a movement to help the needy, the weak or the underprivileged. Money is not just for the self it can also help fuel your selfless desire, and things you truly care about.

4.Gives a ChoiceMoney gives you an opportunity to choose what you like. Think for a second, Did you buy a car you like or the one you had to? Did you buy the watch you always wanted or the one you just had to? Did you buy your dream house or the one you can afford? With enough Money you can afford that Dream Car you always wanted, or the Mansion you always dreamed about. Money can give you access to all the exclusive & luxury items.

5. To achieve the highest self Money helps you live with abundance & prosperity, true to your purpose. Your consciousness matters! With Money you can spread the consciousness, open up your heart, and feel the bliss, spreading joy everywhere.

Still not convinced, just imagine the smile you can give to a child, buy just buying them a little balloon. So next time you think about MONEY, choose your words wisely.

Thank You Riters, I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Sunday with your loved ones. Like if you liked this post, follow us and do check some of the tips and tricks to financial freedom.

Hustle on the Side

Lost Job, Shit happened, now what?

No worries. Well yes you can’t buy Lamborghini or your favorite scarf at Gucci but definitely you can eat some Luchi (Indian Bread eaten with Chickpeas). Jokes apart, well lets discuss how to keep your cash flowing to get that necessary food on your plate! Below are five side hustles that you can do to keep some extra cash flowing that can act as an add-on to your Primary Income source or can be a savior in case you have been a victim of the Crisis like Covid. These Side hustles can earn you anywhere from $500 to $2000 a month with little effort. So without further adieu let’s dive in.

1. Online Store Dropship that scarf, or retail that shirt; whatever you choose selling items online can be a good source of Income. And with this pandemic pushing more & more people online with contact-less door to door delivery, your store can be the next big thing. So get your domain and hit that Shopify to keep the customers rolling. Now, if you are wondering you can’t get your supplies from China and hence can’t make that extra buck dropshipping, don’t be dishearten check out ever green platforms like Amazon and use it to your advantage. To read more about how to sell online click here.

2. Freelancing Web designing, writing, photography, digital marketing, online tutor you name it, anything that can be done digitally can be done through freelancing. For starters you can check out platforms like ‘Fiver‘ or ‘Upwork‘ and once you have a belt of projects completed under you, you may like to showcase the same through a personal website. If you serve your client well you may very well turn your hobby into a full blown Business. All you need to start freelancing is to master a skill, and that is where you can

3. Blogging or Vlogging, Social Media – Be a Influencer, teach something, or just crack jokes, Social Media is platform for all, provided you are ready to put in the required effort. To put the numbers in perspective those with 100,000 followers can earn around $700 per photo in Instagram. And in Youtube with 20,000 views you can earn around $100. Affiliate Marketing, Sponsors, Ads, and selling products are some ways to earn through Social Media. But remember you personal brand won’t be build overnight you will need to understand the system and leverage it to your advantage. To know more on how you can crush it on Social Media platform, there is a great book ‘Crush It’ by Gary Vaynerchuk (a Belarusian-American entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and Internet personality)

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4. Dividends – If you invest in right stocks, you can have the regular payments added to your account quarterly/annually. There are companies that pay a part of their profit at regular intervals back to the Investors, for owning their stock. All you need to do is open a account with brokerage like Zerodha and do your due diligence picking up the stocks. You can start with as little as 100 rupees.

5. Real estate A vacant land, or a building is referred to as Real Estate. Real estate investing is the purchase, ownership, management, rental or sale of real estate for profit. A way to start this is get a duplex, and rent either one or both the portions, using rent to pay off the mortgage payment.The loans also provide income tax benefits under Section 80C (up to Rs. 1.5 Lakh on the principal) and Section 24(b) (up to Rs. 2 Lakh on the interest paid).

Bonus content – ‘Flipping’ – you can flip anywhere from a book to a watch, you can even do something called ‘Domain Flipping’. A Canadian blogger Kyle MacDonald has even flipped red paper clip for a house, doing a series of 14 trades online. You can also use eBay or Amazon to flip. Refer this link here to know more on how to flip items on eBay. Flipping items is all about art of selling, master it and you will never sleep hungry anytime.

Don’t forget Successful businesses can also start out as side hustles.

Thank you for reading 🙂

Learn to Grow

Welcome Everybody, this is your host Salrite from riteFinance, today lets learn to learn to grow!

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

Henry Ford

“Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended with diligence.” 

Abigail Adams

To be successful in any endeavor you need to be able learn new skills and techniques. If you know how to learn and stay motivated, there is nothing that you can’t achieve. The same applies to Financial Literacy. Having the know how of finance, you can grow wealth and be financially free! And with freedom comes happiness, peace and satisfaction.

Learning comes in Audio, Visual and written form.And one of the conventional and yet the best way to learn is Books. Some great leaders, entrepreneurs and investor spend a huge chunk of their time reading, the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos to name a few reads a book a week or more.

There are some great Books to teach yourself Financial Literacy, Below are our top picks-

  1. The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham : This one is also a recommendation from Legendary investor Warren Buffett.
  2. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki & Sharon Lechter : It advocates the importance of financial literacy, financial independence and building wealth through investing in assets.
  3. MONEY – Master the game by Tony Robbins : 7-step blueprint for securing financial freedom.
  4. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie : This is my personal favorite and a easy read on Leadership that will help you in every aspect of life.
  5. The Millionaire next door by Thomas J. Stanley : This book is a compilation of research done by the two authors in the profiles of ‘millionaires’.

Start with these five, and you won’t regret what you learned.

Another great format to absorb the knowledge is through Audio Books, you can tune into one and keep listening even while you are walking, doing your daily house hold chores, or traveling (Post Covid ;)). By Signing up here you can get two free Audio Books.

Now, time for my best source of learning – Audio Visual – Video Format – Youtube. Some of great channel we recommend for Financial Literacy are: Minority Mindset, Graham Stephan and Andrei Jikh.

Leaning is an Investment in self, in fact a much needed one. To be able to stay at the top of your game, you need to, you must keep learning be it via Youtube, Blog or Books.

Thank you readers, stay happy, stay focused, stay motivated and keep Learning!

Bubble, oh no!

Time for some practical: Pour a cup of dish soap into 6 cups of water & stir it well. That is how Bubbles are formed, now you burst it!

Oh no!, not the Bubble Minku loves. Lets do it again.

Increase the price of an asset significantly surpassing way beyond its true value, and make the majority believe the price will continue to rise at least in the foreseeable future. There you go, that is exactly how Financial Bubbles are formed. Eventually the reality kicks in, and like every bubble it bursts!

Welcome to riteFinance, this is your host SalRite, With some saying the current Stock Market is in Bubble, today lets discuss about Financial Bubbles.

As per the legendary Investor Warren Buffet, Bubbles form when “People see neighbors ‘dumber than they are’ getting rich“.

Financial or Economic Bubble is not a new thing, in fact the official history of the first ever recorded Bubble dates back to as far as mid 1630s, though the term itself was coined around the 1720 AD. To dig a bit deeper, lets understand the five stages of an Economic Bubble with the example of what is known as ‘Tulip Mania’ of mid 1630s.

Stage 1 – Tulip comes to Vienna from Turkey, are soon distributed to Netherlands and becomes a status symbol in Dutch community. With a saturated intense petal color that no other plant had, and a profusion of varieties, Tulip soon becomes a coveted luxury item, increasing its asset value. This stage is referred to as ‘Substitution‘.

Stage 2 – This is when the news of Tulips start spreading, and becomes a topic among the majority . It is now that the Speculative purchases happen, and the bets are placed on the future value. As the flowers grew in popularity, professional growers paid higher and higher prices. Buy now, sell later at a higher price becomes the motive for Investors. This is referred to as ‘TakeOff

Stage 3 – Exuberance – a state of unsustainable euphoria. This is when the asset overshoot its intrinsic value leading to a jump in the portfolio of several. A few lucky/rational Investors sell at this stage, while the majority continue to buy in. At this stage Tulip becomes over-valued. At its peak, value one Tulip bulb was equivalent to a House. By around 1636, the tulip bulb became the fourth leading export product of the Netherlands, after gin, herrings, and cheese. Tulip mania reached its peak during the winter of 1636–37, when some bulbs were reportedly changing hands ten times in a day on paper (it is the time when future markets appeared in Dutch Communities).

Stage 4 – Critical stage – a state where some begin to sell. When the market realizes that an asset is over leveraged and way too over valued, some begin to lose faith and starts selling. This is when they realize there aren’t enough buyers. For Tulip it was the revelation of their true value. In around February of 1637, for the first time in a routine auction no buyers were available for the Tulips. This time coincides with the outbreak of Bubonic Plague in some European Cities. This lead to the 5th and last stage of a Bubble.

Stage 5 – Crash (pop) – Burst of the bubble, and the reset for the economy. In case of Tulip, Bubonic plague probably acted as a needle that led to the demise of its Market. With no buyers available sellers were left with nothing but a flower.

A few hundreds years later, now a Tulip is worth a few bucks and can be ordered online, but nevertheless bubbles keep forming and keep popping. As we humans are irrational beings. This leads to another story, this one more recent.

2008 Housing Bubble

This was the result of irrationality of the masses combined with financial engineering of the elite few, the Bankers. Lots of Subprime loans were made between 2004 to 2006 rising from 8% to around 20% in the United States, at the same time NINJA loans (No Income, No Jobs, and No Assets) grow in popularity and many of the Millennial with lesser Income would write a higher figure in the application, that no one in Banks would verify and they will easily sanction a loan. The greed of the Bankers didn’t stop here they combined all the A, B and C rated loans packaged them into something called CDOs (Collateralized Debt Obligation – a type of structured asset-backed security that include mortgages, loans or bonds), and sold it to the Investment Banks, betting further on loans. As if this wasn’t enough the CDOs were swapped for Insurance what is called as Credit Default Swaps. CDS acted as a financial instrument that could hide these risky investments (to read more on CDOs or CDS click here) Even the rating Agencies like S&P didn’t downgrade the bonds & kept ratings high. Couple this all with Inadequate regulations by the policy makers, and you see a Huge Economic Bubble.

Eventually, the home owners defaulted on their payment, this meant the riskier loans, CDOs hold by Investment Banks all lost their values, and suddenly the whole Financial system collapsed on its weight. Lehman Brothers the fourth largest investment bank in US back then filed for bankruptcy. And the Market corrected itself, not exactly though, the fed came in, and bailed us out. Enforcing strict regulations, and making much required policy changes combined with Quantitative easing kept the US Economy on its track.

Even before 2008 crisis, which is the most recent one (prior to this pandemic) there were several Economic Bubbles. One such was the dot com bubble of 2000, caused by excessive speculation in Internet-related companies. While several big companies like pets.com went out of Business, it was not the end for all, with growth in the technology sector stabilized a few like Amazon.com, eBay saw rise in their Market Share following the crash.

Another Bubble that can be looked at, dates back to 1840s Great Britain. Referred to as Railway Mania, this was the period when the shares of Railway Companies soared in their value, only to be declined later. Following the crash, the larger railway companies such as the Great Western Railway and the nascent Midland began to buy up strategic failed lines at a discounted price to expand their network. So what was the down fall of some, became an Opportunity for others.

Bubbles are primarily of two types –

  1. Equity Based – characterized by easy liquidity, tangible and real assets like tulip mania, railway mania and dot-com bubble.
  2. Debt Based – characterized by intangible or credit based investments with little ability to satisfy growing demand in a non-existent market like United States Housing Bubble (of 2008).

Can we predict these bubbles?

Well, we may not be able to predict accurately nevertheless we can identify it, based on the over leveraged asset price, high risk lending or borrowing practices, and when the people tend to rationalize borrowing, lending and purchase decisions based on expected future price rather than the ability to repay.

What can we learn?

There are few things that these Bubbles teach us –

  1. In every crisis lies an Opportunity, only if one knows how to capitalize on it.
  2. Bubbles are natural, every Economy goes from a Boom & Bust Cycle.
  3. Certain theoretical research models states that bubbles (as long as they do not burst), raise economic efficiency and welfare.
  4. Regulations have a big role to play in an Efficient Market.

If you want to read more about how the Bubbles work, there is a great article you can refer here.

Thanks for Reading, Lets us know what you think about the current Stock Market scenario in the comments below? Do follow us for more @ritefinance

A Duty of Care

Welcome everybody, today we are talking about ‘Duty’ [starts firing – gun shots everywhere], no no hold-on not ‘Call of Duty’, oh no!

Lets talk about your Duty towards your loved ones – ‘Insurance’, specifically ‘Life Insurance‘.

In Layman terms, Insurance is something people buy that protects themselves from losing money in case of an unfortunate event. Be it ‘Car Insurance’ that insures your car against any potential damage, or ‘Life Insurance’ that insures you that your nominee will be paid in case of your demise.

Like everything in life, it too comes with a cost, ‘Premium’ – an amount to be paid (often monthly). But that can be seen as a small price to be paid for the mental peace & financial security of your loved ones. Life insurance = financial security for nominees in case of death of policy holder and Financial security = fulfillment of the family’s financial needs.

Now Life Insurance are broadly of two types – Term Insurance & Endowment (if you wish to read more about other types of Insurance you can check the link here). Endowment is something where policy holder get a particular set amount on maturity, while Term Insurance is a pure Insurance policy where policy holders’ nominee gets a fixed amount on the unfortunate event of policy holders’ demise.

This is where it gets interesting no Insurance Agent advertises or sell you Term Insurance, while everyone will pitch in for an Endowment stating it to be an Investment / Saving Option. So are they right about it, or are they simply doing it for their cut aka commission? Well yes, its in their favor!, Endowment plans charge a hefty amount in premiums and a huge portion of it goes to insurance agents as commissions and administrative costs (read more here about things Agent never tell you)

Lets discuss about the benefits of Term Insurance over Endowment, why you may need one? and also I hope by the end of this blog post you will know Term Insurance is the only real Life Insurance.

1. Premium aka the priceIn Term Insurance you can get the same cover as Endowment at a much lower premium, for example – If you are a smoker male in your late 20s, you can get a cover of 1 crore by paying INR 1500 every month for 30 years. while you get the same cover of 1 crore if you pay over INR 10,000 every month for 30 years for an Endowment plan, around 7 times the price compared to Term insurance. Think it this way, you end up saving around 6 times the premium (i.e. 30 lacs in this case), if you go for a Term Insurance. Well yes, you won’t get anything on maturity if you are still alive but nevertheless its a life insurance it meant to be like that, why not invest the cash you saved on a better asset! Buying Term Insurance in above scenario saving around 8.5k per month, if you invest the same amount in Stock Market and get an average market return of 10% annually you can make around 2 crore, twice the amount you get on maturity from an Endowment plan. Isn’t it cool? That said I am not promoting one thing over the other, all I want to say don’t listen to a random agent or fake financial gurus be it offline or online, do your own due diligence before Investing/Insuring.

2. Sum assuredIn Term Insurance you get a sum assured way higher compared to an Endowment plan for the same amount of premium.  As a thumb rule, you are allowed to buy cover of up to 20 times your annual income (cover ranging from 10 lakh to 20 crore). Now, thing to keep in mind you will only be paid the promised amount in case of your death during the policy tenure (after all its a insurance against your life).

3. Features / payout options – Term Insurance provide you flexibility when it comes to the pay-out the nominee receives the sum assured in lump sum, equal installments or a combination on the death of the policy holder during the policy tenure. The policyholder has option to customize the payout based on their family needs. In an endowment plan, the payout is lump sum either on the death of the policyholder or as a maturity benefit on completion of the policy term.

Above are the major benefits, now when it comes to buying a Term plan there are certain things you need to take care of – Coverage, Policy Duration, Features of Plan, Premium Affordability to name a few. To know more about the same you may wish to read an article here or here.

Finally if you are wondering where to avail a plan, you can consider checking out policybazaar.com and you may probably need to do your own due diligence. In the end if you are left with the extra cash and considering to Invest read our blog post here, and follow us for more tips & tricks on how to Manage Money and Invest Wisely for Financial Freedom.

Thank you Readers

The Rich Way

7 Things that Rich do different than Poor. Welcome on-board, lets help you put that extra buck in your pocket.

  1. Passive Income – Rich earn even in their sleep. Yes, they have a source of Income that puts Money constantly into their pocket even when they are not working. Passive Income of 1000 INR is worth more than 10,000 INR, how?, just imagine the time saved and the freedom gained. After all wealth is for ones Financial Freedom. One source of passive Income is by buying stocks that pays you dividends regularly (after every quarter or so). You can start with a small investment, all you need to do is open a Demat account with a brokerage like Zerodha and take it from there (check out our blog post on how to avoid investment mistake before investing, also follow this space for more tips and tricks)
  2. Keeping money is harder than making – Money management is not easy. The expenditure for majority of people grow proportionally with their Income. This is also the reason why almost all lottery winners end up spending what they have won. The urge to spend the money to show Rich than to be Rich is strong. Rich definitely know better Money Management than Poor. Once you made your first crore to make the second all you need to do is replicate. But how to save & invest and let your Money grow on its own is not something majority understands.
  3. Focus on Increasing income not cutting the cost – Yes, you heard it right. Rich don’t try cut the cost in small things. Majority will walk an extra mile saving cost rather than focusing on earning more. Instead of cutting cost every now & than, we urge you to first think like Minority and Increase your Income, so that you can afford all the nice things in your life. How?, May be learn a new skill that pays you more, or do some side hustle that help put some extra cash in your pocket.
  4. Over 50% of Rich earnings go to investments – Yes, Invest like crazy! If you want to be wealthy, you need to have a tight grasp on your savings & investments. You need to be able to park enough money (the more the better) in different assets. You may diversify your portfolio in assets like Gold, Real Estate and Stocks. If you want some quick tips on Investment do check out our very first blog here. Almost all wealthy people and brands invest more than 50% of their earnings. If you are beginner and don’t know where to start you may like to read our blog post here.
  5. Don’t borrow Money if it is not to make Money – This rule applies strictly for the elites. Rich don’t borrow unless the money helps them make more Money. They won’t pay bank the interest unless they make their cut. By borrowing money like majority to finance your new house or buy a new car your making the Bank & Bankers wealthy while putting yourself in debt. Debt not taken for the assets that put Money in your pocket is useless. So think whom you want to make rich, yourself? or them?
  6. Multiple Streams of Income – To be wealthy you definitely need to have the money flowing in through multiple ways. A side hustle, a full time Business or job, a passive source of Income; you need to work hard to at least grow the 3 sources of Income. Multiple Source of Income also keeps you portfolio hedge against a Crisis. You are less likely to be victim of a Crisis, and more likely to be at peace. An Online side hustle, free lancing etc may come handy.
  7. Invest in self – Investing in self is one of the most underrated advice. Ever wondered why Successful people read more than an average person?, the answer is simple your knowledge = future returns, the more skills you know the greater the opportunity to multiply your Money. This is the same reason why a Businessman earns more than an employee, they have figured out a solution, they know the full breadth of the System and not just a single piece of the puzzle like the employee who may be specialized on a single task. So learn a new skill, or grab a book, even better listen to two free books of your choice here at Audible.

Lastly but not the least, if you want to know more definitely check out this video by Alux.com. This article is inspired by the same. While the opinion above is completely ours, the primary source nevertheless remains this video.

Thank you for reading. Do follow us for more. Together lets be Financially Free.

Worth of Money

For those who came here to read how to earn/double your money than this not the blog post for you (you may like to check other posts on our site). In our Sunday edition, lets discuss ‘Is Money worth it?What is the real cost of earning Money?

Welcome Guys, I hope you are doing well, safe and sound from this ongoing pandemic, Happy & Healthy both physically and mentally. Today let’s take a step back and think about Money. Earning Money comes with a cost. A cost which is paid either in terms of efforts or time or both. And sometimes we end up spending way too much than the return we get. Well there is no way or a formula to equate things, like Money = Effort + Time – Stupidity or something similar, but what we all can see around is the consequences. It is very well true that a life without Money is a life full of Misery and Suffering, at the same time it is true that a life with Money and no intangibles like Happiness, Mental Peace is not worth it. Sometimes we get trapped in this vicious cycle of show-offs that we not just end up making unnecessary expenditure and destroying our wealth but also the more precious the ultimate gift of nature ‘Our Health’.

It is rightly said our body is a temple, and taking care of it should be our first priority even before growing income or building wealth. Moreover if you lack Mental Peace, no amount in this World be it a Trillion dollar can compensate for it. You may very well argue that at least Money can buy better things, comfort even if you are not fortunate enough to walk, it can get you a remote controlled wheel chair or maybe a personal assistant to help ease the pain, I agree that argument is valid! “Better be a Rich cripple than a Poor, but at the same time remember not to let Money cripple your Happiness or Peace!” Don’t let Money make you the unfortunate one to be alone like ‘Scrooge’, the character from 1843 famous novel A Christmas Carol (an interesting read, if you haven’t read that, i recommend you to do so). Don’t forget to check on your loved ones, and have some time out here & there. Take out some time to spend with your family, and enjoy out in Nature doing things that doesn’t require any Money. A life full of experiences at the end is more fulfilling than the one filled only with bundles of Cash.

Yoga
Yoga

That said, the point I am trying to make is not to discourage you to Earn less or pick up that easy Job; because remember it is better to suffer as a Rich than a Poor, but at the same time don’t forget Money is to make life easy, Wealth is for the financial freedom and the ability to buy things that in terms make you Happy not to pile up the cash later to spend it healing yourself from a depression or a disease which can be avoided at the first place by taking out time to connect with your body, mind and spirit. One thing I highly recommend is taking out time everyday to do Yoga, an ancient Indian Practice that keeps you healthy and helps connect your Mind, Body and Spirit.

I hope this blog post helped you realize the importance of being fit and stay focused, so that you can enjoy all the fruits of your efforts!

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