For most of us Diwali is that time of the year which spells joy, laughter, togetherness and gratitude. With the festival being just round the corner, last minute preparations must be on at a frenzied pace to ensure that nothing is left to chance and another Diwali goes by joyously, adding to beautiful memories.
Every festival comes with its own set of rituals. We worship goddess Lakshmi during Diwali. Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and ushers in prosperity and wealth. It is very interesting to see how some of these rituals lend itself to financial well-being and wealth building. So, this Diwali, take a leaf out of your festival routine and spruce up your personal finances!
We are all aware that retirement is inevitable. It is a very important phase of your life which requires careful planning and thought since it is one goal for which you are not going to get a loan. However, one always feels there is plenty of time for retirement and hence planning for it takes a back seat.
Retired life can be a joyful phase in your lives, filled with abundance and time to fulfill some long-suppressed desires, provided you plan much in advance. The list of mistakes one makes when one plans for retirement is quite long, let us look at three of them today.
All of us love vacations, and the very thought of a vacation is good enough to cheer us up. Why then is it so difficult to enjoy the longest vacation of your life – “Retirement”?
Many of us do wake up to the impending retirement and the financial needs for the same at least a decade before we retire if not earlier. What I am referring to here is therefore not money but the important aspect of how to keep oneself busy and add meaning to retired life.
It is all very well to eat, drink and make merry when you are on a short holiday, but can you think of doing that and nothing else for years? When we look at retirement from this context it is sobering indeed! Imagine, we need to spend one third of our lives in retirement and yet we don’t give it the mind space it deserves.
Dealing with the aftermath of Covid wave 2 has been unsettling and depressing. The family which has lost a loved one suddenly needs to deal with a lot of chaos and confusion, not even allowing them to grieve in peace. This is primarily since in most households, one spouse takes the lead in handling finances and related matters. The other spouse naturally gets complacent that these matters are being taken care of and hence doesn’t even attempt to get a broad picture of the state of assets, liabilities etc.
While this experience has given a lot of action points and mistakes people should avoid, we will concentrate on liability, especially the home loan for the sake of clarity.
Employee Deposit Linked Insurance or EDLI is a mandatory insurance scheme for private sector employees who are enrolled into EPF. The quantum of insurance provided depends upon the salary (salary refers only to Basic and DA) drawn in the last 12 months before death. The insurance paid out is subject to a minimum of two point five Lakhs and maximum of seven lakhs.
Read more about EDLI in our article published in Money9 below and propagate this widely to help families in distress.
The past year has been uniformly difficult for most of us. However, for some people lower down the pecking order, things have been unimaginably bad. Most of us do help someone out financially, but usually this is a one-off case done without much thought.
My conversations on the topic of giving with most people always leads back to the same position, we are not there yet. When do you start giving? When do you acknowledge that you have enough for your needs? After all our wants keep expanding and the list is endless. If we wait to take care of all our wants, we are essentially guaranteeing we will never be able to give in our lifetime.
How do you plan for your financial well-being? Are the priorities the same for everyone or does it differ depending on your unique circumstances? In our experience over the years, we have noticed that a one-size-fits-all approach does not work when it comes to your finances.
When it comes to single women specially, their circumstances are different and to an extent unique, driven by not just their needs but also the prevailing laws, and therefore need to pay attention to the following.
Conventional wisdom has it that financial planning is the same irrespective of gender or marital status. I have interacted with a disproportionately high number of single women and beg to differ. The challenges that are faced by these women are vastly different.
|How then should they go about putting the pieces of their financial tapestry together?
When we discuss parents with most customers, they are prompt to let us know that their parents are sorted and are independent. Many believe that the situation will remain the same, and at worst one would need to increase the financial support to ensure the parents are not cutting corners and are comfortable.
What we have noticed over the years is something different. Many of them have lived life independently despite having a healthy and happy relationship with their parents. They do not envisage the need to become the primary caregivers to ageing, and many a times, sick parents. Not only can this throw your retirement cash flows haywire if not adequately planned for, it can also impact your planned lifestyle in retirement.
As we look forward to ringing in a new year, we are very hopeful for a better tomorrow. Any thoughts about 2020 brings a lot of bitterness and negative emotions. There are a lot of jokes doing the rounds which say one should not count this year to one’s age since it was mostly on a standstill.
While all of this is justifiably so, was it a complete washout? As a popular quote goes, “never let a crisis go waste”. I have quite a few positive takeaways for the year that has gone by, and I share a few of them with you.
Read our latest article, published on Moneycontrol.