As personal finance professionals, when we look at customers, we are accustomed to looking out for risks which can play out and finding ways to mitigate them. We hope that a family which had given adequate thought to many of the risks, would be able to manage well, in any unforeseen emergency. We have now realized one important factor which we have not been emphasizing on, through a recent unfortunate experience.
While we all plan for our dependents post our demise, rarely do we think of us being in a situation where we are temporarily incapacitated and are dependent on our family to take charge. A recent experience made us think, and these are some of the conclusions we have come to.
Most people start their personal financial journey by thinking about where to invest. But at the foundation of a secure financial future lies protection – protecting one’s ability to earn an income in the future. Hence whenever we meet new customers, one of the first things we try to do is understand how well their future incomes and existing wealth is protected.
Insurance of various kinds is the ideal way to take necessary and adequate protection and within that, Life Insurance is one of the most critical, yet underutilized weapons in an investor’s financial armoury. Over the last many years, through our interactions, we have seen many significant mistakes that people end up making in their life insurance decisions. Here we share seven common ones.
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.
At its simplest, Financial Independence means “having enough money so as to never work again for the rest of your life”. But as you would agree, neither is life simple, nor is it as predictable and straight-forward as one would like it to be. This effectively means that as you go along your life journey, your definition of what Independence means keeps changing as your goal posts keep shifting.
That said, it is not rocket science, and it is something that everyone should aspire towards, not just for the financial security, but for the mental doors that it opens for you when you discover that you are no longer working for the money.
Based on our journey, I share with you below a few simple principles that you can follow to get onto, and stay on this path. But beware, what is simple to understand is rarely easy to do, and requires discipline, patience and the ability to say no to your ego.