How to build the ideal retirement portfolio

The notion of retirement has changed considerably over the years. Retirement for our parents meant a complete dependence on salary up to retirement and then complete dependence on pension afterwards. If we build a well-diversified retirement portfolio – a retirement basket as PV Subramanyam of subramoney.com would say – we can approach retirement with confidence and…

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What is Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) and what it is not

FIRE in personal finance is an acronym for “Financial Independence, Retire Early”. Stay long enough in any personal finance forum, and you would realize that there is a lot of confusion about what is FIRE and more importantly, what it is not! I requested SEBI registered fee-only investment advisor, S. R. Srinivasan (who has shared…

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How falling interest rates and lower equity returns can affect a retirement plan

With the repo rate at its lowest, fixed-income investment rates which were already heading south over the last few years are likely to stay there and move down further in future. Equity returns have been consistently heading lower and lower too. This can destroy all financial plans especially retirement which does not come with a…

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Crash destroyed my 12 year equity MF gains but this is time to invest more!

Last week I had reported that the annualized return (XIRR) of all my equity MF transactions tagged to retirement planning goal (or financial freedom) dropped from 11.6% in Dec 2019 to 2.75% after the crash.  Some readers were either disheartened about this or twisted the result to point out equity investing is risky. In this…

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Can I compensate my low income with higher investment return?

Sooner or later after we finish college and start working, a life-altering realisation hits us. We find out what our school mates and college mates are doing, their lifestyle, how much they are likely to earn etc. We begin defining our relative station in life. What should a reasonably young person with “low income” do to…

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