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Cashless Mediclaim: A Second Person Narrative

Regular readers may recall that I described my experience with cashless mediclaim when I underwent a thymectomy last march.  A couple of Wednesdays ago my mother fell and broke her femur bone.  While mine was a planned hospitalization, this was an emergency hospitalization. I am no stranger to emergency hospitalizations (unfortunately). This is the 5th…

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Dynamic Asset Allocation Mutual Funds: Yield Gap vs. P/E Ratio

While investing periodically for long-term goals, an investor should be aware of two factors: The power of compounding oh-hum, boring!  I am sure most people reading this are tired of see how a small investment grows to an unimaginably large value … after several decades! Volatility Most of us must invest in volatile instruments like…

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Excel inflation-indexed annuity calculators to plan your retirement

Retirement planning is the single most important financial goal common to every individual.  It is the only financial goal in which a corpus would get spent over the course of decades! Retirement planning is simply non-negotiable.  The cost of postponing systematic retirement planning is more dangerous than inflation. Regular readers would be aware of that…

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How to select mutual fund categories suitable for your financial goals?

You might be wondering why the title refers to mutual fund ‘categories’.  Would it not be more enticing and perhaps more useful had it read, ‘how to select mutual funds suitable for your financial goals’? Perhaps so.  However, I choose to focus on how to select mutual fund categories first, for two reasons I am…

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Imbibe, Implement, Ignore:Suggested New Year Resolutions for Investors

To me, personal finance is nothing more than common sense.  Commonsense is simply nothing but mathematics expressed in a spoken language. Before I started the blog, I knew nothing about investor behaviour and aspects of behavioural finance.  It was irrelevant to me. Now I find myself learning about the different ways in which people handle…

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Visualizing Mutual Fund Volatility Measures

Mutual fund investments are subject to market risk!  Haven’t we heard that one before?! If we wish to analyze the performance of a mutual fund, we should know how to evaluate returns and how to evaluate volatility. Volatility, not risk. Risk pertains to your financial goal.  Volatility pertains to the instrument. There are many ways to…

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