Can I invest in SBI CRISIL IBX Gilt Index – June 2036 Fund for a long-term goal?

SBI CRISIL IBX Gilt Index – June 2036 is an open-ended Target Maturity Index Fund investing in constituents of the CRISIL IBX Gilt Index – June 2036 Index. We discuss if this new fund offer is suitable for a long-term portfolio. 1 What are Target Maturity Debt Funds? These are open-ended funds investing in various bonds…

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Robo Advisory on Google Sheets: Create a complete financial plan!

The freefincal robo advisory tool is now available on Google Sheets. You can use it to plan from start to finish for retirement (early, normal, before and after), non-recurring financial goals (child education) and recurring financial goals (holidays, appliances etc.). The tool would help anyone from ages 18 to 80 plan their retirement with a…

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List of investments suitable for building a retirement bucket strategy

A reader asks, “What are the best options for Income bucket investments?” This a reference to our retirement bucket strategy. So we shall list all possible investments suitable for building retirement buckets. A bucket strategy is a post-retirement investment plan to manage inflation-protected withdrawals (income) and investment for the near-term and long-term. So we have…

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Why we purchased United India Super Top Up Policy with 95 lakhs sum insured

United has recently made significant changes to its Family Medicare Policy and Super Top-Up Medicare Policy. I discuss why we purchased the revised top-up cover with Rs. 95 lakhs sum insured in this article. If you are looking to buy base or super top-up health insurance, this may be useful: Select the right health insurance…

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My salary is low, is financial independence an impossible dream for me?

A reader asks, “I recently read your mutual fund investment journey. I then read similar stories shared by readers about their financial independence. One common feature in all these stories is the high salaries involved. My salary is quite low (I am ashamed to disclose it). I don’t see any immediate prospects of increasing it”….

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How secure is your financial life? A Self-Evaluation Checklist

Here are a set of questions to determine how secure your financial life is. Personal finance is all about protecting our family against extreme situations (aka outlier risks). Everything we do, buying insurance, saving, investing etc., falls under this protection act. So let us get started. Don’t worry if you answer “no” or “not yet”…

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