₹e-Assemble Step 2: Lay the Foundations to Get Rich

Published: November 11, 2017 at 9:56 am

₹e-assemble is a video series covering the basics of money management and goal-based investing for absolute beginners. Last week, in step 1 we consider the need to list our Goals, Dreams and Nightmares. In part 2, we will consider the essential foundations for getting rich and staying rich.

When we talk about getting rich or building wealth, we often focus on investments – where, when, how much, how effective etc. While that is important, an unexpected expense can result in redemptions. So before we talk about investing, we need to anticipate the unforeseeable! Account for possible unexpected/unsavoury expenses.

The next four steps are:

  • Building an emergency insurance (discussed in this video)
  • Getting life insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Accidence insurance

Once these essentials are in place,  we would feel that much more secure and in peace. Debts can be handled better and investing started when possible.

In the video, I list common ways in which emergencies can arise. It is not possible to have a fund large enough to accommodate all of them at the same time. However, it is important to be able to handle at least two of them simultaneously. This means accumulating an emergency fund for life!

When I talk about this, someone in the audience always goes, “but life is uncertain, no? No matter how much we plan, there will always be something that we did not anticipate, so why worry too much?”

Well, only when we can prepare for sudden expenses that can be anticipated, can we be ready (mentally and financially) if our entire wealth becomes an emergency fund!

Please do not get scared of what I am trying to say below. Start small and build your emergency fund gradually. Remember that this would be one of the best investment that you would ever be making!

There were some focussing and sync issues in the youtube video of the first part. Hopefully, things have improved now. The drawings that you see on the left side are my son’s. My entire house is filled with his doodling.

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