Why Renting a Home is Better Than Buying One?

Every 20-something has an idea of what their dream home should look like. While for some bringing to life this dream comes easy, for a lot others it is rather difficult. Owning a home for those in their 20s and 30s today isn’t what it used to be in their parent’s generation. With the soaring property rates many youngsters are moving towards renting houses instead of buying and they have perfectly sound reasons for doing this. Here are some of them –: Continue reading “Why Renting a Home is Better Than Buying One?”

Steps To Take When You Become An Inheritor

Most of us wish to be left with a handsome inheritance by someone in our family, but very few of us know what to do with all the money once we attain it. We either spend it all on a spree and are left with nothing when we really need it or make all the wrong decisions with the money and regret later. We want to help you make the most of your inheritance, and so, here’s looking at certain practices to follow when you come into a considerable inheritance. Continue reading “Steps To Take When You Become An Inheritor”

5 Financial Vows Couples Should Take This Valentine’s Day

Love is great, it really is. Having someone to share your life, happiness and worries with, but more than often it isn’t all you need to make a relationship work. Stability is a key factor in every relationship and living in the world that we do, money surely matters. A lot of times relationships and marriages fail because the couple could not wrap their heads around their finances. So, this Valentine’s Day instead of only looking at love in a bubble, let’s also look at ways to keep the love going. Continue reading “5 Financial Vows Couples Should Take This Valentine’s Day”

The Do’s And Don’ts To Save You From Identity Theft

The digital age has made life a whole lot convenient, however, it has also created a safety threat  that didn’t exist before. Internet fraud is all too common and it can happen to literally anyone. Yesterday, we recognized ‘Safer Internet Day’, a day which inspires the use of  technology responsibly, respectfully and critically. If you are someone who is constantly making transactions online, either in terms of online banking, investing or even online shopping. Here are a few DO’s and DON’Ts that we have put together for you to follow stat!  Continue reading “The Do’s And Don’ts To Save You From Identity Theft”

Don’t look for shortcuts to create Wealth

Ashish Modani- Founder of SLA Financial Solutions at Kanoria college for a workshop organised by The Economic Times

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/mf/analysis/dont-look-for-short-cuts-to-create-wealth/articleshow/67652717.cmsHow to maximise returnsAshish Modani, Founder, SLA Financial Solutions, a leading financial advisory firm in Jaipur, remembers the question very well. In fact, he spent most of his time answering the question or various versions of it at the ET Wealth InvestmentWorkshop in Jaipur held on January 18.

“I had dealt with this point in my presentation, but I kept getting more queries about the same from the participants,” says Modani, who conducted a session on Behavioural Management – Why it is of utmost importance in wealth creation.

The queries or different versions of the same question revealed the strategies many participants thought would help them to maximise returns. For example, a participant wanted to know why Modani emphasised on the importance of investing for long term, when one can get out of the market after earning good returns even in the short term. “Why shouldn’t I shift my good profits from my mutual funds to bank FDs,” she asked Modani.

Modani explained to the participant that how she is stopping her money from growing by taking the money out. “Pulling out money when the markets are down or pulling out money when you earn a little return – both destroy the growth of your money,” Modani said.

Another participant said she chose NPS over mutual funds because NPS was cheaper. Since costs of NPS were considerably lower than mutual fund schemes, she thought NPS would help her maximise profit, the participant said. “Then why is NPS not giving better returns than mutual funds,” asked Modani, before proceeding to explain the basics of investment choices.

Modani explained to the participants at the workshop that their goals should dictate where they should invest. “If I am saving for my child’s education, the asset class will be different if that kid is six years old or when she is 16 years old. You are here to chase your goals, returns facilitate that. If you chase returns, your goals will go for a toss,” explained Modani.

Ashish Modani also told the participants at the workshop that often investors earn less returns than the returns made by a scheme because of their lack of discipline or because of their fear of losing returns over a period. He cited the example of Fidelity Magellon Fund. The scheme made a return of 29 per cent, but the average return made by investors were around 7 per cent during the same period.

“Instead of looking at past performance of investment if investor were to look at the past performance of the investors and do not make those mistakes, they will be benefited,” said Modani. “The most successful investors are either dead or have forgotten about their investments,” he added.

Okay, that all sounds great, but please suggest the best scheme for my long-term goal, a participant asked Modani. Modani said many investors are always looking for sure-shot way to make wealth, but there is no short cut to create wealth. “When Sachin Tendulkar made his record, nobody said that it was because of his bat. Similarly, an investor’s behaviour and discipline towards his investment make him rich,” said Modani. He reiterated that the key to wealth creation is: “start saving, stay simple, don’t complicate your investments, think long-term, be regular with your investment no matter what happens in the market and stay focused on your goal.”