Guide to Financial Freedom

Freedom is not a word, it’s a feeling.

Freedom is what you feel when there are no doubts, barriers or worries. Freedom is when you feel confident, knowing that you have done everything possible to ensure a secure future for you & your loved ones.

Even if we talk about Financial Freedom it is not only about your assets & investments but lot other things. Financial Freedom is not about having best house in town or the latest model car or a foreign trip every year. But we have seen people leaving their cozy homes, air-conditioned cars and their wealth to attain this freedom. Then what it is…. In simple language Financial Freedom is about having money/assets which can provide you perpetual income that is sufficient to have a comfortable life style. But actually financial freedom is more than that – it is having FREEDOM.

Check below picture – this is your guide to financial freedom.


But why aspire to become financially free?

There should be some motivation for you to be financially independent – find that point which motivates you most. Can frustration from job can be a good motivator – couple of month’s back I got a mail from one of the readers?

I have Rs30 Lakh & all of my money is invested in Bank as Fixed Deposits with 9% interest. Now, I am really got tired and need rest.My age is 25, newly married &I need Rs. 30,000 for my monthly expenses, is it really possible.
I replied “Tired at 25 – not a good sign. Take 15 days break from job & have fun. You are the biggest asset of your family – much bigger than Rs 30 Lakh. So understand this & take responsibility. See Rs 30000 is very much possible from your portfolio but value of Rs 30000 will be sharply reducing by every passing year due to inflation.”

I think such type of motivation is not having enough fuel to sustain throughout the life. You need a bigger motivation like more time for my family, work of my choice which may pay me less, social work etc. So decide for yourself & make this point the starting point in a long journey.

Journey of your Financial Freedom

First you need to understand components from the guide.

Income

Let’s start with a thing for which you run whole day but still you don’t have much control over. Yes, your salary. Salary depend on lot of things like your academics, experience, type of sector you are in, your company, your personal skills & blah blah that HR guys talk about.

Do you think that a salary increase will help you in achieving financial freedom or building wealth or even solving your financial problems? Even if your answer is YES, my answer is NO. Most of people change their jobs thinking it will make their financial life better but actually they never realize that their problem is not less pay but something else. Tell me honestly; does getting a decent raise makes them permanently happy? This happiness due to increase in salary is also a short-lived moment and very soon they get accustomed to it and try to maximize it again.  And next year again they would start looking for a job – they don’t try to find out the real problem and that is mis-management of the funds.

But let me add one more thing, Salary is not the only income that you have. Think…

Expenses

I know most of the readers will skip this paragraph as they know they are doing some wrong things here but would not like to face it.

But the truth is – greater the gap between earning and spending, the faster we will achieve financial freedom. And you can increase this gap by managing expenses.

Whether you make lakh of rupees a month or lakh of rupees in a year, a budget is the first and most important step you can take towards putting your money to work for you instead of being controlled by it and forever falling short of your financial goals.

You can use these budgeting sheets – First & Second.

 Assets & Liabilities

“An asset is something that puts money in my pocket. A liability is something that takes money out of my pocket.“ Robert Kiyosaki

 This is really all you need to know. If you want to be rich, simply spend your life buying assets. If you want to be poor or middle class, spend your life buying liabilities. Try understanding this difference as this is the causes of most of the financial struggle in the real world.

Ask Yourself – are these things assets or liabilities:

What was your answer for home? Does it fit in the definition of Robert Kiyosaki.I think I need to write a full post on this.

Financial Freedom Tips

  1. I will Pay myself first.
  2. I will Budget Each Month & stick to it.
  3. I will never dip into savings to buy anything superfluous (electronics, games, cars, etc).  Cash flow is the only source of my spending.
  4. I will save and invest my yearly bonus.
  5. I will find at least 5 sources of alternative income, including: interest income, dividends, rental income etc.
  6. I will never let money control my life.  Instead, money will be my own personal servant named XYZ when I choose to retire.
  7. I will always value time over money and never be a penny wise and a pound foolish.
  8. I will never buy a car just to keep up with appearances.
  9. I will not buy a house that is more than me or my family need.
  10. I will not spend money just to spend it.
  11. I will remember how much money was wasted buying unnecessary and unwanted crap.
  12. I will live below – not within – my means.
  13. I will shun all debt
  14. I will stop all impulsive buying (Only make purchases I have planned)
  15. I will postpone my major buying decisions.
  16. And most important I will continually increase my knowledge of personal finance and money management.

Would you like to add or contribute your mantra of financial freedom?

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  • Sameera August 16, 2011, 11:52 AM

    Thank you so much for this article! It hits the right notes at so so many places. You are very right when you say a raise in salary doesn’t really solve any issues. We all need to know how to manage money better and how to make it work for us, instead of us working for it 🙂

    Thanks!

    • Hemant Beniwal August 17, 2011, 10:30 AM

      Thanks Sameera.

      • Parthajit Bardhan September 19, 2012, 1:55 PM

        Hemantji,
        Many many thanks for the Financial Freedom Trips provided by you, which will be help us to rethink our future.
        Again Thanks.

  • Mansoor August 16, 2011, 11:57 AM

    Yet another excellent article, Thank you. My eyes were full reading the financial freedom tips. Simple things but makes a lot of difference.
    I have a question on tip no. 5. How could a common man create 5 other sources of income? I am 29 with about 2 lacs of investments (mostly done recently in past 2 years), the dividends I get every year is only about 500-1000 INR. One reason could be because I have selected Growth Option. But just wondering.

    • Hemant Beniwal August 17, 2011, 10:49 AM

      Hi Mansoor,
      Basic source of income are mentioned in the 2nd pic but you need to be bit creative to find more sources.
      One of my client who is a tech geek runs a blog which generates some additional income through ad revenues. I know one more guy who is in govt. service support her wife (who was earlier homemaker) to sell merchandise on rediff. So good answer is Think & think creative.

      • Mansoor August 17, 2011, 11:32 AM

        It makes sense, thank you.

      • Nishi May 24, 2012, 1:17 PM

        Hey Hemant,
        Although the above advise was for Mansoor, still I would like to thank you as it is really too good. “Think Creative” I believe this is what would work for me to generate a 2nd source of income.

        Once again A Big Thank You !!
        Regards, Nishi

      • Rupali jaiswal August 16, 2012, 8:44 PM

        thank you sir..for giving wonderful article..

    • Bhupesh A September 27, 2011, 3:41 PM

      Hello Mr. Masoor,
      Thats a problem with common man… a common man is ready to think out of the box…A common man has to create a income source which can generate money for him even though he is not actively working for money… I mean he should work for projects through which he can generate PASSIVE INCOME where his presence is not necessary…. But common man always think that JOB is the only area from where can generate his income… This is because of fear / lack of knowledge or due to high risk involve in Passive Income generating projects….
      If you need any more information on Passive Income generation process and different ways then lots of Books / articles are available…you can search them…or you can write to me at email

  • Sumant August 16, 2011, 12:37 PM

    Great article.
    Really wish i knew all this 10 years ago!

    • Hemant Beniwal August 17, 2011, 10:51 AM

      Hi Sumant,
      If this is the case why don’t you help other people – so they don’t write this message after 10 years.

      • Sumant August 17, 2011, 11:28 AM

        been recommending books and forwarding good blogs (such as this one) to people. Some take the effort to read, learn and implement the learning. Some don’t. I guess some people have to go through some hard experiences before they accept the importance of saving/investing/asset allocation planning/risk management.

        • Hemant Beniwal August 18, 2011, 12:09 PM

          Hi Sumant,
          I really appreciate your effort but as they say “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink” – it’s there financial life so let them chose their fate.

          • Moksha August 29, 2012, 10:49 AM

            Hi Hemant ,

            After reading your articles on TFL guide , there is a lot of positive change in my attitute towards finances. I always forward your article links to my family and friends. I have even shared the TFL guide link on my FB wall. But there is not a single response to it :-(. I think people find financial planning very boring and time consuming.
            U rightly said “we can lead horse to water but u cant make it drink”. But I ll continue with my efforts .

            Thanks and Warm Regards.
            Moksha

          • byju October 15, 2012, 9:30 PM

            good one!!

      • ram August 19, 2011, 2:44 PM

        Hemanth,
        Should we rather keep others away from this financial knowledge? 😉 As more people becoming rich means more chance of the cost of living going high. Is not ‘being rich’ just a comparative state of mind (like “what other’s can’t afford that I can” sort of feeling). So if someone has missed the knowledge and just started gaining it, should he rather keep others away to stay ahead in the race? 😀 😀

        Ram

  • K GOPINATHAN NAIR August 16, 2011, 12:41 PM

    Good article. My surplus are invested in FDS and Equity. I may have to find other sources of income. I am looking for Good MF for SIP, but somehow, i am not able to find one good one. I am aged 53 years.

  • ANIL KUMAR KAPILA August 16, 2011, 2:01 PM

    Hi Hemant
    In the statement given below I think the word reduce should be replaced by increase.

    But the truth is – greater the gap between earning and spending, the faster we will achieve financial freedom. And you can reduce this gap by managing expenses.

  • Rohan Doshi August 16, 2011, 6:04 PM

    Great Article Hemant !

    These tips are really useful for our financial future ,
    One can really print them and paste it at the place where they can see it daily , so that it will help reader to not to deviate from track once they start the journy

    Thank You !

    Regards
    Rohan

    • Hemant Beniwal August 18, 2011, 12:13 PM

      Thanks Rohan for such a nice comment.
      I think people should do this thing – everyone should make 10 good pointers (may be their week points) & paste it on their wall or keep it in their diary. This will keep them motivated.

  • ANIL KUMAR KAPILA August 16, 2011, 8:29 PM

    Hi Hemant
    I have recently read something on this subject which I would like to share.
    What is financial freedom?
    1 To have enough money to meet your needs and some surplus to invest.
    2 To be free from debt.
    3 To be a strong financial provider for your family.
    What to do to achieve financial freedom?
    1 Make your freedom list by writing your important financial goals.
    2 Quantify your freedom goals by writing the time and the amount required to achieve each goal.
    3 Save and invest regularly to achieve financial freedom.
    4.Be patient. Give time to your investments to grow.

    • Hemant Beniwal August 18, 2011, 12:15 PM

      Hi Anil,
      I liked the process to achieve financial freedom – everyone should do this.

  • singh August 16, 2011, 9:01 PM

    Hello I want to deal in mutual funds online. Currently I have an account with United Bank of India. This Bank does not have tie ups with any of the Fund Houses. So I am not able to invest online. I would like to open a new Bank Account with a Nationalised Bank barring State Bank of India since it has too much rush. Neither do I want to open an Account with a Private Bank since their charges & Min. Balance requirements are too high. So please suggest me which Nationalised Bank has tie-ups with most fund houses & allow to invest online easily.

    • Mansoor August 18, 2011, 10:20 AM

      Hi Singh, there is another option as well without opening another bank account. Most fund houses now a days offer direct investment with them like HDFC, Reliance, Fidelity etc. All you have to do is visit their branch and give them a cancelled cheque (for SIP), copy of PAN, KYC form (if already not compliant) and address proof. Viola. You are done. If you are doing SIP, they will deduct directly from your bank account every month. You can also apply for internet access, where you can login to the fund house website and purchase using your debit card or internet banking gateway. Hope this helps.

      If you really want to open an account, demat account would be advisable but mind you, they will have some charges for maintaining your account as well as for every transaction (for SIP – Rs.10 plus ST, for Purchase – Rs.100 plus ST). Goodluck.

      • Porbu August 17, 2012, 3:47 PM

        There are other avenues as well. You can try fundesupermart or Fundsindia

        Just need to check if these websites support your bank.

  • munish singh August 17, 2011, 9:22 AM

    Hi Hemant ,

    On point no. 5 & 8 is really useful for the guys like me . In the present time some expenses are just for making appearance in the outer world. And point 5 atleast we should not depend on the single income source.

    Gr8888888 Article .

    • Hemant Beniwal August 18, 2011, 12:17 PM

      Thanks Munish.
      I tried to cover lot of areas in this articles but I don’t how many people actually get benefited by such content.

  • ANIL KUMAR KAPILA August 18, 2011, 12:50 PM

    Hi Hemant
    I agree with you that the most important factor to achieve financial freedom is to have confidence in you that you can take care of your financial destiny without taking help from somebody.This will come only if you will continually increase your knowledge of personal finance and money management.Your posts contain a wealth of information.If the reader takes the trouble of going through your posts he will get all the answers regarding investing in mutual funds.But my impression is that most of the readers are asking the questions without taking the trouble of reading the posts.
    The readers can take a small step towards achieving financial freedom if they start investing in mutual funds by choosing their funds and managing their portfolio.In this way you can experience the thrill of designing your own portfolio and managing your own finances.This involves the following simple steps.
    1 Choose the right funds for your portfolio.
    2 Invest on your own, either directly through the fund house or the registrar and transfer agent.
    3. Start investing through SIP.When you opt for SIP through ECS, this gives you freedom from filling forms and writing cheques.
    4.Keep track of the performance of the funds in your portfolio against benchmarks and peers and take corrective action whenever needed.

  • Dr. Kousik Chakraborty August 18, 2011, 11:12 PM

    great work @ hemant…i want to take one advice from you… i did a mistake by buying LIC samridhi plus of rs. 20000/= per year. on march 2011. after going through your eye opener review on samridhi plus, i want to discontinue the policy within 1 year. can you tell me, how can i discontinue the policy nd what amount i will get after discontinuation of the policy?
    regards
    kousik

    • Hemant Beniwal August 23, 2011, 8:46 AM

      Hi Dr Kaushik,
      Yes you can do it – your fund will be converted into cash and you will receive it after completion of 5 years.

  • munish singh August 23, 2011, 11:21 AM

    Hi Hemant,

    One question on SIP. Suppose after completing the 10 yrs of SIP i get a heavy amount will I have to show it in my income tax return . Will it be applicable for TDS.

    reagrds,
    Munish

    • Hemant Beniwal September 1, 2011, 1:26 PM

      Hi Munish,
      Right now there are no long term capital gain tax on Equity Mutual Funds.

      • Munish Singh September 28, 2011, 10:02 AM

        Thanks a lot hemant.

        Believe me every time when i feel the financial freedom I always think of you and your guidance .

        You really change my perception toward life and money.

        Regards,
        Munish K. Singh

  • sangeeta September 1, 2011, 9:14 PM

    Hi Hemant
    Having read your answers to queries I also would want you to suggest to me as to the investments i should make. I am 49 and my husband 51 We have
    Lic Jeevan suraksha 30000
    market plus 10000
    sbi life scholar II 93500
    sbi life long pension 40000
    icici pinnacle II 50000
    icici life stage wealth 24000
    icici life stage pension 60000
    uti mf div yield 1000 p.m
    also suggest term plan if it is good at this age and which is better icici or kotak

  • Feroz Ikbal September 20, 2011, 11:50 PM

    how is sundaram select midcap appreciation in the portfolio of an SIP along with HDFC top 200 nd HDFC equity.

    • ANIL KUMAR KAPILA September 24, 2011, 8:39 AM

      Hi Feroz Ikbal
      You can consider these two funds.
      1 ICICI Prudential Focused Bluechip Equity
      2 HDFC Midcap Opportunities.

  • Bhupesh A September 27, 2011, 3:21 PM

    I have found a solid way to get financial freedom for forever…
    I can share the tool if somebody wants to achieve Financial Freedom in next 5/8 yrs…

    • Munish Singh September 28, 2011, 10:05 AM

      Mr Bhupesh,

      This is the place where you can share anything which is beneficial for all to achieve financial freedom. So share it for all readers of this portal.

      Regards,

      • tinks October 12, 2011, 12:45 PM

        Mr Bhupesh,
        Hope you don’t mind the tool you are going to provide will benefits other or not that i dnt know but yes one thing is sure financial freedom is not just for 5/ 8 yrs its for your whole financial life…

  • Ankur Sinha October 2, 2011, 12:20 PM

    Can you pls suggest I am planning to take Jeevan Saral 60000/- per annum and also planning to invest 60000/- per annum in mutual funds also have EPF account for 100000/- per annum

    • tinks October 12, 2011, 12:38 PM

      Hi Ankur,
      Don’t take any of the LIC policies because the premium in comparison with the term plan if you are comparing is very high.what i will suggest is that you should have a term plan which must be 10-15 times of your income.
      It’s good to hear from you that you are planning to invest in mutual funds rather then going in direct equity, I will suggest you to first see the horizon of your goals and according to that you should start investing in Mutual funds through SIP’s. You should continue your EPF account and build that corpus for your retirement don’t take money out of EPF account.

  • Ankur Sinha October 12, 2011, 10:33 PM

    Thanks Tinks for your reply
    I have another Q between ELSS and PPF which one one should choose ? ELSS will not be tax exempted from next year ?

    • tinks October 17, 2011, 11:16 AM

      Hi ankur,

      You can choose PPF not ELSS as the reason mentioned by you is correct.

  • Sanjay Thorat October 17, 2011, 10:52 AM

    Let me add one more tip to your Financial Freedom Tips:
    I will always keep myself fit and invest in my physical fitness.
    Does it make sense?

    • tinks October 17, 2011, 11:17 AM

      Hi sanjay,

      NO …

  • Denny Jones November 29, 2011, 11:44 AM

    Financial freedom is not tough to achieve but only you need to manage your finances and budget to get it . There are lot of peoples who are in debt , they always seek help from others to get out of it. So the first step would be debt , if you will overcome your debt then you can move towards financial freedom very easily. You just need to follow some tips to achieve your financial freedom …. 🙂

  • meera January 10, 2012, 12:51 PM

    Hello Hemant,
    Your articles are so very interesting and informative.I just have a query for you.Am now an NRI @ 45 and will retire by 56 or so.Have lttle investments in MF and equity and insuraance.Can you please suggest me an investment where I can earn 25000 montly after my retirement.(It should be guaranteed unlike MIP?
    thanks,
    Meera.

  • HEMENDRA GUPTA March 31, 2012, 4:29 PM

    Dear Hemant
    I have recently read something on the subject financial freedom. I really want to be financially free means I don’t want to work further to earn money. I have Rs. 30 lacs cash in my SB a/c, I am of 52 and free from all debt with my own house. Now I need your advice how can I earn atleast Rs.500000 P.M regularly from Rs30 lacs

  • Lakshmipathy G June 19, 2012, 6:19 PM

    Excellent Post

  • Ankit August 15, 2012, 7:45 PM

    Hi Hemant,

    Excellent article! Every line of article reminds of advice my dad gave me when I started earning. The best quote from him was, “A penny saved is a penny earned”.

  • ANIL KUMAR KAPILA August 16, 2012, 7:39 AM

    Hi Hemant
    Your tips are very useful.

  • S K Jaiswal August 16, 2012, 10:21 AM

    It is definitely an excellent blog. Thank you, Hemant, for bringing it out. Your E-Mailsalso are nicely designed and unobtrusive.
    I am 59 and retiring next year from a PSU. pension is not much, but I shall have good amount from PF/VPF. I am disappointed at all the offerings on Retirement Planning, as they address the people who have time horizon available for planning, normally the question of how to build up a corpus. However, their is very little literature on how to spend the retirment funds and how to allocate the funds in different options. One website advised of making three portions of the corpus and invest in FDs of various time frames. I missed that now. Can you give a thought and bring out some such guidance for people who are retiring immediately?

  • Mousumi August 16, 2012, 11:28 AM

    Hi Hemant,you are so right about financial planning.The rich makes money work for them, while the poor work for money.As most of us want money but don’t know how to keep and grow it,your precious advice is most needed.Thanks you so much and best wishes !

  • Mujahid Ahmed August 16, 2012, 3:02 PM

    Super Like. Easy to comprehend. Need posts like this than Rich Dad, Poor Dad.

    Please carry on good work.

  • Mohit August 16, 2012, 9:52 PM

    Dear Mr. Hemant,
    I like your article so much. I am 33 year of age with 3 year old son, me & my wife is working i have 14 lakh bank loan & my total family income is 6.0 PA.
    i have some financial & insurance query kindly guide me.
    Query 1- should i secure my home loan?
    Query 2- Please suggest which one is good for me “LIC Jeevan Saral & Kokak Capital Multiplier Plan” if other please tell me.
    Query 3 – I want to secure my child’s future so should i take traditional child plan or should i go with SIP or mutual fund for his future.
    Query 4 – I want to invest in SIP with tax saving please guide me where should i go.

    I am not so much of knowledge of finance & investments & please correct me where you feel i am wrong..

  • Snehasis Karmakar August 17, 2012, 3:39 PM

    Dear Hemant,
    Thank you for this article, it is excellent and helpful

  • satya August 20, 2012, 5:52 PM

    hi,hemant..
    excellent article for a person like me…
    i m 29 yrs old ,i employed in gov job last yr only and from a mth ago visiting from site to site to understand ABC of financial planning…
    today i get a start by ur article also i get the motivation and attitude …
    thanks sir..

  • satya August 20, 2012, 6:02 PM

    hi hemant..
    what can i do to start …at present i hv 5000-8000 pr mth as saving..what should be my asset allocation….there is not any deduction from my employer for pension..

    i hv started post office RD of 500 from last mth..
    i decided to take term plan of 15 lacs from lic Anmol jeevan..

  • gak August 23, 2012, 4:49 PM

    Apart from just the financial tips that are necessary to achieve financial independence, the greatest need is to first develop the right mindset about want vs need. If only needs are catered to then probably 90% of the financial tips get covered in that (like multiple loans for multiple properties and credit card debt, bigger and better cars…the list is endless really)

  • Naveen Prasadula August 23, 2012, 5:19 PM

    You are Right Hemant but People in 25 wouldn’t concentrate on this even though they understood. But when we Entered in 30’s we didn’t t have more chances to
    Invest since we have family responsibilities.How ever I am a bit luck since i am investing from past six years regularly in some stocks and mutual funds upto 30 Lakhs but some how my money didnt grown much as i expected however i will regularly follow you tips which are always excellent and helpful

  • Saud Khan August 26, 2012, 10:54 AM

    Hemant Sir,

    i m right now 20 years old and wanted to invest in mutual funds via SIP of Rs.8,000/- per month for next 20 years, Ma target is to achieve 2 crore in next 20 years. Tell me the best funds or what type of planning shud i do??????

  • N.M.R.Shreedhar August 27, 2012, 9:24 PM

    great article. came across an excellent definition of ” Financial freedom”— A person has Financial freedom when his /her passive income is more than 3x monthly expenses. A person earns passive income when he does,nt have to work for it . regds

  • Vikas Rana August 28, 2012, 12:35 PM

    Good one Hemant.

    I’ll add few more:
    1) I won’t buy any kind of insurance product except Term policy
    2) I’ll read and associate more with folks who’re already on the path of Financial Freedom
    3) I’ll give more in charity (Believe me this works) 🙂

    Vikas

  • Kamati September 11, 2012, 3:21 PM

    Hi Hemanth,

    Very nice article once again on financial freedom, I have 3 LICs polices (Jeevan Anand, Jeevan Saral,Jeevan chhaya with each of 5 Lacks S.A-Total of Rs 15L). after reading your articles, have changed my investment approach since I am paying very high amount for these policies but am getting very less insurance coverage when I compared with my premium amount approximately 75K p.a.

    Hence I am going to paid-up my existing 3 polices from this month onwards. Planned to take 2 term policies from both private and government sectors.

    In the month of June-12. I have started “BSLI Term insurance” with S.A of Rs 3035000/- and this month I am planning to take one more term plan “Amulya Jeevan” with S.A of Rs 2500000/- from LIC.
    Requesting you please confirm your opinion on Amulya Jeevan-Term plan from LIC where I am paying Rs 9125/-p.a for next 35 years.

    Ragrards,
    Kamati

  • Chandra September 14, 2012, 1:35 PM

    Hi Hemant,

    An excellent post. Thanks!!!

    I have read Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad & Poor Dad and you have quoted the phrase reg Asset and Liability. I wonder when i think that Home is a liability and Rental is an assest (income) which means to have seconday income (rental) you have to go through liability first… Pl correct me if i am wrong…

    Regards,

    Chandra

  • Shiva September 18, 2012, 3:29 PM

    hey. tried using the search field to look up on ICICI. it’s busted. you may want to give it a look.

  • Amit Singh September 23, 2012, 2:28 AM

    Really a nice article….. Thanks.

  • Rahul Srivastava October 10, 2012, 3:53 PM

    Hi Hemant,
    I am Rahul, age 30, IT Professional (only breadwinner in family), married since 5 years (& have a daughter of 2.5 years).
    I have a LIC Moneyback Policy since last 6 years for which a pay a premium of INR 18000 annually & it pays me back INR 50000 every 4 years. Also, I started a ULIP Child Plan (ICICI Smart Kid) where I pay INR 25000 annually for a SA of INR 5 lakhs, last year. These 2 policies, 1 Term Insurance Plan (from ICICI), 1 Mediclaim Plan & 1 ELSS constitute my tax planning.
    I am going to dis-continue the LIC Moneyback Policy, immediately & might re-consider dis-continuing the ULIP Child Plan as well. I believe, one should never fall in trap of low-yielding policies such as Moneyback, Income, Endowment, ULIP etc. at least, at my current stage. I already have monthly SIP worth INR 21000 in 6 Equity mutual funds.
    Could you please suggest where should I channel this INR 18000 annually (+ INR 25000, probably)? My goals are house (2 years from now), daughter’s study & marriage, pension(25 years from now) & a significant health corpus. I dont have any loans/debts etc.
    Your suggestions regarding best possible avenues for investment of INR 18000 annually (+ INR 25000, probably), would be highly appreciated.

  • Lt Col Ranvir Singh (Retd) November 9, 2012, 11:22 AM

    TOWARDS TIME AND FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE

    Deriving from the way Robert T Kiyosaki has divided the world population of earners into four quadrants in his famous book “The Cash Flow Quadrant”, and how Burke Hudges has explained the ‘bucket carrying‘ concept in his famous book “The Parable of Pipeline”, I am convinced and thus strongly advocate that in this era of fast, and stress and tension filled life, we critically need to scan for options that will provide us TIME AND FINANCIAL FREEDOM. And, the sooner – the better.

    What does that mean and translate into??? It means that we need to look for options which can help us move from the quadrant where we are trading our time for money, to the quadrant where we leverage other’s time to make money work for us. In plain terms – move from the ‘Active’ income side to the ‘Passive’ income side. And the good thing is that the transition can also be gradual. Some of the benefits of having a source of Passive Income are as under:-
    • Escape from JOB (also Just-Over-Broke) cycle i.e. ‘off to office – back to home – off to office’.
    • Time, as well as financial independence.
    • Adequate time to pursue other interests.
    • Spend quality, as well as quantity time with near and dear ones.
    • No inherent fear of ‘retirement’ and ‘post – retirement’ blues.
    • Contribute to charity.
    • Future generations also get benefited.

    Means to generate passive income are many, and thus can be adopted as per the capability, interests and the risk taking appetite of respective individual. One can reap benefits from investments in realty, earnings from investments in equity, write books or use net resources (like writing blogs) to obtain royalty or commission/ad revenues, or earn through Network Marketing, and many more.

    I have discovered that Network Marketing happens to be a source which involves least risk, minimum investment and comparatively higher returns. One can get a very good insight into this field by reading “The Book on Network Marketing” by Richard Kall, and “Network Marketing – Business of the 21st Century” by Robert T Kiyosaki. (The pdf version of these are available on net).

    I have no hesitation in saying that we, those in and also those out of uniformed life, need to take a serious stock of the environment around us and strive to reach the point where we can have ‘time for ourselves’ at the earliest. Look for your options…..and not run away from them.

    Marathon Versus Relay: Our life is a race, but we can decide if we want to be a participant in a ‘marathon’ run, or a ‘relay’ race. Obviously, we run all alone in a marathon run and our success depends on our individual capability. We keep succeeding, till we keep running. It is synonymous with a person working on a job where he follows the of ‘off to office – back to home – off to office’ cycle. He gets a salary till he maintains this cycle. Thereafter, probably his next generation also takes the same cue and follows suit. This is what majority of the population does.

    Alternatively, a few decide to run a ‘relay’ race. The first person runs for some distance, and then passes on the baton to the next person. The second person also does the same, and the cycle follows. In the end, when the team wins, it is victory for all of them. This is the essence of Network Marketing, where the effort is at team level with collective victory also providing for time and financial freedom. This way, they have all created a ‘pipeline’ of wealth for themselves.

    There is a very thin wall separating the ‘marathon’ runners from the ‘relay’ runners. It is only incumbent on us to make a little effort and break this wall to become a part of the ‘relay’ runners or ‘pipeline’ builders.

    My sole intention is ‘to make you think’ and possibly prod you towards a better life. However, the prerogative to take that ‘hint’ is and will always be with you. You decide, how you want to be the master of your future. Only YOU have to take decision to ‘make money work for you’, to stop becoming a ‘bucket carrier’ and to lay the ‘pipeline of wealth’ instead. Only YOU have to take actions to prevent yourself from getting exhausted in the ‘marathon’ of life, and instead form your team and run a ‘successful relay’ race. So,
    • Act quickly.
    • Learn, then earn.
    • Raise yourself, and then HELP mankind.
    • Enjoy – the much desired time and financial freedom.

    Now, go ahead and arm yourself with adequate knowledge about the subject from the various sources you can think of. My best wishes will always be with YOU.

    Lt Col Ranvir Singh (Retd)

  • Afzal November 16, 2012, 8:20 PM

    Hi,

    I am an avid reader of yours and appreciate a lot of your viewpoints. However I do not agree with your viewpoint to shun all debt. Especially for house even if you have the money you should never use it, instead take a debt. Leverage has its own value and should be used effectively.

  • Debojyoti Das January 31, 2013, 10:04 PM

    Hi Hemanth or any of the experienced folks,
    I have few questions on my Financial situation and require your inputs on the same. (Little Background: Aged 30 yrs, male, married and kid of one daughter of 1.2 yrs.) Current Investment: 1. Term Insurance=50,00,000, 2. LIC Jeevan Anand=10614/-PA till 2023 (SA=1.5 Lakh), 3. LIC Jeevan Ankur=8814/-PA till 2030 (SA=2 Lakh), ICICI Pru Life stage wealth=50000/- PA till 2017 (SA=5 Lakh), PPF=100000 till date. Future milestone: House=50 L in 01-02yr, Children education=30 L in 15yr, Retirement=01 Crore in 20 yr. I just started with 02 mutual fund (HDFC top 200 and HDFC equity) of Rs. 1500/- every month for 12 months. How I should invest and what should be my time frame for those investments. Please provide me a balanced portfolio. Please guide.

  • L.Sankaranarayanan June 16, 2013, 10:27 AM

    Dear Hemanth
    I do not agree with the Robert’s argument(In his book RichDad PoorDad)
    that House is a liability. In India especially in TamilNadu a house which was Rs.8,00,000 some five years backs now cost Rs.40,00,000 (5 times increased).Even if a house in its most bad condition cost Rs.500000 / to renovate. Robert’s view are OK for all countries? As you told I expect you should write a separate articel about this. Please reply.

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