We are not saying that stock market is a bad place to invest. Just that it is not for everyone and not every day is a good day to invest. Let’s not get carried away with the rally and feel left out. There are other ways of making money and they are safer. Caterpillar will help you identify those and consider your goals are a priority.
When I was a kid, my mother was my tutor. She would often ask me about the chapters I find tricky. Let’s start with that chapter only, she would insist.
I hated it back then, I still hate it today. But over years, that approach became my habit. It helped.
When we do not know where is the life headed, retirement planning for obvious reasons drop to the bottom of our to-do list. But, my learning says, it should be on top of the to-do list. Once you plan your retirement properly, other short and medium term goals fall into place.
We often say: “Abhi toh bohot time pada hai, baad mein aaram se kar lenge.”
But time flies and tomorrow never comes.
Let’s assume that you are 30, married, and living in a metropolitan city. Suppose further that your monthly expenses are Rs. 60,000 per a month and you see yourself retiring at 55, and die by 85. Here’s the money you need to accumulate if you were to live the lifestyle you are envisaging for you in the silver days:
At an inflation rate of 5% per annum, your Rs 60,000 monthly expenses today would be Rs 2,08,000 by your retirement. To earn that inflation adjusted Rs 2,08,000 per month expenses, you need a corpus of Rs 7.75 crore.
To reach a corpus, you need to invest. Suppose you are getting 12 per annum return, which is huge given the prevailing fixed deposit rates. This is what you would be needing to invest monthly today:
After 5 years
Rs. 78, 350
After 10 years
Rs. 1,55, 130
After 15 years
Let’s talk about reducing your monthly expense (no pun intended)
(Numbers have been rounded off for ease of understanding)
As you see, it is necessary to start planning retirement as early as possible because compounding is a process and there is no catalyst to speed it up.
No to forget are unforeseen events such as pandemics and slowdown in the economy, for which some savings are a must.
Moral of the story- Delaying for later or next month or next year is a disaster waiting to happen. Pick your phone and call on 817-827-1045 to get started. We are here to provide help and guide you every step of the way.
Ignorance is bliss. Whoever came up with this phrase would have been talking in a philosophical sense. In the real world, ignorance is not an excuse. Want an example? CORONAVIRUS. This pandemic has cost the world more than any other tragedy or calamity in recent memory. The government and the people ignored early signs of the onset of the pandemic and India suffered. Worse, those who took precautions weren’t spared either.
India has lost nearly 4.2 lakh people due to coronavirus. Over 3 crore people have been infected till now and the months of April and May of 2021 brought the entire nation to its knees. It is difficult to put into words the gravity of the individual loss that we all have suffered. And yet, we are still not prepared.
The fight against coronavirus is a very personal one. There are things we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones. And we are not talking about the regular masking up and social distancing. We are talking about health insurance.
Most people have been avoiding health insurance. The problem is that coronavirus has shown us how costly the treatment can get. Middle-class and upper-middle-class people cannot shell out Rs 15-20 lakhs at minute’s notice to pay the hospital bills. Hence, when you are dealing with a situation when your loved ones are fighting for their lives, money should not be the top concern that you have.
This is where a good health insurance plan comes into play. While the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India has made it compulsory for all the insurance policies to ensure Covid coverage, it must be kept in mind that this comes into effect after a waiting period, which could be as high as 15 days to one month of purchasing the policy. Simply put, if you get Covid within 15-30 days of purchasing the policy, the insurer will not cover the bill.
But, your simple health insurance plan is not enough. Covid in itself is a lung disease. However, it brings several other complications. Your base plan worth Rs 5-10 lakh may not cover the treatment for all complications that Covid will bring. Hence, you need a solid super top-up. A super top-up can add on more coverage to your base cover at an affordable rate. It can really help you meet the health expenditure. When you combine the base plan and a super top-up, you have the liberty to feel secure from a financial standpoint. We at Caterpillar, will be there to help you do exactly that.
However, there are a few more things to consider. You don’t have time to mull over buying a health insurance plan. Although Covid cover starts after 15-30 days of purchasing the plan, there are some diseases covered only after a defined waiting period after buying the policy. This could be anywhere between one and four years. As we have seen that Covid brings several post-recovery complications, it is necessary for you to buy a plan as soon as possible and stay safe and secure.
Since March of 2020, Covid has shown us that it is too unpredictable and tough to beat. It is an invisible enemy. Still, we have a responsibility towards ourselves and our families. We need to protect ourselves and our loved ones. That can only happen if we give up our old-fashioned thinking and embrace the concept of health insurance. At Caterpillar, we are here to help you with just that. Life is priceless and keeping it safe will not cost you much. Come to us for healthy advice and let us help you protect your families. All you have to do is pick up that phone and call us at 8178271045 and we will take care of the rest.
The Sensex and Nifty, and even Midcap and Smallcap indices have been hitting fresh highs. You track your portfolio. You are elated with huge gains. Bech dun kya? You wonder to yourself.
There is nothing wrong in booking profits if you see attractive gains in your portfolio. But, this is not an ideal approach. We at CIIS encourage you to have an ‘exit’ strategy first before you park your money with us. You don’t redeem your investments just because everyone else is doing so. Or, because you expect market correction in the coming months. Markets cannot move in one direction. It’s a cycle. It’ll go up and up and down and down. You cannot time it. What you can time, however, is your exit strategy. We tell you all about it.
How to get your exit strategy right?
Buying a stock or a mutual fund is not as difficult as deciding when to sell it. However, if you approach investments in a disciplined manner, it becomes a cakewalk. Are you aware of the most basic principle of investing? If not, then you are not alone. In fact, people who know it also ignore it. Today is your chance to learn and make the most of it. This basic principle is what defines your exit strategy. Curious? Of course, you are!
I am sure you must have heard of goal-based investing. Do you do it? Tell us in comments.
Linking a goal with your investments is the basic principle of investing. You can’t just start an SIP of Rs 5000 every month for eternity. You must have a goal in mind. This could be your imminent wedding, child’s higher education or wedding, a vacation abroad or your retirement. If you have a goal in mind, we can help you estimate exactly how much funds you need to collect to secure your goal.
We will tell you how much monthly outgo is needed. Once we have settled that, rest assured, you will meet your goal in the timeline we have set for it.
What if the stock market performs much better than what we had expected? You’ll meet your goal sooner. If you have collected the required corpus already, you exit. As simple as that. If you have not, you don’t. The markets must be staring at a correction, but your goal is still years away. Market correction shouldn’t bother you. Assume markets do correct. It will be an opportunity to buy more stocks or units at cheaper rates. When the tide turns again you will be much richer closer to your goal.
If your goal is just a year away and you are in the middle of a bull market – as we are now – you consult your advisor. You may want to exit from equities and move your funds to a safer debt mutual fund. Your exit strategy should always revolve around your goals.
Follow the basic principle of investing. Every single investment that you have done or will do should be linked with a goal. Define your exit strategy by having a clear estimation of future value of your goals. Once you get it right, the highs and lows in the market shouldn’t bother you. Collecting the future value of your life goals is your aim (and our promise). We strive towards it. We befriend market moves to achieve it.
Call us (+91-8178271045) to know more about exit strategies. We at CIIS are happy to help.