“The best way to measure your investing success is not by whether you’re beating the market but by whether you’ve put in place a financial plan and a behavioral discipline that are likely to get you where you want to go.”

-Benjamin Graham

There is fear is on the Street. The weakening rupee and elevated oil prices were certainly causes for worry, but did not trigger panic-selling. Shadow banking, which was often talked about as the biggest risk in China, seems to have reared its head closer home instead.

The selling by foreign investors and the anticipation that RBI might increase policy rates in its October meeting is also pushing bond yields up.

Please watch this video to know Vishal Dhawan’s view on current market environment.

The investor’s chief problem – even his worst enemy – is likely to be himself.”

– Benjamin Graham

It is a well known fact that human cognitive abilities and emotions both have a huge say on how one goes about investing, both negative and positive. However it is the negative side of such aspects that come to front more often that not. Such obstacles are usually termed as “biases”.

This article looks to highlight and explain some of the common “biases” which tends to prove a hindrance to an investor from achieving his or her’s investment objective. As fundamental part of human nature, these biases can affect all types of investors. Therefore understanding them may help you to avoid such pitfalls

Please watch this video to know common Vishal Dhawan’s view on common biases which should be avoided..

“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.”

-Warren Buffett

Major banks and housing finance companies have already raised interest rates, which have resulted in an increase in EMIs for home loan borrowers. Looking at the global and domestic developments, interest rates are expected to rise going further. Market expectations are that the RBI could hike rates by another 25 bps during the August18 policy meeting. However, the call will hinge on how crude prices and the rupee moves over the next few months, as well as the extent of impact of minimum support price hikes on inflation. Thus the home loan rates which have already increased by 10 – 20 basis points could further rise by another 20 – 30 basis points.

Please watch this video to know ways to control EMIs and interest burden…

“More money has been lost trying to anticipate and protect from corrections than actually in them.”

– Peter Lynch

Windfall money has the potential to change your life. But before you start celebrating and making plans on how to spend this money take the following steps to ensure you and your loved ones can reap the benefits of this gain for a life time.

Here are the 5 easy steps to manage your windfall money.

“Those who succeed after a rare opportunity, only succeed on the back of a plan they already had or one they craft and begin to pursue after receiving the windfall”

– Archibald Marwizi

Windfall money has the potential to change your life. But before you start celebrating and making plans on how to spend this money take the following steps to ensure you and your loved ones can reap the benefits of this gain for a life time.

Here are the 5 easy steps to manage your windfall money.

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak”

– Hans Hofman

About 6 months ago, SEBI came out with a new set of regulations stating that all Mutual Funds need to fit into 5 large categories with 36 sub-categories. This would have significant and widespread impacts on the universe of Mutual funds as well as your portfolios. Watch our video to know more…and signup for a Portfolio Scanner service for a detailed analysis of your portfolio.

“A Fool and His Money are soon parted”

– Old English phrase

April Fools’ Day is on April 1st. On this occasion, usually people are playing pranks on friends and family and celebrating. On this occasion, we thought it’s a good time to alert investors on how they can avoid being financial fools. What are the items to watch out for, so that you can avoid being fooled and/or misled on your finances.Watch our video to know more…

“The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.”

-By – Kalpana Chawla

Stereotypes are not uncommon in our Indian society. One of the most common ones we hear is how women do not know how to manage their money. There are many indulgent fathers and husbands who realize too late about involving women in financial decisions. The question that arises here is why should women also focus on finances? Watch our video to know why…

“The philosophy of the rich and the poor is this: the rich invest their money and spend what is left. The poor spend their money and invest what is left”

-By – Robert Kiyosaki

All of us know that it is important to have a budget and follow it but more often than not we are unable to follow through. Watch this video for a simple change that you can implement to apply the budgeting principles to your finances…

“Well begun is half done”
-By – Aristotle

Equity Markets in 2017 were largely positive despite the economic slowdown in GDP from 7.1% in FY 15-16 to 5.7 % in Q1 FY17-18 and 6.3% in Q2 FY17-18 with temporary disruptions from demonetization and GST rollout. On the basis of price to earning ratios and the mixed bag corporate results Quarter 2, we still believe that the equity markets are overvalued. On the other hand we had fixed income markets also behaving contrary to expectations. What should therefore be the investing strategy for the new year….. hear more for Vishal Dhawan’s view…

“Preparation is the key to success”
– Alexander Graham Bell.

Every December usually we tend to look back at the year, and think of the progress we made. During this process, a set of questions that keeps popping up ever so often is “Life is good currently but what if something happens tomorrow?” There are many risks that we come across daily in analysing client portfolios, and broadly we think there are three that come up most often in conversations. These three risks have great strength to disrupt our dreams or leave them unaccomplished. Let’s hear it in greater detail from Vishal Dhawan…

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today”
– By Malcom X

Over the last few years we have seen many parents have been encouraging their kids to pursue their dream careers in off beat fields like being a photographer, chef, pilot etc etc as these have tremendous scope if are pursued with full passion and enthusiasm. Hear more from Vishal Dhawan about the Mistakes to avoid whilst saving for education for your child……

“The future depends on what we do in the present.”
-By Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi’s biggest message to the world was that of morality as an important part of life, business, and of course politics. On this Gandhi Jayanti, we thought it would be a nice thing on Gandhi’s birthday to remember the inspiration that he served through his teachings. Here’s a collection of quotes – that serve a great inspiration to the investor community..….Hear more for Vishal Dhawan’s view…

“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry”
-By Thomas Fuller

When things are good, everything seems simple and perfect. Wealth continues to accumulate at a steady pace, and life is good. However, it is not just enough to be wealthy, it is also critical to stay wealthy. The Importance of Having a “Staying Wealthy Plan” is that it helps you think about what might go wrong, and is different from the status quo. Essentially it is your Plan B….Hear more for Vishal Dhawan’s view…

“There is no easy, magical formula when it comes to getting out of debt. It takes a lot of time, hard work and discipline”
-By Daveramsey.com

A study done by a university showed that many people who spend time worrying about their debt are less healthy than those who are debt free or have their finances well planned. For most people, becoming debt free can be a very calming experience and enable one to focus on other items in ones life – family, professional growth, etc….Hear more for Vishal Dhawan’s view…

“Its not the end but start of the journey

-By Arun Jaitley

At the moment wherever we go what everyone is discussing is GST and its impact on everyone’s life. On the whole, the concept of GST is basically standardising the indirect tax structure of the country which was different for different regions till now…. Hear more for Vishal Dhawan’s view…

An Investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

-By Benjamin Franklin

As we approach the beginning of the school year an important topic of discussion to address is that of education planning. Children’s education is one of the biggest cash outflows that families must plan for…. Hear more for Vishal Dhawan’s view…

Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.

– Sun Tzu

A critical part of any Investment portfolio strategy is the development of an asset allocation and subsequent portfolio rebalancing, depending on the investor’s needs and financial goals…. Hear Vishal Dhawan’s view…

Intelligent people make decisions based on oppurtunity costs.

~ Charlie Munger

Mid and Small caps continue to sizzle, and the lack of a correction that everyone has been expecting for a while has yet to happen. Should you change your investment strategy as a result ? Hear Vishal Dhawan’s view…

Colours of personal finance this Holi…..

As the festival of colours comes closer, hear Vishal Dhawan share his views on how you can use different shades and colours to better manage your personal finance…..

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

– Jimmy Dean

With a sharp increase in bond yields contrary to expectations, and concerns around Balance sheet challenges for companies continuing, hear Vishal Dhawan’s views on managing your debt fund portfolio…

“Nayee Duniya Hain, Naya Dur Hain, Nayi Hai Umang, Kuch The Pehle Ke Tareeke, Toh Hai Kuch Aaj Ke Dhang”

~ Arun Jaitely, India Budget 2017

In your busy world filled with deadlines and a scarcity of time, our Budget2017 video gives insights on how the Budget impacts you, your family and your personal financial life.

Although no one can go back and make a new start, Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending

– Carl Bard

Over the last couple of months, as demonetization has created significant liquidity in the banking system, banks and NBFCs have finally started cutting interest rates. Hear Vishal Dhawan’s views on what you should be doing with your home loan now….

“Two super-contagious diseases, fear, and greed will forever occur in the investment community. The timing of these epidemics will be unpredictable. … We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.” This is the simple recipe for being a contrarian investor.

By Warren Buffett

Demonetization has been a favored topic of discussion with a wide range of opinions. Whilst a more exact impact is likely to be better understood over the next few weeks and months, it is important to shut out the noise and political commentary, and focus on whether it can truly make a difference to your investment portfolio. Hear Vishal Dhawan’s views on the same….

“Focus is a matter of deciding what things you’re NOT going to do.”

– John Carmack

Finding the one thing in your life that truly matters can be a life changing event for many. The one thing is equally relevant for your investment portfolio, especially when demonetisation and an emerging market sell off are creating ripples in Financial Markets. Here’s how you can apply learnings from the book “ The One Thing” by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan to your personal finances with Vishal Dhawan..

“If you cannot control your emotions, you cannot control your money ”

– Warren Buffett

With two significant events of demonetization in India and the US elections, Hear Vishal Dhawan speak about its impact on your investments..


“To be truly simple, you have to go really deep..”

– Steve jobs

As you declutter this Diwali here is a 4 step guide on doing the same with your finances.. Hear Vishal Dhawan speak..

“The only person who will take care of the older person that you will someday be – is the younger person now.”

– unknown

Hear Vishal Dhawan speak on “ How to choose the right health insurance policy for yourself and your family?”

“ When investing is comfortable it is rarely profitable.”

– Rober Arnott

With interest rates falling and there is rising inflation, is it still a good time to invest in fixed income instruments? Hear what Vishal Dhawan has to say..

“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”

– Sun Tzu

Does a Buy and Hold strategy always work or are valuations of financial markets also important? Should you stick to your asset allocation irrespective of the state of financial markets? Hear Vishal Dhawan share his thoughts..

“ We don’t have to be smarter than the rest. We have to be more disciplined than the rest”

– Warren Buffet

Hear Vishal Dhawan’s view on what are the three key things which investors should do with their investments in an uncertain environment like this?

“ In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.”

– Warren Buffet

Hear Vishal Dhawan’s view on Equit, Fixed Income and currency Markets post Brexit. To know what is it that you need to do with our investment portfolios watch out for our next video tomorrow..

 

Understanding New Pension Scheme and its advantages.

With the changes in the New Pension Scheme in Budget 2016, Vishal Dhawan explains the structure & enhanced tax benefits of NPS and why one should look at this product for retirement planning

 


Understanding Employee Provident Fund and its Advantages

Since most of the employees have the option of an EPF, how can one fully utilize the benefits of EPF for retirement and its tax advantages. Hear Vishal Dhawan speak about the importance of EPF for your retirement planning..

“You get recessions, you have stock market declines. If you don’t understand that’s going to happen, then you’re not ready, you won’t do well in the markets.”
– Peter Lynch.

US Federal Reserve has decided to keep its rates unchanged. Hear Vishal Dhawan speak about its Impact on Indian Equities and what will impact Gold prices going forward…

“Although no one can go back and make a new start, Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending”
– Carl Bard.

It’s the start of a brand new financial year in India. It’s a great time to make new financial year resolutions. Hear Vishal Dhawan speak about ‘must have’ resolutions and tips to stick to them. It’s also time for your annual bonus or increment, so hear what to do with that as well…

“The real key to making money in stocks is not to get scared out of them.”

– Peter Lynch

With a lot of news flowing around the challenges in the Chinese economy and global markets, hear Vishal Dhawan speak about the current outlook of markets and how investors can use this volatility to their advantage.

“Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.”
– Ambrose Bierce

Financial Planning is incomplete without Estate Planning. We read and hear about it but not many of us have an Estate Plan in place. Hear Vishal Dhawan speak about Estate Planning and why it is so critical to have an Estate Plan?

“The intelligent investor is likely to need considerable will power to keep from following the crowd.”
– by Benjamin Graham

With a lot of news flow expected around the US Fed meeting in December, expect volatility in domestic and international markets. Hear Vishal Dhawan speak about its impact on both Equity and Fixed Income markets, and an appropriate strategy as an investor.

“When you invest, you are buying a day that you don’t have to work.”
– by AyaLaraya.

Retirement is a journey, not a destination. Hear Vishal Dhawan speak about things to consider whilst planning your retirement and estimating the corpus needs and the investment strategies for your retirement years to support your retirement expenses.

The fact that people will be full of greed, fear or folly Is predictable. The sequence is not predictable.
– by Warren Buffet

Does having a long term investment horizon really work? How does it benefit investors?
In today’s volatile market why one should stay invested for the long term. Hear Vishal Dhawan speak…

The big money is not in the buying and selling … but in the waiting.
– by Jesse Livermore

Amidst the slow down in Asia’s biggest economy and the world’s second largest economy, the US Fed contemplating a rate hike and Yuan devaluation, what is the likely impact on Indian Financial Markets ? With a credit downgrade by a corporate last week getting a lot of attention, what should be the strategy for your debt mutual fund portfolio. Hear Vishal Dhawan speak…

“If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.”

– by Warren Buffet

With real estate prices down, is this the right time to invest? What should you do with your existing investments in real estate? How should you use real estate to fund your goals? How else can you invest in the real estate field? Watch Vishal Dhawan clear a few of those doubts

“Be Fearful When Others are Greedy, Be Greedy when Others are Fearful.”

– by Warren Buffet

Vishal Dhawan speaks about the Greek debt crisis, its possible impact on financial portfolios and what strategy investors should adopt in this environment.

“Thoughtful Financial Planning can easily take a backseat to daily life”

– by Suze Orman

With the Narendra Modi government completing one year in office this month, Vishal Dhawan shares learnings from this one year for your personal financial plan. Learnings include taking a long term term view on your financial plan, focusing on removing clutter and being disciplined, going global and recalibrating/ introspecting on your personal financial plan each year.

“There are substantial rewards for adopting a regular routine of investing and following it no matter what, and additional rewards for buying more shares when most investors are scared into selling.”

– Peter Lynch

A correction in Indian Equities has come at the right time for the slightly overvalued market. Vishal Dhawan speaks about the strategy for investors who are looking to invest or invested in the equity markets, and the outlook for debt markets.

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”

– Suze Orman

Whilst January may be the time to make resolutions on the personal front and set personal targets, April is a great time in India to set your targets around your personal finances as it is the start of the new financial year. So here is our seven step checklist to get your personal finances in good health.

How has this year been so far for the markets? How will it impact your portfolio? Vishal Dhawan speaks about the things investors should look while building their portfolio?

 


In the midst of heighted expectations of union budget, Let us know how important it is for individuals like us to prepare their own budget. Click here to know how you can go about preparing your own budget and see the change in your own life.

“Money is not the most important thing in the world. Love is. Fortunately, I love money.”

– Jackie Mason.

When you say, “I do,” it’s for love. Money matters too. Money discussions aren’t always easy for newlyweds. It’s best to approach them with an open mind and as a team. Listen to our conversation on some ways to help successfully unite financial lives of newly wedded couples.

“Let your advance worrying become advance thinking and planning” says Winston Churchill. Planning to visit your dream destination but confused on how to manage your finances? Vishal Dhawan spots some ideas on how you should plan your dream holiday.

 


 

“ Always invest for the long term – Warren Buffet.” Click here to know whats happening currently in the Indian economy and Financial Markets..

“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day so that my child may have peace” – Thomas Paine. Click here to see how to secure your child’s future…

 


 

“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get – Warren Buffet.” Click here to know whats happening currently in the Indian economy and Financial Markets..

“Research shows that ‘experiences’ bought with money tend to have more lasting value than ‘things’ bought with money. Click here to see our thoughts on how to spend your Diwali for maximum gains …”

 


 

“Understanding how to be a good investor makes you a better business manager and vice versa.” Click here to know whats happening currently in the Indian economy and Financial Markets..

“Equity Markets in the last few weeks have headed one way and that’s upward. Click here to know our view on the equity markets and the simple steps to focus on…”

 


 

“There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it and when he can”. Click here to know whats happening currently in the Indian economy and Financial Markets..

“Freedom is the oxygen of the Soul” is both one of the simplest and yet one of the most complete definitions of freedom that I have come across. The word freedom evokes a sense of hope, inspiration, choice and joy all at the same time, and could mean very different things to different people………..

 


 

“Valuations defines level of risk. It doesn’t help with timing”
– Warren Buffett.

Click here to know whats happening currently in the Indian economy and Financial Markets..

The debate around Euthanasia or mercy killing needs to also focus on what a disability or long term medical condition can do to a family’s finances. Building a medical corpus to provide for medical emergencies , and also taking a good medical insurance cover is critical. Read more to know more about how to go about doing the same……….

 


 

“Most times stocks are subject to excessive price fluctuations as a consequence of the ingrained tendency of some people to speculate gamble, giving way to hope, fear and greed.”- Click here to know what’s happening in the Indian economy and Financial Markets..

Bad times never knock and come. Be prepared for the unlikely to happen, prepare a Will so that your loved ones are not left wondering what to do next. View this video to understand why a Will is critical and also get introduced to the concept of a Legacy Drawer……..

 


 

“Before you take the Flight”- Vishal’s article in the May 2014 edition of Business Today, sharing his views on short term and long term financial planning needs before you move overseas.

Foreign holidays once a year or every two years, overseas education for children. Your aspirations are global, shouldn’t your portfolio be global too? Watch the video to understand ‘Why’ and ‘How’…….

 


 

“In the short run, the market is a voting machine; in the long run, it’s a weighing machine.”- marked Benjamin Graham. Read more how the elections and the expectations around it have played out on Financial Markets…

“Be the Queen of your Finances”- The movie ‘Queen’ is an example of how strong and extraordinary women can be, but the sad part is that they tend to explore their potential when they are forced to do so. Women believe that managing finances is a man’s domain and don’t really participate until circumstances make them do so. Women should take interest in financial decisions as it’s not about money and investments but more about their family’s future.

 


 

The four most dangerous words in investing are: “this time it’s different” . Click here to know whats happening currently in the Indian economy and Financial Markets…

“Change the government if you’d like, but don’t change your Financial Plan.” Vishal talks about why you need to have a strategic part of your portfolio which is aligned to deliver your long term goals and financial objectives.

 


 

“In the short run, the market is a voting machine; in the long run, it’s a weighing machine”. Click here to know whats happening currently in the indian Economy and Financial Markets…

Is your tax planning looking London, talking Tokyo? Vishal talks on why tax planning should be an integral part of your financial plan and should not be done in isolation.

 


 

“You are neither right nor wrong because the crowd disagrees with you. You are right because your data and reasoning are right –Benjamin Graham ”. Click here to know whats happening currently in the Indian Economy and Financial Markets…

SAs a Foreigner, NRI or Person Of Indian Origin, asset ownership rules are different from those for Indian residents. Click here to gain insights on the regulations surrounding real estate ownership…

Freedom is not a gift but an achievement. A disciplined approach is critical to help you achieve financial freedom. Read more to understand how you can become financially free and stop working for money…

“The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell”- Sir John Templeton. Click here to know whats current happening in the Indian economy and Financial markets…

Read our views on a myriad collection of personal finance issues, as quoted in the media. For views that are fresh off the press, click here…

We are now at the end of 2013 & its time to evaluate our hits & misses & also set our financial resolutions for 2014. For a clearly defined action plan broken down into a month by month strategy, click here…

Many of us have been taught about setting SMART goals. Whilst this traditional process allows us to be disciplined, it may not connect with us emotionally. Is there a better alternative?Click here to think SMART

Expectations move markets more than reality. Read more about current happenings and factors that are currently or most likely to affect financial markets the most…

Every plan is different. Suchita being a single parent had various concerns. Read more to understand what are the main areas someone like her should concentrate on …

Are you a Non Resident Indian, Person of Indian Origin or Foreigner planning to move to India? Over the next few issues, we will give you a flavour of items to be kept in mind whilst doing so. Click here to know…

A number of people tend to take self prescribed medicines.They also end up applying similar rules to other areas of their life like their personal finances. Click here to know why we need specialists in both areas…

“ Danger lies not in what we don’t know, but in what we think we know that just ain’t so. Click here to know whats currently happening in the Indian economy and Financial markets…

Is residential real estate really as safe as it seems, or are we suffering from recency bias?For tips on how to be a wise investor in real estate, click here…

Financial freedom may mean different things for different people. Financial planning allows them to be financially free i.e. decide how they wish to lead their lives. Click to read more…

The stock market is a place where money is moved from active to patient investors. To get the flavour of current market happenings and how a long term strategy can help click here….

Is your wheel of life balanced? To better understand this concept and how it can change your life click here…

Are long term SIPs effective for goal based investing? For all of us who are looking at investing simple small amounts each month without the burden of huge commitments, long term SIPs can be very powerful. Click here to know how….

Ramesh as an NRI was very excited at first as the Rupee started depreciating against the Dollar, but as the fall continued, he grew worried. Click here to understand how the falling rupee affects your finances in good and not so good ways….

Sushil as a retiree was not sure what his post- retirement life should look like and whether he could choose to work or to retire, without worrying about the money. This case study could help you better understand a transition like retirement and how it may involve changes….

“We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.”- Warren Buffett. Click here to read our views on market happenings…

Read our views on a myriad collection of personal finance issues, as quoted in the media. For views that are fresh off the press, click here…

What makes someone’s life a success story? Four simple principles of Steve Jobs. To see how you can apply those to your investment portfolio read more…

Bad at maths, good at shopping, addicted to fun and allergic to finance jargon? To see if you still make good money decisions click here and take the quiz….

‘Most people get interested in stocks when everyone else is. The time to get interested when no one else is.’ – Warren Buffet. Click here to read our views on market happenings….

Read our views on a myriad collection of personal finance issues, as quoted in the media. For views that are fresh off the press, click here…

Working to a financial plan is critical for everyone, irrespective of whether you are a resident or a non resident.
Click here to know more…

Life is filled with transitions – becoming a parent, losing your job, having a child, sudden illnesses, children leaving home for higher education, retirement, etc. Most of these transitions affect your finances. Whats the best way to cope with these life transitions financially? Click here to read more

“Investors need to be patient. You don’t need a lot of action. You can lose money fast in the market, but you can’t make it fast. It takes years to produce big results.” marked Peter Lynch. In a month of significant newsflow affecting bond markets, read our views on what’s happening and how to manage it

Read our views on a myriad collection of personal finance issues, as quoted in the media. For views that are fresh off the press, click here

Sid & Amrita now have their retirement plan in place & are looking forward to spending their golden years in India. I promise it will throw up many more questions. For an NRI guide to retiring in India, click here

There is really no one size fits all strategy for your finances. What’s good for your closest friend with a salaried income, may be terrible for you as a self-employed professional? Are your personal finances more about you & less about finance. If not, click here

“Forecasts may tell you a great deal about the forecaster, they tell you nothing about the future.” Fully aware of these risks, we wanted to share our thoughts on multiple financial markets, and what events in these markets could mean for your portfolio. For staying updated, click here

Read our views on a myriad collection of personal finance issues, as quoted in the media. For views that are fresh off the press, click here