Very important Investment tips from a veteran…

There are some very important things that you should know if you are a decent investor…even semi decent is fine….by the way….. 1. Leverage: borrowing money to do a deal. You have no clue of the time frame for which you are doing the deal, but hope to make a killing. Normally the deal, the […]

My blunders continued….

Over the last few months, I think I have underperformed the market. No clue simply because I do not remember ALL the transactions that are worth comparing. Let me clarify. I do trade on the portfolio that I hold. So if say I have 5000 Cummins and I feel it is over priced at 535, […]

Why people lose money while investing…

It hardly matters whether it is equities or real estate, the reasons why people lose money is so simple to enumerate: 1. Not knowing the difference between trading and investing: they buy some shares, hope it goes up when it does not they sell off. Since they do not know whether they should be averaging […]

Long term thinking

So many people tell me, write to me…..saying ‘I agree we should do something about our retirement’ but rarely follow up on their words! So many people in their late 20s and early 30s KNOW that they have to save, invest, etc for their own lives and their children’s lives. They read up good websites, […]

Pay for the children’s education?

I have done many posts on whether a parent should pay for the children’s higher education. Taking a stand against it causes people to ask me the following questions: 1. if i have money what am I going to do with that? 2. what is wrong in paying for a kid’s education? 3. will YOU […]

How much money do you need to Retire?

In every financial planning class I need to do a post lunch session. To keep them awake I ask them to do a simple exercise – calculating how much money they require for retirement. Unless they are at least 37-38 years of age, they have no clue as to how much they need for retirement. […]

Simple steps to wealth

The problem with simple steps is most people do not believe it. I remember that sometime in 1999-2000 inĀ  class somebody asked me ‘give me some simple steps to great wealth’. I said : You mean? He said: suggest 3 shares which will make me good gains over the next 10-15 years. I said: If […]