Emotions in a Stressed Economy – 3 Insights

“If investing is entertaining, if you’re having fun, you’re probably not making any money.

Good investing is boring.”

-George Soros

shutterstock_1364749229

The decline in global growth and recession worry investors; however, many success stories have come up by those who bravely invested in 2008 to create a fortune for themselves in the past decade. New and retail investors are losing confidence in the market after investing in the past couple of years. Here are 3 Insights into the market that one needs to look into to understand the global economy slow down.

Indian Market: The last two quarters were alarming for investors to see the decline in growth and earnings

Economists believe that the current slowdown in India is a combination of cyclical and structural issues and will take time to fade away. The Government at the moment is closely monitoring all NBFCs along with the RBI to weed out all weaknesses in this sector and monitor its growth.

Though FY19 welcomed the economic reforms, it failed to support several sectors. The sale of automobiles dropped; the most prominent sign was when the country’s largest car manufacturer – Maruti cut down 50% of its production and laid off over 3000 contractual employees. Tata Motors and Mahindra and Mahindra have also halted production and shut down plants for several days. In the FMCG sector, HUL has experienced a drop in its growth figures. Meanwhile, companies such as Patanjali have witnessed a decline in their dealerships; they have even reduced their marketing expenses to bring down their total overhead costs. The root cause of this could be the reduction of the purchasing power of the consumer in the rural market.

Global Growth Worry: US-China trade war leading markets to recession talks

US long-term bond yield has dropped below short-term yield, thereby indicating a depositphotos_49816769-stock-photo-stressed-girl-upset-with-badpossible recession soon. The trade war between the US and China and President Trump’s disagreement with the Fed has led to increased doubt over economic growth. This uncertainty has pushed investors towards safe-haven assets (Gold). Trump’s tweets have not helped the case either; the markets have swung, discounting the few positive news in the economy. Traders are confused and fail to understand the signal and direction of the market.

Hone Yourself with Market Trends

Emotions play a vital role in staying invested in the market cycle. The Sensex has been alive for 38 years, 28 of which have been positive growth years. Staying invested during the market cycle will fetch maximum yield in equity markets.

In recent times, India, being a land of entrepreneurs, has started generating more jobs, whereas big businesses and corporations are laying off employees to reduce the cost and production. This situation has opened new opportunities to invest in small and mid-cap funds, which are under-invested during the past 2-3 years. However, small scale businesses are still trying to recover from the effects of the credit crunch faced during Demonetisation.

Research houses suggest that the current slowdown is similar to what happened during the year 1998; several indicators draws a parallel between the two periods. Slow down can come from different areas of business and trade. Banks & regulators, today, are more alert as compared to 2008. All we should do now is to pick the correct stock and investment instrument which can produce maximum return once the economy gets back to a healthy condition. Right now is the time to put on the seat belts and not worry about things are beyond our control.

It is crucial to make sure to have an attitude to stay invested in the market to achieve your financial goals, rather than letting the emotions swing along with the market. Getting adequate knowledge from the right source is very important. Choose a financial advisor who understands the risk profile while keeping in mind the age and thus and advise you accordingly. Trust the advisor to provide the right attitude to stay in the stressed market.

Nobody can time the market, so, protect your portfolio through SIPs, diversification in US-based ETF, investing in structured products, and hedging your positions in trading. If you have chosen your portfolio to get high returns, you should also be able to bear the volatility. In case there is any aversion towards taking such risks; it is suggested that the portfolio might need a change from the highly leveraged instruments. This, however, should be done after making a little recovery instead of selling them at a substantial loss. Testing times like these remind us to keep nearly 60% of the net worth into liquid able assets (No Lock-in). Exiting the market at the wrong time is not the solution; seeking advice from a genuine Financial Advisor for the right approach to sustain through the rough seas of investing.

Written By,

VSL_1394

Lavanya Kumardev

Advertisements

3 Steps on How to Invest in Your 20s

The 20s – An age where you are fresh out of college, all set to start a new journey with your first full-time jobs, internships, etc. Where you are driven and waiting to bask in the glory of learning something new.

thumbnail 9.png

From a finance perspective, the 20s is also an age where there is a sudden shift in your purchasing power from pocket money/stipend to now your salary. You cannot wait for that wishlist on the shopping sites to become real purchases. The other side of the coin is your savings, equally important. Know your priorities and disciplining is irreplaceable here. Planting that seed in your mind to save and invest, is the very first step. Well, there is always a start but what next!

Here are three steps as to how you can invest in your 20s: 3 Steps on how to invest in your 20s

Check out our Youtube channel and Subscribe for more videos: 29k Group!

Written & Published by:
Prashanth_Pic
Prashanth Prabhu, Founder & Principal Investment Adviser – 29k Group

Gaba
Shweta Gaba, Consultant – 29k Investment Advisers Pvt. Ltd.

Money Management for Millennials!

#Millennial #financiallife #yo

Sounds familiar? The Millennial language it is!

Video 8 thumbnail

Millennials are confused about their money quite often. The #YOLO concept i.e. You Only Live Once clearly makes them spend more today and save less for the tomorrow. Irrespective of your profession, current situations, uncertainty on future goals, etc. MONEY MANAGEMENT is a MUST!

Credit cards, savings, budgeting, where to invest, etc so many questions already?

Millennials are the fuel to social media! Watch this while you are busy staring at your smartphone. Channelise the time to something more useful: 3 Rules on Money Management for Millennials!

Also, millennial lingo #likesharesubscribe

For more videos on money management, click here: 29k Group

Written & Published by:
Prashanth_Pic
Prashanth Prabhu, Founder & Principal Investment Adviser – 29k Group

Gaba
Shweta Gaba, Consultant – 29k Investment Advisers Pvt. Ltd.

3 Tips to discipline your child on Wealth and Success!

We all encourage music, sports, etc in early childhood, then why not the same attitude with investments? It is indeed a necessity and not just a choice today to inculcate these seeds of wealth and success. It need not be just quoting or reading from books which are way beyond your little one’s comprehension but rather explaining it to them in a simpler manner. Bedtime stories can be productive!

video 1

Practice what you preach is even more relevant because remember your child is constantly watching what you do and learns best that way. So remember, teaching them what’s right requires you to learn it first!

Peppa Pig is undoubtedly every child’s (well, mostly) favourite but what about the ‘Piggy Bank.’ This has always been modified by the technology boom.

Watch this video for more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxaQMhW9Duc

For more videos on financial literacy, click on Financial Education and Awareness – YouTube.

Written & Published by:
Prashanth_Pic
Prashanth Prabhu, Founder & Principal Investment Adviser – 29k Group

Gaba
Shweta Gaba, Consultant – 29k Investment Advisers Pvt. Ltd.

6 Tips in 4 weeks to Attract Wealth and Success

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

3 RULES ON MONEY AND SUCCESS! (21)

You have read everything inspirational/motivational you can lay your hands on. But, all of this knowledge if not channelised into action is like fertile soil lying unused.

You need to have your road map simple, crisp and precise. And most importantly action upon the same. Your first course of action: WATCH OUR VIDEO: “6 Tips in 4 weeks to Attract Wealth and Success

No, this is not a magic potion or shortcuts, but definitely the catalyst you have been looking for.

Best of luck!

Written & Published by:
Prashanth_Pic
Prashanth Prabhu, Founder & Principal Investment Adviser – 29k Group

Gaba
Shweta Gaba, Consultant – 29k Investment Advisers Pvt. Ltd.

10 Point Checklist on How to choose a Financial Advisor!

Need financial peace?

3 RULES ON MONEY AND SUCCESS! (26)

When it comes to a big purchase, we analyse the situation thoroughly. For example, if you need to buy a phone, you make sure it fits your needs, check on durability, features, you get the best deal possible, etc.

When you plan a vacation, you try to maximise your choices to get the best deal possible without compromising on quality.

What about the basis of all your expenses? The FOUNDATION of all of this is simple: MONEY.

Don’t you think you need an expert on the same to guide you? Choosing the right financial advisor makes a tremendous impact on your present and future finances. CHOOSE WISELY. BUT HOW?

Like Rumi rightly says, ‘what you seek is seeking you‘.

GO WATCH: http://bit.ly/2JK9LBL

Written & Published by:
Prashanth_Pic
Prashanth Prabhu, Founder & Principal Investment Adviser – 29k Group

Gaba
Shweta Gaba, Consultant – 29k Investment Advisers Pvt. Ltd.

3 Rules on Money and Success!

Financial literacy: One of the most unused, unheard terms which ironically needs the attention and limelight today.

video 1 thum

We all build our foundation in learning while at school, but how often are we taught about finances? We all have pre-conceived notions about money. Some say it’s the root of all evil, while some have a very pessimistic attitude towards the same. We work towards earning money, but how often are we told what it takes to accumulate wealth?

Even though there are experts to take care of it, it is important to break these barriers and understand the basics of finances. As cliché as it may sound, there are “rules on money and success indeed” and these are not the ones you would ever want to break. Don’t waste too much time wondering HOW? Watch the video: http://bit.ly/2HIwvyv

Written & Published by:
Prashanth_Pic
Prashanth Prabhu, Founder & Principal Investment Adviser – 29k Group

Gaba
Shweta Gaba, Consultant – 29k Investment Advisers Pvt. Ltd.

Develop a Millionaire Mindset!

“The single most powerful asset we have is our mind. If trained well, it can create enormous wealth.” – Robert Kiyosaki

Video 2 Tumbnail

Some of the most established multi-millionaires started somewhere small. With an idea, vision, mental framework most importantly an intent which they believed with conviction and faith so strong, well it can and has mountains indeed. It starts with a desire, an intent to yearn and strive for more, Financial fairytale sounds like an oxymoron. How can you be pragmatic and still wish for a fairy tale when it comes to money? That is the difference between a wish to be wealthy and desire backed by action to be wealthy.

Your thinking starts and is in the process now of looking at the bigger picture, but that has to culminate into the ‘doing’ now. Grammatically, it may sound incorrect, but the emotion is clear: Actions speak louder than words. Want to know how to seep this into your subconscious mind. Don’t wait for a Genie, watch this video instead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZ_LV40hpts


Written & Published by:

Prashanth_Pic
Prashanth Prabhu, Founder & Principal Investment Adviser – 29k Group

Gaba
Shweta Gaba, Consultant – 29k Investment Advisers Pvt. Ltd.

5 Reasons why Human Resources should consider Financial Planning as a crucial employee benefit

As part of HR of an organisation it becomes their foremost responsibility to carry out these 2 functions:

  1. To find the best talent for the job
  2. Retaining the right talent for the job

One of the major mistakes that organisations make is in determining an attractive benefits package. Paying an employee well, providing them with good health benefits and helping them plan their retirement may not be enough to help them financially.

Employers want their employees to be taken care of, so they end up paying high compensation. They assume that there should be a line clearly drawn between work and personal life, and all the personal money matters fall well beyond the line. Employers feel it is not their responsibility to deal with what happens to the salary once the pay-checks are issued.

Generally, that’s the right approach. An employer will never advise their employees to spend or not to spend money enjoying their weekends, just because it might look slightly out of the budget. However, to think, any financial decision taken by the employee, should not be a concern for the employers might not be the correct approach.

If an employee makes any kind of decision with their money, and if that was to go wrong, he/she may end up having various financial issues, which in turn will start affecting their performance at work due to the stress caused.

Many organisations think, having a one-hour session on PF or EPF contributes towards “the employees financial education”. It does not.

Educating employees on asset allocation doesn’t help them if they don’t know how much they should be investing against their debts, how much they should set aside for the educational purpose of their kids, and how much they need in insurance to take care of their families in case of an emergency situation.

78% of the employees believe that employers should assist them in achieving financial wellness during their wellness years. However, the HRs fail to realise the one factor that would help an employee tie everything to their benefits (i.e. salary, insurance, and retirement plans) together in a personalised manner – a complete end to end financial plan.

A comprehensive financial plan tells much more than where one should invest money, it gives a whole picture of the financials and how to manage it in a more efficient manner. Here are 5 reasons why the HR department should consider Financial Planning as a crucial part of employee benefits:

  • Employees will not think of investing if they don’t know what a monthly budget looks like
    Most employees have experienced this situation. They spend what they earn each month. Sometimes, even spend more. This is the most basic piece of a block for tackling financial education, and it can help employees get their finances on track.
  • Employees don’t know how much they need to save to retire comfortably
    The most commonly set aside component is a percentage of their salary as EPF and PF because that’s what most employees think would be enough for them to retire after working for 30 years. If they’re older employees who did not save enough, he/she will need to set aside even more. Employees are concerned with two questions when it comes to their retirement:
            – When can I retire?
            – How much do I need to save in order to retire when I want?If they can’t answer the above two questions, then the rest becomes a wasteful, academic exercise full of general hand-waving an “I’ll get there eventually” exasperated hopes.
  • If an employee has any financial problems there is a high chance he/she will bring it to work
    It could be as simple as paying the routine monthly EMIs and bills or being stressed about the oncoming financial burdens, an employee will not give 100% effort at his job if he has any financial problem back at home. Even if they cannot solve their problems immediately, the employer, can help put the employee on a path towards financial security, address concerns, reduce stress, and aid that employee in giving complete focus on the job at hand.
  • Employees would be able to save tax and increase his take-home income
    Creating a solid financial plan will also incorporate a lot of tax saving schemes which would not only help create that extra corpus for their financial goals but also keep a check on the taxable income, thereby saving money and increasing your take-home salary and giving employees that little extra bit of financial freedom.
  • He/she would be more financially stable and won’t look out opportunities elsewhere 
    Research shows that 7 out of 10 employees who decide to leave the organisation for greener pastures in terms of salary. If a company is able to take care of its employees in creating some kind of financial stability, the chances of that employee leaving also reduces, thereby reducing the attrition rate. If the employees know that the company is willing to address their financial issues it gives them more confidence to stick around for a longer period giving their 100% towards their job. 

This could be an inexpensive method to retain the employees and increase their productivity at work. If you are an HR manager who would want to educate their employees on how a comprehensive financial plan is beneficial, you can get in touch with us and we would be more than happy to conduct a seminar at your campus.

Interested in knowing more about how we can help your employees financially fit? We would love to have a word with you.

Written & Published by:
Prashanth_Pic
Prashanth Prabhu, Founder & Principal Investment Adviser – 29k Group

WhatsApp Image 2019-04-04 at 3.32.19 PM.jpeg
Rohit Nair, Marketing Lead – 29k Investment Advisers Pvt. Ltd

 

10 Reasons: Why a written Financial Plan can make a difference

A Financial Plan helps you analyse your Short, Mid and Long-Term financial goals and acts as a go-to action plan document to help meet those goals. The following are the 10 key benefits of documenting such a plan.

shutterstock_750623971

  1. Income: You can manage your Income sources effectively through planning, know what are your Active and Passive income streams and visualize at what stage in the future both these streams stack up against one another.
  2. Cash Flow: Manage your Cash Flow efficiently by monitoring your spending patterns. Effective Tax Planning and budgeting could help ensure your Incomes stay above your expenses resulting in positive cash flow.
  3. Investment: A proper financial plan considers your personal circumstances, objectives and risk tolerance. It acts as a guide to help choose the right types of investments to fit your needs, personality, lifestyle, and goals.
  4. Capital: Money makes money, an increase in cash savings, can lead to an increase in your capital. Allowing you to consider more sophisticated forms of investments to improve your overall financial well-being and/or providing sustainable passive income streams.
  5. Family Security: Providing for your family’s financial security is an important part of the financial planning process. Having the proper insurance coverage and policies in place can provide peace of mind for you and your loved ones.
  6. Financial Understanding: Better financial understanding can be achieved when measurable financial goals are set, the effects of decisions understood, and the results reviewed. Giving you a whole new approach to your budget and improving control over your financial lifestyle.
  7. The standard of Living: The savings done by good planning can prove beneficial in difficult times. For example, you can make sure there is enough asset saved through passive incomes to replace any lost income should a family breadwinner become unable to work.
  8. Assets: A nice ‘cushion’ in the form of assets is desirable. But many assets come with liabilities attached. So, it is important to determine the real value of an asset. The knowledge of settling or cancelling the liabilities comes with the understanding of your finances. The overall process helps build assets that don’t become a burden in the future.
  9. Emergency Fund: A sudden change to the financial situation can still throw you off track. It is good to have some investments with high liquidity. These investments can be utilized in times of emergency. Once a constant cash flow is established and desire to invest into more sophisticated investment plan is achieved, the passive income obtained from these vehicles can provide you with that extra bit of savings and help you scale the summit of financial freedom
  10. Ongoing Advice: Establishing a relationship with a financial advisor you trust is critical to achieving your goals. Your financial advisor will meet with you to assess your current financial circumstances and develop a comprehensive plan customized for you. Like a lawyer or a doctor, your financial advisor should also be a part of your power team whom you can put your faith into.

Interested in knowing more about building a robust financial plan? We would love to have a word with you.

Written & Published by:
Prashanth_Pic
Prashanth Prabhu, Founder – 29k Group

fullsizerender-3-e1539595614215.jpg
Sheren Susairaj, Marketing Associate – 29k Investment Advisers Pvt. Ltd