Are you on track for Financial Independence?

Posted On Thursday, Feb 26, 2015


The Minister of Railways Mr. Suresh Prabhu announced the Railway budget today. The railway budget is a precursor to the Union budget announced by the Finance Minister. This year the Railway budget started with good news - no hike in passenger fare!

Mr. Prabhu also announced four goals for the Indian Railways (IR) -

Goal 1-Customer experience to receive a huge boost
Goal 2 -Safer Travel
Goal 3 -Modernize infrastructure
•;Goal 4 -Financially self-sustainable

While we wish IR is successful in achieving all the four goals, the fourth goal gives us a reason to introspect whether we as investors are financially self-sustained. Let us look at three factors that will help you to be financially self-sustained.

3 factors to be financially self-sustainable

 i.Avoid unnecessary debt
 Carrying large credit card balances and other consumption debts is a sign that our lifestyle exceeds our income. Such consumption borrowings come with very high interest and they hurt one’s financial wellness. Unlike a home loan which creates an asset i.e. real estate property, the interest paid on consumer debts is totally forfeited.

Getting rid of high interest consumptions debts, at the earliest possible, is the first step towards being financially self-sustainable. Once free, keep off them as much as possible.
 ii.Pay yourself first
 Saving could be viewed as the practice of paying oneself first. Traditionally savings applied to whatever is left of income after the long list of expenses. However to be financially independent that equation needs to be turned around –
Expenses = Income – Savings!

We ought to decide how much is to be saved and then limit our spending to what remains.

The habit of paying yourself first will go a long, long way in creating wealth. Most people might believe the secret to wealth and be financially self-sustainable is a high paying job. Or that it is a prospering business. However it is neither of these. It essentially lies in spending much less than what a person earns. It lies in saving adequately to create assets that can generate income for you. And that brings us to the third good habit to be financially self-sustainable.
 iiiInvest in growth assets
 Growth assets are typically those assets that have the potential to give capital appreciation over the long term as against in generating current income. Examples are equity shares, equity mutual funds, real estate and gold fund. Growth assets help in building wealth. Generally a balance of income assets and growth assets would be required for an investor at any life stage. The role of proper asset allocation for achieving investment success cannot be understated.

How long you let your investments compound is a major factor in determining how large they grow. So it’s good to follow the old thumb rule that says invest as early as possible, as often as possible… and as much as possible!

Therefore while Mr. Prabhu and his team are all set to achieve their goals, and we wait for Mr. Jaitley to unveil the Union Budget, it is your turn to focus on the 3 factors that will make you financially self-sustainable. Kindly consult your financial advisor for guidance on investments.

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