How are emotions and investments linked? Or should they? The two are actually intricately linked in our financial lives. Emotions define investments, and investments define emotions. For example, most people who invest in stocks buy the next stock based on hot tips, be it from the last night party or the media channels doling out … Continue reading Emotional Investing
One of the lessons we learn in our early childhood is to be perfect in whatever we do. We were told if you are not perfect, you will not be able to compete in the real world. While it may be true for some disciplines like music, medicine and mathematics (the only subject in our … Continue reading Shun that perfection
There is one cushion or comfort zone that you don't want to get out of. Everyone knows the importance of saving that cash. No I am not saying investing but just plain boring savings in a savings account. Sometimes this is done as a byproduct of spending less in a month, which means there is … Continue reading One essential comfort zone
What does investing mean to most people? Investing can be as complex or as simple as one wants to make it. There are many theories for constructing a portfolio and it is not easy to ascertain which would work for one's financial situation. Some common ones which are taught by most financial advisers are as … Continue reading Investing in the High Five portfolio
Many people cringe at the thought of a budget. Budgeting sounds like nit-picking about finance and a lot of work to keep tabs on expenses, planning etc. It sounds highly restrictive in the traditional sense. However there are ways to simplify it and make it automated, so that once you set it up correctly it … Continue reading Budget – Grow the tree upside-down
Refinancing an existing mortgage is a major decision and there are many factors that you take into account, to ensure that you benefit in the long term. I recently refinanced my mortgage from a 30 year 7/1 ARM to a 30 year fixed rate. One of the straightforward reasons of refinancing is when you are … Continue reading Don’t twist your ARM, fix it !!!
The title is from the childhood story where the Pied Piper helped a town get rid of the rats and drowned them in the river by playing his melodious music. The second part of the story is that after the rats were got rid of, the town did not pay him. So a very sad … Continue reading The Paid Piper of Hamelin