Budgeting, Investing, Personal finance, Savings

Who moved my cheese? How to deal with changes in financial plans

The title is taken from a famous book as below. Even though it is meant to be a management philosophy, it applies to the subject of personal finance as well.  https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B004CR6AM4&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_tIGqEbZ4SSXY6 Financial Planning does not work?  There is a proverb in the military - Plans are good till the first bullet is fired. Some of… Continue reading Who moved my cheese? How to deal with changes in financial plans

Budgeting, Investing, Personal finance, Savings, Spending

The SAFE plan – Simple, Automated, Flexible and Efficient

Safety in financial world is an oft-repeated word, and is mentioned in contrast to risk and growth. We talk a lot about risk-return trade-off, safety of invested principal in long term and short term investments. There is another way of looking at Financial Safety. The SAFE plan described below is a way of setting up… Continue reading The SAFE plan – Simple, Automated, Flexible and Efficient

Investing, Liabilities and Debt, Personal finance

The Net worth vs. Cash flow debate

What is your net worth? Let me see, probably close to a million. So what? Are you financially independent? No. Why? 'cause I don't have enough cash flow to replace my W2 income. Ok then, net worth is a worthless metric. But it projects my comfort into the future. And so it goes on and… Continue reading The Net worth vs. Cash flow debate

Investing, Personal finance

Know yourself and your investments

I am back after a long hiatus, as I enjoyed a fabulous vacation in India. These are times when I can introspect and know myself better and deeper. Nothing to do with the spirituality of India, but just an opportunity to separate my mind from the daily rat race, and consider what is really important.… Continue reading Know yourself and your investments

Personal finance

Take off to the aerial view

Today I am flying to India. I am very excited and looking forward to visiting what is my second home now. As the long flight from US started very early this morning, a few thoughts on personal finance hovered around my mind. Before the flight takes off, there are a number of events that take… Continue reading Take off to the aerial view

Budgeting, Investing, Personal finance, Savings

The Starter Kit

If you are just starting off with organizing your personal finance, or restarting from scratch, here is a step by step way to get started. Most of the times, we get started haphazardly, the first account in the local bank or the ad-hoc insurance policy or even the next stock tip forces us to open… Continue reading The Starter Kit