How Wealthy Would You have Been In America?
April 25, 2012 3 Comments
In India,as in other parts of the world, many people believe that migrating to the US is a sure shot way to wealth.Ofcourse,given the exchange rates, earning in USDs, or for that matter in GBPs,Euros,CHFs,CADs,AUDs,SGDs might make a person very rich in rupee terms.But expenses to maintain the living standards a person might take for granted in India,such as house help will use up a large part of one’s dollar earnings.Then the investment options available are entirely different and steeper taxes eat into one’s wealth.
Here are a couple of calculators to help you see what you might be potentially worth in the US. http://cgi.money.cnn.com/tools/networth_ageincome/index.html .If you are worth more than the median figures the calculator throws out, pat yourself on the back for doing a good job.Moreover given a purchasing power parity of 16 know that your rupee equivalent will just stretch so much more in India.Add in the new opportunities opening up in a rapidly changing India,and perhaps by staying home you don’t have such a bad deal after all!
Of course it’s great if you can earn in USD et, al and spend in INR,and enjoy the best of all worlds!