It’s Glorious To Be Rich

wealthymattersThe richest 1% of Indians own 53% of the country’s wealth, according to the latest data on global wealth from Credit Suisse. The richest 5% own 68.6% of the country’s wealth, while the top 10% have 76.3%.

India’s richest 1% owned just 36.8% of the country’s wealth in 2000, while the share of the top 10% was 65.9%. Since then the richest have managed to steadily increase their share of the pie, as the chart shows. This happened during the years of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government from 2000-04, during the first United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government backed by the Left, during the second UPA tenure and now in the first year of the Modi government; the share of the top 1% has now crossed 50%. The colour of the government has been no impediment to the steady rise in the riches of the wealthy. Read more of this post

Dodging A Haircut

wealthymattersThere are always going to be ants and grasshoppers. Unfortunately, after the grasshoppers have partied a country to the brink,on the day of reckoning, the ants will pay the price, for the grasshoppers have nothing to pay with. Savers pay when governments keep interest rates artificially low, savers pay when inflation eats away at the value of their savings and savers pay when currencies are devalued. It is harder for prudent ants to influence governments and society because saving and investing, to progress in an orderly manner, over a period of time is so unsexy. It is far easier to fall for the glamourous visions of grasshoppers that involve great expenses today, often borrowed, to ensure a many great parties tomorrow, that will be no big deal to pay for, given greater earnings in future.

The only recourse left to ants is to disconnect from the dominant ideas of the day and continue doing what their good sense tells them to do. And one skill that they had better cultivate, is to side-step the force that governments of grasshoppers can legitimately bring to bear. Read more of this post

Making Life Perfect


Iterating Your Way To Success

wealthymattersAs you sung as a child:Try, try, try again till you succeed!


Take a look at the video above about a well planned life for a happy tomorrow. Now look beyond the fact that it’s an ad by Exide Life meant to sell insurance products.

I like the fact that at the end of the video,the wife asks her husband what he has planned for “now”. Planning out the future is important and wealth building for the future is good. Planning and making provision for future needs cuts down on unnecessary suffering somewhere down the line and ensures that ‘Kal Khoobsurt Hai’. Read more of this post


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