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Recurring Deposits

wealthymatters.comA Recurring Deposit(RD) is a type of term deposit account opened by a person/persons with a bank or a post office wherein the investor or investors deposit a fixed amount of money every month for a fixed tenure . This scheme is meant for investors who want to deposit a fixed amount every month, in order to get a lump sum at the end of the tenure. The interest on RDs normally offered by banks is one percent below Fixed  Deposit(FD) rates compounded quarterly.Often there is nothing extra by way of  interest offered for senior citizens.Otherwise the rules for operating a RD account are the same as that for a FD account.The PO offers a fixed 7.5% interest compounded quarterly for a 5 year term.

RDs are great for people to develop the savings habit.It is especially useful to teach kids to save especially the Post Office Recurring Deposit (PORD) which has a minimum deposit of 10 rupees per month.Often banks package RDs as schemes to become or to make your child a lakhpati,millionaire etc or as schemes to build the down-payment on a house or vehicle.  Read more of this post

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Human Life Value Calculator

Wealthymatters.comIn case of our demise we would all love to have provided well for our near and dear ones. A Human Life Value Calculator is a nice place to begin planning how to do so.A very enthusiastic insurance agent might tell you that various insurance products are the best way to provide for all these needs.This is strictly not so.Think if you want to provide for a child’s college education you do not need to buy an expensive children’s education plan but can for example use a plain term deposits.Here is a link to a fairly comprehensive Human Life Value Calculator: http://www.personalfn.com/tools-and-resources/financial-calculators/hlv-calculator.aspx .Remember to put in future values of the goals of your dependents.

Learn Wealth Building From The Millionaire Next Door

wealthymatters.comDo you want to be a millionaire? Then perhaps you should start by studying the habits of millionaires….. And this book is just the right place to start.

If you check lists of the best financial books of all time,  you’re bound to find several that include The Millionaire Next Door: Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy. Written in 1996 by professors William Danko and Thomas Stanley, its main premise is that people who look rich may not  be wealthy; they overspend — often on symbols of wealth — but actually have modest portfolios and, sometimes, big debts. On the other hand, many actual millionaires tend to live in middle-income neighbourhoods, drive economical cars, wear inexpensive watches, and buy suits off the rack.

Following are some of the gems of wisdom found in the book that the authors Danko and Stanley have gleaned from their thousands of surveys of millionaires.

#1: Income Does Not Equal Wealth
Yes, higher-income households tend to have more wealth than lower- and middle-income households. But the size of a paycheck explains only approximately 30% of the variation of wealth among households. What really matters is how much of the income is invested. On average, millionaires invest nearly 20% of their income.

Danko and Stanley even offer a “simple rule of thumb” formula for determining whether you have a net worth that is commensurate with your income:

Multiply your age times your realized pretax annual household income from all sources except inheritances. Divide by 10. This, less any inherited wealth, is what your net worth should be.

Those in the top quartile of wealth accumulation are prodigious accumulators of wealth (PAWs), according to Danko and Stanley. Those in the bottom quartile are under accumulators of wealth (UAWs).This formula also helps in sorting out the millionaires/millionaires-to-be(PAWs) and the millionaire-lookalikes(UAWs).Here is a calculator to do this calculation easily:http://wealthymatters.com/2011/01/17/am-i-wealthy-calculator/

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Target Crorepati — Goal Setter


To be a dollar millionaire we need about 4.6 crores in assets, excluding the value of our primary residence.If the goal seems so far away why not aim for one crore first ? Here is a calculator to help set your goals. http://www.religaremf.com/crorepati.aspx .

Want to be a Millionaire ? Calculator.

wealthymatters.comA million dollars is about 4.6 crore rupees.It is still not such a small amount but then again it’s not a figure we can’t wrap our minds around.A millionaire has a net worth of a million dollars not including the price of his/her primary residence.These days helped by inflation and the vast universe of opportunities available many many people are joining the Millionaire Club.So why be left behind?Here is a calculator to show just what you need to do to become a millionaire. http://www.religaremf.com/want-millionare-calculator.aspx .Just clarify your goals,work out the exact course of action you need to follow and stick to the plan.Voila, one fine day you will be a millionaire!

CAGR Calculator

wealthymatters.comCompound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) is a measure that can tell us just how well any of our investments have done.We just need to know the price at which we bought the investment,the current market price of the investment and the number of years that we have invested in it to calculate CAGR.

We could of course key in this data into the compound interest formula and solve for the rate to get CAGR but here is a readymade calculator to figure  out CAGR.http://www.investopedia.com/calculator/CAGR.aspx.

CAGR can be used for all types of assets :bullion,real estate ,securities and even businesses.We can use CAGR to compare individual investments against some benchmark,or two investments within the same asset class and even investments across asset classes.We can calculate CAGR of incomes, profits etc.too.This should help us figure out how profitable it is to invest in our own businesses so that we can decide whether we can accumulate more wealth as business people or investors.Also we could treat our own lives as businesses.Of our many  income producing activities, CAGR can help us figure out out which activities produce the highest return.CAGR is thus a great productivity enhancing tool.

There is only one danger in using CAGR figures,it masks extreme volatility and periods of negative returns.So, for example, before we abandon some income producing avenue just because its CAGR is lower than another we need to check if the  volatility in the higher CAGR line is something we can live with.So, if doing something produces returns in fits and starts or even forces us to live with losses for a while we need to figure out a way to sustain ourselves and the activity in the low or negative return phase.

Inflation Calculator

wealthymatters.comInflation affects the purchasing power of a currency.So the one lakh rupees of last year does not buy the same amount of goods and services as the one lakh rupees of today.To find out exactly how much a given sum of rupees of the yesteryears would have been able to purchase in terms of today’s rupees or vice versa we can use this nifty calculator at http://www.yetanothersite.com/inflation-calculator-for-india.htm .Also by assuming an inflation rate we can project how many rupees we might need in future to buy something which costs a certain amount today.

This calculator is a great help in financial planning.We can use it to estimate how much something might cost in future.So by feeding in today’s rates and an array of inflation rates we can estimate how much we need to put aside to buy a house in the future or to pay for a child’s college education or just to retire, depending on various inflation scenarios.As an additional check on our projections we can feed in the data from our parents or grand parents time and check it against today’s prices.So if we know for a fact that our parents managed to retire comfortably on xyz rupees we can take the same number xyz, assume an inflation rate and project it out to our own retirement horizon.Then if we have the same lifestyle as our parents in retirement we too should theoretically be able to enjoy our retirements.

This calculator can also help us estimate the real returns on our investments.So if we bought a house for x rupees 10 years ago and we know its resale value today,we can project out the inflation adjusted rate for x rupees and compare it with the resale value.Similarly we can use this calculator to find out the real returns on any investment avenues we might be considering.We could also key in the data for various assets we have purchased over time and see how inflation has treated assets of various classes.

Do play round with this calculator,the insights it will provide are priceless.

PS: for the missing figures you no longer have to guess.Plug in the figures from here:http://wealthymatters.com/2011/06/29/some-inflation-figures/ , available courtesy CRISIL.

Am I Wealthy ? Calculator

In the book ” The Millionaire Mind” the authors Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko explain the concept of Prodigous Accumulators of Wealth (PAWs) and Under-Accumulators of Wealth (UAWs). For their age and income levels,the PAWs are people who have accumulated an exceptionally good amount of wealth and the UAWs are those who fail to impress on the wealth front.This is because many people with huge incomes have equally large expenses because of their lifestyle choices.To check if you are a PAW or UAW use the calculator here  http://www.banksite.com/calc/wealth .Congrats if you are a PAW!

Global Rich List Calculator

wealthymatters.comWealth is a somewhat relative term.And the people we compare ourselves with to decide how wealthy we are ,are often those who surround us.The world however is a much bigger place, and  knowing where we are placed in this world depending on our income can really surprise us.Of course income hardly equals wealth,there are expenses to be considered and then there is the question of what we do with our surplus income—blow it ,save it,invest it or acquire liabilities,which go to determine our wealth position.However the beginning is income and to find out where you stand worldwide use the nifty calculator at  http://www.globalrichlist.com/ .If you need a currency converter,here is the link to one: http://www.xe.com/ucc/


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