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How Sad


This is a story I came across today and it saddened me terribly.I don’t hold with mortifying the flesh to amass a fortune.Money is meant to be used (spent).Just make sure that ‘one hundred percent of appreciated value is demanded for each coin spent.’Saving and investing are to increase ones ability to make more to spend more in the present and the future.A little delayed gratification is necessary but to punish oneself to hoard money is stupid.

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A Gold Hoarder’s Legacy

Walter Samaszko Jr. was not a guy who wanted company. He covered the windows of his house in Carson City, Nev., with cardboard so the neighbors couldn’t see inside. He made the postman stick the mail through the slot in his garage rather than coming to the front door. He was so good at keeping people away that when he died of heart failure at age 69 in June, nobody noticed until his house began to smell. Someone called the sheriff’s department. A hazmat team removed Samaszko along with part of the floor he was stuck to. Read more of this post

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Gina Rinehart Quote


wealthymatters.com“There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire.If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain. Do something to make more money yourself – spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising and more time working. Become one of those people who work hard, invest and build and at the same time create employment and opportunities for others.”

We Make Millionaires


 “We are not interested in becoming crorepatis but in making others crorepatis.”…….Read more here http://wealthymatters.com/2011/03/09/tata-style-philanthropy/

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The Grace Groner Story


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Grace Groner was born in the year 1909, in a small farming community, in Lake County-Illinois.She had a twin sister, Gladys. They were orphaned at age 12.The twins were then taken in by George Anderson, one of the prominent members of the community,who later adopted them.He paid for both of them to attend boarding school and later the nearby Lake Forest College. They were always considered “family” by the Anderson family.

Grace  graduated in 1931.At the time, it meant a great deal more than it does today to be a lady and a college graduate.After graduation Grace took up a job at the nearby  as a secretary,an accomplishment for working women of her generation.She stayed on at Abbott Laboratories for 43 years,till her retirement.For many years Grace lived with Ann Findlay, an elderly relative of George Anderson, in a small apartment in the building that housed the Lake Forest movie theater, which was owned by the Anderson family. Lake Forest,a town just north of Chicago, is one of its richest  suburbs. Read more of this post

It’s Impossible Not To Be A Millionaire


wealthymattersIn this post I will tell you the strange story of Curt Degerman.His story will show you how it is impossible not to become a millionaire.

Curt lived in the Swedish coastal town of Skellefteå.He was born in 1948.As a child he was very clever and had a bright future but dropped out of school in his late teens after a personal crisis.He never completed school, married, nor had a family of his own.He chose to live an alternative way of life and largely kept to himself.

Curt Degerman was called “Burk-Curt” (‘Tin-Can Curt’) by the residents of Skellefteå.For forty years Curt was a solitary figure seen cycling around the town in his blue anorak  and ragged trousers.He spent his days touring the recycling bins of the town on his old bicycle and rummaging through them, collecting bottles and cans .Curt transported the bottles and cans he found by stuffing them into bags tied between the handlebars of his bicycle.He sold the tins and bottles to shopkeepers and a recycling plant. Read more of this post

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

Tata Style Philanthropy


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Here is something I found while surfing today.I found it here http://trak.in/tags/business/2007/06/26/this-is-what-lakshmi-mittal-has-to-say-about-his-competitor/ .The blogger believes the words originate from LN Mittal.In which case it would be high praise indeed for the Tatas from a competitor.Even if the note is authored by someone else it doesn’t detract from the fact that Tata Style Philanthropy is worthy of respect and well worth emulating.The picture above shows Jamshedpur.

“Most of us know Lakshmi Mittal to be the richest person in United Kingdom. We also know him as a Steel Industry Baron who took over Arcelor against all odds. However, more than money and business, he is a great human being and never fails to give credit where it is due, even if it means his own biggest rival.

Here is a note written by Lakshmi Mittal after his recent visit to TISCO: (It is long, but well worth the read)

‘I visited Jamshedpur over the weekend to see for myself an India that is fast disappearing despite all the wolf-cries of people like Narayanamurthy (mentor of Infosys) and his ilk. It is one thing to talk and quite another to do and I am delighted to tell you that Ratan Tata has kept alive the legacy of perhaps India’s finest industrialist J.N. Tata. Something that some people doubted when Ratan took over the House of the Tata’s but in hindsight, the best thing to have happened to the Tata’s is unquestionably Ratan.I was amazed to see the extent of corporate philanthropy and this is no exaggeration.For the breed that talks about corporate social responsibility and talks about the role of corporate India, a visit to Jamshedpur is a must. Go there and see the amount of money they pump into keeping the town going; see the smiling faces of workers in a region known for industrial unrest; see the standard of living in a city that is almost isolated from the mess in the rest of the country. Read more of this post

The Would-be Millionaire’s Pledge


wealthymatters.comBy starting early, and socking away small sums in conservative investments on a regular basis, a person can get pretty far ahead in life.The important thing is to start as early as possible to give compounding a chance to work it’s magic.(For more on how compound interest works,refer to this post:http://wealthymatters.com/2011/01/24/compound-interest/. And for an estimate of just how small an amount you need to put aside on a regular basis to become a millionaire,check out the calculator here:http://wealthymatters.com/2011/01/26/want-to-be-a-millionaire-calculator/)

So if you’d be a millionaire later in life why not take the following pledge and get started?

  1. I will pay myself  first always.No excuses.
  2. I will take advantage of all low-cost government,employer,and other private group benefit schemes .
  3. I will stick to the budget and goals I set for myself.
  4. I will spend less than I make each year. I will not get into unproductive debt.
  5. I will make my credit-cards and other sources of free money earn for me.
  6. I will read more books on personal finance and implement the wealth-building strategies I learn.
  7. I will shop around , consider alternatives and negotiate before making purchases.Iwill time purchases to get more for my money.I will not saddle myself with unnecessary crap even if it’s dirt cheap.

The above pledge is modelled on the basis of the original here : http://postgradagenda.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/how-to-become-a-millionaire-sort-of/ .I really wish I had this level of awareness so early in my life.It would have brought more focus to my earlier efforts.

 

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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8 Habits of Millionaires


 wealthymatters.comHere is a to – do- list that can make almost anyone a millionaire.The operative word is millionaire as in a person with a few crore rupees.This list does not require a person to be specially talented with money.All that is required is the will to become a millionaire and the discipline and persistence  to stick to doing small things repeatedly till you master them.You won’t get to live the life of the Rich and Famous but you and your family will be comfortable later in life.

Earn to Invest, Not Earn to Spend 

The first skill you need to master is to learn to control your impulses and delay gratification.Just force yourself to postpone buying unnecessary things for longer and longer periods .Allow yourself to buy those things only when you have saved up and invested a certain amount of money first.After a while you will find it easy to first invest money and then spend the remaining.If you have debts, force yourself to invest first , pay your  EMIs and then spend, in that order.

Have a Plan and Work the Plan

Then use this calculator http://wealthymatters.com/2011/01/26/target-crorepati/ to figure out how much you need to save and start putting it away monthly to make your first crore.To find the best interest rates refer to this post http://wealthymatters.com/2011/01/19/interest-rate/ .Now that you know how much to put aside and where you need to do it,you have your basic plan in place to become a millionaire.

Develop Many Income Streams

A  person can work only that hard and that long and only at  that many jobs in a day to make money.So its important to start acquiring assets that make you money.So ,for example, you will have to consider buying a good mutual fund or some good dividend yielding shares.

Understand your Finances

Also you need to be aware of exactly how much you are making, how much you need to save and learn to develop a budget for spending.You need to know how to evaluate how your investments are doing.For that you can take the help of this post http://wealthymatters.com/2011/01/26/cagr-calculator/ .The more you know the more you can make out of your investments and the less people can cheat you. Read more of this post

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