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The Cyprus Contagion Spreads


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At the time of the banking crisis in Cyprus I wrote about the risk of governments falling in love with the deal they had hammered out then and making it general policy in other countries.And how this can spell disaster to savers.Link

My worst fears stand confirmed.Remember governments tend to copy each other.Here is a news article I found buried in the back pages of the Economic Times yesterday:

EU strikes deal to push cost of bank failure on investors BRUSSELS: The European Union agreed on Thursday to force investors and wealthy savers to share the costs of future bank failures, moving closer to drawing a line under years of taxpayer-funded bailouts that have prompted public outrage. After seven hours of late night talks, finance ministers from the bloc’s 27 countries emerged with a blueprint to close or salvagebanks in trouble. The plan stipulates that shareholders, bondholders and depositors with more than 100,000 euros ($132,000) should share the burden of saving a bank.  Read more of this post

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The Real Rate Of Interest On Deposits


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Small wonder that gold prices shot up and gold  investment became popular between 2008-2011,huh?Ditto for real estate.

How To Invest A Windfall


Savitri Jindal’s Assets


wealthymatters.comHave you ever wondered about the assets of the really wealthy?Personally I have always been interested in knowing just where wealthy people have their money.My take is that wealthy people didn’t get that way or don’t stay that way without knowing a thing or two about keeping and growing their money safely.That is why I was interested when I came across her statement, given before the returning officer, while filing her nomination papers in 2009 for the Haryana Legislative Assembly elections.

Savitri Jindal is India’s richest woman. She is the widow of the late O.P.Jindal.In her statement given before the returning officer,Savitri Jindal states that she has moveable property worth Rs 17.75 crore and immovable property worth Rs 25.94 crore.I think it’s interesting to see how much of her money she has in a liquid form.Compare this to our asset allocation.Most of us are bound to have most of our money stuck in our houses.A house is a necessity, but it makes sense to acquire one’s fortune and then splurge on fancy houses rather than try to become wealthy by sinking money in our homes.

Savitri Jindal does not own a car.I think this lady shows us women a way out of owning a depreciating asset-claim you don’t drive.Having a car at one’s disposal is good but owning it might not be so wise wealth-wise.Keep the luxury car purchases for after you reach the stage of acquiring luxury homes. Read more of this post

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