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SmartOwner – Connecting Investors And Developers


wealthymattersThere is no getting around the fact that the real estate business requires cash. Though not always a whole lot of your own cash – other people’s money and borrowed money works just as well! What matters, ultimately, is the cost of capital and the terms and conditions on which the money is procured.

There is also no getting around the fact that in the last few decades real estate has made many Indians a great deal of money, often more than their lifetime savings, perhaps even  lifetime earnings. This wealth building effect of real estate has really seeped into the Indian psyche, so much so that these days you find builders in the Mumbai Metropolitan Area urging people to pay a small EMI and secure the future of the next seven generations of their family! So, these days, there is a large number of people hoping to get onto the real estate ladder, and an equally large number looking to invest their surplus cash in more real estate.

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The Turf War To Issue Currency


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To be able to issue currency or determine what passes for money and on what terms, is the ability to impose your will on others and settle deals in your favour.So small wonder that governments, bankers, billionaires and would-be-billionaires see the benefit in fighting to issue money. Go back to history and you see kings have issued currency, bankers/ moneychangers/ money movers and central bankers have issued currencies and then again desperate societies have often come up with tokens for use amongst themselves…………The same old game is playing out again.

Following speech is a sample of a banker trying to ally with state power to squish private money issuers. Read the arguments,file them away for future reference. If you hear these arguments repeated in the media, know them for the propaganda they are. Are they all rubbish arguments? NO. But neither are they the whole story. And passively swallowing them doesn’t serve your best interests. Read more of this post

Cryptocurrency – The Whales’ Game


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Cryptocurrencies have captured the public  imagination as the price of bitcoin et al skyrocketed and made lakhiers and crorepatis of both famous and obscure people. Never mind that many lost their fortunes even before they could start celebrating ! The adrenalin rush is a siren song to certain personality types……..

And I daily get calls, messages and e-mails asking what I think of cryptocurrency investments. The querants range from Sotheby’s-Gulf to small businesspeople from Russia. So here’s my answer : Are you a whale? Do you want to be one? Can you be one ?Do you fancy your chances playing against whales ?

Think:

Bitcoin was built by a tight-knit community of technology buffs and entrepreneurs, and a relatively small number of them own an outsized share of the cryptocurrency. As few as 1,000 people may own around 40% of all existing bitcoin.

As smaller investors enter the market drawn by the price action, the question to ask is whether those “whales” are in a position to take advantage of the newcomers?

Can whales actually coordinate among themselves to move the market? Read more of this post

The Denationalization of Money – Friedrich Hayek


The Denationalization of Money is a 1976 book by Friedrich Hayek, in which he advocates the establishment of competitively issued private moneys.

According to Hayek, instead of a national government issuing a specific currency, use of which is imposed on all members of its economy by force in the form of legal tender laws, private businesses should be allowed to issue their own forms of money, deciding how to do so on their own and have the currencies compete for acceptance.  Read more of this post

Tax Savings And Products From Life Insurance Companies


wealthymattersInsurance companies provide insurance and that’s very important in itself. But long after some people have met their safety needs and perhaps even accumulated so much wealth and secured it in a way that makes life insurance plans to provide for bereaved dependents superfluous, you find them still opting for investments in products from life insurance companies….Ever wonder why ?The answer is that, never mind what most run-of-the-mill financial advisors say, a FEW of these plans do provide excellent returns, and help create wealth,  provided a person is wealthy enough to be able to wait the decades to realize the benefits of these returns or better still think in multi-generational terms. Further, intelligently played , these products offer a way of mitigating the risk of falling interest rates on savings that all of us face. Next factor in tax and the numerous tax advantages products from life insurance companies offer and you start seeing the wisdom in what these wealthy people do.

Aegon Life has published a tax guide on it’s website to help you explain all things related to taxes and tax-planning.

However, if you’d like to educate yourself in peace before dealing with any sales pitches, here’s what you need to know: Read more of this post

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