Real Wealth Vs. Paper Valuations


wealthymattersSam is a painter. He has about $50000 in cash and no particular income source apart from small gigs here and there. He is very savvy in his expenses and doesn’t waste any of it, painting most of the time.

He shows his paintings to one of his friends, who happens to be a consultant. The friend on seeing a particular painting, stops and wanders in exclamation, “Dude, you should show this to art galleries, they would pay 100s of millions for this”.

Sam gets excited. He gets some more consultants to do the review for his painting and they too tell him that they can sell the painting easily for 50 million dollars. He pays the consultants $500 each in fee and they are off.

Sam is very happy. He is going to be a millionaire. He decides to celebrate. Spends 1000 dollars on dinner and wine. Next day, he meets a lot of people, “They say, yeah, this is a really wonderful painting. Congrats, you’ve come up with your masterpiece.” Read more of this post

Confusing Real Wealth And Paper Wealth

wealthymattersOften people see the SENSEX/NIFTY values,property prices etc. and the GDP as one and the same or as proxies for each other.After all if the economy is good, the GDP and stock indices , property prices etc. are expected to rise.By doing so people are confusing real wealth and paper wealth.This confusion  especially happens to people who own stocks.And today an increasing number of people  own stocks,if not directly than through mutual funds.Incidentally, even debt mutual funds might have an equity component.In the insurance front, not just ULIPS but also the bonuses in traditional products are dependent on stock market returns.Blended funds in child plans and pensions also have an equity component.So today, many people with no intention of dabbling in stocks still have an equity exposure and are prone to confusing the rise in paper wealth due to valuation gains with a rise in real wealth. Read more of this post

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