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December 17, 2014

A look at the bigger picture – Warren Buffet’s tips on starting off a debt-free 2015

debt-free 2015According to recent reports, India’s GDP grew up by 5% in the financial year, 2012-2013, which was the lowest since the last decade. It seems that the 2008 recession still looms large on the daily lives of the Indians. While the lawmakers are there to take larger and bigger decisions about the nation’s GDP, the common man can’t do much about macro-economic indicators. As we’re about to step into 2015, we need to organize our finances and revisit, learn and imbibe some timeless personal finance lessons from the maestro Warren Buffet so that we can overcome the financial shocks that may be in store for us in 2015.

1. Review 2014 before you start: Before taking any step, start off with a review of 2014. How did you fare? What points did you miss? Which financial tasks are still pending? Where did you commit some of the biggest blunders? Were all your investments on track? By evaluating your strengths and weaknesses that you’ve portrayed in 2014, you will easily be able to deduce the steps that you need to take to improve your finances. Write down everything in points so that you don’t forget anything while planning for 2015.

2. Create a frugal budget: Budgeting is a basic but important tool. When you know what you earned and where your money went, you can be aware of your current financial situation. Often times, when your expenses are high, a large part is accounted by all those unexpected and unplanned expenses like entertainment, eating out, coffee shop bills, which are difficult to control and restrain. So, you should first know the excess outgo and then analyse the spending habits so that you can limit each expense. Live within your means and check yourself whenever you see that you’re outdoing your budget.

3. Spend wisely and live thriftily: Warren Buffet says that if you buy things that you don’t need, soon you will find yourself sell things that you need. Most of us suffer from the urge to splurge and most often we justify our expenses using the pretext of special occasions, lifestyle, family emotions and even smart decisions. Most marketing companies understand this urge and they try to exploit by giving us offers on products. Unhealthy carbonated drinks are sold with promises of adventure, youthfulness and happiness. You may also take the example of EMI options on expensive smartphone. Little do they understand that through the EMI option, people tend to pay more in the long run.

4. Save money for the financial odds: Remember that someone is sitting under the shade today as someone planted a tree long time ago. All of us are aware of the fact that saving money is important to have a better future. But it is indeed an alarming fact to observe that most of us don’t even save enough money for the emergencies. This happens due to our extremely myopic view of our personal financial condition. Today, instant gratification matters more than saving for tomorrow. In fact, saving is considered as sacrifice by most people. Follow the “pay yourself first” principle. Set aside some money for your future.

5. Plan for the long term and be patient: No matter how great are your talents and effort, there are some things that just take time. Can you ever produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant at the same time? Money is also a part of nature and it can’t grow overnight. However, we always overestimate money that we can make in a year and underestimate what we can make in 10 years. People should make money by staying invested for the long-term instead of dancing in and dancing out of the portfolios and changing them constantly. According to India’s growth, you can benefit only if you invest for long term and stop panicking for short-term fluctuations. Based on your risk appetite and financial goals, make a diversified portfolio. Pick right financial instruments recommended by your financial advisor.

6. Borrow within your limit: Remember that you can never become rich by living on borrowed money. Initially people think that borrowing is manageable and to later on repay the previous borrowings, they take out yet more loans like the debt consolidation loans. This is more like fighting-fire-with-fire approach towards debt reduction. Borrowing should never be done without an objective assessment of future cash flow and other financial needs. Have a solid plan to pay the debt back and not become its slave.

A debt-free life is indeed the best life. In spite of knowing this, there are many who hardly take the required steps to stay on the right track. If you’re not willing to spend a life immersed in debt, take into account the above mentioned financial tips by Warren Buffet.

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December 16, 2014

Here’s Why You Should Be Paying More Attention To Tech IPOs

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With the world leaning significantly towards all things tech, technology companies are seeing rapid growth by the minute. In 2013, the US witnessed bulk IPOs from the tech industry, a marked improvement since the temporary dip during the 2009-2010 recession.

Much has been written about who came out as clear winners amongst tech IPOs. But, if you pay less attention to the success stories of individual companies and take a step back, you’ll see how tech companies are taking over the bigger picture.

Out of the 222 companies that went public in 2013, 45 were tech companies.

 

That said, let’s take a look at why diverting your attention to tech IPOs can prove to be a good idea:

Tech Companies Are Storming The IPO Market

2015 Tech IPO Candidates

Name Funding

Last Round Date

Uber $2.71b

Dec-14

Cloudera $1.20b

Sep-14

Dropbox $1.11b

Apr-14

Airbnb $801.44m

Apr-14

Box Inc. $564.06m

Jul-14

AppNexus $310.50m

Sep-14

Good Technology $291.30m

Sep-14

After Alibaba filed to go public in September 2014, the IPO market saw the technology industry chasing new horizons. The market is now bustling with news from a number of tech enterprises who are positive to go public soon. With leading companies like Palantir, Dropbox, Spotify, Cloudera, Good Technology, Airbnb, and Deem looking to go public in 2015, the technology industry will soon be making waves in the IPO market.

Tech IPOs Are The New Black

The growing need for cloud computing, database management, and software is helping companies build a strong client base. This, coupled with a fast-growing Internet, is sending technology concerns down the IPO road, expanding the market significantly. Add that to the growing dependency of other industries on the technology sector, and you have an exponential growth forecast for tech ventures.

A List Of Startups In The Top IPO List

A number of startups across the US and the rest of the world are rapidly climbing the industry ladder. Companies like Airbnb, Snapchat, and Square are slowly shedding their private skins and taking daring risks by entering the stock market. This can be beneficial to you, because these startups are valued at an average of $5 billion and tend to offer stocks at a relatively low rate.

Successful Tech IPOs In The Past

With Alibaba named the biggest initial public offering in the history of IPOs, the stock market has been showing a favorable inclination towards the tech industry. But, the Chinese e-commerce giant was not the only tech company to launch a grand opening.

Zendesk, a customer service software company, witnessed a swift shift from its initial share price of $9 to $20-$25 in no time. The IPO success story of Twitter is another that has been brewing a new wave of tech IPOs around the world. While all tech companies might not make history, it is pretty evident that tech giants like Alibaba, Twitter, and Facebook have set the ball in motion for technology-based enterprises. The success of these tech giants in the past is a clear indicator why you should pay more attention to existing and upcoming tech IPOs.

If you aren’t convinced yet,  consider this tidbit – if you had invested $1000 in the initial public offerings of Amazon, Ebay, Yahoo, Google, Linkedin, and Facebook, this is what you would have made by 2013.

Image Source – http://www.statista.com/chart/1602/internet-ipos/

Don’t miss out on making big bucks on potentially successful tech companies again. Pay close attention to the tech IPOs that are lined up in the near future, analyze the company’s growth, financials, and market strategy. And as always, invest wisely.

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December 9, 2014

World class housing come to India

Real Estate InvestmentAhmedabad is the seventh largest metropolitan city of India, and has been the epicentre of Narendra Modi’s plans for Gujarat’s developments over the past years in which the city has seen tremendous rise in its infrastructural growth. New projects in Ahmedabad were just the start of city’s plans to over-power other metropolitan cities and to increase its rank. With Ahmedabad being the home various national and multinational organizations it is no brainer for Ahmedabad to possess a blooming Real Estate – commercial as well as residential. Ahmedabad is not only a mushrooming real estate and commercial centre but originally an industrial sector; the reason it is known as the Manchester of India is due to the presence of mills and other industries in Ahmedabad.

What’s in store for you in Ahmedabad?

Ahmedabad has a huge variety and a budget efficient real estate market for an investor or buyer. Previously, Ahmedabad’s real estate dominantly consisted of individual bungalows and plots with no real property development. But with the new Gujrat model in the basket and other improvised plans to make the city bigger than ever this system has changed to construction of apartments with the most high tech facilities at the most moderate rates. This has resulted in various nationalized builders picking Ahmedabad as an ideal destination for construction of residential complexes and privatized cities. With facilities like: playing area, private swimming pools, high securitized complexes, theatres, religious places within the complexes, halls where events can be take place. In short, these facilities just indicate the desire of builders to provide modern and new flats in Ahmedabad but also see the comfort of the people and design modern houses according their convenience and affordability. With TATA affordable housing a new introduction to increasing list of developers in Ahmedabad, their names caries more facilities than just trust, their work has been phenomenal in other cities where state of the art facilities are available at “affordable” rates. New projects in Ahmedabad and change from individual housing to complexes have resulted in a huge increase in number of investors in the city.

Property Areas:

Properties are available at various prices for every end user. From a property worth 25 lakhs to 5 crores, for example. These new projects are planned on a wider scale and aren’t just constructed anywhere, making Ahmedabad are very planned and organized city. The satellite area is considered as one the most costly of areas in Ahmedabdad, though rightly it provides with the best of facilities considering the fact it is inside the city. Mostly all the areas a bit away from the city and takes maximum of an hour’s ride via rickshaw or bus to the main city. Transportation isn’t a problem; proper busses and rickshaw with well-maintained roads makes the ride smoother than ever.

Ahmedabad’s Real Estate in a nutshell:

Ahmedabad’s mixture of industrial, educational and commercial sector makes Ahmedabad an ideal residential real estate hub which has a huge growing demand. For example: just 5 months before, a friend of mine shifted to Ahmedabad from Mumbai because, property rates in Ahmedabad is less than Mumbai and they provide better facilities at the same rate with a much cleaner and calmer environment. With state of the art infrastructure and various national and multinational firms and educational institutes in store Ahmedabad is not short of a paradise.

Flats in Ahmedabad are all value for their money as the facilities that are provided with the apartments. The city’s been on a tremendous rise in the past 20 years or so, making the city an educational, industrial, commercial and most recently a residential power-hub.

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