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Investments resolutions for 2015

By P V Subramanyam
Last updated on: January 02, 2015 13:20 IST
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Yes, you need them: to complete the resolutions that you had made in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. There is no point in making new resolutions if you have not lived up to the previous resolutions, right?

Still for those who have not made any resolutions here are a few worth looking at:

1. I will write down my financial goals. I will make sure that they are SMART

2. I will convert a big portion of my savings into investments. Especially in this young country if you are 45 years or under, you need to have about 70 per cent of your money in equities. 

3. I will live a simple, frugal life by choice, but choose my dream career. You need guts to do it. If you do not, get vicarious pleasure by watching 3 Idiots again and again.

4. I will start saving/investing for my retirement. Saving for retirement is an old game. Now you need to invest for old age.

5. I will have regular conversations about money, saving and investing with my spouse, kids and parents. All people for whom I feel financially responsible.

6. I will not deal in direct equity with my current level of knowledge of equities. I will keep learning and buy one or two shares a year after doing proper research.

7. I will increase my financial knowledge -- by visiting financial and money portals.

8. I will maintain my income and expenditure details diligently and keep reviewing them. I at least know where I am headed.

9. I will maintain proper records of my assets and liabilities, understand the risk of each asset class, and do proper asset allocation.

10. I will protect all those people dependent on me. Will review my term insurance, medical insurance and retirement and make sure it is up to date and adequate, and the nominees are current.

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