Tips to Manage the Looming Recession

What is a recession?

A recession is when there is a decline in industrial production, employment, real income, and wholesale-retail trade that lasts for six months or more. It spells trouble for all of us. Sometimes it’s hard making ends meet in the best of times, but trying to raise a family in the midst of a recession is doubly hard to do. It helps to stay optimistic in this type of situation. We can tighten our belts a little and still share some quality time together as a family.

Tough economic times call for finding ways to cut down on spending, but not on activities, even when we’re on a budget. After doing a little bit of research I’ve come up with a few ideas that may help to weather this recessional storm.

Saving Money in the Kitchen Save money in kitchen during recession

There are lots of ways to cut back including in the kitchen so let’s start there. First, get rid of all the prepared meals. Aside from being too expensive, they are loaded with excessive fat, sugar, salt, and all kinds of preservatives. These are things that your family doesn’t need. Plan wisely and schedule specific meals for each day of the week. Do your grocery shopping once a week and get exactly what you need for each meal. Try going meatless twice a week.

Do a little research and find recipes for low-cost meals that you can make like pasta and vegetables or a homemade veggie pizza. These are nutritious meals and won’t cost a lot of money.

Saving Money When Traveling

Even when arranging for a vacation or just family time together, put a schedule in place so that you don’t miss a minute of fun. Check with the local visitor’s bureau in your city and see what attractions they offer. Some cities sponsor summer festivities for a minimal fee or no cost at all. Spend the day at a local park; take along Frisbees, a baseball and bat, and maybe even a set of horseshoes.

Stop by your local public swimming pool one day for an afternoon of aquatic games. Even pack a lunch to serve up after the swim, picnic-style, at a nearby park. Everyone develops an appetite after a day of sun and fun. This is an ideal way for a family to spend a day together.

The next day, spend the afternoon watching a movie at your local theatre. If you get there early, you can get the matinee price. It’s another great way to spend the day, and see a great movie in the process.

Saving Money on Pampering

After this much activity, you deserve to pamper yourself a little. If you like to read, don’t go out and spend money on a new bestseller, join your local library and read all of the books you want for free. Also, stock up on some inexpensive candles and some aromatherapy bath beads (you can get them at the dollar store) and treat yourself to a relaxing soak in the tub. If you close your eyes, you can pretend you’re at a fancy spa. You’ll feel any stress that you may have acquired from the long day begin to melt away.

You can find ways to cut back on spending and not on activities, it just takes a little bit of strategy and imagination. So plan to cut back, have fun, and make some great memories to treasure for years to come.

Surviving a recession

Financial planning to survive a recession begins well before the possibility of a recession. Not understanding that a recession can occur is like assuming that a sunny day will not possibly be followed by a rainy day. Not preparing for possible challenging financial times is akin to not wanting to grow up. There are several actions and plans that must be carried out to ensure survival during tough financial times:

1. Maintain your career: Have you kept yourself up to date professionally? Is your resume polished? You can’t wait for the writing to be on the wall to prepare for potential lay-offs. Is there education you need that you have been putting off? To effectively maintain your career and hope to grow professionally, it is imperative that one networks regularly. You never know when someone you know is able to lead you to a different opportunity at just the right time. Considering and developing side interests seriously is smart. Explore your hobbies to see what could result in possible additional funds (and enjoyment). There are also significant tax savings to take into account. And having several eggs in the basket of your career never hurts.

2. Maintain your savings: Think you want the latest new car? Think again! Now is the time to be conservative and be very picky about your purchases. If you have to make a big purchase such as an auto, can you think outside the box and think of alternatives that will have less financial impact? How about using public transportation, moving closer to work or buying a used vehicle? Do you really need that latte on your way to work? How about cooking more and taking your food to work rather than going out? Little expenditures can add up. If you received that much in interest in your bank account, wouldn’t that make you happier than caffeine could?

3. Cover yourself! Make sure you are covered in the case of any emergency. Make certain you have adequate insurance for any potential risks to your finances auto, homeowners, medical, etc. A medical emergency not well covered could result in bankruptcy. Have you created a will to take care of any dependents? Do not leave them vulnerable. Insure that any children are well aware of the need to manage finances at an early age. They must also understand about the value of education and its usual impact on a stable, financially secure future. Do not leave this to chance. Have a continuous dialogue with them to cover yourself. You never know when you might need their financial assistance during a future recession!

Having these areas taken care of should allow one to endure the rainy days of life so the sunny days can be even more pleasant.

Public Provident Fund Knowledge Series

  • Public Provident Fund is a savings cum tax saving instrument in India, introduced by the National Savings Institute of the Ministry of Finance in 1968
  • Only Resident Individuals can open an account. HUF & Non-resident are not allowed to open an account.
  • Minimum 500 to Maximum 1,50,000. Any amount deposited over and above 1,50,000 won’t earn any interest.
  • Minimum Duration is 15 years and thereafter it can be extended for 1 or more blocks of 5 years each.
  • If account holders are in need of funds and wish to withdraw before 15 years, the scheme permits partial withdrawals from year 7 i.e. on completing 6 years.
  • An account holder can withdraw prematurely, up to a maximum of 50% of the amount that is in the account at the end of the 4th year (preceding the year in which the amount is withdrawn or at the end of the preceding year, whichever is lower). Further, withdrawals can be made only once in a financial year.

Subscriber has 3 options once the maturity period of the PPF deposit is over.

1. Complete withdrawal.

2. Extend the PPF account with no contribution.

The PPF account can be extended after the completion of 15 years, the subscriber doesn’t need to put any amount after the maturity. This is the default option meaning if the subscriber doesn’t take any action within one year of his PPF account maturity this option activates automatically. Any amount can be withdrawn from the PPF account if the option of extension with no contribution is chosen. The only restriction is only one withdrawal is permitted in a financial year. Rest of the amount keeps earning interest.

3. Extend the PPF account with a contribution.

With this option, the subscriber can put money in his PPF account after extension. If the subscriber wants to choose this option, then he needs to submit Form in the bank where he is having a PPF account within one year from the date of maturity (before the completion of 16 years in PPF). With this option, the subscriber can only withdraw a maximum of 60% of his PPF amount (amount which was there in the PPF account at the beginning of the extended period) within the entire 5 years block. Every year only a single withdrawal is permitted.

Tax Benefits of Public Provident Fund: –

1. Interest Income earned on PPF is exempt under section 10(11).

2. Entire Maturity amount received is exempt.

3. Deduction u/s 80C every year for any amount deposited in PPF (maximum 1,50,000)

Premature closure of PPF account: –

Premature closure of PPF account is permitted after completion of 5 years for medical treatment of family members and for the higher education of PPF account holder. However, premature closure comes with an interest rate penalty of 1%.

Loan facility with Public Provident Fund account: –

  • Loan facility available from 3rd financial year up to 6th financial year. Up to a maximum of 25 per cent of the balance (at the end of the 2nd year or immediately preceding the current year) would be allowed as loan. Such withdrawals are to be repaid within 36 months.
  • A second loan could be availed as long as you are within the 3rd and before the 6th year, and only if the first one is fully repaid. Also note that once you become eligible for withdrawals, no loans would be permitted. Inactive accounts or discontinued accounts are not eligible for a loan.

8 smart moves to Improve your Personal Finances in 2020

The New Year is providing you with an opportunity to decide your ambitions, goals and targets for the upcoming year. It is the time when you should plan for your financial problems and for their solutions. There are some tips, which you should follow and keep them in mind. These tips can help you a lot in developing a better understanding of this issue.

1 – Make Your Mind Clear and Set Your Goals

You have to clearly define and refine your goals and targets what are you planning for, and which kind of achievements you want to achieve. Make your mind very clear about your decisions. When you will have set the particular goals at once, you will ultimately be dedicated, and committed towards them and you will surely accomplish and achieve them by putting in some hard work.

2 – Compile a Spending Plan

It is not exactly a budget. It’s just a spending plan that you form for the following New Year. With the help of this crude plan, we can easily allocate the part of the money that we are to spend in a particular area of interest. It can give you a clear idea about the total expenditure, consumptions, savings and investment. Sometimes it also happens that we have to allocate some of the money to fulfil the past consumption that was left last year. So it easily comes under control to easily focus and balance your income and expenditure. It is, in fact, a “worksheet” for building your spending plan.

3 – Making an Emergency Plan

This plan actually is a money pool that is normally invested in liquid investments. It is helpful when the investments need to be converted into cash without penalty or reducing principal. It is often suggested that the initial three to six months have enough expenses available in the fund. With the help of creating emergency funds, we can easily cut and invest our funds. Some of the people normally don’t go for keeping much money in short-term investments. Rather they keep in mind the ways from where they can get money quickly in the emergency situation. For some of the people, it is a mere risk liquidating longer-term investment if the needs arise.

4 – Managing Your Credit Report

It means different things to different people. You can get a free copy of your credit report once each year from each of the consumer reporting agencies. But you space out your requirements; you get your report done differently. And freezing your credit report isn’t a good thing for anyone. But it can serve as a way of protecting you from identity theft.

5 – Reviewing and Rebalancing the Port-Folio

For making it sure that you have the right investment mix, it is very important to rebalance your portfolio time to time by reviewing it. Investment allocations in financial securities are normally split between stocks, bonds and cash. Cash is financial shorthand for money market debt investments with a final maturity of a year or less and rebalancing the portfolio will get you back to your target allocation.

With calendar rebalancing technique, we can regularly adjust our portfolios. Meanwhile, tactical asset allocation has your underweight or overweight asset classes based on your outlook for that asset class. This is called active management or timing the market.

6 – Determine Your Net Worth

For the accomplishment of this particular task, add up what you own and subtract out what you owe. You will be left with all that’s yours. It is really beneficial to build during your career and start taping that wealth in retirement or for the purpose of other goals that you want to meet. For this, a daily balance sheet is not required. But you have to track your net worth regularly.

7 – Keep an Eye on Your Accounts


You have to keep a current listing of your bank accounts, investment accounts, life insurance policies and pension information. It is also important to have a copy of your will with a note informing where the original copy is available, and somebody must know where you keep this particular list.

8 – Plan for Your Retirement Needs

You must have an idea of how big your investment portfolio is at retirement. If you design a spending plan, it will help you to use the total annual expenses as a guide to what you might need in retirement. “Retirement Calculators” can help you determine the size of an appropriate nest egg by weighing how much you have already put aside, by looking at your pre-retirement savings goals and estimating your income needs in retirement.

Bottom Line

You should be a part of your community and not confined to your houses. If you will be a better person, you will get a better community. Give your time to the community you are living in. It will bestow you with the feeling of greatness.

The Funda of Investing-4 steps to achieve financial freedom

Today we talk about how to prioritize your goals and organise your finances so that you can meet your targets in the easiest possible manner.

Check out these four steps that will help you budget your finances in the best possible way.

Identify Goals and Prioritize- The No 1 rule for financial planning

The goals can vary from higher education to marriage to buying a car. Once you have jotted down the list, prioritize and elimination the avoidable ones e.g. buying a car can be delayed by a few years if you are looking forward to getting married in the near term.

Create an Emergency Fund and Cover the Risks :

A typical emergency fund usually caters to situations like loss of a job. It should be sufficient to last around 6 months. So if you spend 15000 Rs a month, keep aside Rs 90000 for this fund. Apart from this cover the risks – risk against accident, disability, ill-health and death. This is important so as to take care of you and your dependents, in case, God forbid, something happens to you. You can cover yourself through an appropriate mix of term plans, mediclaim and health insurance.

Budgeting Finances – Create Goal-Based Funds :

A goal-based fund would look like –

Saving 2,00,000 in 2 yrs for a car
Saving 8,00,000 in 3 years for marriage, etc
Calculate the monthly savings accordingly. So instead of spending and then saving, first save and then spend.

Organize your Finances :

Cut out on leisurely expenses. It doesn’t mean cutting out on your leisure, but it simply means finding alternate sources of entertaining yourself. Instead of watching movies in a multiplex, opt for smaller, cheaper theatres, or better watch them on a rented DVD. Ladies can cut down their visits to beauty parlours and opt for self – do packages.

ULIP Investment vs Mutual Fund, Term Insurance combo

A friend of mine asked me to review a ULIP. My first question to him was why ULIP? Why not go for a combination of Mutual fund and Term Insurance? Yes, you heard me correct. It’s always better to separate insurance from investment. Hence investing in a mutual fund, term insurance combo can be more useful than ULIP investment. I did some googling and here are my findings. In the illustration below, I am comparing a ULIP with tax saving mutual funds.

ULIP from ABC Company Ltd.

Age (Yrs) Term of
policy (Yrs)
Premium paying
term (Yrs)
Sum Assured
amount (Rs)
30 10 10 10,00,000 1,00,000 15,20,375

Assumed returns rate: 10%
The figures used in the illustration above are based on that of an existing life insurance company.

The returns could vary across life insurance companies.

The scenario above is that an individual, aged 30, decides to invest a sum of 10 lakhs for ten years. He chooses to invest in a ULIP, the premium for which comes out to be one lakhs annually. Assuming 10% returns annually, his corpus stands at 15,20,375 after ten years. However, this illustration is misleading. That is because the returns calculated by life insurance companies are often on that portion of the premium (i.e. premium paid – charges, charges include mortality charges, administration charges and fund management charges etc. and can vary from 5 to 40%), that is invested after deducting all the expenses. Therefore, the net return on Rs 100,000 works out to approximately 7.50 per cent only.

Now suppose that the individual, instead of investing in a ULIP, buys term insurance and invests surplus in tax saving mutual funds.

Term plan from XYZ Company Ltd.

Age (Yrs) Sum Assured
Death benefit
30 15,00,000 3,600 10 15,00,000

The figures used in the illustration above are based on that of an existing life insurance company.

The returns could vary across life insurance companies.

A term plan of 15 lakhs costs 3600 Rs annually. Assuming the remaining amount of Rs 96,400 is invested in a Systematic Investment Plan, the maturity amount after 10 yrs is 15,34,993 (Assuming returns of 9%). We can see that the maturity value is still more than that of a ULIP.

Moreover, the best part about keeping one’s investment needs and insurance needs apart is that both work towards their respective goals separately. Therefore, in case of an eventuality, the individual’s nominees would stand to get not only the sum assured from the term plan (i.e. Rs 15,00,000) but also the amount that has been invested in a tax-saving fund.

How to Make Time for a Side Job in College (Full Guide)

Between the smartphone in your pocket and the laptop in your backpack, finding a side job as a college student has never been easier.

You can take the traditional route and work at a coffee shop or wait tables in a local restaurant. Or, you can start a side hustle and work right from the comfort of your own dorm.

Whichever route you go, the hardest thing about working a part-time job is finding the time to do it. If you’re ready to put some extra money in your pocket this semester, here’s our full guide on how to make time for a side job in college.

Be Realistic About Your Time

A side hustle is a great way to make extra money, but there’s one thing you can’t lose sight of:

You already have a full-time job: going to school.

You must do well in your classes and graduate on time so that you can begin your real career. Though making extra money might be a necessity, you can’t let in infringe upon your academics.

Be realistic about your schedule. Don’t take on a side job that requires you to work in the middle of the day if you have classes during that time.

Instead, look for a side hustle that offers extreme flexibility and affords you the option to work whenever you want.

Learn How to Say No

You probably have more free time in your schedule than you think. But in order to find and reclaim that time, you’ll need to learn how to say no.

Resist the urge to go out and party every night. Don’t accept every social invitation that comes your way. You don’t need to become a workaholic or a recluse, but you may need to pass up a party every once in a while.

It’s also important to cut out (or at least cut down on) drinking alcohol. A night of drinking can easily lead to a hangover and a day in bed. That’s wasted time that you could be working on your side job!

It may seem like you never have a free moment because you have a fully-packed social calendar. But if making extra money is that important to you, you may have to pass up a football game here or there or skip your weekly TV binge-fest with your roommates.

Schedule Your Classes Accordingly

Unlike high school kids, college students have ultimate control over their schedules.

Sure, there may be a required class that’s only offered at 10 am, but for the most part, you get to determine your own calendar.

To make more time for a side job, try scheduling all of your classes at the beginning or at the end of the day. Instead of having classes spaced out throughout the day with breaks in between, try to schedule your classes back to back. That way, you’ll have larger blocks of time to focus on work.

If you prefer to work in the morning, start your classes in the afternoon. If you’d rather work in the evening, take as many early morning classes as you can.

When it comes time to pick your classes for next semester, do so in a way that frees up some hours for making money.

Learn How to Organize Your Time

You’ll always accomplish more if you know how to organize your time. Learn to make the most of every hour and you’ll feel like you have more time to do the things you want to do.

If you’re not fully aware of how you spend your time, start analyzing it. Download a time tracker app to record your habits, study them, and see where you can make changes.

Are you wasting two or three hours a day watching TV? Try cutting that back to one hour.

Do you leave campus for dinner every night? You might be able to conserve some time by eating in your dorm or having dinner on campus.

Are you spending too much time on social media? Designate two or three specific times a day to check social pages rather than scrolling all day long.

The better you understand how you’re spending your time, the easier it will be to organize a schedule and stick to it.

Get Up Earlier or Stay Up Later

This is one tip that you probably don’t want to hear, but …

An easy way to make more time for work is to get up earlier or stay up later.

It’s important to get eight hours of sleep every night. Do NOT sacrifice sleep for working, studying, or anything else. But you can stop sleeping in on weekends if you leave the party early so you can get to bed sooner.

If possible, try to get in the habit of waking up one hour earlier or going to bed one hour later each day. That alone will give you seven extra hours a week that you can devote to focusing on your side job.


Part of college is learning how to balance your responsibilities.

You have to sleep, study, and eat. You need time to have fun and be social. You may also have to work so you can put some extra money in your pocket.

There are lots of things that college students have to do, so you must be selective in how you spend your time.

There will never be more than 24 hours in a day, so there’s no point in wishing for it.

In fact, what you can accomplish has nothing to do with how much time exists – it’s all about how you use it.

Author Bio: 

Cory rose authorCory Rose, new to Coronado Place and Towers, brings a new kind of experience to Coronado. He holds a BA from Michigan State and an MBA from Texas A&M and wants to take Coronado to a new level of student housing management. In a highly competitive and challenging market, Cory brings 8 years of multifamily and student housing experience to St. Louis to set a new bar for housing in the Midtown/Central West End/SLU/WashU areas.

Easiest Way to Calculate Your Retirement Corpus

This is the easiest way to calculate your retirement corpus (without the use of an excel sheet or a financial calculator). You just need to open calculator on your Mobile to try this out. Before we start, please make a note of 4 important things that we need to make this work –

1. Your monthly expenses (e.g. Rs. 50,000)

2. Your current age (e.g. 36 years)

3. Your retirement age (e.g. 60 years)

4. Your life expectancy (e.g. 85 years) (approx. age that you believe you will die – consider 85 as the minimum age for calculations)

Let’s begin the simple math –

Difference between your retirement age and current age – 24 Years (60-36)

Please note that your expenses will get doubled every 12 years if the inflation rate is at 6%.

Your current monthly expenses of Rs. 50,000 will be quadrupled (4 times) after 24 years which would amount to Rs. 2 lakhs per month (aggregate monthly expenses required at the time of retirement)

The next step would be to calculate the difference between your life expectancy and retirement age – 85-60= 25 years

Now, multiply these 2 lakhs monthly expenses for the next 25 years

2 lakhs per month *12 = 24 lakhs per year

24 lakhs per year for 25 years – 600 lakhs or 6 crores
(assuming 6% inflation and 6% returns – 0% returns over inflation after retirement)

This would be your retirement corpus and this is as easy you can think of.

(If your spouse is younger than you, multiply the per annum expenses with age difference between two of you and add to the above corpus)

However, what if your assumed returns are more than inflation after retirement?

You will need to multiply the above corpus (6 crores) by

1. 0.9 if your returns are 1% more than inflation i.e. the inflation is at 6%, but the returns are at 7% (6 crores *0.9 = 5.40 crores)

2. 0.8 if the returns are 2% more than inflation i.e. inflation is at 6%, but the returns are at 8% (6 crores *0.8 = 4.80 crores)

3. 0.7 if the returns are 3% more than inflation i.e. inflation is at 6% and returns are at 9% (6 crores *0.7 = 4.20 crores)

My suggestion – Do not take more than 1% returns above inflation (to be on the safer side of calculation)

What happens in case the difference between your retirement age and your current age is not divisible by 12?

The simple solution would be to use fractions. Example – If my current age is 38 years and my monthly expenses are 50,000 – my expenses will get doubled by the age of 50 i.e. it will stand at 1 lakh per month. Now multiply this 1 lakh by 10 (difference between age 60 – 50) and divide it by 12. ((100000*10)/12 = 1,83,333). As such, 1.83 lakhs would be your average monthly expenses at the time of retirement.

What if I want to consider a different rate of inflation?

Use the formula of 72. Divide 72 with your proposed inflation rate and that would be the number of years when your monthly expenses get doubled.

When we considered the inflation rate at 6%, our monthly expenses were getting doubled in 12 years.

If we take inflation rate at 4%, the monthly expenses will get doubled in 18 years.

If you want to validate whether the amount is right or wrong, try this with the calculator that you trust.

I have not taken any taxes into consideration since it would make this calculation far more complicated.

Also, various insurance premiums such as health insurance and car insurance have been not taken into account, since that is something you can easily calculate.

The Indian Investors fascination with 1 Crore Term Insurance Cover

This is a rookie mistake that even the best investors make. We generally tend to believe that a 1 crore term insurance cover is sufficient.

Though there is a shift in the approach towards term insurance nowadays and people have started purchasing it. However, the dream figure for most of us seems to be stuck at 1 crore.

Let’s see what happens if I take a 1 crore term insurance cover.

Due to some unfortunate circumstances if I die tomorrow, how long do you think my family will be able to survive with 1 crore?

Monthly expenses – Rs. 40,000/- : The coverage amount of 1 crore will be sufficient for the next 21 years.

Monthly expenses – Rs. 50,000/- : The coverage amount of 1 crore will be sufficient for the next 17 years

Monthly expenses – Rs. 60,000/- : The coverage amount of 1 crore will be sufficient for the next 14 years.

In terms of calculations, I have done the most basic math by dividing 1 crore with my annual expenses.

I am presuming that my spouse will just keep this entire amount in FDs (No mutual funds, no stocks, or other forms of investments). This will be a zero per cent return assuming 6% inflation and 6% returns.

Most spouses may not be aware of the kind of investments made by their better half must be doing (leave about mutual funds, stocks or other investments) that is why FD.

This amount of 1 crore is only sufficient for the above-mentioned number of years if we do not consider any existing repayment of loan, goals towards child education and marriage.

In case you have any additional assets, you can also check the additional years your family can survive with those assets by dividing the total asset value by your annual expenses.

If you have more liabilities than assets, the above-mentioned years for survival will reduce further.

With all these permutations and combinations,

Do you still think that 1 crore term insurance cover is enough?

Dilemma of taking term insurance till age 60/70/85/100 years

Generally, term insurance cover is supposed to be taken till the age of 60 because 60 is considered to be the age of retirement in India. It is also presumed that by the time one turns 60, the person would have fulfilled all his responsibilities, saved enough to lead a contended retired life and acquired the necessary amount of wealth that he/she can pass on to his family as an inheritance.

Is there any harm if one decides to give out an additional inheritance to their family by taking term insurance till the age of 70/85/100 (as everyone seems to be sure that he/she will die by the age of 100), that too by paying some extra premium? This is a normal thought process when one thinks of buying term insurance beyond the age of 60.

But does a person actually leave an inheritance through term insurance coverage beyond age 60?

Suppose, I am 36 years old and take term insurance of 1 crore till the age of 100, instead of taking it till the age of 60.

In case of my untimely death before the age of 60, I am just going to pay an additional premium only as I have taken the policy till age 100. (Premiums of term policies till age 100 are much higher than till age 60)

If I die at the age of 70, the value of 1 crore would be 14 lakhs, with the assumption of inflation rate at 6%. (The value of 1 crore would be around 14 lakhs after 34 years in today’s cost. That is the impact of inflation).

However, if I die at the age of 80, the value of 1 crore would be reduced to only 8 lakhs.

If I die at the age of 90, the value of 1 crore would be reduced to just 4.3 lakhs.

In reality, this is the only additional inheritance amount that you may be leaving behind for your family (Not the 1 Crore amount in today`s value) if you intend to extend your coverage beyond 60.

This is with the baseline assumption that there would be an inflation of 6%. In such cases, the value of money would be exactly half every 12 years.