‘The poor and the middle-class work for money, while money works for the rich’
I want to start the dialogue with this quote from the famous book ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ which by the way has changed the perspectives of a lot of people in understanding how money works.
The Rich acquire assets which in turn benefits them in the long run for Eg. A shop, an office, shares of a company, a house, paintings, antiques, etc while the middle class aims security in Fixed Deposits.
This mindset of seeking security is what stops the middle class from being rich. I do not oppose the argument that risk free investments are important, they sure are important. What I differ on is the quantum of security we are seeking. Risk free investments are important for creating an emergency fund or at a time when you have to withdraw money at a short notice, say less than a year, not when there are 20 years left for your daughter’s marriage or for your retirement.
Difference in returns is double to say the least! You only earn a minimalistic 5% in a bank’s fixed deposit while a mutual fund may give you 12-14% return.
All I want you to open your mind to new age ideas, open up to a bit of risk, understand the new age investment opportunities, do a bit of mutual funds, buy some good quality shares, invest in a commercial property, learn about startups, etc. Open your mind to lose some money, that’s okay. Even Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, the big bull of Stock markets has lost money while investing in some stocks, that’s completely fine. Just consider it as fees for the course to learn share market, real estate, investments, etc. You might lose some money in the beginning but when you look back after a few years, you would have gained tremendously.
Did you know???
Info edge company (popularly known for Naukri.com) invested Rs 4.7 cr rupees in Zomato in 2010. Today the value of its stakes in Zomato is more than 15,000 crores rupees!!! Just in a matter of 11 years.
You would have heard the story of Rs 10K invested in Infosys in 1993 in its IPO would have become more than Rs 3 crores today. Amazing isn’t it!! Annual Dividend received would cross Rs 6 lakhs p.a.
So what do you think we miss out onn?
I think what we miss out on is the belief that we can make it to the top. We need self -belief to time and again just keep investing periodically over a substantial period of time.
And, if things go as planned, we may one day fall into the category of the rich.
You can argue that rich people have sufficient funds to invest while you do not have sufficient funds to just go and invest in a commercial property, totally true! I would definitely agree this is a hindrance. So what can be done.
you can bridge this difference through time, you need to start investing early.
A person with 1 crore of investments can earn 10 Lakh rupees by just making 10% p.a returns while we may earn 15% on Rs 5 Lakhs, still it would be only 75K.
So what you need to do is invest this 5 Lakhs for 20 years to help it become 1 crore and then you will be in a different league!
‘A person who does not create a passive source of income in his prime, will have to actively work till he dies’.
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CA Devesh Rathi
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