5 Money Mantras for 2021


January 19, 2021

2020 might possibly be the most dynamic teacher we have had in our lives. The year really pushed us to take a step back and take a long, hard look at how our lives are built, the foundation of everyday lives and the framework of how we go about doing it. While the importance of health and a clean lifestyle was brought to the fore, so was the discussion around financial health. 2020 was a year filled with challenges; while the market took a hit, we also saw one of the best equity rallies in a long time! Job security, savings, health insurance and more were the talk of the town, and with good reason. Job security, savings, health insurance and more were the talk of the town, and with good reason. 

This is precisely why we’ve come up with 5 simple yet incredibly effective Money Mantras for 2021, to ensure smooth sailing and a strong back-up plan. Read on to know more. 

BUILD A BUDGET

One of the easiest yet effective things you could do for your money right now is starting to build a budget. It’s the ultimate tool to help you control your expenses and channel your finances towards achieving any goals you might have set. Budgets, at their core, exist on a balance—if you want to spend more on something, you’ll have to forfeit or spend less on something else. This simple practice gradually teaches you how to prioritise your earnings and spend them wisely on things that actually matter. Usually a budget is a combination of your household, transport, personal and miscellaneous purchases. Nowadays, there are many budget-calculating apps that you can download to help you track your expenses—or better yet, talk to your financial advisor for a more detailed approach. 

INVEST IN A GOOD HEALTH INSURANCE

As mentioned earlier, health insurance is the topmost priority in today’s time, and should be treated as such. A good health insurance should cover the basics—this includes hospital charges, pre & post hospitalization included. It should also cover not just you, but your family as well, ensuring that should you ever require the help of your insurance, paying the bill will be the last thing going through your mind. One of the biggest blunders we as a customer make, is to simply assume that we will not require health insurance until we are much older. However, on the contrary, being well-prepared when it comes to your health from an early stage in life will only pay off in the long run.  

BUILD AN EMERGENCY FUND 

Out of all the financial years so far, if 2020 has not convinced you to build yourself an emergency fund, we doubt what else will! If you’ve been thinking about starting your emergency fund, there’s no better time to do so than now. This will help you face potential job cuts/salary cuts, household damage repair and any medical emergencies with the reassurance that you have your emergency fund to help you out. 

DIVERSIFY YOUR INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO

It’s never a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket. The same goes for your investments—diversifying your portfolio will help you stay afloat in the event of an unexpected market crash. And the best part is: it’s not that hard to implement. Diversification operates on a simple idea, that an investment portfolio consisting of different investment types will essentially lead to optimizing the risk. A well-diversified portfolio might include- cash, bonds, stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds. To know more you can contact us and find just the right diversification model for you. 

CURB IMPULSE PURCHASES

Our last point ties back to where we started: setting a budget! When you know you have a budget that allows you a certain amount of expenditure, it automatically helps you steer clear of purchases that you really do not need. One of the best ways to figure out whether what you want to buy is something you really need is to give yourself a waiting period: give it 24 hours or sleep on it. If you still feel the need to purchase it, then compare prices online to pick the best one. If not, you’ll realize that what you almost spent your money on was simply a phase. 

Although these Money Mantras look simple, their impact is anything but. Stay consistent with your budgeting, investing & savings, and trust us—you’ll see your bank account flourishing in due time. For more information, get in touch with us at cagrfunds@gmail.com

CAGRfunds Team

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