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Dr Radhakrishnan Pillai is the director of the Chanakya International Institute of Leadership Studies, University of Mumbai.
He holds a PhD in leadership from the University of Mumbai and has 25 years of industry and academic experience training and mentoring future leaders and PhD aspirants.
Dr Pillai is an expert on Chanakya's Arthashastra, an accomplished TEDx speaker and has written 17 books on Chanakya including the bestselling Corporate Chanakya.... more
Parikshit Question by Parikshit on Jun 05, 2023Translate
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I am unable to get job opportunities as I have no takers in the market due to my age. To add to it when I am going for interviews with potential employers, they force fit me into the sales as I am an operations & customer service specialist. I am open to doing business too but currently, I have no business ideas that are economically viable. Request your suggestions in this regard.

Ans: Hi Parikshit, Everyone with experience can get a job - but you need to go to the right companies. Also you can think of being a consultant in your area of expertise. That will fetch you good money and also respect you deserve. A few consulting assignments and you are ready for a second career in your life. Best wishes and prayers...
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I will be retiring in October 2024 and expecting a retirement corpus of Rs 80 lakh. I would be spending 60 per cent of this amount on my son’s medical admission and studies. How should I invest the rest in different sectors to earn monthly income of nearly about 40,000?
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1. Assess Your Risk Tolerance: Before investing, consider your risk tolerance, investment horizon, and financial goals. Since you're retiring soon and seeking a regular monthly income, it's advisable to focus on relatively stable and income-generating investment options.

2. Allocate Funds: With Rs 32 lakh available for investment, you can allocate the amount across different investment instruments to achieve diversification and manage risk.

3 Income-Generating Investments: To generate a monthly income of Rs 40,000, you'll need investments that offer regular payouts. Here are some options to consider:

a. Senior Citizen Savings Scheme (SCSS): This government-backed savings scheme offers quarterly interest payouts. You can invest up to Rs 15 lakh individually and earn regular income at a fixed interest rate, currently around 7.4% per annum.

b. Post Office Monthly Income Scheme (POMIS): Another government-backed scheme that provides monthly income. The maximum investment limit is Rs 4.5 lakh for an individual account and Rs 9 lakh for a joint account. The current interest rate is around 6.6% per annum.

c. Fixed Deposits (FDs): Consider investing a portion of your corpus in fixed deposits offered by banks or financial institutions. Opt for monthly interest payout FDs to generate regular income.

d. Debt Mutual Funds: Invest a portion in debt mutual funds that focus on generating steady income with relatively lower risk compared to equity funds. Choose funds with a track record of consistent returns and low expense ratios.

4. Systematic Withdrawal Plan (SWP): For investments in mutual funds or other growth-oriented instruments, consider setting up a systematic withdrawal plan. SWP allows you to withdraw a fixed amount regularly, which can serve as your monthly income.

5. Emergency Fund: Set aside a portion of your corpus as an emergency fund to cover unexpected expenses or contingencies. This fund should be easily accessible and parked in liquid or low-risk instruments like savings accounts or liquid funds.

6. Review and Adjust: Regularly review your investment portfolio to ensure it remains aligned with your financial goals and income requirements. Adjust your asset allocation and investment strategy as needed based on changing market conditions and personal circumstances.

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