Abhi’s FIRE Investment Portfolio | #AbhiOnFIRE #LittleSaves


Abhi’s Investment Portfolio – as of August’2021

You can check out my earlier updates below.

  • Received rent for the first time in my life. Damn, it feels good! 🙂 I get Rs.21,000 as rent, which is about 50% of my Home Loan EMI, but I am not complaining!
  • Speaking of rent, my office has started calling people back to work. So in another month or two, I am planning to take a rental house that is close to my office. So what rent I get will simply flow to my future landlord’s account. At least, I need not travel 4 hours a day for work any more.
  • Crypto investments are doing pretty good. Looking forward to Bitcoin going over 70K. And then falling to 25K 😛
  • We took out new car for a long drive at last. It is a Kia Sonnet. It is pretty awesome! Great features and has all one would need and a lot most won’t need. Milage is not as great as our last one, but as long as the resale value is good, I don’t mind.

I am looking for more alternate investment options to experiment with and talk about. If you know any please drop me a message at [email protected] Thanks in Advance!

Borrowed to buy stocks

Yes, you read that right. I borrowed Rs.4,00,000 to buy some stocks. Yes, I have heard a dozen wise men/women advice exactly against that. There are two reasons I did it. One, I was optimistic about the market (stupid as it may sound). Secondly, I was getting a tax break on the interest I was paying to borrow, which meant I was getting a pretty cheap loan. So I just did it.

To be clear, I did not borrow to invest in some tip I received or speculate. The market was correcting to a level I liked and I wished to buy. However instead of liquidating savings, I experimented with borrowing from one of the instant loan payout folks to see how it all worked.

Would I advice others to do it? Mostly not. If this pays off well, will I do it again? Definitely not. This is a bet and I am fully aware of what my upside and downsides are. Just because it pays off well it does not give sufficient proof to bet again. On the other hand, I will have discovered a new source of fund to tap into on short notice when the markets take a dive. This time, I got the 4 lakhs in my account in a matter of 2 hours.

AMEX Offers

Some really great offers from American Express in August that I made use of. Here is the list

  • Some family members were looking to book flight tickets. I offered to do it for them. I used my Amex Gold card to get them a Rs.5000 discount by booking via Flipkart Flights. Rs.5000 discount for them, all the loyalty points for me.
  • AMEX is running a special offer to select customers where spend of Rs.45,000 gets a Rs.2,500 Amazon gift Voucher. The Flight tickets I booked above got me the vouchers as well 😛
  • Amex is running a campaign where you get Rs.500 back for spends of Rs.1000 or more at local (supported) stores. I scored about Rs.1500 by simply buying things I need at these stores for Rs.3000, getting a 50% off in total for necessities.
  • Finally, along with the 1000 bonus points you earn for Amex Gold Charge card when you spend 6 Rs.1000 transactions and another 1000 points for Amex Rewards card on 4 Rs.1500 transactions, now there is an additional 1000 points when the spend on Rewards card exceeds Rs.20,000 per month. I am now scoring a total of 3520 points per month, worth Rs.1,302 by using the Amex cards for most of my spends in the month. If you do the math, I get back Rs.1302 on a spend of about 26K, which is about 5% cashback. And most of my spends are on necessities, petrol, utilities etc which add up easily.
  • Due to these points, currently if I buy on Flipkart, I use the Axis Flipkart card. If I buy on Amazon, I use my Amazon ICICI Card. All other purchases and spends are via the AMEX cards.
  • Crypto currencies are back to where they were before the most recent fall.
  • My house has now been rented out and rent should start flowing in from the coming month. Moving out, painting cost me a bit in July’21.
  • I’m hoping for a correction in the stock market so I can re-enter again. Patience I guess.
  • Sale agreement will happen in August for the second property I am picking up in Bangalore. Once that is done I will be paying 2 home loan EMIs.
  • I’ve got my new car last month and have now started paying the EMIs for it from July’21. It is Rs.53,000 per month and worth every penny due to the tax breaks I get on the car.

Shopping Spree in July’21

  • There were three places where I went crazy and picked up a tonne of things.
  • The Prime Day sale on Amazon had a tonne of things for me to upgrade on.
  • I picked up a Google Nest Hub on Flipkart
  • CRED was running some great offers on WiFi smart night lamps, WiFi plugs, remote and light bulbs.
  • So now I am planning to set up a semi automated home using the Google Nest hub and the WiFi devices
  • Other purchases were an AC and a mattress upgrade for my parents (they paid, I got the reward points!).

Pay close attention as June’21 was a major month where I made a few big changes to my portfolio and my FIRE journey.

Properties

  • Current home: I have vacated my current home and have given it for rent. I will be receiving a rent of Rs.21,000 per month from this house.
  • Current stay: As work from home has extended I have moved in with my parents for the next couple of months. When my office calls me back, the plan is to get a house for rent next to my office. I travel over 50km per day from current home to office in Bangalore traffic. So this will save me a lot of time, plus work in my interest in terms of tax breaks.
  • New Property: In addition to this, I have made a down payment to purchase another 3BHK apartment in Bangalore. The apartment is under construction and will only be delivered to me in 2024. I will be paying partial EMIs till then.
  • 3rd Property: Call me greedy, but we are hoping to buy another property in a few years time in our native place. So I have started a fund to set aside money for the down payment of this property.
  • Till this point of time I never added the value of my home to my FIRE portfolio as I was staying in it and it never generated any income. With me moving our and starting to earn income, this has changed. So starting this month I have added the value (not the value of the property, but the amount that I have paid up so far) as part of my investments. Starting next month the rent will be considered as passive income.

Company Leased Car

  • Previous Car: I have sold my previous car that was under 3 year company lease two months back. After taking into considering everything, I made a profit of about Rs.25,000 on the car (even after including the maintenance, petrol, accessories I paid for during these 3 years). So in all I got to have a car for 3 years and at the end of 3 years got an extra 25K as bonus!
  • New Car: As the benefits under Company Leased vehicle are quite handsome for me, I have booked and taken delivery of a new car in June’21. The EMI for this car will start from next month
  • As mentioned on the Company Leased Vehicle post, I will be enjoying all benefits on my new car as well and it will work out to a small profit for me at the end of the lease.

Investments & Portfolio

  • Crypto dipped considerably. I am itching to buy more during the dip, unfortunately since I just paid the booking amount for my second apartment and need to pay another Rs.3,00,000 for the sale agreement, I cant afford to invest more when the prices are low.
  • I’ve invested Rs.50,000 in Gripinvest. The returns are decent (about 8% post tax) and this helps me in diversifying my portfolio a bit. Read the complete Gripinvest review here and my take on them.
  • I’ve also moved Rs.2,50,000 from other investment sources to Tradecred for 11.5% returns.

  • With Elon back peddling on Bitcoins, BTC lost steam and plunged to $32K levels. This gave me an opportunity to move some funds into crypto. You will notice my crypto holding has doubled in May 2021
  • I waited and waited to get back into stocks and then dropped the idea in favour of crypto. 5 years down the line I will either regret or rejoice for this decision. Only time will tell.
  • I added a small amount into debt funds
  • With less than 8 years to clear our current housing loans, my wife and I are starting to set aside a bit of money for a new house. The plan is to have enough saved up in 2-3 years time to pay the down payment for a new house and move to that one. We will then continue to earn rent from the current one.

Abhi

WHO, WHAT, WHEN

Abhi is a 30 years old engineer living in Bangalore. He’s on a mission to save Rs.5 Crores by age 40 to retire and do what he loves, no longer needing to worry about a job. He hopes to achieve financial independence by building a stream of passive income sources that make early retirement a possibility.

Achieved out of Rs.5 Crore Goal

13.58%

Time left to achieve FIRE Target

Current Month’s Investment Snapshot

Final Goal Rs.5 Crores wdt_ID
Total Invested Rs. 61,74,608 1
Current Value Rs. 67,88,828 2
Goal Achieved 13.58% 3
This month's Passive Income Rs.54,300 4
ROI% 5% 5
Time left 122 of 144 6

FIRE Goals & Progress​

Note 1: The big jump you see in my networth between May’21 to June’21 is due to me moving out and renting my house. As the property started earning rent, I included the equity (excluding the outstanding loan) in my net worth

Note 2: You will see a disparity between my monthly income and how much I invest per month. This is due to me selling/shuffling investments and re-investing them. So when an earlier investment of Rs.1000 becomes Rs.1500 and I reinvest it somewhere else, the new investment is Rs.1500, the additional Rs.500 is not from my savings or salary, so it is possible to see my savings from Salary in a month is only Rs.X however I would have invested more than that.

Note 3: You will see a lower Return on Investment than the actuals. This is due me selling/shuffling existing investments and reinvesting them. Eg: I initially invested Rs.1000 in stocks and it grew to Rs.1200, my return on investment is 20%. I sell and reinvest, at this time, the next stock I buy will have total investment as 1200 and resets return on investment to 0%.

My tracking can be improved I believe, perhaps over time I will tweak it. Feel free to suggest better ideas to me or ask for a particular addition by writing to me at [email protected]


Value of my Portfolio by Category​


Asset Allocation

wdt_ID Asset Class Asset Volatility % of Portfolio Target % Current Value
1 Equity Indian Stocks High 7 20 458,180.00
2 Equity Foreign Stocks High 3 2 199,235.00
5 Equity Equity Linked Funds Medium 5 8 746,151.00
6 Fixed Income Retirement Funds Low 13 15 516,973.00
8 Fixed Income Gold Bonds Low 18 10 1,225,030.00
9 Fixed Income Fixed Deposits Low 0 1 25,521.00
10 Fixed Income Debt Fund Low 0 2 57,142.00
11 Fixed Income Corporate Debt Medium 5 5 312,505.00
13 Cash P2P Loans Medium 6 5 392,097.00
14 Cash Cash in Hand Low 1 0 89,135.00
15 Cash Liquid Fund Low 0 2 0.00
16 Cash Loyalty & Reward Points Low 1 1 55,982.00
17 Cash Loans Taken Low -6 0 -406,500.00
19 Real Estate Rental Property Medium 42 20 2,875,916.00
20 Real Estate REITs Medium 0 3 0.00
21 Commodities Physical Gold & Silver Low 0 1 4,700.00
22 Crypto Crypto Assets High 5 5 338,176.00

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Monthly Income & Expenses

wdt_ID Category Amount
1 Income (Spouse & Myself) 198,772
2 Total Passive Income 54,300
3 Passive Income (as cash in hand) 2,000
4 To Parents 25,000
5 Utilities 4,500
6 Apartment Maintenance 0
7 Household Expenses 0
8 Fuel 4,000
9 Misc/Unforeseen Expenses 5,000
10 MBA EMI (0% interest) 23,000

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Property & Real Estate Investments

wdt_ID Location Type Value of Property Amount Paid Up Rent Income/month Loan End Date
25 Bangalore 2 BHK Apartment 5200000 2,401,500 21,000 02 Apr 2029
26 Bangalore 3 BHK Apartment (under construction,2024 delivery) 4850000 425,416 0 01 Aug 2039
27 Yet to Decide Cash saved for 3rd rental property 0 26,500 0

Passive Income per month​


Alternate Investments​

Other Investments

wdt_ID Category Invested Current Value
1 Loan to Family Friend @ 15% pa 200,000 200,000
2 Sun Exchange 33,422 36,150
4 PF 249,918 510,163
5 NPS 100,000 135,460
6 APY 6,810 6,810
8 Investment/Insurance Funds 505,950 578,228
9 Temp Loan to invest in [email protected]% -406,500 -406,500
10 Liquid Fund (for Emergency) @7% pa 0 0
11 Cash (for Emergency) @4% pa 89,135 89,135
12 Grip Invest 50,000 50,610

P2P Investments​


Cashbacks & Rewards – Balance​

wdt_ID Month American Express Points Cashkaro CRED Airmiles Flipkart Supercoins & Vouchers Hotels & Stay points Other points programs Quickride IOC Rewards Play Rewards Total
1 01 Feb 2021 4,532 1,503 17,025 20,813 1,231 2,593 2,200 0 22 1,000 50,919
3 01 Jan 2021 6,794 1,252 15,889 20,637 1,207 2,593 2,200 0 22 1,000 51,593
8 01 Dec 2020 5,935 95 13,887 20,102 1,207 2,593 2,200 0 16 1,000 47,034
9 01 Nov 2020 4,182 5,546 14,675 19,753 1,752 2,593 2,200 0 16 1,000 51,715
10 01 Oct 2020 5,388 5,546 13,993 19,431 2,705 2,593 200 0 303 1,000 51,158
11 01 Sep 2020 4,493 4,806 12,631 18,845 2,945 2,593 200 0 303 1,049 47,864
12 01 Aug 2020 3,734 3,847 11,381 18,545 2,577 2,593 200 0 286 399 43,562
13 01 Jul 2020 2,894 3,204 10,713 15,650 2,229 2,593 200 0 286 324 38,093
14 01 Jun 2020 2,091 3,198 9,253 14,790 1,679 2,593 200 0 279 302 34,385
15 01 May 2020 159 3,167 8,317 13,822 1,378 2,593 200 0 279 264 30,179

Cashbacks & Rewards – Redeemed​

wdt_ID Month American Express Points Cashkaro CRED All other Credit Cards Flipkart Supercoins & Vouchers Other points programs Quickride Paytm Cashbacks Amazon Pay Card+Cashbacks Play Rewards Total
1 01 Feb 2021 9,000 0 201 3,012 0 0 0 0 2,188 0 14,401
3 01 Jan 2021 0 0 125 3,461 0 0 0 22 934 0 4,542
8 01 Dec 2020 0 4,210 8466 800 2,724 0 0 10 1,055 0 17,265
9 01 Nov 2020 7,000 0 776 6,847 1,480 287 0 20 693 0 17,103
10 01 Oct 2020 0 0 133 1,050 500 0 0 60 1,333 60 3,136
11 01 Sep 2020 0 0 140 2,112 100 0 0 0 375 70 2,797
12 01 Aug 2020 0 0 170 1,243 200 0 0 0 1,284 0 2,897
13 01 Jul 2020 0 0 85 1,289 100 0 0 0 929 0 2,403
14 01 Jun 2020 0 0 110 658 559 0 0 0 529 0 1,856
15 01 May 2020 0 0 99 1,881 0 0 0 11 457 0 2,448

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I am not a financial expert, nor am I certified to give investment advice. What you see here is completely my journey and what I am doing with my money. Take your actions at your own discretion and with care, after all it is your hard earned money and future.

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