The thumb rule is to set aside six to 12 months of one’s expenses, savings and liabilities
Vidya, an old client, called me at 9 pm once. I found it a bit strange because I do not receive calls from clients so late, but I took the call. She told me her husband, Venkat, who is a heart patient, had to undergo a bypass surgery immediately. He was denied health insurance by many companies because of his ailment. In the couple’s last review two weeks before, they were asked to keep six to eight months’ expenses in a flexi bank fixed deposit (FD) for any emergency. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Vidya had stopped working, and to meet daily expenses, they had to stop their systematic investment plans (SIPs) too. Their next option was to redeem the investments they had accumulated to fund their son’s higher education. However, the money would take five working days to reach her bank account and the payment to the hospital had to be made immediately. So, she had to borrow money from her brother for five days.
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