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Business News/ Money / Personal Finance/  Republic Day 2024: How can millennials achieve financial independence in the digital era?

Republic Day 2024: How can millennials achieve financial independence in the digital era?

On Republic Day, millennials are urged to focus on achieving financial independence in the digital era by leveraging online resources and tools for education, debt management, and investment.

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On January 26, 1950, the Constitution of India came into effect, and we commemorate this national milestone with pomp and fervour every year. Over the decades, our nation has developed and transformed into a global superpower, which has completely immersed itself in the new digital era. While today’s millennials think of and feel grateful for everything their ancestors have accomplished for them, every Republic Day should also be a commitment to building a better future for us, and that cannot be achieved without ensuring financial independence.

In the midst of the digital age's relentless surge, millennials find themselves at the forefront of an era characterised by unprecedented connectivity and information access. As we celebrate Republic Day, this is an opportune moment to map out the journey towards financial independence while leveraging the digital landscape's vast possibilities.

Increasing focus on building wealth

The millennial generation, often criticised for its affinity for avocado toast and economic challenges, is surprisingly carving out a path towards financial prosperity. The growing interest among millennials in building wealth is intricately entwined with their adept use of digital tools and online platforms. These technological wonders serve as powerful catalysts, propelling millennials toward lucrative opportunities that were once obscured by traditional financial pathways. Embracing the digital era means recognising the importance of investing in education, skills, and personal development. Unlike previous generations, millennials now have access to a plethora of online resources that can enhance their knowledge base and skill sets. 

Online courses, webinars, and interactive platforms provide a gateway for continuous learning, enabling individuals to stay ahead in a rapidly evolving job market. The crux of achieving financial success lies in understanding that education is not a one-time affair. It is an ongoing process that refines skills, broadens perspectives, and fosters adaptability. Whether it is acquiring a new certification or learning a coding language, millennials can now forge their own paths towards financial empowerment by leveraging the abundance of digital educational resources available at their fingertips.

Wellness at the forefront

The COVID-19 pandemic, considered the single greatest crisis faced by the millennial generation, has brought into sharp relief the imperative nature of financial well-being and independence in a world dominated by unprecedented events. Financial wellness, a cornerstone of achieving and maintaining independence, encompasses several crucial components. First and foremost is managing debt, a spectre that often looms over the millennial demographic. By harnessing digital tools, individuals can streamline their debt repayment strategies, consolidate loans, and navigate interest rates more effectively. The digital realm also offers budgeting apps, debt payoff calculators, and personalised financial planning platforms, providing millennials with a suite of resources to master their financial destinies.

Financial independence – an imperative

Building an emergency fund is another pivotal aspect of financial independence, one that has, once again, been highlighted by the pandemic and the ensuing chaos in terms of job loss. In the face of unforeseen circumstances, having a financial safety net can be the difference between a temporary setback and a lasting crisis. Digital banking apps facilitate seamless fund transfers and automatic savings, simplifying the process of building and maintaining an emergency fund. This financial cushion acts as a shield against the unpredictable nature of life, fostering a sense of security that is indispensable on the path to independence. 

Furthermore, navigating economic uncertainties demands strategic planning and a forward-thinking mindset. The digital era equips millennials with real-time financial data, market insights, and investment tools that can assist in making informed decisions. Online investment platforms and apps present avenues for diversifying investment portfolios and capitalising on emerging trends.

In this ever-evolving economic landscape, we need to have our own financial constitution, akin to the constitution of India, to ensure we grow, preserve, and optimise our wealth. As we commemorate Republic Day, let it serve as a reminder that financial freedom is a journey marked by intentional choices, continuous learning, and leveraging the vast opportunities presented by the digital landscape.

Sidhartha Shaw, Executive Director, 360 ONE, Wealth

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Published: 26 Jan 2024, 10:12 AM IST
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