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Money lessons from the game of cricket

​1. Don’t step out into the field without protective gear
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​1. Don’t step out into the field without protective gear

Impact: Not taking adequate precautions can make players vulnerable to injuries. Similarly, if your financial planning does not have an element of protection, it exposes you to various risks.
Tip: Before you start investing, secure yourself against the risks to finances, life and health. An emergency corpus, a health cover and a life insurance are a must to safeguard your and your family’s financial interests.

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​2. Stay put for the long haul
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​2. Stay put for the long haul

Impact: Giving in to the adrenaline rush or giving up under pressure has been the undoing of several batsmen. This is akin to investors who, in order to make quick money or due to panic, exit during a market downturn and suffer losses.
Tip: Legendary knocks require grit and patience to tide over turbulent phases. Equity investors should invest for the long-term and not be perturbed by short-term volatility.

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​3. Don’t bank on a single player
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​3. Don’t bank on a single player

Impact: A star player might hog the limelight with some match-winning performances, but altogether relying on him won’t work in the long-term. Investors too should refrain from placing huge bets on a ‘promising’ sector.
Tip: Experts advise against focusing on a single sector as it leads to concentration risk. Focusing on sectoral funds can both lift as well as sink your portfolio. Spread your bets to mitigate the risk quotient.

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​4. Communicate well
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​4. Communicate well

Impact: Lack of communication and poor calls from batting partners can lead to run outs. Not keeping one’s family in the loop on investments, liabilities and insurance can have similar unpleasant consequences.
Tip: Keep your family members, especially your partner, informed about investments and insurance. This will help them take charge of financial matters if you are in any way incapacitated.

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​5. Keep the asking run rate in check
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​5. Keep the asking run rate in check

Impact: Waiting for the slog overs to do the major scoring is a bad strategy. It’s best to start early when investing, just like when making runs.
Tip: Late start means investing a lot more to build the same corpus. Early start can help achieve long-term goals such as retirement or children’s higher education relatively easily.

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​6. Follow the rules of the game
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​6. Follow the rules of the game

Impact: Misbehaviour and other violations often attract suspensions and fines that affect team performances. Slip ups on routine financial matters can cause monetary damage.
Tip: Pay your credit card bills and EMIs regularly to avoid poor credit scores. File tax returns on time to avoid penalties.

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​7. Read the googlies carefully
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​7. Read the googlies carefully

Impact: Batsmen end up losing wickets when they fail to read googlies. Similarly, returns projection from agents can be misleading and lead to making poor investment choices.
Tip: A clever salesperson can sweet talk you into making bad investment choices. Asking for the internal rate of return (IRR) of a financial product is a smart way to avoid sub-optimal investments.

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​8. Build your innings steadily
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​8. Build your innings steadily

Impact: Sneaking ones and twos regularly with an occasional boundary can help build a decent score, especially on a tricky, batsman unfriendly pitch. Likewise, systematically investing small sums can help navigate choppy markets and build wealth.
Tip: Don’t put off investing till you have a ‘large’ surplus. Start small and increase your investment when the situation permits. SIPs in mutual funds are a smart way of achieving financial goals through small-ticket, regular investing.

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​9. Being overly defensive doesn’t pay
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​9. Being overly defensive doesn’t pay

Impact: Not taking chances at all and relying on singles alone won’t help build a good score. Similarly, investing just in debt products is unlikely to help meet your financial goals.
Tip: Investing in equity is the best way to earn decent, inflation-adjusted returns. Don’t shy away from equity, especially if you want to meet long-term goals.

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​​​10. Imbalanced team can lead to losses
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​​​10. Imbalanced team can lead to losses

Impact: Just like a bad team composition can hurt the team’s performance, poor asset allocation can pull down your portfolio’s return.
Tip: Going overboard on equity in the hope of high returns or playing ‘safe’ and investing in just debt can lead to sub-optimal returns. Consider your age, risk appetite and the goal horizon to decide the asset allocation that suits you best.

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