On day 1 of Manthan 2018, students had an interactive session with Mr. Vivek Law. Mr. Law is the founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of The Money Mile. He is also Co-president of Keiretsu forum in Delhi-NCR and Bangalore. Mr. Law started off his career as a crime reporter and since then have worked with organizations such as TV Today Ltd, Bloomberg TV, CNBC-TV 18, Economic Times, Business Standard and Financial Express as Editor. He has a rich industrial experience of 23 years and his areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, financial literacy, investigating economic crime, consumer protection, and the stock market.
Mr. Law began the session by giving a brief introduction about himself and shared some insights from his life’s journey. After working for 12 years in newspaper, Mr. Law shifted his career to magazine work and joined India Today, where he tried more writing on finance. In 2004, he again shifted the career path, this time to television. In 2017, Mr. Law launched a digital video platform for finance, called The MoneyMile. The aim of the session was to create a basic idea among the students about the importance and need for investment. Mr. Law said that the investment habits of the ultra-rich in the country are totally in contrast with the habits of the rest of India. 93% of the ultra rich invests in equities in comparison to others, which is one of the reasons why the rich always stay rich. Investing is not about telling one not to spend. Mr. Law expressed his opinion that one should start investing when they have the luxury of money, which is right from the time they start earning. Mr. Law said that, if there’s one thing that can change someone’s life, it is the compounding power of money. Unless and until the investment is not getting the power of compounding, it’s impossible to create wealth.
In the second half of the session, Mr. Law talked about the importance of setting a goal before venturing into investment. He asked the students to put the goals down, such as child education or health or retirement and choose a scheme for investment with these goals in mind. Mr. Law is of the opinion that one need not invest in multiple schemes. It’s always safe to choose one particular scheme or at times, a few select schemes across categories for investment. Talking about the risks associated with investing in equities, Mr. Law said that no one knows what is going to happen in the stock market and charting can help only to an extent. The trend in India is that we buy equities when prices are high and disposes of when the price is low or when the market falls. When one goes into the stock market without realizing how much risk they can take, loss occurs.