Spotlight Feature: Piyush Kamra, Author of Age of Investing
Financial planning is one of the most important aspects of one’s life. Whether it is meeting short-term needs, saving for your children’s educational requirements, or even planning for retirement, one needs to come up with a proper plan to fulfill those needs in tandem with their goals, desires, income and expenses.
In such a scenario, all of us always look out for a guide or a mentor who can properly take us through these tricky tasks without overwhelming us and making tricky financial concepts easy to understand. A financial coach, therefore, aka a true pioneer who is truly well-researched and well-learned and has enough experience in different strategic fields, is the perfect person to seek the correct guidance from, in this case, a scenario.
When I read “Age of Investing” by Piyush Kamra, I could not only do all of this and much more but also have a thorough and clear understanding of financial terms and concepts. Things that were initially very confusing became totally clear, and the best part was that I could easily decipher all these concepts and do my financial planning with ease.
His narrative having been written with total relevance and clarity, naturally intrigued, I wanted to know and understand some more about his area of expertise, his skill sets, and specializations, and also muse upon a bit more about Piyush Kamra’s journey as an author. So, here goes a bit of an interesting and informative assimilation about Piyush:
The MIT Route
Having studied at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he sincerely asserts that the skills he gained therein have contributed to his abilities, especially while drafting this book. Although he was specializing in learning supply chain rather than finance, the experience he feels has been completely invaluable in several ways. Since lectures at MIT are known for crystal clarity as well as a sharp structure, Piyush reveals how he learned to break down complex, intricate ideas into digestible pieces, ensuring that readers from various backgrounds, as well as diverse age groups, could grasp the content effortlessly. He also elucidates how MIT taught him to approach problems from different perspectives in life. Calling his teachings at MIT a “tremendous asset”, he shares how they allowed him to anticipate the thought processes of a wider audience group.
His narrative has been crafted with meticulous details; each concept, right until the grassroots level, has been explained in complete totality. Crafting it with such granularity right from the core surely has its set of challenges, and Piyush elaborates on how finding the right balance between depth and simplicity was the key. The idea was simple: to ensure that the content is understood by someone who has little or no prior knowledge of personal finance or investment. This involved breaking down concepts into their most elementary form while at the same time avoiding overwhelming the reader with too much information. Yes, personal finance is a huge arena, and thus he felt inclined to present the material in a well-structured manner. Avoid unnecessary jargon and technical details. Since somehow personal finance as a field is not covered well by even our education system, this book surely serves as a bridge to a gap and empowers individuals with the skills and knowledge they need to make sound financial decisions for their future.
A Bit About His Current Career Scenario
With a background in mechanical engineering, Piyush holds a degree in supply chain management, including a micromaster. For most of his career, he has been involved in procurement consulting, where he assists clients in optimizing their procurement processes, thereby achieving cost efficiencies and undertaking process restructuring. Currently, as part of a management consulting firm, his role involves global oversight of data analytics and sales. He also nurtures a personal interest in finance, especially personal finance. In a bid to further his knowledge and expertise in this sector, he has also pursued and procured certifications from a couple of areas in SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India).
A Financial Road Map For Reaching One’s Milestones
Ask the mentor himself, and he elaborates: Yes, the idea of age-appropriate financial milestones stemmed from a captivating discussion he had with a diverse group. It had become clear to him how each age group has a unique perspective when it comes to financial matters. Thus, recognizing this diversity in financial perspectives, he was inspired to structure his content in a way that caters to individuals starting their financial knowledge and journey at varied ages. Doing so, therefore, allows people to have a road map that resonates with their varied life stages. Thus, in this manner, people can relate to their existing benchmarks, using them as a foundation to design their personalized investment journey. Thus, it is simply about ensuring that the guidance provided aligns with the individual needs and aspirations of the readers at different points in their lives.
His Favourite Genres and Authors
Being an eclectic reader, he enjoys diving into various genres. In financial literature, he holds “The Psychology of Money” by Morgan Housel in high regard as it offers a unique perspective on the intersection of finance and human behaviour, and he finds it extremely insightful. Another recent book he enjoyed has been “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield, which too has been a thought-provoking read for him.
Some Crazy Thoughts About The Investment Age
This book serves a unique purpose. Designed as an entry point into the world of finance, this one specifically targets all those who are new in the field. Aiming to ignite an interest in personal finance, this also serves as guidance for these individuals. Thus, this book surely has a distinct focus and audience.
Next in Pipeline
Working currently on an exciting project, Piyush’s next delves into what he calls “an umbrella of personal active-wealth management attitude”. This one focuses on active wealth, financial instruments, aka the umbrella, as well as the right attitude to manage liquid funds that require investment. Next in line to “Age of Investing”, his next will provide insights into the “how” of investing, thus helping individuals navigate the practical aspects of managing their wealth actively. Piyush asserts that staying well-informed in the world of finance is an ongoing journey, and thus, it is best to take one step at a time. He also candidly shares that writing isn’t just about crafting stories; it is about weaving experiences, knowledge and emotions into a tapestry that can resonate with others. One’s words have the incredible power to inspire, educate and forge connections at a deeper level.
So, here are some brilliant thoughts by Piyush Kamra, author of The Age of Investing.
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