Price-only India (FOI) is a gaggle of SEBI Registered Funding Advisors (RIA) and Monetary Planners who solely cost a flat payment (impartial of the shopper’s property, aka mounted payment). The group meets a few times yearly to assist construct the advisory service. The final assembly was on June twenty fourth and twenty fifth, 2023. SEBI RIA Swapnil Kendhe reminisces on his journey with FOI.
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There wasn’t any Price-Solely-India (FOI), and I wasn’t a SEBI Registered Funding Adviser (RIA) after I attended the primary FOI assembly in Mumbai in September 2017. My Funding Adviser utility was beneath course of at the moment.
Pattabiraman Murari made all of the preparations for this assembly. He known as it a “Price-only SEBI RIA meet”. The assembly was in a small room in a small resort in Dadar that might barely accommodate ten individuals. It was sufficient for 9 of us; Melvin Joseph, Sukhvinder Sidhu, Shilpa Wagh, Chandan Singh Padiyar, Piyush Khatri, Vikram Krishnamoorthy, Swapnil Kendhe, Pattabiraman Murari and Ashal Jauhari. We based Price-Solely-India that day.
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Of the primary seven advisers who attended the primary assembly, 4 stay members of FOI to this present day. Sukhvinder Sidhu and Shilpa Wagh surrendered their RIA registrations. Piyush Khatri left FOI. FOI was Piyush’s concept. He took the initiative for this assembly. Piyush additionally organized the second FOI assembly at his rented condo in Hyderabad.
This was the primary time in my life as an adviser I attended an adviser assembly the place no one thought of me impractical. I had all the time discovered it troublesome to talk my thoughts with different advisers until then. I didn’t must dilute my views on this group to slot in.
Now we have come a good distance since that small starting in Dadar in 2017. Just a few of us have struggled, persevered, and grown collectively. Melvin Joseph and Vikram Krishnamoorthy had already accomplished their share of wrestle and had been established by the point we fashioned FOI. This helped as a result of we had examples of RIAs for whom the fixed-fee monetary planning mannequin labored. This saved a few of us motivated via our respective lean intervals once we didn’t have a lot work.
Many nice advisers joined FOI, who made it higher and stronger. Just a few left, however our tribe saved rising, although slowly. As we speak, we’re a various group of 23 fixed-fee monetary planners with totally different skilled and private backgrounds. The idea within the fixed-fee monetary planning mannequin is what introduced us collectively.
The mounted payment shouldn’t be a simple mannequin to work on. All of us are sacrificing some revenue to work on this advisory mannequin. Different advisory fashions provide far more cash to equally competent and hardworking advisors. However advantage is its personal reward.
In contrast to different adviser communities, that are far more skilled, FOI operates extra like a household. We attempt to do a two-day bodily assembly yearly. We simply did one in Bangalore in June 2023. Each such assembly brings us nearer. Although technically rivals, we genuinely take care of one another’s success.
Sitting From left to proper: Upsana Mondal, Priyadarshini Mulye, Ashal Jauhari, Akshay Nayak, Melvin Joseph. Standing from left to proper: Vikram Krishnamoorthy, Avinash Luthria, Basavaraj, Tonagatti, Swapnil Lendhe, Vivek Sulegai, Sudheer Variar, Ajay Pruthi, Gursimran Singh, Preeti Zende, Satheesh Kannan, Salma Sony, Shashi Singh, Venkateshwaran Subramanian, S R Srinivasan.
Now we have variations of opinion on just a few issues, but it surely’s quite a bit simpler to cope with variations if you belief and respect one another.
We’re additionally lucky to have Pattabiraman Murari and Ashal Jauhari with us. Each don’t have any financial profit from any FOI actions, however they put their coronary heart out to assist us. They nonetheless take as a lot curiosity within the well-being of fixed-fee monetary planners as they did once we began in 2017. I wouldn’t have believed ten years again if somebody had instructed me that folks like these two exist worldwide.
It’s a privilege to be a part of a gaggle like FOI. Could FOI maintain attracting advisers whose hearts are in the appropriate place. Could the tribe of fixed-fee monetary planners continue to grow in India.