About monikahalan

Monika Halan is consulting editor and part of the leadership team at Mint. A certified financial planner, she has served as editor of Outlook Money and worked in some of India's top media organizations, including the Indian Express, the Economic Times and Business Today. She has run four successful TV series around personal finance advice, on NDTV, Zee and Bloomberg India, and is a regular speaker on financial literacy, regulation and consumer issues in retail finance. As part of her public policy service, she is a member of SEBI's Mutual Fund Advisory Committee. She lives in New Delhi and tweets at @monikahalan.

Mutual Funds with Monika on Livemint

Episode One: What is a SIP?


Episode Two: What is a mutual fund?


Episode Three: Are mutual funds safe?






Let’s Talk Money. Review in The Week

Vijaya Pushkarna writes this great review of Let’s Talk Money in The Week

“Monika Halan is a familiar face on television, giving tips on personal finance. Recently at a cafe in Auroville, she bumped into a man who told her she was the reason he was there, living his dream life. An Army officer, he had called her a few years ago to tell her he wanted to take early retirement, and she had told him his money was “enough to go free”. She gave him investment tips, too.

In her new book, Let’s Talk Money: You’ve Worked Hard for It, Now Make It Work for You, Halan shares what she has told the former Army officer and others like him. But she cautions that her book is not going to make anyone rich overnight, and has nothing exclusive in it. True, on both counts. Nowhere does she use the words ‘get rich’; the carefully chosen words are “empowerment and financial freedom”.”

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Let’s Talk Money. Book excerpt in Mint

My own paper excerpted the book. Super cool!

Let’s talk money. When was the last time you said this to anybody other than while finalizing a deal? But money, and our relationship with it—our fears, greed, insecurities and over-confidence—define who we are and what we do. Paradoxically, talking about money has been frowned upon as gross in families and social situations. The rich are called “filthy rich”. “Being above money” has been an aspirational moral position for most of middle India.

Much of this attitude has roots in a deeply poor country with limited avenues for honest wealth creation. The Bollywood smuggler of the 1970s had his bunglagaadi and daulat, but not his mum. Today, the mum has her own life along with her own bungalow, car and wealth. And no, she does not want to play nanny to your leaking kids.

When we think of a book on money and its management, we think of pie charts and bar charts. We think of boring jargon-filled text. Let’s Talk Moneytries to smash all these notions and brings the reader a book that is a slice of their lives. It aims to help the reader build financial security without the usual fear-mongering or guilt-tripping about enjoying a Starbucks at work every day. Edited excerpts:

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