Meet Pattabiraman, the man who helps many plan a better retirement through his calculators – Economic Times

Dr M. Pattabiraman

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Pattabiraman, who runs the financial-planning website freefincal, is known as the go-to guy for financial advice in corporate circles. A professor of physics at IIT Madras, he has designed several financial calculators that are also used by professional financial planners across the country. And the man lives by two rules — frugal living and disciplined investing.

It was his father’s illness that led Pattabiraman M to take financial planning seriously. All of 32 with a new job in February 2006, things got tougher for Pattu, as he is fondly called now, when his father was diagnosed with cancer and medical bills started mounting. This left him neck deep in debt.“At that time, I was also changing jobs, and was out of work and income for a few months. That was when I realised it was horrible to be in debt.

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