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K. Akshay Nayak

SEBI Registered Investment Advisor And Fee Only Financial Planner 

Comprehensive financial plans for a fixed fee (First year fee Rs 12,000). No commissions or incentives involved. To reach out to me, WhatsApp : 9980909085 or E-mail : 

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Who I Am And What I Do 

I am a SEBI Registered Investment Advisor and Fee Only Financial Planner (Registration Number INA200014672) based in Bangalore, offering comprehensive financial planning services to Indian individuals and Non Resident Indians (NRIs) for a flat annual fee. I have been practicing as an advisor and financial planner since May 2020. I hold an MBA in Finance from Great Eastern Management School, Bangalore (October 2017). I have been an independent investor since July 2017. 

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A Timeline Of The Events That Got Me Here

July 2017 - Opened my trading and demat account. Began by trying my hand at trading stocks. Quickly realised it was not my cup of tea and transitioned into a long term investor. 

October 2017 - Obtained my MBA degree, majoring in Finance. 

November 2018 to May 2019 - Did a 6 month internship with a financial services firm in Bangalore. It was a well paid internship and travel was a non issue. But the way most people in my team operated did not always agree with my sense of ethics. Being someone who has always tried to do things the right way, I was not at peace with the work I was doing. 

May 2019 - Decided to quit the financial services firm and do things on my own, the right way. Decided that being a SEBI Registered Investment Advisor was what I wanted to do. 

July and November 2019 - Cleared NISM Investment Advisor Level 1 and Level 2 exams. Was also introduced to the concept of Fee Only Financial Planning. 

May 2020 to Present - Recieved my SEBI RIA Certificate in May 2020. Have been practicing as a Fee Only Financial Planner till date.

May 2023 - Inducted into Fee Only India (FOI), a community of flat fee financial planners from all over India. 

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The Major Areas Where I Work With And Serve My Clients Are Listed Below 

Cashflow Management Systems And Budgeting 

Streamlining client incomes in a way that allows them to balance saving and spending comfortably. 

Planning For Retirement And Financial Independence 

Helping clients understand what they would need to live life on their own terms and designing actionable strategies to help them get all of it and stay there. 

Net Worth Assessment 

Helping clients understand what they own and what they owe, while also educating each of them on how each component of their net worth contributes to or takes away from their financial health and stability. 

Insurance Needs Analysis (Life And Health Insurance) 

Helping clients and their families by optimally addressing the income protection and replacement needs of the household.

Goal Based Portfolio Construction And Management 

Designing, managing and rebalancing customised investment portfolios for clients based on their financial goals and risk profiles.

Estate Planning 

Helping clients with assistance on aspects incidental to creating legal structures such as trusts, wills and Powers of Attorney that would allow them to operate their assets and pass them on to their intended beneficiaries during or after their time. 

Investment Taxation 

Helping clients understand how the investment products they own would be taxed and other allied concepts related to investment taxation. 

Pricing And Periodicity Of Services 

The advisor offers a fee only advisory model. The fee structure has been designed keeping the clients’ best interests in mind. The fee structure has been given in detail as follows: 

First Year Advisory Fee : The advisory fee would be Rs 12,000 for the year. It would be payable in 2 instalments as follows:

Initial Engagement Fee - Rs 9,000 upfront at the beginning of the engagement 

Plan Presentation Fee - Rs 3,000 payable on the delivery of the financial plan document. 

Renewal Engagement (Follow up engagement after the first 12 months) : Rs 6,000 payable upfront at the beginning of the engagement (The renewal engagement would last for 3 months)

Cash payment of fees would not be accepted. Fees may be paid via any recognised banking channel (NEFT/RTGS/IMPS/UPI) 

 Onboarding Process Before Initiation Of The Engagement 

Before initiating an engagement with a client, I am required to complete an onboarding process for the client. The process is divided into 4 phases. 

Phase 1 - I email my Letter of Engagement to you, the prospective client. The letter would contain the terms and conditions that would govern our advisory engagement. Should you choose to accept the terms of the engagement, you are required to sign the Letter of Engagement in the space that would be provided. The date of signature must also be clearly mentioned. The letter may be signed physically or digitally. Once signed, you are required to send the signed copy of the Letter of Engagement back to me via email. 

Phase 2 : I would next require a soft copy of certain KYC details and documents as prescribed by SEBI for my records. With regard to this, I would require a copy of your : 
1. PAN Card 
2. Aadhaar Card
The documents must be sent via email. 

Phase 3 : I would send you a risk profiling questionnaire that will allow me to guage and understand your risk profile as an individual and thereby determine an investment strategy and financial plan that is optimally suited to you. The questionnaire contains a set of multiple choice questions. There are no right or wrong answers to the questions in the questionnaire. You would be required to pick the alternative that is most suited to you. 
You may directly highlight your answers within the questionnaire and send it back to me. Alternatively, you may also take a print out of the questionnaire, fill up the questionnaire with your answers and send a scanned copy of the filled up questionnaire back to me. Once I recieve the filled up questionnaire, I would have another conversation with you. The conversation would be regarding some of your responses to the questionnaire. This would allow me to guage how well you have understood the questions in the questionnaire. Your responses to the questionnaire and during the forthcoming conversation would help me formulate your financial plan. 

Phase 4 : I would share my risk profile assessment report with you. It would contain my opinion with regard to your risk profile. Once I deliver the report to you, the onboarding process would be complete. You may then pay the initial engagement fee of Rs 9,000 to begin the engagement. 

 What An Advisory Engagement With Me Looks Like

After the initial engagement fee is paid, the engagement would begin. When we work together, a typical first year engagement is divided into 3 phases

Phase 1 - Here we do 2-3 sessions together of 45 to 60 minutes each. 

Session 1 - We connect to understand your current financial situation, define your goals and quantify them. We also understand the basic concepts of money management (Cashflow management, emergency funds, life and health insurance, portfolio construction). 

Session 2 - We review your current investment portfolio. I give you my opinion on your portfolio. I point you to the products in your portfolio that are most relevant in light of your financial goals. I also let you know which products are irrelevant and can be let go of.

Session 3 - We go over everything that was discussed during the first two sessions once again. If you wish to suggest changes to your financial data data discussed during the first two sessions, you may do so. The financial data finalised at the end of this session will be incorporated into your financial plan. 

These three sessions are usually conducted over a period of 2-3 weeks (Roughly one session a week). 

Phase 2 - I take a period of 2 to 3 weeks to prepare your financial plan. It would be based on the data shared by you my major findings during Phase 1. The financial plan would be in the form of a PDF document. It would contain my recommendations with regard to various areas of your finances. The rationale, suitability and reasoning behind each recommendation would also be clearly stated. Any supporting complex calculations would be shared separately in the form of Excel sheets. 

Phase 3 - I present the initial financial plan to you over another session of 45 to 60 minutes. I would invite your feedback on the initial plan. You would be welcome to suggest changes and/or improvements to the contents of the plan as you deem necessary. I will incorporate the changes you suggest at my discretion. After this, I would present the finalised financial plan to you for execution. This may take another few days. Once the final plan is presented to you, I would collect the applicable plan presentation fee. 

Post Plan Presentation - After the plan is presented to you for execution ongoing support would be available to you for the remaining portion of the first 12 months of the engagement. It would be upto you to contact me for support and/or clarifications anytime you feel the need for it. I would contact you whenever there is a significant event that affects you and/or your financial plan. After the first 12 months, you are welcome to return for a renewal engagement.

Renewal Engagement - Mainly meant for reviewing the financial plan created in the first year. A renewal engagement lasts for 3 months. We connect for 3 sessions of 45 to 60 minutes each. We first assess how well you have executed the plan since the date on which the plan was presented to you. We then review your life circumstances to see if they dictate a change to your financial plan. If there are significant changes, your financial plan will be updated. Finally, I make recommendations as required for the forthcoming years. 

The entire process would be completed over 3 to 4 weeks. Ongoing support would be available for the rest of the year. It would be upto you to contact me for support and/or clarifications anytime you feel the need for it. I would contact you whenever there is a significant event that affects you and/or your financial plan.

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My Approach To Financial Planning And Portfolio Construction

To my common sense, financial planning is driven by simplicity. I view a financial plan as a blueprint that creates a financial toolkit for my clients. Each component of the toolkit must serve a clear purpose. Each of them must contribute to the financial well being of the client. I therefore focus on creating plans with products that are simple and purposeful.

When constructing portfolios for clients, I follow the Passive or Defensive Approach. It was originally propogated by Benjamin Graham. It is essentially a long term, buy and hold approach to investing and portfolio construction. It focuses on avoiding mistakes and making as few investment decisions as possible. It aims to diversify the portfolio at low costs. I therefore recommend index funds for the equity allocation in portfolios. I do not offer advice on direct equity (individual stocks). 

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We Would Enjoy Working Together If... 

1. You view financial planning as a serious, continuous exercise and not as a one time quick fix. 

2. You want an unbiased, objective opinion on your current financial situation. 

3. You wish to learn money management with a view to becoming a DIY (Do It Yourself) investor in the future. 

4. You need help defining and prioritising your financial goals.

5. You would like help to design a road map that enables you to achieve those goals. 

6. You need help picking investment products that are optimally aligned to your goals. 

7. You are a DIY investor who wants professional help to evaluate and validate your investment decisions. 

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We Would Not Be An Ideal Fit For Each Other If... 

1. You wish to simply maximise your returns. 

2. You want me to offer advice on or manage your domestic and/or global direct equity portfolio. 

3. You are looking to trade in stocks or derivatives. 

4. You are looking for advice on hedge funds. 

5. You are looking for advice on PMS, AIF, cryptocurrencies and other structured or unregulated products. 

6. You are looking for help with regard to startup investing, angel investing and private equity.
7. You want me to build a Shariah compliant portfolio for you. This is not meant to hurt anyone's religious sentiments. I recommend debt instruments and interest bearing securities to clients, to ensure balance in their portfolios. But debt instruments and interest bearing securities go against Shariah laws. So someone looking for a Shariah compliant portfolio may not find value in working with me. 

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Regulatory Disclosures 

Advisor's Details 

Name of the Advisor : Mr. K Akshay Nayak
Registration Number: INA200014672

Registration Type : Individual

Validity Of Registration : May 22nd 2020 - Perpetual
Registered Office And Correspondence Address : 11/14, Embassy Centre, High Grounds, Bangalore - 560001

Official Phone Number : 9980909085 (for business enquiries only)
Official Email ID : (for business enquiries only)
Local SEBI Office Address : 2nd Floor, Jeevan Mangal Building, No.4, Residency Road, Bengaluru - 560025, Karnataka 


1. Registration granted by SEBI, membership of BSE Administration and Supervision Limited (BASL) and certification from National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM) in no way guarantee performance of the Investment Adviser or provide any assurance of returns to investors.
2. Investment in securities market are subject to market risks. Read all the related documents carefully before investing. 

Duties And Responsibilities Of Investors (SEBI Investor Charter Annexure A) 

Lays out duties, responsibilities and guidelines for investors. Prospective and existing clients are advised to go through the annexure linked below thoroughly. 

Statement Of Investor Complaints (SEBI Investor Charter Annexure B) 

Statement of investor complaints at the end of a particular month. The annexure linked below would be updated on a monthly basis before the 7th of every month. Prospective and existing clients can have a look at the annexure linked below at any time for their reference. (Zero complaints outstanding at present) 

Monthly Disposal Of Complaints 

Monthly trend of resolution of investor complaints. Anyone who visits the site can view the data at their discretion, by clicking the link below. (Zero complaints outstanding at present) 

Annual Disposal Of Complaints 

Trend of investor complaint resolution on an annual basis. Anyone who visits the site can view the data at their discretion, by clicking the link below. (Zero complaints outstanding at present) 

Status Of Compliance Audits 

Status of compliance audits conducted for the previous and current financial year. Anyone who visits the site can view the data at their discretion, by clicking the link below. 

Smart ODR Portal Circular 

Effective September 15th 2023, SEBI has introduced an Online Dispute Resolution portal for investors to address and resolve disputes with SEBI Registered Intermediaries. Please find the circular to this effect linked below. 

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