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Pattabiraman M: Meet Pattabiraman, the man who helps many plan a better retirement through his calculators

Dr M Pattabiraman

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Pattabiraman, who runs the financial planning website FreeFinals, is well-known in corporate circles for financial advice. Professor of Physics at IIT Madras, he has designed several financial calculators which are also used by professional financial planners across the country. And man lives by two rules – frugal living and disciplined investing.

It was his father’s illness that prompted Pattabirman M to take up financial planning seriously. In February 2006 all 32 with a new job, things got tough for Pattu, as he is now affectionately called, after his father was diagnosed with cancer and medical bills began to mount. This caused a debt in his neck. “At that time, I was also changing jobs, and was out of work and income for a few months. That’s when I realized that being in debt is terrible.

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