INVESTING

How to link your Aadhaar card and PAN card

Recently the government made it mandatory to provide both Aadhaar card number and PAN number while filing for taxes. The 10 character alpha-numeric Permanent Account Number (PAN) is a unique ID that every taxpaying body in India needs to have currently. The 12 digit Aadhar card number has additional features like a biometric thumb impression …

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interest rate

The interest rate dilemma

On 1st April 2017 the Government announced a 10 bps interest rate cut across all small savings schemes offered, from Senior Citizen Savings Schemes to Public Provident Fund and mind you this is not the first cut over the last year when the government decided to revise small savings rates every quarter depending on economic/market …

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Financial decisions

Better late than never: Financial decisions you should take now

Most individuals run around in February- March every year to complete their tax savings investments and then forget about money and taxation when the new financial year starts in April. NOW is that time of the year when you should start investing for next financial year slowly & steadily so that you don’t have to …

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Interest rate fall- Think beyond bank fixed deposits…

Though lending rate decline is good news for home loan buyers, decline in FD rates are making investors worry. With interest rates for deposits falling to 6-7% levels retail investors are feeling the pinch. So how to deal with a falling interest rate scenario and are there alternatives is what investors are thinking now. Mutual funds, …

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Retirement planning – Invest early, invest wisely

In my previous article I had discussed how to use our retirement corpus. Now we also need to understand, as young professionals how to build up the retirement fund. The 2 basic rules to follow would be: 1. The earlier you start the better as you have more time to save money. 2. Have the …

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How much should one invest for a comfortable retirement today?

You may think that Rs.50 lakh or Rs.1 crore is enough to retire on today, but the question is with the continuous price rise, will it be enough for 25 or 30 years? If your retirement is still 20-25 years away you need to plan all the more carefully as even 50 lakhs may be …

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Common mistakes investors make in equity investment

The advent of online trading platforms has eased investing in shares for everyone. This ease is encouraging many investors to take a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) approach rather than depending on financial advisors/brokers/dealers for advice. However, the lack of understanding about capital markets leads many to take wrong investment decisions. Here are some of the common mistakes …

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ELSS : Save tax with mutual fund investments…

As we are nearing the end of the Financial Year there has been a spurt in activity with regard to tax saving investments. Investments are potentially your second income & security for a better future & thus should be planned carefully so that poor investment choices are not made. But all said it is human …

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