Mutual Fund

investment advice

Pay for the right investment advice

Last week I was reading an article about how Rahul Dravid was cheated by a Bangalore based firm Vikram Investments of Rs.4 cr. Though there were reports of many other celebrities being duped, Dravid has been the first to lodge a complaint. Similarly it was reported that badminton star Sania Nehwal was cheated of Rs.75 …

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LTCG

LTCG tax: How should you react?

The Budget 2018 proposed to change how long term capital gains (LTCG) on equity shares and units of equity-oriented MFs are taxed in your hands. Till 31st March 2018 no LTCG will be chargeable. If you sell after 31st March 2018 the LTCG will be taxed as follows: The cost of acquisition of the share or …

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markets

Crash course of overheated markets

As we draw close to the current financial year, markets have corrected ~10% from recent all-time high NIFTY of 11,171 touched on 29th January 2018. The markets & especially mid & small-caps were overvalued & some price rationalization is happening. The increasing trend in 10 year g-sec rates in both India & the USA are …

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ULIPs

Mutual Funds better than ULIPs even after LTCG

I have been a firm believer in not mixing investment with insurance. Since ULIPs (Unit Linked Insurance Plan) can offer a maximum cover of ten times the premium, it would cost you an enormous amount of money to provide the amount of life cover you actually need. Ever since the LTCG tax was announced in …

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direct plan

Direct plan in mutual funds

Direct Plan in mutual funds were introduced on 1st January 2013 & since then within five years their share has grown to 40% of the industry’s total AUM. With consistent push from various stakeholders, direct plans contribute 14% of the total AUM held by individual investors. Product awareness campaigns by various market participants have consistently increased …

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nominee in mutual fund

Importance of nominee in a mutual fund investment

Providing a nominee may be a simple but important step in making a mutual fund investment. The importance of this step comes in when a nominee or legal heir has to claim the investment proceeds after the death of a mutual fund investor. A joint-holder, nominee or legal heir can claim the proceeds. The process …

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Debt Mutual Fund

Debt Mutual Fund: Duration Funds vs Accrual Funds

A debt mutual fund holds debt instruments, and these instruments pay a particular coupon (interest). An accrual strategy is holding a bond, earning the interest due, collect the principal at maturity and reinvest it in fresh bonds. Liquid funds, ultra-short term funds, short-term debt funds, income funds and credit opportunity funds primarily follow an accrual …

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market review

Creating a new normal…

The Indian markets have been scaling new highs with NIFTY remaining above 10,000 for over a month. The current rally in Indian market is fuelled by strong liquidity from domestic investors. As strong inflows continue into domestic mutual funds reforms initiated by the Modi-led government reaffirm the faith of foreign investors ( as evident from …

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What is driving liquidity in the markets?

The current rally in Indian market is fuelled by strong liquidity from domestic investors. With low bank fixed deposit rates, subdued real estate market (with high transaction cost) and stagnating gold prices, equities seems to be the most viable domestic investment avenue for investors. Thus in spite of the markets reaching all-time highs & rich …

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How much to invest in equities

One of the initial investment decisions that one has to make is what proportion of assets to invest in equities & what proportion in debt. One of the basic thumb rules used over the years to decide on equity allocation is the 100 minus age allocation. The risk taking capacity of a person is maximum …

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