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This refers to the article, “If credit rating agencies are indispensable, can they at least be made accountable for their actions?” Ratings are opinions; if the world wants to use it as a convenient way to pass the buck, it is not the rating agencies’ fault. Rating agencies exist only because investors are either ill-equipped or incapable of doing risk analyses of investments. We can use...

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Dishonest company

This refers to “ING Life retirement planning—A flawed response to Moneylife article on a flawed product.” ING has been dishonest. From 1981 to 2010, the inflation CAGR is above 8%. Only six years of these 30 years have had inflation below 5%. In 1992, it was 13.7%, while it was 14.9% in 2010. These two years were bad enough to nullify the effect of the average sub-5% inflation. With rural...

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Advisors vs planners

With reference to “Financial Planning: Choose Carefully” (Moneylife, 29 December 2011). The line between advisors and planners is thin. Most new age financial planners only repeat what they have been taught; nobody cares how much you earn, how much you can save, how much you really need. Only a rule of thumb applies. I receive emails from financial planners giving advice and solutions! Read...

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