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How to be Safe & Smart with your Money, for Chennaites

 

Moneylife Foundation continued its successful series on financial literacy with its flagship seminar in Chennai, for the second time in that city

 

Moneylife Foundation conducted yet another successful, educative and highly interactive seminar—”Be Safe and Smart with Your Money” in Chennai. This was the second such seminar conducted by Moneylife Foundation in Chennai. The flagship seminar has two distinct sessions separated by a short break. The first is by Sucheta Dalal, managing editor of Moneylife and founder trustee of Moneylife Foundation. The second session is by Debashis Basu, editor and founder trustee of Moneylife Foundation. 
 
 
Ms Dalal’s session was titled ‘How to Be Safe with Your Money’. She started the session by pointing out that financial products are fundamentally different from consumer products. You can test-drive a car but you cannot test-drive a mutual fund; the fate of your investment becomes clear only after a year or more. Moreover, in the real world, brand names mean something. Not so in financial world where financial consumers report bad experience from the best of brands. People translate their experience of buying consumer products into financial world and later repent their decision, she added. 
 
The six mantras, articulated by Ms Dalal, include - not losing money, insuring for securing future, avoiding credit and investment traps, focusing on few safe products, avoiding emotional traps and maintaining financial hygiene.
 
Many have lost huge amounts of money in pyramid, Ponzi, multi-level marketing (MLM), chain marketing and chit funds such as Herbalife, Amway, Saradha, Rose Valley, SpeakAsia, Gold Quest or Qnet. There are various chain marketing schemes, which operate at every level in the country and cheat even the poorest of people.
Moneylife has consistently written about these schemes. 
 
How to bank safely? When it comes to choosing a bank, Ms Dalal cautioned the audience against going in with small cooperative banks or credit societies. As for private banks, Ms Dalal pointed out said that relationship managers usually work only to earn themselves fat commissions from your investments. Thus, many “relationship managers” resort to mis-selling or hard selling a product. If you do buy anything from them, have all your communication documented, she cautioned.
 
Several people want to have a credit card and do not even read the terms and conditions, especially the interest rates and charges that are usually in the range of 40% to 65%.
 
Another point to keep in mind is that one should not use credit card to withdraw cash, as this is termed as instant loan and needs to be paid separately. Even in the part repayment, the cash (withdrawn) is adjusted last, she added.
 
Ms Dalal, explained that credit history, credit score and reports which are becoming increasingly important. She said, all your borrowings and repayments for credit card, student or education loan and other loans, are tracked by credit information companies, like CIBIL, Experian, CRIF Highmark and Equifax. Looking at the increased use of credit reports, credit history of borrowers and credit scores by lenders, Ms Dalal said one needs to be really careful in financial dealings, especially while availing and repaying any loan or credit card. This is because, not paying EMIs or credit card dues on time and, in full, can make the person as defaulter in the credit bureau records and disallow him any kind of credit for seven long years, she added.
 
During the second session, ‘Be Smart with Your Money’, Mr Basu took the audience through simple steps for investing smartly. Usually we have different financial goals, such as saving on taxes, buying a house and child’s education. Mr Basu explained the different financial products available, which can help meet these goals. Further, he explained the risk and returns associated with each financial investment including the fact the huge risk of inflation eating away their wealth.
 
Mr Basu asked the audience to calculate everything in post-tax and post-inflation basis. He also took the audience through the pluses and minuses of different asset classes such as fixed income, gold, real estate, stocks/equity mutual funds and insurance. Most Indians prefer to invest in gold and real estate. He pointed out that most investors do not know what influences gold prices and this makes gold investing more of a speculation. On real estate, Mr Basu pointed out that we really do not know the returns we would get from our real estate investments because not enough data is available.
 
Stocks and equity mutual fund schemes are the best route for long-term wealth creation, based on past data. This is because well-managed businesses create profits, which get reflected in the stock prices. However, by nature, stock investments are volatile. They may decline sharply if they are overvalued. If you really want to gain from the enormous wealth that stocks and funds can create, you have to understand this and stay patiently invested in good funds or a bunch of good stocks, advised Mr Basu. Apart from the returns, Mr Basu explained the risks involved in various asset classes. He also focussed on how to be safe for retirement and how one can protect their corpus post-retirement.
 
The two and a half hour session concluded with a lively question and answer session. To know about future sessions, please register as a Moneylife Foundation member here.
 

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COMMENTS

Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

2 years ago

Respected Debashis Sir,
Please arrange paid training classes by Moneylife Foundation for new comer investors to intorduce them in new trends of investment in Mututal funds and in Equity Market, through Demat Account, Trading Account etc.
This will greatly increase financial literacy among citizen of India, and it will help them to beat inflation with their savings.

Francis Xavier

2 years ago

Ms.Dalal, many thanks for conducting a very good program for Chennaites. Pls conduct at least one program in a year at Chennai.

Mani T

2 years ago

Pl keep up your great initiative...Mani, Chennai

Open to out-of-court settlement in Vodafone case: Sinha
Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said on Friday that the government is open to out-of-court settlement in cases where arbitration has been initiated including the vexed Vodafone tax case.
 
"As far as out of court settlement for Vodafone is concerned, we have always said that we are prepared to discuss with friends and colleagues in Vodafone in good faith as to whether it might be possible to get to negotiated settlement... we are always open to those discussions," Sinha said here.
 
Both British majors - Vodafone and Cairn Energy - have initiated arbitration proceedings against the government over disputes arising out of India's retrospective application of the tax law.
 
Sinha also said that the best way to reduce litigation is by elimination of exemptions and reducing corporate tax rates.
 
"The other thing that we have underway is simplification of the tax code.. so whether it is through cleaning up or streamlining exemptions, whether it is simplifying the tax code, we are absolutely trying to reduce the amount of litigation that is in the system right now," he said.
 
Sinha also said that the priorities for the government in the forthcoming winter session of parliament were the law on goods and services tax (GST) and the bankruptcy code.
 
"Obviously our first priority is GST, but immediately after the GST we want to work on the bankruptcy code. We will see how parliament addresses that," he said.
 
"Expectations are that the standing committee will take a look at it. If we can expedite it, we will try and pass it as soon as possible," he added.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Tata Motors posts loss of Rs.430 crore in Q2
Carmaker Tata Motors on Friday posted a net loss of Rs.430 crore for the second quarter of 2015-16, primarily on account of weaker sales in China, foreign exchange revaluation and higher depreciation and amortization expenses in the Jaguar Land Rover business.
 
The net consolidated profit stood at Rs. 3,291 crore during the same quarter of the last fiscal year.
 
With good sales in Britain, Europe and North America helping the company to balance weak sales in China and a growth in the medium-heavy commercial vehicles, it reported consolidated revenues (net of excise) of Rs.61,318 crore as against Rs.60,641 crore for the corresponding quarter last year.
 
Exceptional items for the quarter includes a charge of Rs.2,493 crore in the Jaguar Land Rover businesson account of the vehicles damaged at Tianjin Port explosion.
 
"The process for finalizing an insurance claim may take some months to conclude, so insurance and other potential recoveries will only be recognized in future period when paid or confirmed and have not been recognized in this period," the company said in a statement.
 
For the half-year ended September 30, 2015, the consolidated revenue (net of excise) stood at Rs.1,22,620 crore as against Rs.1,25,169 crore for the corresponding period last year.
 
In the commercial vehicles segment, medium-heavy vehicles registered a volume growth of 35.3 percent and a revenue growth by 20 percent during the quarter under review on the back of the continued replacement demand, moderate pre buying and better profitability of the freight operators.
 
However, light commercial vehicle sales continued to remain weak in the quarter, due to the constrained financing environment and lack of last mile load availability.
 
In the passenger vehicles segment, domestic sales grew 5.2 percent during the July-September quarter as compared to the similar quarter of 2014-15 with the car segment growing by 14.8 percent.
 
The sales (including exports) of commercial and passenger vehicles for the quarter ended September 30 stood at 1,26,690 units showing a decline of 0.4 percent as compared to the corresponding quarter last year.
 
On a standalone basis, the net revenue during the quarter ended September 30 stood at Rs.10,501 crore as compared to Rs.8,752 crore for the corresponding quarter last year.
 
The standalone loss during the quarter was registered at Rs.287 crore as against a loss of Rs.1,107 crore in the year ago period.
 
Retail unit sales of the Jaguar-Land Rover division stood at 110,200 vehicles which earned the company a revenue of 4,831 million pounds as against 4,808 million pounds for the corresponding quarter last year.
 
The division reported a net loss of 92 million pounds during the quarter as against the net profit of 450 million pounds in the corresponding quarter last year.
 
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