Better safe than sorry

Stick to what is safe, even if the returns are not very high

Over the past nine months, the Sensex dived precipitously from a high of over 21,000 to nearly a third of its value when it sank to 7,700 (intra-day) on 27th October. Millions of retail investors have suffered heavy losses on equity as well as ‘safer investments’ such as mutual funds, unit linked insurance plans (ULIPs), fixed...

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  • Tough Times Ahead

    There are many ways in which the global financial turmoil will impact you, whether or not you have invested in the stock market

    On a day when the Sensex had crashed 700 points after two weeks of financial turmoil that destroyed several mega US investment banks, a local televison channel decided to get public reactions to the global crisis. We saw the expected laments from investors and...

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  • The Myth about FMPs

    Check FMP portfolios. Don't get carried away by tax breaks alone

    Last week, I wrote in defence of good old fixed deposits (FDs) with safe large nationalised banks. A couple of days later, this message popped up in my mailbox. “Did you know tax on interest earned on fixed deposits can be as high as 33.99%? That’s why Fidelity’s Fixed Maturity Plan (FMP) makes sense. The fund will aim to...

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