FINANCIAL PLANNING


Sponsored Post 04 August 2022
With how easy it is to check your credit score online, maintaining a healthy profile is much easier. In just a few clicks, you can know your CIBIL score information without harming your score. However, certain financial undertakings do impact your score negatively. For instance, defaulting on...

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The proposal to cut the interest rate on employees' provident fund deposits was dictated by today's realities where returns on other small saving instruments were even lower, Union finance minister (FM) Nirmala Sitharaman told the Parliament on Monday.   The central board of...

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R Balakrishnan R Balakrishnan 09 December 2021
I face some interesting questions from younger people about how to create a savings and investment strategy. That has set me thinking. Everyone’s end goal is the same—build a pool of savings and investment that will work for you once you stop working. But each one is differently wired and...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 22 October 2021
One outcome of the devastating, once-in-a lifetime pandemic is a grim realisation about our lack of preparedness for unexpected tragedies. Those who have lost loved ones over the past 20 months had to run the harrowing gauntlet of succession issues, while trying to come to terms with their...

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IANS 06 September 2021
People with Employees' Provident Fund and Voluntary Provident Fund (VPF) contribution of over Rs 2.5 lakh per financial year will now have two separate PF accounts.   Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced, in this year's budget, that PF contribution of more than Rs 2.5...

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At a time of low interest rates and rising inflation, it is natural for money to seek higher returns. Every asset class has its own risks and some may have liquidity issues as well. We need to understand these risks and assess our risk appetite in money terms before venturing into new...

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 May 2021
A couple of years back we heard this tragic story about a well-off, retired couple. Mrs Iyer was diagnosed with stage IV cancer and passed away soon after. A year later, Mr Iyer was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Friends and extended family rallied around, wanting to help but were...

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COVID’s virulent second wave has had a horrific impact on ‘people like us’ who believed that our social standing, savings and insurance would get us adequate healthcare and protection in a crisis.   The virus has shown us the deadly reality. Entire families have been wiped out; young...

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Moneylife Digital Team 08 May 2021
We save and invest in the hope of providing a better life for ourselves and our loved ones. But death is inevitable. So what happens to our mutual fund (MF) units when we die?   Transmission of MF units is a process whereby units held in the name of deceased unit-holder are...

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Moneylife Digital Team 07 May 2021
Death in a family is an unsurmountable loss to family members and it takes a lot of time to come to terms with it. We have observed that accessing fixed deposits (FD) of the deceased person often becomes a long drawn, stressful process for legal heirs even as they grapple with their grief....

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There is a positive development for holders of Government of India bonds who are using the demat account of Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL). Since 13th April, their ‘system’ has started accepting applications for nomination in the case of joint-holders of GoI...

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R Balakrishnan R Balakrishnan 15 April 2021
Summer is here and there is a heat wave in the stock market too. Everyone wants to pile on to the rally and it seems the market will keep rising. The lack of depth and breadth in our markets acts as a major accelerator. And strong earnings recovery in the big companies plus record commodity...

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Sponsored Post 14 April 2021
Most of the above random investments start with the intention of tax saving, capital protection, avoiding risks, etc. But, they don’t have any end objective in place like a specific financial goal attached to them.   Random investing approach versus goal planning approach   A...

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Knight Frank, an international property consultancy, in their Attitudes Survey 2021, cited that 84% of Indian ultra high net worth individuals (UHNWIs) have reassessed their attitudes to succession planning in light of COVID-19.   UNHWI's from countries such as Canada (90%), Turkey...

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Moneylife Digital Team 26 February 2021
Whether sudden or unexpected, the death of a loved one/parent is a harrowing time for us. It becomes even more so if the person happens to be the family's breadwinner. In the circumstances, handling finance matters while coping with emotional pain, can be stressful. The survivors/legal heirs...

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Sponsored Post 29 September 2020
The world is going through an unprecedented crisis due to the Coronavirus pandemic. What began as a health calamity has now transformed itself into a full-blown economic crisis which has not only affected large industries and national economies, but also individuals’ and households’ financial...

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Moneylife Digital Team 23 September 2020
Public Provident Fund (PPF) continues to be one of the most preferred tax efficient savings products in India to build a retirement corpus. PPF investments of up to Rs1,50,000 (per financial year) are eligible for tax deduction under Section 80C, and the amount received on maturity is...

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Moneylife Digital Team 04 July 2019
Provident fund (PF) or employee provident fund (EPF) is a popular government of India run scheme, which functions as a useful social security net for individuals employed with eligible organizations. Under the scheme, the employees contribute around 12% of their basic pay plus dearness...

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It is that time of the year, when you receive your appraised salary along with bonuses, which could be a compelling reason to go on a spending splurge. While a retail therapy may sound too good to be true, it is always advisable to put your salary to good use. One of the best ways to utilise...

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Credit card bills to pay. Outstanding personal loans.  Late bill payments.  Insufficient money coming in to cover up the required spending.    When it comes to money, life is not simple. You may be worried about debts, insufficient retirement kitty, and other financial...

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