Personal Finance

February 17, 2023

How to Save Taxes with HUF

HUF or Hindu Undivided Family is an entity formed under the HUF Act which can act as a separate tax entity different from its members. The […]
February 3, 2023

Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2023 Explained

What are Sovereign Gold Bonds? Sovereign Gold Bonds are bonds issued by the government and backed by gold. They are available in denominations of 2, 5, and […]
February 1, 2023

The Secret Tax Weapon that can save you Lakhs and Nobody is talking about

When you talk about tax saving, normally people talk about ELSS mutual funds, tax saving deposits, PPF, EPF, etc. But these are well known, and most […]
January 30, 2023

Why Life Insurance is Not An Investment Instrument

Life Insurance is one of the most important things to do in personal finance. In fact, many financial advisors say that life insurance should be one […]
January 24, 2023

Best Sectors to Invest in Equities in 2023

Equity saw a tepid low single-digit return in 2022 mostly because the market remains in the high valuation zone. Also, with FD returns touching nearly 7%-8%, […]
January 20, 2023

Best Ways to save Tax on Investment Income in India

Income makes little sense if not invested properly. After all, investment helps your money grow. We have a lot to take care of, and on top […]
January 16, 2023

Why Systematic Investment Plans (SIPs) Are Not Always Good

SIPs or systematic investment plans have become a common buzzword in personal finance. SIPs are generally understood to be a regular investment in Mutual funds or […]
January 22, 2021

Personal Investing 101: Stock Market Research

Getting started as an investor is as exciting as it is intimidating. There is a lot of information and terminologies to come to grips with, along […]
February 1, 2013

Indian Insurance Sector – Reasons behind its Growing Market

What is Insurance Insurance is a contract between two parties whereby one party called insurer undertakes in exchange for a fixed sum called premium, to pay […]
July 8, 2011

Advantages and Disadvantages of Life Insurance – Pros and Cons of Variable,Universal,Term Life Insurance and Investments

Life Insurance is one of the most widely available and used financial products being used by people.But before buying various types of life insurance such as variable,term life insurance not many people do a pros and cons analysis.This is quite sad since it is one of the biggest yearly expenses and is one of the most important security assets for our family in case of death or serious injury.Life Insurance has different meanings in different countries as well.In India Life Insurance is mostly looked upon as an investment product.Most people buy insurance as an investment product leading to the wide prevalence of hybrid insurance investment products like ULIPs ,Child Plans etc.It is easily found that these hybrid products are wasteful since it would be cheaper to buy separate investment and insurance products.The main reason for the misselling is the financial illiteracy and ignorance about the advantages and disadvantages of life insurance and its products.Life Insurance Companies also don't do a very good job in educating people about the right type of product as it is more profitable for them to sell the products which are disadvantageous to the customers.So we have a case where Life Insurance products advantages and disadvantages are not known and understood by most people around the world.
July 7, 2011

8 Advantages and 5 Disadvantages of Credit Cards – Pros and Cons of Credit Card Consolidation,Counseling

Credit Cards in our debt and credit fueled economy have become almost as indispensable as cash money.It is impossible to think of days when Credit Cards did not exist.But Credit Cards are a recent phenomenon and their ubiquity is owing to the ease with which Banks give these Cards.The reason is that Banks make a ton of money through the issue and usage of these credit cards at the expense of the consumers.The hidden costs of credit cards are not known to the customers as credit card processors like Mastercard and Visa make billions of dollars each year.This money is taken from the vendors of goods and services which charge you for this extra money that they pay.However Credit Cards also have substantial advantages if they are used wisely.However as we know in case of credit and debt the human mind is not prone to prudence and care.Many Americans have wracked up unsustainable credit card debt and destroyed their lives.The reason is that you get easy credit on thse cards .The incentive of short term pleasure buying stuff from your credit cards is too much to resist for most people.If the credit was unavailable then people would not have fallen into the problem of debt in the first place.
July 6, 2011

List of Top Car Companies and state of Auto Industry in India – Facing Fuel Price,Interest Rate Hurdles –

Auto Industry in India is facing the twin problems of Fuel Price Hikes and High Interest Rates which have sharply reduced the growth of the industry.The Indian car companies were riding high in 2010 as the economy grew and many people in India graduated to the middle class.Some companies were showing triple digit growth rate as India become the hottest market in the world.All global car companies were in a rush to expand their India sales and distribution network at any cost.However 2011 has brought them down to earth with almost 50% increase in petrol prices keeping buyers away.On top of that car financing companies have also increased their interest rates for auto loans by around 2-3% which makes the servicing of the EMIs of car loan very difficult.This has made most buyers sit tight and wait for a better environment.The car companies which hiked price to pass on the increasing costs of steel and other commodities are in a pickle.They are being forced to sit on high inventories and can't afford to give big discounts as well. The sautomobile industry in India happens to be the ninth largest in the world. It is the fourth largest exporter of automobiles following Japan, South Korea and Thailand. It is the world's second largest manufacturer of motorcycles, with annual sales exceeding 8.5 million in 2009. Several Indian automobile manufacturers have spread their operations globally. India manufactures over 17.5 million vehicles (including 2 wheeler and 4 wheeler) and exports about 2.33 million every year. India's passenger car and commercial vehicle manufacturing industry is the seventh largest in the world, with an annual production of more than 3.7 million units in 2010. In the commercial vehicle segment, Tata Motors is leader with a market share of about 64%, whereas Maruti Suzuki is leads the passenger vehicle segment with a market share of 46%. Hyundai Motor India and Mahindra and Mahindra are more interested in expanding their hold in the overseas market. (Source - Wikipedia).
July 5, 2011

Income Tax Slab Rates in India – Calculation Steps for Women,Senior Citizens,HUF,Individuals

The Indian Income tax Act prescribes different tax slabs for Senior citizens, Women & Individuals including AOP (Association of Person), BOI (Body of Individuals) & HUF (Hindu Undivided Family). To calculate the total income tax liability, one needs to follow the below mentioned process: * Calculate your gross total income. This includes gross income from the five sources of income - Income from Salary, Business/ Profession, Capital Gains, House Property & Income from other sources. * Calculate the net deductions for example donations, investments and savings such as provident fund subscriptions, Life Insurance Premiums etc. * The net taxable income is gross total income less net deductions. * Then the appropriate income tax rate is applied to calculate the total tax liability. * Education Cess of 3% is applied on the tax payable to arrive at the total tax payable. Relief under various sections would be applied on this total tax.
July 4, 2011

Basic Knowledge of Indian Income Tax, Terms & Definitions

Some very basic terms & their definitions used in context with the Indian Income Tax are given below: ASSESSEE - is any person who is required to pay Income tax or any other sum payable under the Income Tax Act being interest, penalty etc. ASSESSMENT YEAR - is the period comprising of twelve months starting on 1st of April & ending on 31st March of the next year. Assessment year succeeds the financial year. For eg. For the FY 2011-2012, the AY will be 2012-2013.
July 3, 2011

Extended Term Insurance Explained – Policy,Cash Value Amount,Nonforfeiture option

Extended Term Insurance is not another form of Insurance as many people think but it is an option in a Whole Life Insurance Policy.For those who don't know what a Whole Life Insurance Policy is that it gives a death benefit and a cash value based upon fixed premiums that is paid by the customer.Unlike Term Insurance,Whole Life Insurance has both a Cash Value Benefit and a Death Benefit.The Cash Value is paid to the insured in case that he does not die during the term of the policy.In Term Insurance there is no such Cash Value Amount that is paid.This is the reason that Whole Life Insurance is more expensive that Term Life Insurance.
December 1, 2010

How Foreign Exchange Brokers Make Money by Luring Gullible Retail Investors

The number of advertisements by Foreign Exchange Retail Trading Companies have increased dramatically in most of the popular Internet websites in India.These Websites try to lure potential retail suckers by showing pictures of ordinary people making regular monthly income by trading in Foreign Exchange.These ads are total misinformation as hardly any retail investor makes money from FX activity.FX trading is a complex activity at which even professional investors from bulge bracket financial institutions have a hard time in making money.Retail investors almost always lose money in FX trading particularly as Foreign Exchange Trading is a zero sum game compared to equities.Huge amount of leverage makes attracting gullible investors even more easy.The FX retail trading platforms have proliferated in recent days with Retail Trading having multiplied by 900% in the last 10 years to around $100 billion daily.FXCM.com one of the popular trading platforms is coming out with an IPO in the US.These companies have benefited hugely on the back of suckering retail investors.Note these firms need a constant supply of new suckers (sorry customers) in order to run their companies.Here is a article from FT which describes the modus operandi of these firms taken right out of their handbook (IPO prospectus ).
October 21, 2010

My Experience in Buying Cheap Car Insurance in India – Avoid Private Insurance Companies

India does not have a lot of good information on the Internet about various common things and it is frustrating and time consuming to go about in choosing the right option.I tried to buy insurance on my 3 year old car and there was not a lot of good blogs/websites which would indicate how to go about buying the cheapest car insurance out there.Most of the websites and insurance comparison websites that have come up are in general biased and promote companies in order to generate commissions.So I decided on doing investigation on my own and finally managed to get extremely cheap car insurance which even surprised me.So even though this blog does not deal with personal finance issues much,I though I would write my experience so that others could benefit without without wasting time and money.