When we plan for a goal, we assume a rate of return on investments for the goal and plan investments accordingly. Picking up the long-term average return is a rational choice. Long term averages are fine (even though long term averages can also change). However, the sequence of returns matters too. For the same level of long-term return, the actual output can be very … [Read more...] about How the Sequence of returns risk affects your Financial Planning?
No parent wants to compromise on their child’s education. In fact, child education is one of the most prominent goals for almost all my clients. Many readers write with their queries about investing for their kids’ child education too. Many want a one-stop solution for their kids’ education. For this reason, many ask about the “Best Child plan” or the best child plan from … [Read more...] about Review: SBI Life Smart Champ Child Insurance Plan: Is it good enough?
ICICI Prudential Future Perfect is a traditional life insurance plan. A part of the maturity amount is guaranteed while the other part is variable and linked to the investment performance. In a way, it is a hybrid product where it retains some features of both non-participating and participating traditional plans. Let’s find out more about ICICI Prudential Future Perfect and … [Read more...] about Review: ICICI Prudential Future Perfect Plan: Not so perfect
While a home loan helps you purchase your dream house, an EMI is an unwanted by-product. If I were to tell you that there is a home loan product where you don’t have to pay EMI, what would you think? Don’t get too excited. You still have to make loan payments. Just that your monthly loan payments won’t be the same every month. EMI stands for Equated Monthly Installment. … [Read more...] about Axis Bank QuikPay Home Loan: A home loan without EMI: What’s the catch?
LIC New Jeevan Nidhi (Plan 818) is a pension plan from LIC. You invest for a few years. At maturity, you utilize the accumulated funds to purchase an annuity plan. Simple, isn't it? Let’s find out more about LIC New Jeevan Nidhi and see if it warrants a place in your investment and insurance portfolio. LIC New Jeevan Nidhi: Key points Two premium payment options: Single … [Read more...] about Review: LIC New Jeevan Nidhi (818): Pension plan from LIC
HDFC Life Sanchay Plus is a Non-participating traditional life insurance plan. That means the payouts are guaranteed. There is no market risk or risk associated with varying annual bonuses. You know upfront what you are getting into. Moreover, it is a deferred payout plan i.e. maturity value is paid over a period of time. Let’s find out more about HDFC Life Sanchay Plus and … [Read more...] about Review: HDFC Life Sanchay Plus: The good and the bad
Most of us have to take home loans to purchase a house. Home loans come in multiple variants. One of the popular home loan variants is a Home Saver Loan. A prominent example is the SBI Maxgain Loan product. In this post, I would briefly touch upon how home saver loan products work and what are the things that you must keep in mind if you have already taken such a loan. How … [Read more...] about Things to keep in mind if you have SBI MaxGain Loan
You start with a certain asset allocation mix. At regular intervals, you bring your portfolio to original asset allocation mix. Let’s say you have Rs 20 lacs to invest. You have two asset classes Equity and Debt. You invest Rs 10 lacs in Equity and Rs 10 lacs in Debt. Asset allocation of 50:50. During the next 1 year, Equity gives 20% returns while Debt gives 5% … [Read more...] about What is Portfolio Rebalancing? How it helps?
For many of us, when we think about investments, the focus is mostly on returns. Not unfair. Everybody wants adequate reward for the risk taken. However, when you think in terms of financial goals or financial planning, return is not the only part of the equation. Let’s look at the equation for compounding. A = P * (1+r)^n Where P is the amount invested, r is return … [Read more...] about Financial Planning and Investing more
LIC has recently launched a new participating LIC Navjeevan plan in March 2019. It is a non-linked participating traditional life insurance plan. Regular readers will know that I am not a big fan of traditional life insurance. You get low life coverage and poor returns. By the way, this has nothing to do with LIC. Such plans from private insurers come with similar issues … [Read more...] about LIC NavJeevan Plan: Why the plan is structured this way?