LIC has launched a new life insurance plan, LIC Bima Jyoti (Plan 860). LIC Bima Jyoti is a non-linked, non-participating, limited premium payment life insurance plan. Let us review this plan and see if you should invest. LIC Bima Jyoti (Plan 860): Salient Features Non-linked: It is not a ULIP. It is a traditional life insurance plan.Non-Participating: This means that you … [Read more...] about LIC Bima Jyoti (Plan 860): Review
The Budget 2021 changed the way Unit Linked Insurance Plans (ULIPs) will be taxed. This reduces the difference between the taxation of mutual funds and ULIPs. Let's find about how ULIP taxation has changed. What is the new rule about ULIP taxation? If you buy a ULIP on or after February 1, 2021 and the aggregate annual premium of such ULIP (ULIPs) exceeds Rs 2.5 lacs … [Read more...] about How ULIPs will be taxed? (After Budget 2021)
In Budget 2021, the Government has introduced a tax on interest on employee contribution to EPF over Rs 2.5 lacs in a financial year. The Government rationale is that many HNIs are taking benefit of tax-free interest by contributing heavily to the employee provident fund (EPF) account. Read this Economic Times article for more details. The Government feels it is not right … [Read more...] about Tax on EPF: Will the Interest on Taxable Interest be taxed?
The Finance Minister presented the Union Budget 2021 today. Here are the key highlights. #1 Income Tax Slabs remain unchanged No changes have been made to the income tax slabs. No additional tax benefits have been announced either. #2 Interest on EPF becomes taxable in certain cases Current Regulation: Interest on your contribution to EPF account is exempt from … [Read more...] about Budget 2021: Highlights: Changes to EPF, ULIP taxation
A simple way is to invest in risk-free assets (Government bonds, PPF, EPF, bank fixed deposits). You will never see losses. However, by shunning risk completely, you might have to compromise a bit on the long-term returns. And if you consider risky assets (gold or equities) for higher returns, you must prepare yourself for portfolio losses too. At the same time, avoiding … [Read more...] about How to reduce losses in your Portfolio?
If you are not fond of actively managed funds, an investment in a Nifty 50 index fund provides you exposure to a diversified equity portfolio. However, Nifty 50 consists of stocks from different sectors (banking, pharma, energy, commodities, IT, consumer goods, automobiles etc). Here is the sectoral breakup of Nifty 50 (as on December 31,2020). Can we better the … [Read more...] about Nifty 50 vs. Portfolio of Banking + Pharma + IT stocks: Which is better?
A close friend pinged me about ICICI Pru Assured Savings Insurance Plan and asked if it was a good plan to invest. Let’s find out. ICICI Pru Assured Savings Plan: Salient Features ICICI Prudential Assured Savings Insurance Plan is a traditional, non-linked, non-participating plan.Non-linked means the plan is not a ULIP.Non-participating means this is not a … [Read more...] about Review: ICICI Pru Assured Savings Insurance Plan: Should you invest?
SBI Life has launched a new traditional life insurance plan, SBI Life Smart Future Choices plan. In this post, let’s find about this plan in detail. We shall also see if you should invest in such a product. SBI Life Smart Future Choices: Salient Features Non-linked, Participating Life Insurance PlanIt is Not a ULIP. It is a traditional life insurance plan.2 variants: … [Read more...] about Review: SBI Life Smart Future Choices: Should you invest?
My mother, like many housewives, invests exclusively in gold. No bank FDs. No mutual funds. Nothing. Just gold. Why? Gold is easy to buy and sell. It is easy to store. It is easy to hide from husbands. Lack of comfort with any other asset. Huge conviction (that gold price goes up). Super discipline (due to the conviction and since there is no other option). While I … [Read more...] about 50% Equity + 50% Gold: How does this portfolio perform?
What is the best asset allocation for your long-term portfolio? 40:60 equity:debt or 50:50 or 60:40 or 70:30 or any other allocation? You will get the answer to this question only in hindsight. The best allocation for the next 20 years (2020-2040) will be known only after 2040 ends. You can run backtests and see what has worked the best in the past. While this gives you … [Read more...] about What is the Best Asset Allocation for your portfolio? 50:50 or 60:40 or 70:30?