The need for adequate health cover is not lost on many. However, selecting a health insurance plan that suits your requirements sounds daunting to a lot of people. There are many parameters to be considered before you select a health insurance. Not just that, health insurance plans come in many variants i.e. individual, family floater, top up, super top up and so on. One of the … [Read more...] about How Room Rent Sub-limit can affect your Health Insurance claim?
One big advantage that ULIPs have over equity mutual funds is that the maturity proceeds from ULIPs are exempt from tax. On the other hand, the long-term capital gains on the sale of equity mutual funds are taxed at 10%. LTCG on sale of debt mutual funds is taxed at 20% after indexation. In an earlier post, I highlighted why I still prefer mutual funds over ULIPs. I don’t deny … [Read more...] about If you are old, avoid ULIPs
LIC launched a new annuity plan LIC Jeevan Shanti in September 2018. LIC Jeevan Shanti comes in both immediate annuity and deferred annuity variants. A point to note is that LIC already has a very popular offering in immediate annuity space (LIC Jeevan Akshay VI). LIC Jeevan Shanti is quite like LIC Jeevan Akshay. The only major difference is that LIC Jeevan Shanti also has a … [Read more...] about LIC Jeevan Shanti: Single Premium, Guaranteed Pension (Features and Review)
In this post, I will discuss tax benefits for NPS and the tax treatment of maturity proceeds. I will discuss if it makes sense to invest in NPS now or if you should invest in NPS for the exclusive benefit of Rs 50,000 under Section 80CCD(1B). NPS Tax Benefits (Latest) This part has not been affected by the latest budget. Only contribution to Tier-I NPS account is eligible … [Read more...] about NPS Tax Benefits and Tax Treatment at Maturity (Latest)
In one of my earlier posts, I discussed how you can avoid distribution costs by investing in direct plans of mutual fund schemes. I also established the quantum of long-term savings you stood to make by investing in direct plans of MF schemes. To find out more about direct plans, read my article in Business Standard about direct plans of mutual funds here. In this post, I will … [Read more...] about Why NAV of Direct Plans is higher than Regular Plans of MF schemes
As a non-resident, you may want to take exposure to Indian equity markets. Picking up stocks on their own is not everybody’s cup of team. Such non-resident investors may take exposure to equity markets through equity mutual funds. In this post, I will discuss answer basic queries that an NRI investor may have about mutual fund investments in India. I will also discuss the … [Read more...] about How can NRIs invest in mutual funds in India?
Mutual Fund Direct plans have been around for over 5 years now. Under direct plans of mutual fund schemes, you invest directly with the mutual fund house. There is no intermediary or distributor involved. Hence, you save on intermediary costs. This reflects in better returns as compared to regular plans of MF schemes. Under regular (or distributor) plans, you invest through a … [Read more...] about Performance Comparison: Direct plans vs. Regular plans of Mutual Funds
The awareness about direct mutual funds (or direct plans of mutual fund schemes) is increasing. And why not? You stand to earn higher returns for no additional risk. It is foolish to invest in regular plans if you are a do-it-yourself investor. You are compromising on returns for no hint of advice. Even for those who need assistance, it may be a good choice to work with a … [Read more...] about Best Mutual Fund Direct Plan Platforms in India (How to invest in Direct Mutual Funds online?)
Every few months, we see Non-convertible debenture (NCD) issues from various companies. As on date (September 7, 2019), the NCD issues from Tata Housing, Aadhar Housing Finance and IndiaBulls Commercial Credit are live. Should you invest in such NCDs? Well, in this post, I will not review any particular issue of NCD. I will focus the benefits and risks involved in investing … [Read more...] about Should you invest in Non-Convertible Debentures (NCDs)?
A friend entered HDFC Life office to surrender an existing ULIP. He came out with a new one. Essentially, he surrendered his existing one and was convinced to purchase a new one. As I understand, the said friend was not satisfied with returns on this existing ULIP. They sold him a ULIP which had a fund with very good returns. Full marks to HDFC Life on salesmanship. ULIPs … [Read more...] about How Various Charges in ULIPs can damage your returns?