The Government of India has brought about a few important changes to NPS (National Pension Scheme). All the changes are beneficial for the NPS investors. Some of the changes are only for the Central Government Employees while the others apply to all the NPS subscribers. Let’s go through the changes in detail. Change # 1 (Taxation of NPS Maturity proceeds) This change … [Read more...] about Good News: Lumpsum withdrawal from NPS is now exempt from tax
Investing in Government Securities has become simpler. The Reserve Bank of India had notified, in November 2017, that stock exchanges can act as aggregators for retail investor and thus facilitate bidding for Government securities at RBI auctions. Discount broker Zerodha and NSE came out with the online facility to purchase Government bonds recently (late 2018). In this post, … [Read more...] about You can now invest online in Government Bonds easily. Should you?
The topic of this post may seem odd, given what I regularly write about ULIPs. I advocate mutual funds over unit-linked insurance plans (ULIPs) and for good reasons. I do not deny bias though. I wrote a detailed post comparing mutual funds and ULIPs and showing why I prefer mutual funds over ULIPs, despite ULIPs enjoying far superior tax treatment as compared to mutual … [Read more...] about How to select the Best ULIP (Unit Linked Insurance Plan) for your portfolio?
SEBI has specified many categories of debt mutual funds. In this post, let’s talk about money market funds. I will address common questions about money market mutual funds in this post. Where do Money market funds invest? What are money market funds? Who should invest in money market funds? How much return you should expect? What you should keep in mind while selecting a … [Read more...] about What are Money Market Mutual Funds?
What is GSTR 3B return? Let’s start with a basic understanding about GSTR-3B Return from the following table listed below: GSTR 3B return is a temporary monthly GST return. It was envisaged to be filed from July 2017 till March 2018. However, GSTR 3B has been continued to date. Under GST, every registered dealer needs to file the three returns in a month Return … [Read more...] about All you need to know about GSTR-3B return filing
In an earlier post, I looked at how you can select a liquid fund. In this post, let’s look at how you can extend the same argument to selecting debt mutual funds for your portfolio. The pointers used in liquid funds can be extended to any debt fund. However, since we are looking at a much wider choice, there are a few additional aspects that must be considered. In the case of … [Read more...] about How to select a Debt Mutual Fund for your portfolio?
Over the past few years, we have seen debt mutual funds being promoted as a replacement for fixed deposits. I do not deny that there are a few clear benefits and debt mutual funds may provide better tax-efficient returns as compared to bank FDs. However, the return of principal is more important than return on principal. And the events of the past few years (ILFS default … [Read more...] about How to select a Liquid Fund?
In an earlier post, I discussed how NRIs can invest in mutual funds and the challenges they face while investing in India. In this post, let’s look at mutual fund taxation for NRIs (non-residents). NRI Mutual Fund Taxation: How is it different from residents? There are a few minor differences. #1 Long-Term Capital Gains Tax on Debt Funds For … [Read more...] about NRI Mutual Fund Taxation: How NRI Mutual Fund Investments are taxed?
Many of us have more than one health insurance policies. And I receive a number of queries over e-mail and as comments in my blog post about discontent with claim settlements for two policies. Many have a grievance that the insurers did not settle as they expected and they had to pay the balance from their pockets. I had done a post on the pros and cons of having multiple … [Read more...] about How claim is settled if you have two Health Insurance plans?
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?