LIC Jeevan Umang is a non-linked participating whole life traditional life insurance plan. The meaning of whole life is almost literal. The plan matures when you turn 100. Let’s look at at some salient features of the plan and how LIC Jeevan Umang makes for an insurance and investment product. Salient Features of LIC Jeevan Umang Policy Maturity: At the age of 100 years (I … [Read more...] about Review: LIC Jeevan Umang
Met a cousin at a wedding in the family a couple of months back. He is a bright young boy, still in his teens. He had vague idea about what I did for a living. As it usually happens at family weddings, most of us have to bide time till the evening when the real festivities begin. There is never enough space to stretch your legs and sleep. With nothing to do, he began asking a … [Read more...] about How much do I need to Invest per month to accumulate Rs 1 crore?
There is a BIG difference between financial planning for retirement (accumulation phase) and financial planning during retirement (decumulation phase). Let’s look at what I mean. In this post, I will limit the discussion to investments. Financial Planning for Retirement (Accumulation Phase) During this phase, you are trying to accumulating funds for retirement. Quite … [Read more...] about Financial Planning For Retirement vs. Financial Planning During Retirement
One of the few things that I remember from induction training on the first day of my professional career many years back is a quote from a presenter that Expectation reduces Joy. From the perspective of a large software company, it was important to have employees with not too high expectations. However, even as an employee, it made a lot of sense. Your expectations about … [Read more...] about The Problem lies not with the Investment but with Investor Expectations
The biggest financial risk during retirement is that you may outlive your retirement corpus. You may have planned really well and planned for the corpus to last till the age of 90 but you are fit for another 10 years by the time you turn 90. I have not even considered many unknowns and unplanned expenses in life. What do you do then? How will you provide for your basic … [Read more...] about When to purchase an Annuity plan?
You invest Rs 10,000 on January 1 every year for 20 years. In the first case, you earn a constant 6% p.a. for the first 10 years and 12% for the last 10 years. In the second case, you earn a constant 12% p.a. for the first 10 years and 6% p.a. for the last 10 years. Will you end up with same corpus in both the cases? After all, Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) is same … [Read more...] about What is the difference between IRR and CAGR?
Avoid bad financial decisions is as important as making good ones. But what influences you to make such good or bad financial decisions? Your decisions are a reflection of your financial habits i.e. a reflection of who you are as an investor and as a person. In this post, we will look at 5 financial habits that you can affect your financial lives adversely. #1 Think more … [Read more...] about 5 Financial Habits that can ruin your Financial Life
Many of us rely on interest income for our regular cash flows. A few can’t look beyond such investments. However, are you aware how your interest income is taxed? Taxation of Interest Income for various Investments The tax treatment of interest income varies across investments. Clearly, a few investments receive favourable treatment as far as taxation of interest income is … [Read more...] about How is Interest Income from your Investments taxed?
Banks have been in news recently for introducing charges for almost everything. There are charges to cash withdrawals from branches, charges for withdrawing from other ATMs and even charges for withdrawing from own ATMs. Recently, HDFC Bank received a lot of flak for levying program management fee for high balanced accounts without seeking approval from the customers. Don’t … [Read more...] about How Banks fleece Senior Citizens?
Every profession requires you to have persuasive skills. You have to persuade your boss to grant you a leave. You have to persuade our team member to agree to your line of thinking. Your boss has to persuade you to work over the weekend. You may say your boss hasn’t really persuaded you to stay work over weekend. But he used his Authority to make you work. You could have … [Read more...] about A Visit to the Park or Snakes & Ladders?