Moving abroad for employment or planning to shift back to India permanently? How will your income be taxed? Can you continue holding NRE deposit and continue to get tax-free interest? Well, everything begins with finding out whether you qualify as an NRI or a resident. And this may not always be easy. To add to the confusion, the definition of Non-resident is different under … [Read more...] about Who is NRI as per FEMA and Income Tax Act? (Latest Rules)
The current market crash has been very painful. Equity portfolios have taken deep cuts. During such times when we are so occupied with limiting losses in our equity portfolios, we might lose out on peculiar tax-saving opportunities that these times may throw up. I am talking about tax-loss harvesting, where you can use losses from one capital asset to set off capital … [Read more...] about Market Crash: Use Tax Loss Harvesting to Reduce your Tax Liability
The last few weeks have been terrible for equity investors. And we don’t know if it will get worse. The market correction has been savage. And nothing has been spared. The best of blue chips have been battered. So have mid and small caps. Global equities have been trashed too. It is not just the quantum of correction but also the pace of it, that has most investors … [Read more...] about Market Crash: How could we have reduced the pain?
It is good that you want to assist your parents in their money decisions. At the same time, you need to be cautious while handling their investments. What if the investments go wrong? You may say that even if these investments were to go wrong, you will be around to take care of them. Yes, that’s your duty. However, your parents may not want to depend on you financially. In … [Read more...] about Your Parents’ Retirement Corpus is not your Investment Project
The Union Budget 2020 changed the way how dividends from mutual funds will be taxed. The following are the changes. Till FY 2020, dividend from mutual funds was exempt from tax in the hands of the investor. However, before paying the dividend to you, AMCs used to deduct Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT) before paying such dividend to you. The effective impact of DDT was 11.46% … [Read more...] about Mutual Funds: With Tax on Dividends, The Choice between Growth and Dividend?
On January 17, 2020, many debt mutual fund investors with Franklin AMC woke up to a nasty surprise. NAVs of many popular debt mutual fund schemes from Franklin had gone down by 4-7%. Why did this happen? Many of Franklin debt mutual fund schemes held debt issued by Vodafone-Idea. What about Vodafone-Idea? On January 16, 2020, The Supreme Court of India dismissed the … [Read more...] about Loss in Franklin Debt Mutual Funds: What should you do?
You invest Rs 100. Let’s consider the following sequence of returns. Case 1: You earn -50% (or lose 50%) in the first year. You earn +50% in the second year. Case 2: You earn -25% (or lose 25%) in the first year. You earn +25% in the second year. Case 3: You earn -15% (or lose 15%) in the first year. You earn +15% in the second year. Case 4: You … [Read more...] about The Key to Investment Success: Lose Less
Once you lose money in stock markets or any other investments, there is a natural tendency to shift to products that offer guaranteed returns or that seem to offer guaranteed returns. While it is important to make investments that are aligned with your risk appetite, you also need to make investments in line with your financial goals. You must appreciate that return guarantee … [Read more...] about The Price you pay for Guaranteed Returns in Investments
In the first week of December 2019, the Government paved the way for the launch of Bharat Bond ETF. The Bharat Bond ETF will invest in bonds issued by various public sector units. From the investors’ perspective, it is a new investment option in the fixed income space. The Bharat Bond ETF is an easy and low-cost way to invest in bonds from public sector entities. From the … [Read more...] about What is Bharat Bond ETF? Should you invest?
Most mutual fund schemes have not performed well since the start of 2018. This is broadly in line with the overall performance of the markets. Over the past few months, I have started receiving interesting queries from clients/readers. This happens more with clients who have started investing recently, i.e in the last 2-3 years. Should they start investing in ULIPs and … [Read more...] about Read this if you find merit in ULIPs and traditional plans over mutual funds