Though I have talked about the difference between Tier 1 and Tier II NPS accounts in many of my earlier posts, I still receive a number of queries from investors asking about the difference between the two. In fact, I had a query where the investor invested in Tier 2 NPS to avail tax benefit (figured out later). Therefore, I think it will be useful to dedicate a post to the … [Read more...] about What are Tier 1 and Tier 2 NPS accounts? What is the difference?
Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme or Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY) was notified in December 2014. The scheme is part of the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Scheme The scheme offers attractive guaranteed interest rates. The Government sweetened the deal by making Sukanya Samriddhi Account part of Exempt-Exempt-Exempt (EEE) tax regime. The motive of the scheme is to encourage the savings in … [Read more...] about Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana Account Rules: Comprehensive Information Guide
Case 1: You invest Rs 1,000 per month for 15 years and earn a return of 12% p.a. Case 2: You invest Rs 2,000 per month for 15 years and earn a return of 10% p.a. In which case, will you end up with a larger corpus? Let’s find out. Do note the rate of return is higher in the first case while the amount invested is higher in the second case. In case 1, you will end up with … [Read more...] about When it comes to compounding, Amount invested matters too
When we invest in a bank fixed deposit or a corporate fixed deposit, the aspect that we focus most on is the interest rate. What about the frequency of compounding? For instance, what do you think of the following three options? 8% p.a. compounded annually 8% p.a. compounded semi-annually (or quarterly) 8% p.a. compounded quarterly Are these three options the … [Read more...] about How the Frequency of Compounding affects returns?
In this post, I will discuss an aspect of NPS about which I have received quite a few queries. What to do if you have two NPS accounts? Based on the number of queries that I receive on the issue, having two NPS accounts is not very uncommon. They got one through their employer. Subsequently, when they read about exclusive tax benefit of Rs 50,000 for investment in NPS Tier-I … [Read more...] about What to do if you have two NPS accounts? How to close the second NPS account?
Quite a few readers have approached me to ask the best way to invest in direct plans of mutual funds schemes. I also wrote a post on direct plan platforms that are presently available (do not claim it to be a holistic list). Many want to know the best direct plan platform. Frankly, I do not know the answer myself. Read: List of Online Direct Plan Platforms in India Since most … [Read more...] about The Paranoia surrounding Online Mutual Fund Direct Plan Platforms
In an earlier post, I had discussed how you can open NPS account online using your Aadhaar card. In this post, we will look at how you can contribute your NPS account online. If you have opened your NPS account through a bank or any other Point of Presence (PoP), you can simply make a contribution online from the net-banking portal. Alternatively, if you have opened through a … [Read more...] about How to invest in NPS account online?
LIC has come out with a new packaging. The reason I say this is that the product is not too different from older ones but comes with a new name. The plan was launched early September 2017 and will be available for 270 days from the date of launch. Why? I have no clue. In my opinion, it is a marketing gimmick. Scarcity may shore up demand. As I have mentioned before, I have … [Read more...] about Stay away from LIC Jeevan Utkarsh
There are two broad categories of mutual funds viz. Open ended mutual funds and Closed Ended Mutual Funds. What are Open-ended and Closed Ended Mutual Funds? In case of an open-ended mutual fund, you can enter and exit fund scheme whenever you want i.e. you can buy units from the fund house and sell the units back to the fund house whenever you want. All the popular mutual … [Read more...] about Avoid Fixed Maturity Plans (FMPs) in your Mutual Fund Portfolio
A top-up premium is an investment that you make in your ULIP (Unit Linked Insurance Plan) over and above your contracted premium. There is no compulsion to make such an investment. If you are paying top-up premium, you are paying it of your own free will. In this post, let’s look at why you should avoid topping up your Unit-Linked Insurance Plan (ULIPs). What are the … [Read more...] about Here is why you should avoid topping up your ULIP policy?