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?
Go ahead. Who am I to tell? However, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. #1 You cannot become rich watching CNBC or by acting on stock tips You need to have the skill to pick up the right stocks and you should be willing to research the stocks before you invest. And you need time to do all the research. You can’t take a shortcut and watch CNBC or other … [Read more...] about Should you invest directly in equities?
Yes, your age at the time of purchase affects the return that you earn in investment and insurance combo products such as traditional life insurance plans and ULIPs. Everything else being same, lower the age at the time of purchase, better will be your returns. It is best to understand this with the help of examples. Let’s first start with a traditional plan. How your age … [Read more...] about With Traditional Life Insurance plans and ULIPs, your Age affects the returns
SBI cut interest rate of saving bank account from 4% p.a. to 3.5% p.a. in July 2017. After SBI, a few other banks have followed suit and cuts savings bank interest rate to 3.5% p.a. What should you do? Relax. There is nothing you can do. Learn to live with it. Frankly, resisting this change may not be worth your time. In the informal discussions, I was part of, people … [Read more...] about Savings Account interest cut to 3.5% p.a. What should you do?
Is IRDA trying to solve a wrong problem? Recently, I read excerpts of a speech from an IRDA member at a summit organized by CII in an article. I will copy a portion of the article below. //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// India is one of the lowest commission paying countries in the world, said Nilesh Sathe, Member … [Read more...] about The Bizarre Commission logic by IRDA
If you read personal finance section of business newspapers or personal finance magazines, you will realize the mis-selling is rampant in Indian financial services sector. Product suitability is conveniently sacrificed to earn high commissions. Poorly structured upfront incentive structure is one of the foremost reasons behind mis-selling. Sales target or income pressure is … [Read more...] about How Written or E-mail communication with Banks and Financial Institutions can help?