Many investors purchase pension plans so that they continue to receive monthly income even once their regular salary stops after retirement. Which pension plans do you choose? In this post, let’s look at a popular pension plan from SBI Life, SBI Life Saral Pension Plan. SBI Life Saral Pension Plan: Important Points A Participating, Non-Linked, Traditional Pension … [Read more...] about Review: SBI Life Saral Pension Plan
The birth of a child brings joy not only to the parents but also to the parents of the parents i.e. grandparents. It is not uncommon to see grandparents making an investment in the name of their grandchildren. They want to contribute towards their grand children’s future. In this post, I will pick a case where a senior citizen picked up an investment product and invested … [Read more...] about How Rs 3.2 lacs became Rs 11,678 in 6 years?
You are still young and want to start saving for your retirement. You want to ensure that you get a regular income after retirement. For this reason, you want to invest in a pension plan. Which pension plan do you pick up? There is NPS (National Pension Scheme) and there are several pension plans from the insurance companies. Which one would you pick? In a pension … [Read more...] about NPS vs Pension Plans from Insurance Companies: Which is better?
Many of us dislike annuity plans. The rates are low and the income is taxable. You lose flexibility with the money. The income is not inflation-adjusted. So many problems. Still, annuities can add a lot of value of retirement portfolio if purchased at the right age. In this post, let’s try to understand this with the help of examples. We will start with a brief introduction … [Read more...] about Retirement Planning: Staggering Annuity Purchases can Increase Income and Reduce Risk
NPS vs PPF is not an easy question to answer, but why should you face such a question? Because no one has an unlimited amount of money to invest. Therefore, when we must make an investment choice, "This or That" or "X vs Y" or "Which is better" questions invariably pop up. Whether we talk about tax-saving or retirement or creating wealth, you will face such dilemmas. … [Read more...] about NPS vs PPF: Which is better?
The Reserve Bank of India has issued a circular dated September 4, 2019, making it mandatory for all new floating rate loans from October 1, 2019, to be linked to an external benchmark. This applies to all floating rate retail and MSME loans. What does this mean for you if you are an existing borrower or plan to take a new loan? Before we jump on the new announcements, … [Read more...] about Home Loans from October 1, 2019, to be linked to External Benchmark
If you are a home loan borrower, I am sure you have been frustrated by your bank not passing the interest rate cuts to you. Every new iteration of loan benchmark (PLR, Base Rate, MCLR) gives you renewed hope, but nothing seems to change. Now, there is enthusiasm about Repo rate linked home loans. Though I am optimistic, we will see how this pans out. While we are worrying about … [Read more...] about How a Negative Interest Rate Home Loan would work?
LIC Jeevan Saral has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. The Supreme Court dismissed public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Money Life Foundation requesting the recall of LIC Jeevan Saral policy. By the way, the PIL was dismissed because SC opined that the Money Life foundation has no locus standi in this matter. While the last word is yet to be written in … [Read more...] about What went wrong with LIC Jeevan Saral?
Tax incentives for NPS have gotten better and better over the last few years. In 2018, NPS almost became an EEE product. Almost. The entire lump sum withdrawal at the time of retirement (60 years) became exempt from tax. The same was notified in Union Budget 2019 too. In my previous posts on NPS, I have solely focussed on if and how much you must invest in NPS. Here is my … [Read more...] about NPS: Your Employer offers to contribute, Should you sign up?
Home loan interest rate benchmarks have kept on changing over the last decade. We used to have the Prime Lending Rate (PLR), which was replaced by Base Rate. The base rate, in turn, was replaced by the Marginal Cost of Funds based lending rate (MCLR) a couple of years back. Now, SBI is launching a home loan product where the benchmark is linked to the Repo rate. Internal … [Read more...] about PLR, Base Rate, MCLR and now RLLR (Repo rate linked lending rate)