Common mis-selling in financial products

Mis-selling in financial products – There is nothing new or uncommon in this. Yet we often fail to realize this – or realize it after it is too late! It is not uncommon to hear stories where people bought product because a friendly uncle or friend or bank’s relationship manager (RM) or investment adviser suggested. […]

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Time value of money

A $100 is a $100 is a $100. No brainier? Theoretically yes. But practically – life is more complicated. One of the reasons is the concept of time value of money! Time value of money – is an interesting relationship between money and time! It is visible everywhere.  Money is usually worth more today than […]

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When buying life insurance doesn’t make sense?

Getting a term life insurance is one of the initial steps towards planning your financial life well. And rightly so. A good insurance cover can help manage financial risk that your family can potentially face in case of a breadwinner’s death. In case of death of the insured person, the family is paid a certain amount (sum insured) by the insurer. In return, the person buying the insurance policy has to pay a certain fee to the insurer – called premium.

Counter intuitive it may seem, but life insurance is not sacrosanct. It is not always necessary to have a life insurance cover. Here are few situations, where buying a life insurance  policy may not make sense.

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Debt funds as an alternative to fixed deposits?

Debt funds are in news again. This time thanks to DHFL (You can read in more detail here). NAV (Net Asset Value) of several debt funds have plummeted in a single day. This raises a question – Are debt funds really safe? They are often pitched as an alternative to fixed deposits – with a […]

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Whole life insurance – Does it make sense?

Term life insurance is something that every individual, who has dependents, should consider taking. However, there are many questions that one needs an answer to before buying a term life insurance. One of them is – till what age should the insurance cover be taken? A variation of this problem is – should one take whole life insurance?

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High cost of tax saving

Tax planning, for must us form an important part of managing our finances. By using certain provisions under Income Tax act, one can save good amount of taxes. Some investments and expenses facilitate tax savings. However, sometimes pursuit of tax saving can prove expensive. This is typically the case when one takes investing decisions primarily to save taxes rather than fulfilling some financial objective. This often leads to high cost of tax saving!

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Why you should get your health insurance now!

Medical expenses is arguably the single biggest unexpected expense that can set your financial plans back. Unfortunately, it is difficult to predict medical emergencies. The best one can possibly do is be prepared and health insurance can play an important role in it. Yet lot of us are uninsured or under insured.

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Investment risk is everywhere

Investment risk and returns are often correlated. You might have heard this umpteen times. Higher the returns on offer, higher the risk. Some investments are riskier than others. Some investments are risk-free (or considered risk free – nothing may be completely risk free).

However, in pursuit of returns, we often overlook the risk. Little bit more awareness about risk can help set expectations right!

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Good debt versus bad debt

Good debt versus bad debt – How do you differentiate? Typically good debt creates assets and bad debts create liabilities. But there is more to it. Sometimes your need at that point of time can classify debt as good or bad. Few other times, you can know only with benefit of hindsight!

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