Common financial mistakes by people in 30s

Once in 30s, you often look at career and social growth & this makes you susceptible to making several financial mistakes.. What are some common financial mistakes people make in their 30s?

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How can you start investing?

How can you start investing? – This is a question which several wannabe investors have. These may often be wannabe serious investors, or just someone who heard of investing and wants to get started (and different types of people in between!). It might just be indicative of the general inertia while investing.

So – how does one start?

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Right questions to ask while choosing a financial advisor

When it comes to financial advisors, there is a lack of clarity on what financial planners do. Some of the common questions are – How much do they cost? What is the final product – a report and a set of actions points? Or do the advisors also manage the KYC, account opening and investing process? Here is a set of questions you should ask an advisor to figure out if they suit your needs.

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Mistakes to avoid in tax saving investments

What are some mistakes to avoid while choosing tax saving investments? There are plethora of tax saving options available (Most of the tax saving options in India are under Section 80C). However, very few people bother to understand how these investments works and what suits them.  This leads to people getting drawn towards investments which […]

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Concentration risk while investing

Concentration risk is the risk which an investor faces while investing in only few assets and not diversifying enough. It can be concentration in a single asset class (e.g. – all equities or real estate) or single or few investments within one asset class (e.g. – buying just 2 stocks for entire portfolio!). If everything goes well, this concentration can be very good for you. But it requires things going wonderfully well for that asset class and your specific investments. But, as you think of placing concentrated bets … are you aware of the risk? What if the asset class/ investment you have been bullish upon, doesn’t do well? Here are some ways the concentration risk while investing can play out.

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5 reasons why people invest in insurance

Don’t mix insurance and investments – most financial advisers, who don’t have any conflict of interest will suggest that.  You end up doing injustice to insurance as well as investments in that case! Yet insurance continues to be a popular investment. What are the reasons why people “invest” in insurance products?

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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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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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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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