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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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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Where are the stock markets headed for?

Where are the stock markets headed for? We all can make calculated guesses based upon our own understanding and observations. Some of us will probably be right. But nobody knows for sure where the stock markets are headed for.

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Some common misconceptions about investing

A right approach towards investments can be your starting point towards your financial goals. While your investment mix may not always be perfect (who has!?) it is good to understand different investments, how they work and how they can help you achieve you financial goals. Before that, it is important to dispel some common misconceptions about investing, and hopefully base investing decision based upon understanding  of how that investment works rather than hearsay!

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The risk in not investing in equities

While equities (including mutual funds) have historically given good returns in a long time horizon. they come with a risk. However, while there is a risk associated with investing in equities, there is a risk associated with not investing in equities also.What are the risks of not investing in equities?

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Capital protection or capital growth?

What is your purpose of investing – Most of the answers to this question can lead to one of the following – capital protection and capital growth. Which goal should you be chasing?

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PPF versus ELSS – Which is a better investment?

PPF or ELSS – Which is a better investment? – is a question in mind of many savers and/ or investors. While both these instruments are popular among people seeking tax exemption under Income Tax Section 80C, their objectives & eventual returns can be different. Before we begin, let’s try to understand each of these […]

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3 questions to ask before doing asset allocation

Different people can have different asset allocation strategies. And all these can be right at the same time. You need to choose the asset allocation strategy that best suits your needs. What are the different asset classes you can invest in? And what is the ideal asset allocation strategy?

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