7 Mistakes to Avoid While Investing in Mutual Funds

In this post, let’s look at some of the common pitfalls about investing in mutual funds. 1. Mutual Fund Means Equity Mutual Funds. Many of us get attracted to mutual funds during periods of bull run in the equity markets. We are attracted to high returns of equity funds. Therefore, for many of us, mutual fund… Continue Reading

Financial Habits That Can Spoil Your Future

Many times, we focus on things to do to improve our long term financial health. In this post, let’s discuss some of the financial habits that are likely to affect your long term financial health adversely. These habits can affect you in many ways. You may not be able to invest enough. You may not… Continue Reading

All you need to know about New Pension Scheme (NPS)

New Pension Scheme (NPS) has got quite popular in the last few years due to favourable tax announcements. In this post, I will discuss NPS basics, tax benefits on investment and tax treatment at maturity. Finally, I will discuss whether you should invest in NPS. NPS Is a Defined Contribution Pension Plan Under a defined… Continue Reading

10 Retirement Planning Tips

Planning for retirement is one of the most important financial goals for anyone. During your working years, you need to ensure that your lifestyle does not suffer during your retirement. Here are a few tips that you can use while planning for your retirement. 1. Set a CORRECT retirement corpus target. It is not easy to… Continue Reading

Financial Planning for Self-Employed

Being self-employed gives you the freedom to work on what you want and how you want. You don’t have to deal with a rude boss and frustrating office politics. You may get to choose your work timings. Till now, everything sounds good. However, self-employment can bring its own set of unique problems. There is no… Continue Reading

All You Need to Know About Sovereign Gold Bonds

Have you felt the need for gold in your investment portfolio? If you have not, you need to think again. Gold is a physical asset, is globally priced and can be a good hedge against high inflation and rupee depreciation. Even though gold is a speculative asset, it deserves a small part in your investment portfolio… Continue Reading

Tax Benefits on Home Loans Are Overhyped

You have excess cash in hand from the last bonus you received and the fixed deposit that just matured. You have been thinking about how to use the funds. Your financial advisors that include your friends, doctor, lawyer and grocer have suggested that you take exposure to equity mutual funds. Your parents have advised you… Continue Reading

How Do You Invest More?

In one of the earlier posts on Retirement Planning, I had discussed the importance of starting early, portfolio diversification and a few psychological investments to get you on right financial track. By starting early, you get the power of compounding behind you and your small (involuntary) contributions can result in a significant corpus by the… Continue Reading

Loan against PPF Account

You are looking for a small loan of Rs 1 lacs for purchasing new furniture for living room of your new house. The first thing that comes to mind is a personal loan. But you are aware that personal loans are quite expensive. The interest rates can vary from 14% to 18% p.a. or even… Continue Reading