A Primer for First Time Apartment Buyers – Part Two

Having selected the property to buy, and after checking out the budgeting, it is time to start the process of buying the apartment in right earnest. Choosing a lender and home loan You need to book the apartment selected by paying the booking amount demanded by the seller. Booking amount may vary from 5% to… Continue Reading

A Primer for First Time Apartment Buyers – Part One

Buying a property is not like buying onions and potatoes. Firstly, the financial outgo is huge and may be a lifetime investment for many. Secondly, all properties are  not the same. All apartments in a complex with same dimensions are also not the same! Your selection of a particular apartment in the same complex has… Continue Reading

Home Improvement Loans: Dos & Don’ts

Once you have become a proud owner of an apartment, it requires to be furnished and maintained properly so that you continue to enjoy your investment. In the context of increasing cost of materials and labor, this requires a pretty large outlay of funds. Banks provide home improvement loans for renovation, buying new furniture and… Continue Reading

How To Pay For Expenses When Travelling Abroad?

When an Indian national is going abroad for whatever purpose – job-related, business or simply to explore the world – he/she has a number of choices as to how it is proposed to carry foreign exchange for expenses abroad. It can be in the form of foreign currency notes, foreign currency travellers cheques, foreign demand… Continue Reading

India & China: A Tale of Two Asian Economies

The Indian economy expanded by 4.7% in the year 2013-2014, registering a second consecutive year of sub 5% growth. Between 2012-’13 and 2013-’14 the main driver of the economy were the farm, financial services, and the real estate sectors. The manufacturing sector continued to languish. After lifting the GDP by an average of 1.6 percentage… Continue Reading

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Liquidity is an important aspect of any investment strategy. You may have lot of investments in a basket of assets, but how liquid is the asset allocation in an emergency is a very important aspect. This is basically a judgmental call because every individual has his/her own priorities. As a thumb rule more liquid an… Continue Reading

Understanding Reverse Mortgages

Once a person has crossed his (her) earning years, but has not planned for the retirement years, or financial planning has gone awry due to heavy unforeseen expenses/losses, or inflation has taken away the purchasing power of savings etc., what does he (she) do to live the remaining years on this planet without seeking handouts… Continue Reading

Apartment Vs. Independent House – Make the Right Choice

Our cities have started to grow vertically on account of residential apartment complexes, shopping malls and multi-storeyed office space, technology parks etc., being built at a frenetic pace. A City like Mumbai, of course, was forced to grow vertically due to several factors, much before other metros in India had embraced this model of growth.… Continue Reading

An Introduction to Savings and Investments – Part 2

We discussed some of the traditional investment products in the first part of this article. In continuation of where we left off, we shall look at some other investment avenues. To start with, let us look at another popular plain vanilla product – Recurring Deposit (RD). This product is available with all the banks with… Continue Reading

Educational Loans: An Overview

One of the vital assets a country needs for economic prosperity is an educated population. Economic prosperity cannot be achieved by plentiful natural resources alone. (Of course, there are exceptions like the gulf region which has plentiful deposits of hydrocarbon, and most of the population is not highly educated. They manage with expatriate talent). While… Continue Reading