Leasing a Bike vs Taking a Loan to Buy a Bike

Covid-19 has put brakes on ambitions of car-sharing (Ola, Uber) and bike-sharing apps (Bounce). With the need for social distancing, the prospects of these companies remain circumspect even after the lockdown is lifted. The businesses must quickly figure out alternative revenue streams. And some of these companies already are. Bounce (Bike-sharing app) has launched lease… Continue Reading

COVID-19 Crisis: The Loan Hierarchy

The nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19 has affected the cashflows or income potential of many citizens. While it is painful to imagine the plight of daily wage earners, many in the organized sector have also struggled. Every day you can hear about the salary cuts or employee layoffs. And this is coming… Continue Reading

How to Pay House Rent Using a Credit Card?

House rent is one of the biggest non-discretionary expense in the monthly budget. How do you pay house rent? NEFT/IMPS transfer? Cheque? Cash? I believe, if you are reading this article, you are likely transferring rent directly to the owner’s bank account. Or you already own a house and there is no need to pay rent.… Continue Reading

EMI Moratorium Math Explained

22-May Update — RBI has extended EMI moratorium on all term loans by another 3 months till 31-August-2020. The Reserve Bank of India had announced a 3-month EMI moratorium as a Covid-19 regulatory package in March 2020. In a previous post, we discussed if you should opt for such a moratorium. The crux was that, if… Continue Reading

What If Your Lender Fails?

Recently, RBI imposed a moratorium on withdrawals from a leading private bank. The depositors and the investors with the bank were understandably worried. The stock price tanked the following morning. We have been focusing on how the various depositors will be affected. As I understand from the bank’s restructuring plan, the depositors are completely safe… Continue Reading