5 Financial Resolutions for the New Year

It is a new year. A chance to look back at how the past year went by. Achievements, setbacks, things that went right and what could have been. And an opportunity to welcome the new year. Make new resolutions and set out to achieve with loads of optimism. We will leave your life resolutions to… Continue Reading

How to Control Your Expenses?

Do you struggle to control your expenses? Do you feel your long-term goals are getting compromised because of your inability to limit spending? If yes, this is a serious problem. When you spend irresponsibly, you are borrowing from your future. If you spend too much now, you won’t have much to spend in the future.… Continue Reading

Should You Prepay Your Home Loan or Invest?

You got your annual bonus. You have a home loan too. What should you do? Use the bonus (lumpsum) amount to repay the loan OR Invest the amount in the hope that you will earn a higher post-tax return than the post-tax cost of home loan There is no black and white answer. My stance… Continue Reading

Investing in Debt Funds vs. Prepaying a Loan

You just got your annual bonus. You want to decide between whether to use the bonus to prepay the home loan. Or put this money away in a bank fixed deposit or any other investment. The approach is simple. If the post-tax cost of your loan is HIGHER than the post-tax return from the supposed… Continue Reading

Should You Buy a Second House Using Home Loan?

Real estate is expensive in India, at least in major cities. It is difficult to purchase a house without a loan. And it takes many years to repay the loan. Despite all this difficulty, the desire for house does not end here. For the fortunate few who have been able to purchase their first house,… Continue Reading

What Is the Ideal Age to Take a Home Loan?

Most of us don’t have the luxury to purchase a house without a home loan. So, if you plan to purchase a house, you have to take a home loan at some point during your working years. A question that may cross your mind, “What is the ideal age to take a home loan?” Should… Continue Reading

Time Value of Money — For Kids

When I was kid, a friend made me a hypothetical proposition. He told me he would give me a Maruti 800 car every day (guess that was the fanciest car both of us were aware of at that age and time). In return, I would have to give Re 1 on the first day, Rs 2… Continue Reading

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