Need Funds? Selling an Asset vs Taking a Loan

You need money but you do not have cash readily available. What would you do? Let’s rule out borrowing from friends & family OR taking salary advance as options. Beyond these, you have two options. Sell some of your investments / Withdraw money from your investments OR Take a loan While selling investments is easy… Continue Reading

Taking a Loan to Pay Your Insurance Premium?

We know that insurers provide loans against insurance policies. Therefore, if you have a traditional insurance policy and need short term funds, you can approach your insurance company to offer you a loan. The maximum loan amount is 80-90% of the prevailing policy surrender value. If you can’t repay the loan, the insurance company can… Continue Reading

Budget 2019 Highlights

Income Tax Slabs Remain Unchanged Taxable Income Age < 60 years Taxable Income Senior Citizen (60 <= Age < 80 years) Taxable Income Very Senior Citizen (Age >= 80 years) Rs 2.5 lacs – Rs 5 lacs 5% Rs 3 lacs – Rs 5 lacs 5% Rs 5 lacs – 10 lacs 20% Rs 5… Continue Reading

HDFC Bank Digital Loans Against Mutual Funds

I had written a post on loan against securities earlier. However, the process always seemed a bit drawn out. It can easily take up to 5-6  days to avail the facility. HDFC Bank has come out with a loan facility — Digital Loans against Mutual Funds or Digital LAMF — where you can pledge your… Continue Reading

Self-Financing vs. Education Loan

You are planning to go for higher education. You got the admit letter from your favorite college. Everything is going smoothly. There is just one dilemma, whether you should finance the education from own funds or take an education loan. In this post, let’s look at some of the aspects that can help you make… Continue Reading

Investments through Credit Cards?

Many of us have grown so fond of rewards points that we even want to make our investments through credit cards.  Sounds good, right? It is like having a cake and eating it too. Many times, I hear this question (investment through credit card) at the end of the financial year when many of us… Continue Reading

How Much Home Loan EMI Can You Afford?

I do not think there will ever be a crisp answer to this question. First, when the “right property” comes along, you will convince yourself to stretch your budget and go for a larger home loan. So, all the calculations and discussion on this topic may be futile to some extent. Well, nothing wrong in… Continue Reading