Are You Planning to Make a Tax-Saving Investment?

The tax-saving season is round the corner. Are you still running around to finalize tax-saving investments? Well, there are so many ways to save tax. There is PPF, EPF, NPS, ELSS, LIC policies, ULIPs, 5-year FDs, life and health insurance plans, pension plans and many more. In this post, I do not intend to discuss… Continue Reading

Instant Discount or No-Cost EMI: Which Is Better?

If you shop regularly from Flipkart or Amazon website/apps, you must already be aware of the instant discount and No-cost EMI offers. These e-tailers run such promotions regularly to attract buyers. In case of an instant discount, if you use a specific credit card or debit card for payment, you get an upfront discount. Suppose… Continue Reading

Budget 2020 Highlights

The Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, presented the Union Budget 2020 in the parliament yesterday. In this post, let’s look at the highlights of the Budget proposal. We will look at the proposals from personal taxation perspective only. #1 Restructuring of Income Tax Slabs, Lowering of Personal Tax Rates and a Choice There is a major… Continue Reading

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