What are the options that a person has when he/ she chooses to invest in a debt instrument? Well the choices are: 1. Bank fixed deposits:¬† requires very little explanation. 2. Company fixed deposits¬† not a big range of companies available, but a good option. 3. Company Bonds: Right from Tata to Sriram and […]

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When you are in your 20s and 30s which is the biggest asset that you have? House? Car? Mutual funds? No. None of them. Then what is it? It is your future earnings. In Finance terms the NPV of the future cash flow of your earnings. Let us say you are a CA and are […]

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    There are many people who come to sell equity schemes…and here is the language they use: 1. Sir ‘Equities have given 20% CAGR in India from 1979 till today including dividends’ – so if you invest in equities for 5 years you will get the same kind of returns. Explanation: Equity returns have […]

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It is not easy to give simple advice. It is ever more difficult to follow them. Simply because if you do follow them and make money, your MAIN assumption in life ‘what is complicated is good’ is shattered. Ok here are some old nuggets which I have said in the past, saying it now, and […]

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Are interest rates going up or going down? Very this is a trillion dollar questions at all points in time is it not? Well I did put in some money into the SBI bond issue – and was pleasantly surprised to see the limit was raised to Rs. 500,000 per application in the retail segment. […]

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A few days ago I was watching a personal finance program on ET TV. How some statements are now being thrown about is very surprising – and amusing if one were not bothered about the side effects. A portfolio for a 55 year old individual (5 years to go for retirement) was about 50% in […]

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This is perhaps the most often asked question. I have seen people mess up quite dramatically. One HR consultant once called me and said “I have Rs. 52,000 where can I invest?’. So I got of on the pedal saying “Equity is good for the long term….etc”. Then when there was a blank from the […]

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