Who should pay for higher education?

Who should pay for the higher education of our children? Ideally somebody else. Like a scholarship. My niece is on her way to Harvard – and is being partly funded by a scholarship which is meeting about 50% of her TOTAL COSTS – and completely covers her tution fee. However not everybody gets admission and […]

Debt: Bad or Worse?

For the past 3 decades (at least) YOU have been told by us (media) that there is ‘good’ debt and that there is ‘bad’ debt. Good debt is a beautiful concept ‘created’ by lenders with a great, benevolent image to say that: interest rates are low it is tax deductible and it is used to […]

the regulator’s story…..

The most important thing about a regulator is he speaks in the language of the MOST powerful player. Period. So if it is RBI he will speak in the same tone as State Bank of India. If it is Insurance, it will sound like LIC and in case of mutual funds it used to be […]

Inflation Indexed bonds….how TIPS works

The government keeps talking about Inflation Indexed bonds – we are not clear when it will come. We have no clue as to how it will be structured in India. However this is how it should work if they do a cut and paste from the US – TIPS is the US product. Principally this […]

The US markets are booming!

Hey the US markets were booming in 2007 and it is booming again in 2013. Is there a take away? Is the 2013 boom the same as 2007? is there a learning to be had from the previous time? Well 2008 – the bad news about Europe was surely not in the price. The other […]

Signs you are living beyond your means!

Some of the kids I know are going to HATE me for this article…sorry guys n gals but you have really inspired me to write this. Honestly this is dedicated to you. Here it goes! 1. Your cheques bounce: Oh not regularly but 4 times in a year. This could be because your salary came […]

In Bonds we trust…

Which is the safest country to invest? USA Which is the safest instrument to invest in? Bonds So the safest investment in the safest country has to be the US Gilts, right? Re-think. Re Rethink again. Welcome to the world of REAL RETURNS and inverse relationship between interest rates and bond prices. The USA has […]