How to play the SDL bond opportunity?
It’s not an easy life for fixed income investors looking to earn decent yields today. With RBI regularly mopping up government securities through its G-SAP programme and also reining in yields on new issues, the 10-year government security has been caught in a range of 5.8 to 6.3 per cent for the last one year, despite elevated inflation.
How to play the SDL bond opportunity?
Indian investors looking for a high yielding InvIT option for income seekers with relative safety have very limited choices today. Infrastructure Investment Trusts or InvITs, which are a halfway house between stocks and bonds, offer such investors a shot at earning higher yields without high risk to their capital.
Ever since we started our coverage of FD products at PrimeInvestor, we’ve taken a very conservative approach to the entities whose deposits we recommend. Always putting capital safety over rates, our recommended list of FDs has been made up mainly of post office schemes, systemically important banks and very select NBFCs.
You do need insurance to cover this risk. We think that critical illness policies would be a good choice here. The advantage of buying a critical illness insurance plan is that on diagnosis of a specified serious illness, the insurer pays you a promised lumpsum amount with no questions asked on how you’re planning to spend the money. Critical illness covers are usually offered from a very young age with the age of entry capped at 60 or 65. These policies, however, offer life-long renewability. While many insurers waive medical tests for younger folk, taking such a test can ensure a better claims experience at a later date.
Home loans are one of the safer lending avenues for NBFCs, given that they are backed by collateral that usually appreciates in price. But does that make bond offers from two housing finance NBFCs – Piramal Capital and Housing Finance and IIFL Housing – less risky to bet on? Here’s our analysis.
Have you ever wondered why health insurers in India keep their claims data a closely guarded secret, while life insurers advertise it? Life insurers prominently display their claims settlement ratios of 98% or 99%, but health insurance pitches are full of emotional testimonials on how ‘timely’ payouts saved the life of a near-and-dear one.
With the bull market in full swing, there’s no dearth of investors, trading platforms and fintech firms out to convince you that making money from equities is a breeze.
Ads for a fintech firm show folks who can’t manage everyday stuff like shopping, exercising or keeping to a diet, trading in stocks as easy as pie.
Newly sprung up investing gurus tell you that all you need to do to earn untold riches, is to identify a bunch of ‘quality’ stocks and invest in them robotically.
Today, many personal finance articles tell you that one of the biggest personal finance take-aways from Covid is that everyone ought to sign up for a generous health insurance cover. But they fail to include the statutory warning that must come with every such plug – “Don’t expect your hospital bills to be settled in full”.
Prompted by real-life experiences of many investors who had filed claims for Covid treatment, PrimeInvestor conducted a Twitter dipstick survey in the last week of May on the claims settlement experience of policyholders.
The onset of the second wave of Covid has put long-term debt investors in India in a Trishanku-like situation (Trishanku was a king in Hindu mythology who was stuck between heaven and earth for perpetuity https://www.srichinmoylibrary.com/gim-183). They can neither earn capital gains from falling rates nor look forward to better accrual income from rising interest …