gilt funds
Mutual funds & ETFs
Aarati Krishnan

Is it the time to buy gilt funds?

With interest rates on bank deposits, small savings schemes and most categories of debt funds taking a knock, many investors are on the lookout for that one miracle avenue that will give them high returns with capital safety. Gilt mutual funds, which invest only in government bonds, on the face of it, look very appealing today because of their high past returns.

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term insurance riders
Insurance
Aarati Krishnan

Do you need riders on your term insurance plan?

Apart from allowing you to structure your term insurance plan in different ways through options, life insurers also tempt you with another set of add-ons – riders. Riders allow you to cover additional risks to your income, for an extra premium added to your base term plan.

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Justice
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

Franklin Investors – Neither the regulator nor regulated entity to your rescue. It’s the Court!

Now, with Franklin India AMC facing multiple lawsuits on the manner of winding up its six debt funds – the saga has taken a new turn.
• Lawsuits by unitholders against Franklin bring to light the fact that the rights of unitholders under SEBI regulations are ambiguous. It cannot simply be assumed that unitholders rights are limited to simply voting for liquidating a fund’s assets.
• In communicating with unitholders, Franklin’s line of argument also comes across as somewhat high-handed.

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Term insurance options
Insurance
Aarati Krishnan

What options should you choose in your term plan?

Pure term plans from life insurers are, at their core, very simple products. You pay regular premiums to the insurer during your working years. The insurer promises to pay your beneficiaries a lumpsum in the event of your untimely death. This may lead you to believe that buying a term insurance policy is a cakewalk.

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term insurance
Insurance
Aarati Krishnan

How we ranked term insurance plans

Life insurance must surely figure among the most misunderstood financial products in India. Some folks think of their insurance policy as an investment, others as a compulsory portfolio component and yet others as an estate planning vehicle.

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portfolio goal
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

How to manage your portfolio when you near your goal – Part 1

Some of the common questions we are asked when people near their goals are:
• How close to the goal should I start moving out of equity?
• Should I move out of equity entirely?
• Should I move out by selling lumpsum or should I do a STP/SWP?
• Should I move to debt funds or fixed deposits?
• If I leave some money and move out of only some funds, which category of funds should I move out of?

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life insurance
Insurance
Aarati Krishnan

Who doesn’t need life insurance?

Most Indians harbour the notion that they cannot do without life insurance. One of the first ‘investment’ products that young Indians are encouraged to buy, on landing a job, is an insurance policy. But this is based on a flawed understanding of life insurance as a product. Life insurance isn’t designed to enrich someone on your death. Its primary purpose is to compensate your dependants for the loss of your income in the event of your untimely death. So yes, there are many categories of folks who simply don’t need to buy life insurance. Here are the main ones.

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debt market
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

Debt lessons that you may not have learnt yet

If the recent events in the debt space brought to light the liquidity risk arising from lower rated papers, you probably haven’t seen the unfolding of various kinds of risk since September 2018. In 2013, when duration became a risk on the back of rate hikes, money flowed copiously to credit risk over the next 5 years. Now, the cycle has turned. Money is moving to duration from credit risk.

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Mutual funds & ETFs
Bhavana Acharya

Prime Q&A: Is investing in the Nifty 50 and the Nifty Next 50 the same as the Nifty 100?

If someone wants to allocate equal amounts to a Nifty 50 index fund and a Nifty Next 50 index fund, then is it better to allocate that amount to a single Nifty 100 index fund? This was a query we received from a subscriber, and one we thought would be interesting for you to know as well. After all, the Nifty 50 and the Nifty Next 50 anyway add up to the Nifty 100 so wouldn’t it amount to the investing in same thing?

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