Mutual funds & ETFs
Bhavana Acharya

PrimeInvestor Recommendation: A low-risk, low-tax option for short-term holdings

When you have a holding period that is less than 3 years, your options are limited. Because this short period gives very little room for risk, pure equity is out of the question. But in debt funds, though returns may be reasonable, taxation for a less than 3-year period cuts into return. Equity savings funds fit this gap.

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Mutual funds for the short-term
Mutual funds & ETFs
Vidya Bala

Mutual funds for the short term

Many of you ask us how you should invest in MFs for the short term. This could be for creating an ‘emergency fund’, ‘medical fund’, ‘funds to pay school fees’ or simply for parking money temporarily for the short term.

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NPS for central government employees
NPS
Aarati Krishnan

How NPS works for Central Government employees

While the National Pension System (NPS) has been opened up to all Indian citizens of late, employees who work with the Central government service have been contributing to NPS as their default pension scheme since January 1, 2004. The features and tax rules of the NPS as they apply to Central government employees are quite different from those for ordinary folks.

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Mutual funds & ETFs
Bhavana Acharya

‘Best’ SIP funds and ‘best’ lumpsum funds

Which are the best SIP funds? I want to invest lumpsum, which fund should I go for? Are your Prime Portfolios for SIP or lumpsum investing? These are some of the questions we see from you and in discussion forums online. Here’s the answer.

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NPS Tier II
NPS
Aarati Krishnan

NPS Tier II account – why it’s different and how to use it

Our previous articles had many of you asking about the less-known NPS Tier II account. Does the Tier II account offer the same tax breaks as Tier I? If not, should one open it at all? Here’s all you may like to know about the NPS Tier II account and how you can make the most of it.

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Mutual funds & ETFs
Bhavana Acharya

SIP or lumpsum when switching from one fund to another?

When you decide to switch funds because your scheme is doing poorly, the dominant question in your mind is this: should I do a lumpsum switch or use SIP? What if you reinvest your money at one go, and there’s a correction? Since it’s a new investment in a new fund, shouldn’t you stagger your investments to avoid poor market timing? If you stagger the reinvestment, wouldn’t you be getting an additional rupee cost averaging benefit?

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Fixed deposit
Bonds & Deposits
Aarati Krishnan

Why bank fixed deposits can be high risk too

If you decide to park a portion of your deposit portfolio in riskier bank fixed deposit options after fully calculating the risks that can play out, that’s certainly a valid decision. But before you take that call, it is important to know how bank failures actually play out in India.

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High growth companies
Stocks
Anush Raj P

Prime Data Crunch: Companies resistant to Covid 19

When the big boys of Indian stock market – the Nifty 50 pack – see an aggregate 57% drop in their profits for the 6 months ending June 2020 (over a year ago), you wonder whether the others could have fared any better. Were there any high growth companies that bucked the trend?

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Prime Deposits
Bonds & Deposits
Aarati Krishnan

Quarterly review of Prime Deposits: No time for risk-taking

Covid or no Covid, stock markets in the last six months have been quite kind to equity investors. But debt investors have had no such luck. Even though India’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has been in pause mode since June after slashing its repo rate from 5.4% to 4% in the preceding eight months, the returns that savers get on their bank and corporate FDs, bonds and debt funds have continued to plumb new depths.

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