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December 26, 2005

Check out these tax-saving plans
Diversified equity funds put in a smart performance despite a downward trend in equity markets over the week.

December 22, 2005

Now, pay more for your home loans
The Maharashtra government has now amended the Bombay Stamp Act to levy stamp duty on all loans including those taken by individuals.

December 21, 2005

How to qualify for a home loan
Here are 5 ways by which individuals can enhance their home loan eligibility.

December 20, 2005

Credit card reward points? Beware
As a cardholder, you need to be aware that there are no free lunches. Banks have a penchant for giving you a reward with their left hand, and simultaneously charging you for it with their right hand.

Why you must insure your home loan
In the event of death, the insurance company pays the sum assured directly to the bank.

December 15, 2005

Why ULIPs are the best
Unit-linked insurance plans have caught the fancy of investors in urban centres. These not only provided life cover, but also brought in a lot of transparency in the way the policyholders' money is invested.

Bank deposits versus post office savings
Here is a bird's eye view of recurring and fixed deposits offered by banks and post-office.

December 14, 2005

Why the PF rate cut is good for you
A move which pegs interest rates in line with market rates will enhance the scheme's feasibility and sustainability. In other words it's a case of 'better less than none.'

Why derivative funds are attractive
Derivative funds or arbitrage funds as they are also known as, made their debut exactly a year ago. While not all the schemes have been in existence for a whole year, they have generated fairly decent returns.

December 12, 2005

The tax-planning clock is ticking
Remember you can invest in a new fund offer tomorrow, but your tax-planning clock has already started ticking.

December 08, 2005

Revisit your life insurance portfolio
It is never too late to buy insurance. All things considered, building a life insurance portfolio is an ongoing activity and the moot point of planning to cope with changing needs should not be lost.

Get insurance for your wedding
With Indian couples increasingly longing to make their wedding celebrations memorable and cherishable, the domestic wedding market is booming. It is currently estimated at Rs 70,000 crore and growing every day.

December 06, 2005

The best mutual funds
Our advice to investors: Don't make investments contrary to your risk profile.

How to save on home loan outgo
ICICI Bank's Money Saver, HSBC's Smart Home, Standard Chartered Bank's Home Saver and Citibank's Home Credit Scheme are the savings account-linked home loan products that offer an alternative to the vanilla home loan products.

December 05, 2005

Home loans for contract employees
How housing finance companies evaluate individuals who are employed 'on contract basis' and the rationale behind it.

December 01, 2005

Fidelity Equity Fund: Built to last?
FEF has been in existence for a reasonably short period of time which is not really an ideal time frame to evaluate a diversified equity fund.

Now you, not banker, call the shots
According to the latest guidelines issued by the Reserve Bank of India, no card-issuing bank can unilaterally upgrade credit cards or enhance credit limits.

Don't bank on cash back offers
Only 2-3% of purchases qualify for credit cards' schemes.


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