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October 28, 2005

Stupidest reasons to buy stocks
A hilarious e-mail making the rounds these days warns investors about the pitfalls of the stock market.

October 27, 2005

Your insurance policy sum may not go to nominees!
Guard your policy sum from predators. A clause in your life cover will ensure that sum assured goes to nominees only and not to debtors, in case of bankruptcy.

October 25, 2005

Credit cards: How to be a winner
Good customers whose credit card usage is limited are provided greater encouragement by providing cash back offers and larger discounts.

Why you must avoid penny stocks
The reality is that the absolute value of the share price really does not make any difference to your returns in the ultimate count.

October 21, 2005

The top tax-saving funds!
Tax-saving funds are a key part of any portfolio that is designed for the Rs 100,000 investible limit as defined under Section 80C.

October 20, 2005

Car loans just got costlier
The interest rates on car loans have climbed around 1 per cent (100 basis points) in October 2005, year on year.

October 19, 2005

Now, buy insurance policies online
By going online, you would be able to save on the agents' commission.

Buy LIC Bima Gold and save tax
LIC's economical moneyback plan will close by March 2006.

October 18, 2005

Tax planning: Research is the key!
Tax saving funds invest all their monies in the stock markets and therefore can be very volatile in terms of generating a return. Indeed, a poorly thought out decision could saddle you with a loss.

Can ULIPs save you taxes?
Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about ULIPs.

Are ULIPs better than insurance?
Given that ULIPs are relatively new and remain an enigma for a large section of insurance-seekers in this note we compare them to the traditional endowment plans to give you a perspective.

October 15, 2005

ULIPs vs Mutual Funds: Who's better?
Here is an evaluation of the two investment avenues on certain common parameters and how they measure up.

October 14, 2005

How ULIPs can make you rich!
Today, more individuals are open to using the ULIP-way to create wealth over the long term. Here we outline exactly how ULIPs can help you fulfill that responsibility.

October 13, 2005

5 steps to selecting the right ULIP
Here's a 5-step investment strategy that will guide investors in the selection process and enable them to choose the right unit-linked insurance plans (ULIPs).

October 11, 2005

Make money via inter-exchange hedging
Inter-exchange hedging can be used as a tool to contain risk and make money. Here's how.

October 10, 2005

5 steps to invest in a tax-saving fund
Investments of up to Rs 100,000 in tax-saving funds are eligible for deduction under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act. This has opened up a new spectrum for investors while conducting their annual tax-planning exercise.

Kotak ELSS: How good is it?
A long-standing concern (over the past 3-4 years) with Kotak Mutual Fund has been a string of changes at the CIO level. The fluidity has deprived the fund house of a stable fund management strategy.

A return to large cap funds
In our view, the way to go about investing is to begin by doing a careful assessment of risk appetite and investment objective and then populate your portfolio with the investments that can best help you get there.

Hit the tax-saving button now!
With less than 6 months remaining, investors must plan actively for the Rs 100,000 bounty gifted to them rather than get swayed by trends and themes.

October 06, 2005

Earn BIG on inter-exchange hedges
Inter-exchange hedges are excellent for spreading out the risk over a broader front.

October 05, 2005

Get that home loan insurance cover now!
Here, we present a case in favour of individuals insuring themselves so as to ensure that home loan.

October 04, 2005

2-step strategy to win in the stock market
Winning in the markets is a dual-pronged strategy of cutting risk and maximising returns.

Go for term insurance now
The difference between a pure term assurance plan and a wholelife plan is that in term assurance, the coverage of risk is only for the term selected whereas in case of wholelife, it is for the entire life.

October 03, 2005

Get a good asset allocation plan
Our advice to investors -- consult your investment advisor and chalk out an asset allocation plan. Once you have the right asset allocation and credible advice, the investments will fall in place!

40? Get retirement savvy now
Time to get investment savvy with your retirement planning.


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