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  • When you should look at international funds
    Experts say investors must consider these for geographical diversification, hedging currency or for exposure to stocks not available in India
    - 6 days ago, 23 Nov 15, 10:44pm -
  • Get ready for debt funds
    With four rate cuts this year and more to come, moving your money from short-term to long-term debt funds could be fruitful
    - 7 days ago, 22 Nov 15, 11:50pm -
  • Improve your credit score before applying for a home loan
    If it doesn't meet a bank's cut-off limit, you could be denied a loan. Here are ways to improve this vital number
    - 7 days ago, 22 Nov 15, 11:49pm -
  • Tax-saving strategies for latecomers
    Government has enhanced limits for various deductions and introduced new instruments. Know these to reduce tax liability
    - 7 days ago, 22 Nov 15, 11:47pm -
  • Billionaires, too, overspend on their credit cards
    The former taxi driver, now a Chinese billionaire, had paid for the painting through his credit card. That's a $170-million transaction through a credit card!
    - 7 days ago, 22 Nov 15, 11:46pm -
  • Readers' Corner: Taxation
    Kuldip Kumar, partner and leader, personal tax, PwC India, answers your questions
    - 7 days ago, 22 Nov 15, 11:44pm -
  • Realty check
    Business Standard brings you a snapshot of average current rates and unit sizes in localities that offer property in a price range of Rs 1.5-2 crore
    - 7 days ago, 22 Nov 15, 11:43pm -
  • Case study
    Business Standard analyses one family's finances and suggests a way forward
    - 7 days ago, 22 Nov 15, 11:42pm -
  • Perils of retiring at 45
    The corpus required is very high and it's difficult to reverse the decision later
    - 8 days ago, 21 Nov 15, 11:22pm -
  • Child MF plans better than insurance products
    Add a term plan with a child mutual fund for best results, say financial planners
    - 10 days ago, 19 Nov 15, 11:14pm -
  • Dynamic bond funds a better option than gilt
    In the former, funds change the maturity and asset mix depending on the market situation, giving it stability. The latter is too volatile
    - 11 days ago, 18 Nov 15, 11:07pm -
  • Jobless, and burdened with an education loan?
    Banks and financial institutions provide 6-12 months of additional time, beyond which you need to negotiate
    - 12 days ago, 17 Nov 15, 10:47pm -
  • Pharma sector can be a good bet
    Analysts say those taking exposure through stocks could look at firms focused on domestic business
    - 13 days ago, 16 Nov 15, 10:43pm -
  • Strategy indices: Only for seasoned investors
    Experienced retail investors can use smart exchange-traded funds, based on these
    - 14 days ago, 15 Nov 15, 10:50pm -
  • There's value in online refurbished goods
    Price arbitrage for popular products is low but some of these platforms are worth a look for decent deals
    - 14 days ago, 15 Nov 15, 10:48pm -
  • Property abroad back on investors' radar
    Assets are available at good valuations, but one should check taxation, eligibility conditions and exchange control laws before investing
    - 14 days ago, 15 Nov 15, 10:47pm -
  • Taking insurance firm by 'storm'
    There need not be a storm, but if storm-like conditions exist, a claim would be payable
    - 14 days ago, 15 Nov 15, 10:46pm -
  • Readers' Corner: Banking
    Rajiv Anand, Group Executive and Head, retail banking, Axis Bank, answers your questions
    - 14 days ago, 15 Nov 15, 10:45pm -
  • Mathikere, Bengaluru: Infrastructure problems exist but connectivity is good
    Bengaluru, the information technology capital of India, has fast real estate development
    - 14 days ago, 15 Nov 15, 10:44pm -
  • Case study
    Business Standard analyses one family's finances and suggests a way forward
    - 14 days ago, 15 Nov 15, 10:43pm -
  • Understanding offers from financial firms
    Read the numbers carefully because no one can offer a credit card at zero cost or give a loan at a simple interest of 9%
    - 15 days ago, 14 Nov 15, 10:13pm -
  • Convenience at a cost
    Unlike PSBs' requirement for a lot of paperwork, some private banks offer easier platform to transfer money abroad, like ICICI's Money2World
    - 18 days ago, 11 Nov 15, 10:41pm -
  • Why bonds are better than physical gold
    Annual interest, absence of making charges make bonds attractive
    - 19 days ago, 10 Nov 15, 10:42pm -
  • Don't focus on event-based investing
    Stock market investors can use the opportunity to buy or sell, but MF investors can't follow this strategy
    - 20 days ago, 9 Nov 15, 10:30pm -
  • How to understand Diwali offers
    In most cards, you have to make a minimum expense. Seek cash discounts where you can
    - 21 days ago, 8 Nov 15, 10:50pm -
  • Schemes only for the savvy investor
    Since you are betting only on a few stocks, the risks are high. However, the returns can be spectacular as well
    - 21 days ago, 8 Nov 15, 10:49pm -
  • All that glitters is paper gold
    Both the gold monetisation and bond schemes are good. But, there are also hitches that will take time to resolve
    - 21 days ago, 8 Nov 15, 10:48pm -
  • Take a home loan from an NBFC only if banks refuse
    There are valid arguments for this, including the high upfront costs that lenders incur while giving the loan, which can only be recovered over the longer tenure of the loan
    - 21 days ago, 8 Nov 15, 10:47pm -
  • Readers' Corner: General Insurance
    Rakesh Jain, Chief Executive Officer of Reliance General Insurance, answers your questions
    - 21 days ago, 8 Nov 15, 10:45pm -
  • Income tax reforms that will make life less taxing
    Soon replying to notices, getting responses to queries and refunds will become simpler
    - 22 days ago, 7 Nov 15, 10:44pm -
  • Fewer schemes good for investors
    Despite pruning of schemes, the number continues to be large, confusing investors
    - 24 days ago, 5 Nov 15, 10:40pm -
  • Comply with the new KYC norms, soon
    Else, mutual funds will no longer process purchase or transfer request
    - 26 days ago, 3 Nov 15, 10:27pm -
  • Investing across fund houses made simpler
    With a common account number, you can use the MF Utilities platform to invest in any fund house's scheme
    - 27 days ago, 2 Nov 15, 10:40pm -
  • How to choose a hotel
    Aggregators provide standardised amenities and predictability of services, whereas online travel agents give wider choices and packaged travel deals
    - 29 days ago, 1 Nov 15, 9:50pm -
  • Are debt funds getting riskier?
    Within the same category, there are schemes involving distinctly different strategies; investors need to be careful
    - 29 days ago, 1 Nov 15, 9:49pm -
  • Easy ways to manage sudden medical expenses
    Hospital packages, specialised medical loans and financing schemes for medical devices can help
    - 29 days ago, 1 Nov 15, 9:48pm -
  • Service provider liable if employee embezzles money
    Mamta and Hari Prasad, both from Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh, had purchased five National Savings Certificates (NSCs) worth Rs 31,000 from the postal department. After the NSCs matured, they approached the authorities. Sub-post master S L Rohini told ...
    - 29 days ago, 1 Nov 15, 9:45pm -
  • Proposed infrastructure will boost connectivity
    Pune has seen rapid transformation in real estate development over the past decade. The growing demand for housing from buyers and investors has led to tremendous growth. Information technology (IT), manufacturing and education are driving this ...
    - 29 days ago, 1 Nov 15, 9:44pm -
  • Debt Counselling: Sanjay Agarwal
    I got a pre-paid gift card worth Rs 5,000 but the validity expired two months ago. Can I get the validity extended?Gift cards are issued by banks and even non-banks like retail stores. Since these are prepaid cards, extending the validity is ...
    - 29 days ago, 1 Nov 15, 9:43pm -
  • Case study
    Business Standard analyses one family's finances and suggests a way forward
    - 29 days ago, 1 Nov 15, 9:42pm -
  • Creditor-proof instruments
    Four products that even courts can't attach in case of default
    - 29 days ago, 31 Oct 15, 10:34pm -
  • Good time to buy platinum
    Prices are at par with gold but it's unclear how these are calculated
    - 31 days ago, 29 Oct 15, 10:39pm -
  • Return from govt-run firms' ETFs not impressive
    Things could change in 2-3 years; give it time to perform
    - 32 days ago, 28 Oct 15, 10:40pm -
  • PFRDA seeks to regulate all pension products
    Including ones sold by insurance and MF entities; is consulting FinMin
    - 32 days ago, 28 Oct 15, 10:39pm -
  • Gifts received in professional capacity are taxable
    These need to be declared under income from business and profession
    - 33 days ago, 27 Oct 15, 10:43pm -
  • Purchase price of annuity plans to increase
    With Irdai setting minimum monthly payout at Rs 1,000, customers will be charged higher purchase price
    - 34 days ago, 26 Oct 15, 10:56pm -
  • Try gifting personal electronic gadgets
    These make good festive choices, with basic models available at reasonable prices and easily bought online as well
    - 36 days ago, 25 Oct 15, 8:59pm -
  • Time to look at cyclical stocks?
    Scrips in metal, mining, power and some others in this category have been under the hammer for a long time. Is it time to see value in these?
    - 36 days ago, 25 Oct 15, 8:58pm -
  • Steep fall: Add to commitments
    Every long-term investor has to learn how to cope with sharp drops
    - 36 days ago, 25 Oct 15, 8:57pm -
  • A diamond in your budget
    Opting for slightly lower scale in clarity, colour and carat weight can bring down the cost substantially
    - 36 days ago, 25 Oct 15, 8:56pm -