Investing in Ethical Mutual Funds - Shariah Compliant Funds

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Ethical funds are funds that refrain from investing in vice industries. They were launched to help investors invest while maintaining a clear conscience. Although ethical funds are just socially responsible funds, the Shariah funds are known for investing according to the Islamic finance principles and ethics (Shariah rules). Some of the Shariah compliant funds in India are – Goldman Sachs CNX Nif...
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Journey of Rs. 70 to Rs. 70, 00,000

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  Investment in mutual funds could be encountered in numerous shapes and sizes. Certain options are the low risk investment ones such as the debt funds, while the others are equity based funds which turn out as riskier. Then you have the hybrid funds which offer a much balanced portfolio. So in case you are planning to invest within the boundaries of mutual funds, then there are various param...
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Income Tax - Changes after April 1st, 2018

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  A summary of the income tax changes for individual tax payers that were announced during Budget 2018. These changes will be in effect after April 2018. Standard deduction re-introduced: For salaried taxpayers and pensioners, a standard deduction of ₹40,000 has been introduced. The transport and medical allowance has been merged with the standard deduction. Instead to saving the bills and cl...
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Non Convertible Debentures (NCDs) vs. Credit Opportunity Debt Mutual Funds

Non Convertible Debentures (NCDs) vs. Credit Opportunity Debt (COD) Mutual Funds
Non-convertible debentures or credit opportunity bonds are securities issued by companies to raise funds. When you buy such bonds, you are actually lending money to the company for a periodical fixed interest (known as coupon). On the maturity date, your principal will be returned to you. Non-Convertible Debentures : A NCD is a debt paper (debenture) that is issued by the company for a fixed perio...
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Should I invest my capital gains in 54EC bonds?

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In the union budget of 2018, finance minister already proposed the plan of increasing the lock-in period of the investments within the capital gain tax exemption bonds up to the period of 5 years.This is under the section 54EC of Income Tax Act, 1961. The budgeting of 2017, already indicated about introducing more financial instruments which could save the tax over capital gains. Although, this ye...
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Fixed Deposits vs Debt Mutual Funds

FD fixed deposit vs Debt MF Mutual Funds
If you have saved up some money and looking to invest less risky financial instruments, then fixed deposits or debt mutual fund is your answer. But the similarity ends there. The two tools vary in many aspects like lock-in period and premature withdrawal/liquidity, capital protection, tax liability etc. here are some notable differences. Lock-in period and premature withdrawal: Debt Mutual funds h...
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Are dividend plans harmful to your wealth?

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A lot of investors choose to invest in dividend plans as they promise a regular income through the dividends. Although regular payouts seem very attractive as opposed to growth plan, which doesn't offer regular income, dividends could end up harming your affluence. Take a peek to know how: Taxation: You pay taxes on your income gains from dividend more than the dividend amount itself. This is beca...
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What makes Debt Mutual Funds price go up or down?

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In debt mutual funds, the money you invest are used to buy a mix of government or corporate bonds.These bonds are issued with a fixed tenure and interest rate. The interest depends on how risky the bond is. The higher the risk, the higher the interest rate. The bonds are traded in a secondary bond market where investors can buy or sell them. They can also be held until the principal is repaid to t...
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Math to keep insurance and investments separate

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An investment is allocating money in expectation of future benefits. You risk now to earn more in future.In insurance, you make an arrangement to neutralize possible future risks. It is ideally a risk management tool. Hence, insurance and investments are not really same and they must not be mixed. Practically speaking, there is no need to insure oneself against risks that can be handled by other f...
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How to select a right Equity mutual fund?

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Today, where you explore plethora of market interlinked investment alternatives, equity mutual funds always remain as your safe bet. Whether you be the seasoned investor, or a beginner, good knowledge of market mechanics and thorough research is quite essential in this relatively long term investment. Out of the hundreds and thousands active funds, couple of them are bent towards equity only. Thus...
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How to select a right Debt Mutual Fund to achieve a goal?

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Selecting a Debt Mutual Fund is unexpectedly more complicated than opting for a diversified equity fund. Even in the case of seasoned investors, understanding and tracking of interest rate movements and the credit risks are exclusively challenging. Yet this is one happiest hunting category for all the corporate treasuries, high-net-worth folks and institutional investors. Again, retail investors o...
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Is investing in balanced fund riskier?

Are balanced funds risky
Balanced funds generally refers to the hybrid equity-oriented mutual fund scheme where, you usually invest 65-75% of the portfolio in equity securities and remaining portion gets secured in the money market securities or debts. This hybrid portfolio maintains a moderate fund volatility which enables potential wealth creation during long term. However, as the major part of it is parked in equity, t...
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What every woman needs to learn about money management

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  As the stereotypical concepts revolving around "traditional" women have now changed, there is a dire need for women to upgrade their own selves. When it comes to finance management "earn more, save more & spend more" must be the mantra for long-term. However, the order is essential! First you earn much, then save or invest it accordingly and then spend out whatever remains. Savings is n...
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Investing: Starting big vs starting early

Starting Early vs Starting Big
Starting big vs. starting early It is always the early bird that catches the bird. One might argue that a huge investment can gain the same returns as a small investment over years. But investment is not just about figures, but mainly time. To be a successful and wealthy investor, you need to give yourself time to learn about the market and gain wisdom. That being said let me give you a few reason...
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What are closed ended funds? Should you invest in them?

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What are closed ended funds? Should you invest in them? In closed ended funds, there are only a fixed number of shares that is offered through an IPO or NFO . In other words, you can subscribe to them only during the initial new fund offer period and not after. After that, the funds are exchanged like individual stocks. This is because no new shares are created while trading. They exist with a fix...
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Is early retirement a realistic dream?

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Who doesn't loves to sit back and have a light insight of life in their later years? Fortunately, each one of us does! Retiring early might be a subjective matter, however, in most cases, the factors which determine your decision includes availability of invested funds, a source of stable income and ability to cope up with inevitable future problems. It might be a dream of many to get retired earl...
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Has India's savings & investment habit change after DeMo?

Has India's savings & investment habit change after DeMo?
On 8th November's eve, when the world was eagerly waiting for their predictions on US presidential elections to win, Indians got hardly hit by a sudden storm announcing an unscheduled plan of demonetization. The president addressed the citizens on 20:15 IST stating that all 500 and 1000 rupee notes were subject to be invalid post midnight! The impact of such a surgical and disruptive move was unim...
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What are arbitrage funds? Should you invest in them?

Arbitrage Mutual Funds
Arbitrage funds being one of the most proficient, tax efficient ones, also showcase a risk-return profile just like debt funds, although they are still one of the most, misunderstood forms of investing. In the volatile situation, investors largely get exposed to more risk and deem to face the chances of losing high money. In such a case, arbitrage mutual funds which specialise in turning the marke...
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What is an NFO and should you invest in them?

NFO Mutual Funds
A New Fund Offer (NFO) is a mutual fund that is offered to public before it opens up to daily transactions. It is similar to IPO (Initial Public Offering - Stocks) in many aspects but not exactly same. Often, investors choose to invest in NFO because they assume they are investing into something so cheap. But it is important to check if the NFO is new or something of similar exists in the fund hou...
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Avoid these top three investment mistakes in 2018

Mutual Fund Investment Mistakes 2018
Numerous investors in the stock market when lured by greed or surrounded by complexities end up making costly mistakes! There are several questions that you might ask yourself, and surely introspect about what you actually expect from your investments! It is essential to be cautious! Don't ever mistake to invest in the wrong funds without undergoing a proper research. Know first, whether you are t...
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