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How to have an Instagram worthy vacation without burning a hole in your pocket

Remember as kids how we looked forward to summer holidays because it meant a whole month of fun, frolic, and most importantly, an opportunity to explore new places? Somehow, in the course of life we got so involved with the demands of our job and family, it got a lot harder to plan a vacation, but if you’ve finally decided to give in to the temptation, I am sure your next worry is; do I have the money for it? While there are various ways to plan your finances in order to rustle up money in 3-4 years’ time- but most...
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How I made my studio apartment look catalogue worthy without going broke

More than anything, I had always wanted a home. A home of my own. A home where every wall told a story, every photo spoke more words than I could, and every piece of furniture had been the seat of inspiration. Finally, I got it, and though I was ecstatic and insanely proud about having a place of my own, the outdated furnishings, peeling walls, and fixtures that seemed to belong to the renaissance period, did marginally dent my sense of accomplishment. It was like experiencing a sense of freedom with an underlying and persistent feeling of oppression. To be a...
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How to Finance Your Used Car in Bangalore

The used car market scene in Bangalore is fairly different compared to other cities like Delhi or Mumbai. Buyers in the city end up paying higher on-road prices for a second-hand car. Therefore, it is important to compare prices from a number of online portals and local dealers in the city to land the best deal. Only once you are satisfied that you have received the best price should you go ahead with the purchase. The good thing about the market of used cars in Bangalore is that there are plenty of finance options. Various lending companies provide finance schemes which...
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How & Why to Invest in Bonds

From time to time, various investment bonds & tax free bonds attract retail investors, especially when there is skepticism towards investing in equity & market sentiment is negative. But what are bonds, and how can retail investors who are not savvy invest in them? There is more than one way to invest in bonds, including purchasing individual bonds or investing in bond funds or unit investment trusts.  Before understanding how to invest in bonds let us first answer the basic question of what are bonds. Essentially, a bond is a debt investment through which an investor lends money to an entity...
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Retirement Planning Mistakes to be Aware of in 2016

Surveys reveal that most Indians retire with inadequate funds to sustain them during their retirement years. With inflation hovering at around 6% - 7%, increased life expectancy, and disintegration of the joint family system, retirement planning has become an important priority for most people. There are many common mistakes that people make when talking about retirement planning. Here are some pointers to maximize your retirement planning benefits, while avoiding common pitfalls. Not Starting Early It is important to start at the earliest and avoid procrastination. When you begin early, you can accumulate more by investing lower amounts through the compounding effect....
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5 Reasons To Have Your Car Loan Ready Before Buying

Buying their dream car is a huge milestone for most people. Car buyers often rely on the dealers for all their needs. A large number of people rely on the dealership for availing car financing too. A major reason for this reliance is the lack of knowledge and understanding among the buyers. In addition, individuals find it more convenient to avail all that is needed from the dealers. However, arranging automobile finance before walking into a dealership has certain benefits. Here are five reasons to have car finance ready 1.    Stronger bargaining position Relying on the dealer for everything during the...
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Life Insurance Needs for Mothers

In modern society, women have excellent careers and are equally responsible for the welfare of their families. Eventhough women play an important role in the families; many of them are still under-insured or uninsured. Once they become mothers, several women opt to stay at home to take care of their children. Some are single mothers who have the entire responsibility of managing their homes. Irrespective of whether a woman is a working, single or a stay-at-home mother, the necessity of insurance coverage cannot be disputed. Here are some reasons why mothers should avail insurance coverage ·      Income replacement A working mother...
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1 Lakh Personal Loan

These days, many people have a monthly income of Rs 1 lac. Hence the charm that this amount had earlier no longer exists. This also points towards the reduction of value of money.  Nevertheless, when it comes to personal loans too, Rs 1 lac is the most popular amount that is requested by the borrowers. And since its not much compared to monthly salary of many individuals, people don’t hesitate in taking Rs 1 lac personal loan whenever there is a need.  Now personal loans are unsecured loans that are offered to applicants after assessing their credit history and loan repayment capacity. Unlike...
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Financial and Tax-saving Planning for New Employees

Experts advise people to commence financial planning at the start of their careers. The biggest benefit of starting at an early age is to maximize the advantage of compounding. This compounding effect goes a long way in wealth creation. Several people are confused on how to plan for their financial goals and tax-savings. There are a large number of available options that can be chosen from, which further increases to the confusion. Presently, the tax structure in the country is favourable for the long-term investors. Based on this, investing in the national pension system (NPS) is a prudent choice. This is...
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Should you invest in EPF, PPF or in NPS?

  Employee Provident Fund (EPF) withdrawals are proposed to be taxed as per the Budget 2016. Under the proposal, 60% of the EPF corpus accumulated from investments made from 1st April 2016 will be taxable. This move has resulted in widespread confusion, bringing retirement plans in India under the spotlight. Since the announcement, the government faced pressure to withdraw the provision. The Finance Minister clarified that taxability of the EPF was not aimed at increasing government revenues. The focus was on making the country a pensioned nation. Moreover, investors will not have to pay any tax if the corpus is reinvested...
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