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Start An SIP Today TO Free Your Child From Getting An Education Loan In The Future

Your children have a better opportunity to seek higher education in several foreign and domestic universities. Parents must start saving for their children’s education early to ensure they have the required corpus to meet the expenses. However, saving for your children’s education must not mean ignoring other goals, such as your retirement. You must differentiate between short-term and long-term goals. An important long-term goal is retirement and you must never compromise on saving for it. This is because any shortfall towards paying for your children’s education may be funded through a loan. However, any shortfall in your retirement corpus is not...
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An Ivy League is Not Financially Out of League with Proper Mutual Fund Investment

For an average Indian household, children’s education continues to be one of the biggest expenses. Education costs are constantly rising and planning for this outflow is very important. Lifestyle inflation also affects the cost of your child’s education. As living standards become higher, parents want to send their children to the best institutions. Furthermore, children grow up in a certain atmosphere and do not want to attend government institutes that do not offer the latest and best technologies. In this situation, financial planning is crucial to ensure your child’s education is not compromised. You may be able to build the required...
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Are Long-Term Taxes on Mutual Funds Going to be Introduced in the Next Fiscal Budget?

There are only a few weeks left before the announcement of the fiscal budget. Market participants are now looking for possible changes that may be announced, which would affect their investment decisions.    Some market participants anticipate modifications to Long-Term Capital Gains (LTCG) tax on equities. This is to cover the reduction of revenues due to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).    Several analysts believe that the implementation of LTCG on equities may prevent investors from investing in this asset class. In addition to retail investors, LTCG on equities may deter institutional investors from investing. Such investors have pumped in...
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Are Tax Exemptions Being Bumped up to INR 2 lakh in the Budget 2018?

To boost savings among the Indian population, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may be contemplating increasing the tax exemptions according to section 80C falling under the Income Tax Act to INR 2 lakh. Currently, the maximum limit under this section is INR 1.5 lakh per annum. There are several investment options eligible for tax deductions as per section 80C. Some of these include Public Provident Fund (PPF), National Pension System (NPS), National Savings Certificate (NSC), tax-saving fixed deposits (FDs), Equity-Linked Savings Schemes (ELSS), and many more. How will the increased limit affect investors? The primary aim to enhance the section 80C limit...
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Study Abroad Tips That You Will Actually Need

The prospect of going to a foreign country as a student can be a set of mixed reactions. You feel excited about the idea of exploring new avenues and learning. But, at the same time, you may have apprehensions and worries with the notion of being all alone in unfamiliar surroundings. There are a lot of things that may not be under your control abroad. Things such as food, the hostel, your academic environment or even the local safety for that matter are some of them. That being said, there are indeed certain aspects that you can take care of in...
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Still Deciding on a Personal Loan? We’re Here to Help!

These days, many people are resorting to personal loans when they are unable to arrange money from other sources. Unfortunately, there are lots of misunderstandings about personal loans that prevent people from making the best use of this financial instrument. Let’s see the what(s), when(s), where(s) and how(s) of personal loans to better understand the actual reality. Personal loans are unsecured loans that are offered to applicants after assessing their credit history and loan repayment capacity. Since these are unsecured in nature, (i.e. the borrower does not need to bring in any collateral), the personal loan interest rates are higher than those of other secured...
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6 Types of Insurance Providers for your Two Wheeler

Accidents on roads don’t come calling you out. With reckless drivers swerving their rides on an equally pathetic road, things could get worse in the blink of an eye. To top that, if there is a bad weather, you are somewhat doomed. One slip from your bike and your hard-earned money flows out of your bank account like water. Yet, one should always be prepared. Therefore, there ought to be some risk protection and that comes with a decent bike insurance plan. With matters of money, you should not hurry. You had bought your bike with a lot of money. It’s...
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Guide to Taxation for NRIs

NRI TaxationOne of the most difficult things for a Non Residential Indian (NRI) is to understand the taxation process in India. It includes how the taxes are calculated, and when the income tax department considers an individual as non-resident. Let us decode the taxation process step by step.  A Taxpayer is categorized as NRI when:   1.       An individual resides in India for a period of less than 182 days during the year for which income tax is accessed. OR An individual, who has spent 365 days or more in India for 4 preceding years spends less than 60 days in India...
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What You Should Know If You Are Paying Pre-EMI on Home Loan

  Have you figured out if you are paying Pre-EMI or EMI for your housing loan? If not, then it is high time you understood the difference between the two. When you are taking a loan to purchase an under-construction property, you might not notice if you are paying Pre-EMI or EMI for the loan amount. You know that you have to pay a certain amount of money every month either to your lender or to the bank. Some lenders may provide you with the flexibility of paying EMI after you get possession of the house. While this may be a...
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Plan Your Expenses & Save using Bank Offers

If you’re someone who spends a lot of time surfing the web in search of interesting ideas and content, you might come across numerous cool deals and offers from reputed online sellers with deals offered by top brands, manufacturers and service providers. While these cool offers are available to all online surfers, there is a useful trick that can help you enjoy even better deals from such reputed firms. All you need to do is apply for a debit card offered by a reputed bank like Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. to enjoy special offers available for Kotak Bank debit card. Once...
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Benefits of E filing of Income Tax Returns in India

  Electronic filing of tax returns has become compulsory for all corporate assessees and for all individual assessees earning more than Rs. 5 lakhs in a year. Today, a significant proportion of the tax assessees in India have come under the ambit of electronic filing of tax returns. Electronic filing is a win-win situation for tax payers as well as the government. With smartphones, Internet, and technology becoming a part of our daily lives, the incorporation of technology in an important transaction like filing of tax returns can offer numerous benefits to all the parties involved in the transaction.   Benefits...
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New Age Banking - Simplest and Easiest Way to Pay Utility Bills on Time

While easy access to numerous products and services offer numerous benefits, it also brings about the added responsibility of making all utility payments on time. There was a time when utility payments consisted of paying the telephone and electricity bill before the due date.   Today, one needs to keep a track of payments for prepaid and postpaid mobile services, DTH services, gas connections, loans and credit cards, insurance policies, magazine subscriptions, and a lot more. This is where New Age banking services provided by reputed bankers can make a huge difference to your lives.   Utility Payments - Past and...
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Take a Personal Loan To Fulfil Last Minute Wedding Expenses

Wedding is one of the most looked forward to and once in a lifetime event in a person's life. However, we all know that with rising expenses, the emotion of the bride or bridegroom can be subdued. For an event as grand as a wedding, you want to ensure to leave no stone unturned. But the question arises how does a person with limited means achieve this goal.   This is especially true because major heads like outfits, jewelry, venue, catering; etc end up costing a lot more than what you may have budgeted for. For outfits, even non-designer wear costs...
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Don’t Get Locked, Generate Card Pin Instantly!

With a debit card in your hand, you can buy stuff, pay bills, and withdraw cash without having to make repeated visits to your bank. However, this also means anybody who holds your debit card can use your funds without any restrictions whatsoever. To minimize risk of such unauthorized transactions, banks have made it mandatory for all debit card transactions to be confirmed by the card’s PIN. While this is a great move from the security point of view, it also means you need to keep remember your PIN every time you want to make a payment through the card.  ...
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Fixed Deposits from 100 New Banks in the Next 5 years

Fixed DepositThe new rule from RBI could change the face of banking in India. The new guidelines will look to pave the way for small finance and payment banks. If the consumer takes a liking for these small players then it will not be too late before the big monolithic banks start feeling the heat. The current standards of banking seem to be only in the dreams for the take it for granted attitude public sector banks, almost nil or low profit target banks, and self-appraising private sector banks who feel they are the best. In fact most banks feel they are...
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Happiness Just A Click Away!

Funds Transfer Made Easy with Kotak Mahindra Bank’s “Mail Money” Kotak Mahindra Bank has introduced an email-based funds transfer service called Mail Money. With the Mail Money service, you can send money to a recipient simply by remembering their email ID and mobile number. It is not important for you to know the beneficiary’s bank, IFSC code, or account number, neither do you have to register them in the list of beneficiaries. Kotak Mahindra Bank has made funds transfer absolutely hassle-free with this new service. The service also allows you to schedule your transfers for the next 7 days. How it works? This service...
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New Health Insurance Policy with Maternity and New Born Cover

The latest entrant in the health insurance market from Religare Health Insurance Co Ltd (RHICL) is a new health insurance policy called ‘JOY’. The JOY offers insurance cover during maternity and for the new born baby. This is not an additional coverage unlike the policies from Apollo Munich easy health insurance and the Max Bupa heartbeat health insurance. Religare Joy – All that matters about the maternity insurance This one of a kind maternity and hospitalization insurance cover has the shortest waiting period of just nine months for a customer to claim any maternity related expenses. The insurance offers coverage of...
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Do’s and Don’ts while Filing Health Insurance Claim

Health Insurance offers an umbrella against unforeseen medical expenses when an illness strikes, incapacitating the individual and affecting his income. If taken well in advance, it can meet the medical treatment costs and spare financial trouble for the family. However, to claim the benefits, the beneficiary must file a medical insurance claim that is the formal intimation of the illness to the insurer. Once a claim is filed, the insurer must notify the beneficiary within a certain time-frame that his/her claim has been accepted or rejected. Though there are some health insurance companies which settles down insurance claims within 30 days from...
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How Difficult Is It To Obtain A Small Business Loan In India?

Today, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) make a very important contribution to the nation's economy with around 40% of India's domestic production. Obtaining a small business loan to set a new business venture is not an easy task. It requires a great deal of preparation. Besides, one also needs to obtain capital to fund their dreams, which can be fulfilled by applying for a small business loan in India. No matter what type of business loan you choose, you need to have everything in place for your loan to be approved before you even file the application. Some of the major...
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The Power of Personal Loans

When you have a long wishlist and limited income, you have to consider financial support in the form of loans. A loan can provide a short-term influx of cash to fulfill your dreams. For instance, if you’re dreaming of an international holiday to an exotic destination, but are falling short of immediate funds then you should consider taking personal loan for your holidays.   Besides, you may use the loan amount for various purposes as mentioned below:   Purchasing consumer durables and furniture - It may be time for you to buya good refrigerator for your kitchen or an air conditioner...
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