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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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How Your Bank Account Can Do More than Just Save Money

In a multi-faceted world, where a simple smartphone can do wonders in terms of talking over the phone, sending messages, and accessing your personal mails, it's unbelievable what the world of finance can achieve.Think again, if you thought your savings account was limited to gaining higher interest rates, then think again, as there are several benefits that one can gain apart from merely saving money in a savings account. We discuss the various ways in which a savings account to trade and save money at the same time. Making the most of your savings account Of all the major benefits that...
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4 reasons to have a 3-in-1 Online banking account

Of all the gadgets within one’s possession, arguably, the mobile phone has become the most important gadget. From browsing the internet, to conducting important video conferences via the mobile phone, these days having the internet as a standard requirement is no news. With that in mind, the retail world has virtually profited leaps and bounds, particularly the retail gadgets, apparel and furniture industry. Yet, the banking world is not far behind. Ensuring that whoever hits online has a share of the online convenience, many offer attractive schemes and interest rates on online banking facilities. So, how does one differentiate one bank...
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Plan Now to Make Your Child’s Future Bright

In our country, parents go great lengths to provide better future to their children. Not just their daily needs but parents try and make all the wishes of their children come true and strive to make the future better for their little ones. If you’re a young parent, it is imperative for you to start thinking about your child’s future today. The sooner one starts planning for their children’s future, the better it is and more convenient it will be later. Be it higher education or marriage, parents want nothing but the best for their children. In order to make it...
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Yep, it’s True, Home Loans Can Enhance Your Finances!

“Do you live in your own home?” This has been one of the most popular questions in times of the realty boom hitting the country. As the rupee plunged in the beginning of 2013, the influx of NRI investments gave Indian investors abroad the opportune time to invest in the country’s most prized assets, i.e. the country’s realty. Some metropolitan cities in India are traded at par with the most coveted international cities across the world. Yet, with the Indian realty market prices showing no signs of cooling off, financing becomes tighter for the potential home buyer. With a home loan...
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Life Insurance for Every Reason

Life is full of surprises and all the surprises life has to offer you need not always be pleasant ones. So, the question that arises is how many life threatening warnings you will require to get yourself and your family safeguarded with the aid of an insurance policy. Well, if you haven’t given it a thought yet let us take you on a brief stroll to make you realize the importance of life insurance policy and its different types. What is life insurance policy? Life insurance is a policy that one purchases from a life insurance company. It acts more as...
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How to open a bank account?

  1. Either you can go online and follow the steps given on a Bank’s website or 2. Visit the nearest Branch of the Bank you have chosen and initiate the opening of your account.   Choosing the right bank and the type of account are the main points to consider before you open an account. Most people start with an Easy Access Savings Account. Nowadays, there are so many types of accounts available, each with many different features. It is easy to find a few which are perfect for your needs but in the end, it comes down to which...
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Term Insurance Plan: Which Policy Are You Planning to Purchase?

The internet has transformed the manner in which we communicate, find information as well as conduct different businesses. Not only has it led to convenience and speed of conducting business transactions, but the entire domain of e-commerce has revolutionized the way we buy essential products. Almost each and every business, banking sector, retail store, etc. has its presence online, enabling electronic payment methods via debit/credit cards or even through Net Banking. So, instead of worrying how to go about purchasing an insurance policy for yourself or your loved ones, get online and browse through the variety of options that are available...
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Why 2014 is the Best Time to Buy Property in Hyderabad

If you’ve not heard about the turmoil that has been simmering in Hyderabad over Telangana, there’s a good chance that you are from another planet. Jokes apart, any kind of sociopolitical unrest in a region is bound to have some sort of impact on real estate price trends.   The same stands true for Hyderabad with prices having plateaued or even bottomed out in some localities during the period of the turmoil. But political uncertainties don’t last forever and here lies the opportunity for individuals looking for an opportune moment to make an entry in real estate investments. Market watchers believe that...
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Mediclaim: Your Immediate Life-saver

Has the sky ever fallen on you under the guise of medical bills? If high medical bills have managed to burn a reasonable hole in your pocket, then it would be advisable to save a certain portion of your regular income towards mediclaim or health insurance. The thought of spending the entire savings on a medical bill can be daunting for an average middle income person. In the eventuality of unforeseen medical bills and rising inflationary trends, they can land on us like a ton of bricks leaving us in precarious financial state of affairs. A timely investment in the form...
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How the Super Rich Are Investing Smartly In Mumbai Real Estate

When it comes to price trends and investment in real estate, Mumbai is right there at the top among other major international cities.  South Mumbai – best known as the heart of Mumbai, acts as the central business district of Mumbai. Stating that it’s the richest zone in Mumbai, it is home to some of the most affluent and celebrated families in the country. Being the most elite town in Mumbai, it houses Mumbai’s richest families and has been attracting loads of investors from all over the world.   The Trend of Building Palatial homes   The homes of some of...
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Which Health Insurance Policy Fits You Perfectly?

“If I were a rich man! Yubby dibby dum!” We all love humming similar tunes to man singing his tune on The Fiddler on the Roof. Even a rich man cannot buy health in today’s world of increased pollution and disease threats. Health is now more valuable than gold and diamonds. Hence, the surge in the number of insurance companies available in the market today is understandable. Investing in one’s health is more valuable than investing in high-yielding stocks and bonds. Yet, not all health insurance plans are suited for all. Based on one’s lifestyle and family size, it’s important to...
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Why is Term Insurance Financially Important?

Has your financial situation improved with the changing inflation rates? Debating over the government policies will not change your financial situation, overnight. It’s best to begin reorganizing your finances so that you will not be looking down at a barren account, at the end of the month. Including a term insurance within your financial plan is the smartest decision to beat your upcoming financial woes. We take a brief look at the essential ways in which a term insurance can help you meet your financial woes.   Why should you take term insurance? Till what age are you planning to work?...
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Learning Trade Options – Tips for First Time Traders

I know it can be difficult getting started with options trading since it involves planning, money management, right trading psychology, and lots of risk. However, option trading has its own benefits when compared to other investment verticals. Too often, traders jump into the game with very less or no understanding of options. Option trading gives you the flexibility to put money on specific market outcomes. It therefore is a quick way of making money, and an easier way to lose them too. Basically option trading is a method of studying the game of stocks and betting your mind against the market....
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Commodity Market: Post Budget Analysis

Commodity Market - Post Budget Analysis

The world of commodities is truly a fascinating one. The market tends to surprise each participant on a daily basis as far as fluctuating prices of commodities are concerned. Be it a trader, speculator or an arbitrager everybody wants to maximize his or her gains by predicting the accurate price of the commodities.

Trade concerning commodities has become an excellent avenue for people who wish to diversify their investment portfolio. Earlier, investors preferred to invest only in stocks, mutual funds or real estate. But, with the tremendous opportunity that came in the form of commodities, people have realized the potential of this market and since it is currently at a nascent stage in India, it provides an impetus to market participants to get started as early as possible to maximize their gains.

 

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Online Share Market Trading – The Best Way to Earn Maximum Funds

Trading in shares and securities has always been the best option to invest and earn maximum returns on a regular basis.  Here traders buy shares and stocks at a cheaper price and sell it, when their price shoots up. The difference between the prices is the profit. The traders wait for the right time to sell the securities, so that they can earn maximum funds on their money invested. An expert trader usually has no issues in buying and selling the shares, as they are aware of all the facts of the market. However, with novice traders the situation is different....
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Cheaper Roaming Rates to Hurt Telecos’ Profits

In India, the telecommunication market is dominated by Airtel with 29.9 % market share, Vodafone (23 %), Idea (15.7 %), Tata (8.2 %) and Reliance (7.8 %).  There is a growth of 3.7 % in the industry gross revenues.  A total of Rs 38,750 crore were earned in the last quarter of the FY-2012-’13. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recently announced that the roaming rates will be slashed by at least 57 %. This news has made telecom services subscribers happy, but for major telecom players in the market, it will hurt their profits. However, the telecom companies are heaving...
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Depreciating Rupee: A Sign of Worry

Indian currency experienced an all time low in May-2013.  The depreciating value of the currency is a sure-shot sign that something is amiss in the economy. The trend, as experts predict, will continue for some time in spite of heavy foreign fund flows. Indian currency is shoved down because of one prime reason, i.e. the continuous surge in gold imports. In April 2013, India imported a total gold of worth $7.5 bn. It was a sharp jump from $3.1 bn in March 2013. The total trade deficit of the country was amounting to a total of $17.8 bn in April 2013....
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