We have seen life insurance being sold aggressively by agents at the end of the financial year, mostly during the month of January to March. You know the reason? It is tax saving! Most of the companies ask their employees to submit proof of their investments so that the remaining tax on their salary income for the financial year can be deducted and deposited with the Income Tax department.If you are one of those who do tax planning at the last moment should note that you might end up buying a wrong life insurance plan. Continue reading “Life Insurance: Saving more than your taxes”
Marketplaces have always been the preferred shopping choice since forever. They allowed access to multiple brands and various options in a single area. This translated into a convenience in terms of saving the time to be spent in traveling as well. Similarly, for the sellers in the marketplace, this resulted in giving them access to a large customer base as well. As such, marketplaces were a win-win situation for both the shoppers as well as the sellers. Further, with the advent of the internet era, the concept of marketplace got redefined and was taken to another level, as online e-commerce portals like Flipkart, Amazon etc. enabled access to several marketplaces just with a click of the mouse. Similarly, for booking your travel tickets, you no longer need to check with your travel agent every time you need to plan your vacation and just log on to any of the travel booking sites like MakeMyTrip, Yatra etc. Continue reading “Online Lending Marketplaces – New Talk of the Town”
People who take up trading are often seen as gamblers or risk-takers. But trading is not just rolling dice and hoping for the best. Many people decide to trade before they get the right education for it, sometimes simply because they don’t realize there is an education to be had. But when it comes to trading, trading without knowing how can be costly.
Ask any successful trader what tools were most helpful in their training, and they are sure to mention a trading simulator. Trading simulators are designed to mimic what it’s like to trade on the market, without the risk of losing real money. Continue reading “What to Look for in an Online Trading Simulator”
Would you ever board a plane knowing that it has a poor safety record? Would you drive a car with the knowledge that not all of its instrumentation was functioning properly? These real-world examples are just as pertinent when translated into the domain of online trading. There are literally hundreds of investment platforms to chose from and each is naturally associated with unique benefits and drawbacks. Why is it so important to select the correct architecture and what are some of the hallmarks of a trustworthy firm? The answers to these questions will define success or failure within the modern trading community. Continue reading “Why the Right Trading Platform Matters”
The principal factor of tech debt metaphor is that there are some prices you have to pay when you take shortcuts or intentional tech debts or make any mistakes or unintentional tech debts. It is also said that this cost would increase over time as long as you ignore tech debt and do not repay the interest. Tech debts are often overlooked and ignored as there is no apparent cost factor related to it as is with any financial debt where you can know the cost of your monthly payment and what it would sum up to if you delay in repayment. Therefore, it is required to quantify tech debt to know how much it costs you and your company. Continue reading “Know How Much Tech Debt Is Really Costing You”
When you come to now of the existence of tech debt in your code, it is time to address it without any further delay to keep it functional and also keep your business running. There are some easy and effective ways to repay the tech debts with interest. Your prime objective is to keep tech debts to the minimum and prevent any further accumulation, and that can easily be done by maintaining a strategic and planned development process. You have to ensure that quality of the code developed is perfect right from the word go and all measures have been taken to keep the code clean. This first-time-right work culture would ensure that there is no accumulation of tech debt in the long run. Continue reading “Easy and Useful Ways To Minimize Tech Debt Effectively”
Tech debt, which is inevitable for a software engineering and development business, is not just the responsibility of the business owner to regulate, control and address, but it is a team effort off all the staff of the business including the stakeholders. There are some specific actions which are meant for the stakeholders. When such actions are taken, it would effectively reduce tech debt and result in the proper functioning of the codes as well as the survival of the business on the whole. Now, there are several categories of the stakeholders, and every type has their specific role towards addressing tech debt and keeping it to the minimum. Continue reading “Responsibilities Of Stakeholders In Reducing Tech Debt”
It is extremely simple to buy a car in India today. While many people make a beeline for new cars, there is a thriving market for used cars, or second hand cars, as well. These used cars are refurbished before use by the next owner, and they also have the original papers and insurance documents from the owner. Apart from this, it is possible to buy insurance for a second hand car in India. Continue reading “4 things to check before buying a second hand car”
If your wheels are turning and your mind is heading toward the realm of personal loans, then you are on the right track. Welcome to club borrow. More people are taking personal loans than ever before. In fact, CNBC reported a 30 percent increase of applicants from 2013 to 2016. Such people take personal loans to conduct a wide variety of tasks. One of the most common tasks for which consumers borrow personal loans is debt consolidation. Therefore, you have many sisters and brethren in the same financial boat that you are in. However, you have to develop a plan to make the personal loan work for you. You will have to take such a loan from a top provider. You should never just settle for any half-concocted loan product. Way too many respectable lenders are in the world for that. Continue reading “Personal Loans 101”
It is interesting to know that as of June 2016, India recorded approximately 4,200-4,400 start-ups. According to a report by a top lobby group, Nasscom and Zinnov Consulting, India has the third highest number of start-ups in the world, behind only the US and the UK. It is possible that India will overtake the UK (4,500-5,000 start-ups) in 2017. Another important statistic to know is that most of the founders, almost three out of every four, are under the age of 35. Thesesure are the few guys who will be fulfilling their dreams early in life. Continue reading “An SME Loan Can Help You Build Your Dreams”
Although India has seen a decline of 13% in the monsoon during 2014 and 2015, the nation’s economy registered growth of 7.6% in 2015-16. Foreign investment reserves rose to a record value of US$350 billion. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) also came down from 9 to 5.4 during this period. The Finance Minister of India, Arun Jaitely, presented the Union Budget on February 29, 2016, with a special focus on income through taxes and foreign direct investment. There were many reforms included for finance companies in India as well. It also focused on the development of the agriculture and health care sectors. Here’s how the Union Budget could affect your finances and finance companies in India. Continue reading “What Does the Budget 2016 Mean for Your Finances?”
Opening a Fixed Deposit account is something of importance in today’s economy. But, how does one ensure that their FD gets them the best possible returns? Read on to find out.
Fixed Deposit accounts are a type of savings account that functions on a fixed interest rate for a predetermined period of time. Once the account matures, the interest is then credited to you, the investor. Fixed Deposit rates in India are constantly fluctuating, so if you opened your FD at a reasonable interest rate, then you probably have nothing to worry about. However, here are a few ways to improve your returns from your FD. Continue reading “7 secrets to improve your Fixed Deposit interest”
Why should you opt for term insurance over other life insurance products? We present four compelling reasons.
Every person is aware of one basic fact of life: it changes in one instant. There is nothing one can do to prevent future tragedies from taking place. At best, one may prepare oneself emotionally and financially to meet a future mishap with equanimity.
However, despite being aware of this basic fact of life, not every person takes proactive steps to pre-empt the financial ramifications of a future setback. While one may feel that one’s savings can help in times of a crisis, the reality is that just one visit to the hospital can wipe out not just your savings but everything you own. On the other hand, unpaid debts can haunt the family when the primary earning member is absent from their lives. No matter how diligently you save your money or how carefully you live, there is no way to predict how soon or late a catastrophe may strike. Continue reading “4 essential factors to consider before buying a term insurance plan”
Your dream home could be within your grasp with a home loan. Get all the information you need with the right questions to ask the loan officer.
In today’s times of spiralling real estate prices, it becomes difficult to buy a house without availing of a home loan. However, in your excitement about buying your dream home and getting a house loan, you could inadvertently forget to ask the most important questions to the loan officer.
Allow us to nudge you in the right direction with a few questions to start you off. Continue reading “What to ask your loan manager when applying for a home loan”
Trading binary options is becoming increasingly popular among the traders on Forex market. It is fast and engaging, making you stay focused on a given task in front of you. Additionally, you have to pay close attention to even the tiniest details and act quickly at any times. It is one of the most dynamic ways of trading today and the payoff can be really high if you use a solid binary options trading strategy. Continue reading “Binary Options Strategies That Work”
Even though high leverage is one of the things that make Forex trading so interesting and alluring to many financial traders, it also brings plenty of risk to the table. Yes, it can lead to profit and you might earn a lot of money. On the other hand, the market might go against your position leaving you with an enormous deficit and debt to the brokerage firm you are trading with. Continue reading “Why Choose Negative Balance Protection Broker?”
In today’s world, growing businesses find themselves looking for ways to improve their profits through much more efficient methods. An option that seems to be a great alternative is Forex trading. This helps such businesses to work with the different types of currencies that best fits their needs regarding crucial aspects of their business, such as expansion into foreign markets.
The other most reliable alternative is to reinvest capital in order to gain more liquid currencies profits that would goon to areas like market research or any other internal operations that require capital when traded back or to make outside purchases. In this manner, the financial position of a business can see dramatic increases by utilising forex and CFDs from different trading platforms. Continue reading “Business Improver: Forex Trade”
Successful entrepreneurs are good strategists. They have foresight to spot future trends. They have insights to commercialize and execute ideas. But most entrepreneurs might have little or no exposure to system of accounting their business transactions. Growing number of technology start-ups are ideated by technical specialists with expertise in their area of interest. The big questions are – is there a serious need for them to know the importance of accounting at the start-up stage? Does lack of accounting exposure affect the way business decisions are made in a newly established innovative venture? How can knowledge of accounting make difference to the management of start-ups? Continue reading “Accounting for Startups”
The financial economy of the world is heavily dependent on the health of the banking system. No other industry has probably that much of an impact directly to the welfare of a nation. In this infographic, we highlight the nature of mergers and acquisitions which have happened for some of the biggest names in the banking industry, namely Citi group, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo. Continue reading “M&As of Major Banks – A History”
Does a portfolio good for any seasons – without change the weights and the asset allocation – exist?
This is the question any lazy investor asks itself. The Harry Browne’s answer, an american investment adviser died in 2006, would have been: yes, the Permanent Portfolio (PP)! Continue reading “Backtesting Browne’s Permanent Portfolio Theory”