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Insurance in India; what it means? – Investment series 2

Insurance

A recent survey conducted by an international agency on India’s financial literacy:

  • 67% of the Indian prone to think insurance as investment

  • ONLY 7% people have taken term insurance, out of all who pays insurance premium

  • ONLY 5% of people have health insurance

  • 92% people after their retirement depend on the children and 8% who plan for retirement, 61% of them resort to insurance as retirement plan

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Power of Small Savings – Investment series 1

In my last article, I wrote on two key challenges, we as Robo-advisors face; i.e. “Customer mind-set” towards investments, where it comes as last priority and “Meaning of investments”, where quality is not understood.

To sum it up… how do you motivate customers?

Unlike e-commerce portals, based on current theme, it’s the deep discount that attracts. We have cases (many); where customer go to malls or retail outlet on look & feel, and finally will swap on their smart phone to check on availability & discount, and punch the order… which is obvious, where?

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Robo Advisor

Roboadvisors

As per Wikipedia; “Robo-advisors are a class of financial adviser that provides financial advice or portfolio management online, with minimal human intervention”.

Most Robo-advisors employ algorithms, where automated investment solutions come out as output, based on customer’s data points; towards cash flow, future goals, risk tolerance, current investments etc.

Logic & working of these algorithms, which can be simple to complex, depends on the solutions offered to various category of customers, which also depends on firm’s/ founders experience & expertise.

Indian Context

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BREXIT & my Investments

Brexit affects on your Investment

Brexit, a referendum on UK, whether to stay in the European Union or not, is finally over with 52% voters demanding an EXIT (48% is in favour of European Union). Sensex which opened with a gap of 1000 points today, with some recovery closed with 600 points down. International markets went for a full hara-kiri with 5% to 10% dive.
Will it affect India?
With European Union (EU) losing one of its members, India too can feel the heat. Rupee may depreciate because of the double effect of foreign fund outflow and dollar rise, and may lead to increase in petrol and diesel prices to an extent. The government then may want to reduce additional excise duty imposed on fuel when it was on a downward trajectory. This will

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What’s Your Budget Personality?

What's your Budget personalities

Our personalities inform how we approach every part of our lives. From the workplace to friendships and even at home, your distinct style is uniquely yours when you interact with the world around you. This goes for budgets, too. Personalities often impact how you spend, save and manage your money, sometimes positively and sometimes impeding your progress.

Do you know your budget personality? Check out these four common types and corresponding tips to jump-start your road to better financial health. You just may recognize yourself!

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Direct Plan Vs Regular Plan in Mutual Funds Investment

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I am confused?
There is a big hoo-ha in the market & media now a days related to “direct plans”.
What is a direct plan? How does one benefit from a direct plan? And compared to regular plan, which is better?

Let’s first understand Mutual Fund charges.
Mutual fund (MF) investments come with an inbuilt fee structure or charges, which is certain percentage of the amount invested. This charge, which is usually between 1.75% to 2.5% for equity schemes annually, is debited on the total investment made or the AUM (Asset under management) every year. In simple terms, if one wants to invest 1lac in some equity MF scheme, where annual charges is 2.5%, Rs.2500/- will be debited by the AMC (Asset management company) towards

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How to Create Your First Budget?

How to Create Your First Budget

There are many milestones of being an adult. Signing your own lease for the first time, being able to rent a car, having someone call you ma’am.

But being an adult also means being responsible for your own finances. Like many things, you can’t have a successful financial future if you don’t plan for it. The best way to do that? Create a budget.

Creating a budget can seem daunting, but it just requires a series of steps. See below for help on creating your first budget.

Track your expenses

Before you can start a budget full of limits, you need to know how much you’re spending right now. Take two or three months to spend normally and track your transactions in Moneyfrog.in.

Fixed expenses like rent, insurance and utilities will be easier to monitor than variable expenses, such as groceries, entertainment and travel, which will fluctuate month-to-month.

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5 Things Every New Grad Needs to Know About Money … From the Money Professors

When East Carolina University dismissed for the semester on April 28, 2015, 500 students left campus $100,000 richer.

What did these undergrads have in common?

All 500 had completed a personal finance class helmed by Mark Weitzel, Bill Pratt and Len Rhodes—a.k.a. “The Money Professors.”

For the past five years, the trio has challenged their students to collectively squirrel away $100K over the course of a single semester—and most years, students surpass the challenge.

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Rebalancing of Portfolio

Portfolio Re-balancing is important?

“Re-balancing of Portfolio” is the term, which is widely used in the mutual funds industry, by the so called media-prophets & with most of the advisors with banks/ brokers/ CFP.

What does re-balancing means? And how does it applies to one’s portfolio?

As per Investopedia: Re-balancing is the process of buying and selling portions of your portfolio in order to set the weight of each asset class back to its original state. In addition, if an investor’s investment strategy or tolerance for risk has changed, he or she can use re-balancing to readjust the weightings of each security or asset class in the portfolio to fulfill a newly devised asset allocation.

In an ideal scenario on portfolio recommendation, which is based on tenure of goals & the risk tolerance score,

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