Saturday, January 12, 2019

NRI's Guide to Banking, Income Tax, Aadhaar Card, and Investment in India - Rules, Regulations and Eligibility

As an India citizen, it's important for an NRI to know it's rights and responsibilities, especially about finance, tax, banking, and investments. When I first moved abroad I have absolutely zero knowledge of any of these with respect to Non Resident Indian and I even thought that NRIs are those who are once a citizen of India but now they have citizenship of other countries, I was totally wrong. Slowly I learned a lot of things about who is NRI and what changes when a resident Indian becomes an NRI and this post is a collection of those points.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Is Laptop, Tablets, and Mobile Phones allowed in Checked-In or Cabin baggage?

Yes, Laptop, Mobile Phones, Smartphones or any other Personal Electronic device, also known as PEDs are allowed in both check-in luggage and in cabin luggage in most of the countries. Though, it's general practice to carry mobile phones, laptops, tablets or any other personal electronic device in cabin luggage due to security reasons. Since these devices have a battery which may spark the fire and if they are in check-in luggage it will not be handled properly and in the worst case, it may result in loss of Aircraft. Hence its advised to always carry electronic devices with the battery in cabin luggage.

Friday, January 4, 2019

10 Tips to Save Money and Reduce Expenditure to Boost Savings in Long Term

Someone has wisely said that "one penny saved is one penny earned" while I also believe that one should not compromise on things that they love e.g. spending on family, holidays or smartphones, you can still save a lot of money by following these saving tips. People often say that inflation will eat your money, but there is a bigger threat to your money than inflation, it's unnecessary expenditure. Inflation will take years to erode your money value, but spending can take your money in seconds. Humans are very fickle by nature and given today aggressive advertising campaign then often end up buying stuff, they don't really need. Our focus is to minimize that expenditure to boost your savings.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

What every NRI should know about NRE Saving Account

The NRE account stands for the Non-Resident External account and I strongly believe, every NRI who has any interest in India must open this account. It has some excellent features which are not available to other types of account e.g. interest earned on NRE account is tax-free in India and not only that, both principal and interest are fully repatriable to overseas. You don't need to ask for permission or worry about paperwork, if you need money in overseas, you can always transfer from your NRE bank account.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Does Interest on NRE Fixed Deposit is Taxable?

In short, No, interest earned on NRE fixed deposit is tax-free in India. If you are an India working abroad and earning in foreign currency, you have a couple of more investment options available than to a resident customer. If you keep your money or some part of your money in India, NRE fixed deposit is the best option for you.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Best bank to open SGD/HKD NRI or FCNR Fixed Deposit? DBS vs ICICI

If you are living and working in Singapore or HongKong and thinking to open FCNR (Foreign currency Non-resident) fixed deposits in Singapore and HongKong dollar i.e. SGD or HKD then, unfortunately, you don't have many choices as not all Indian banks provide facilities to open FCNR fixed deposit in SGD and HKD. Most of the Indian banks supports 6 major foreign currency for FCNR deposits e.g. USD, GBP, EURO, JPY, AUD, and CHF. Even, the biggest bank of India, the SBI doesn't support SGD or HKD as foreign currency for FCNR deposits. then you should consider DBS bank's FCNR fixed deposit option.