Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Why Should You Invest Some Money on Equities, Stock or MutualFund

Many people ask me whether they should invest money in stocks or mutual fund or not? I say, you should invest at least some part of your money into equities because it is the only investment which can beat inflation in the long term. It's not that investing in equities will guarantee superb returns because there are periods and even extending up to 5, 10, 15, 20 and even 25 years where equities have delivered negative, no returns or very poor returns. For examples in Japan, Equities has not really been the best performing asset class in last twenty years. Nikki, index of Tokyo stock exchange was around 39K on December 1989 and where it is now, around 15K, after touching lows like 7K and 8K during 2001 and 2009. What this mean, if you have invested in Index you would have one-third of your money by now, forget about getting any interest.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Why Capital Protection is as Important as Capital Appreciation

There is a wise saying that "one penny saved is one penny earned". This is true even in the world of investment and saving. In today's volatile world your gain on equities or other investment options e.g. bond or fixed deposit can quickly erode due to depreciation in currency. This is what happening currently in India, with rupee depreciating to record low and inching towards physiological 1 USD = 70 INR, talk of capital protection is gaining momentum over capital appreciation. Since everybody focuses on capital appreciation and that is also the main objective of saving and investment, but if you don't pay enough attention to what happening around the world, you may quickly lose all your appreciation. If you are an NRI, who has positions on Rupee e.g. may be with an investment in equities or real estate, you can understand that with falling rupee, all those capital appreciation quickly erode.

How NRI can avoid Tax on Foreign Income by timing Departure and Return

If you are an NRI returning to India for good or an Indian going abroad, you need to be aware that you need to pay tax on your foreign income (earned outside India a.k.a global income) if you come before February 1st or leave after September 28th. Taxation in India depends upon individuals residential status. An Indian citizen, who is NRI for a financial year i.e. from 1st April to 31st March is not required to pay tax on their global income but if his residential status is Resident and Ordinarily Resident (R) then his global income is also taxable. In order to attain NRI status, you need to stay more than 182 days outside India, remember the arrival and departure dates are also counted as stay in India.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Should you Invest in Gold Mutual Fund or ETF as Rupee is falling down?

Well, I am not an analyst, who can say that whether it's right time to invest in gold or not, but since I am a common man like many others, which follows some simple rules while investing money and follows principle of diversity, I made to think that is it right time to buy Gold? Well, many people will say, YES, buy gold, the price is lower from the peak, invest in gold, it's the perfect time to buy gold etc. It's natural to think like that, and everybody can think like that, which makes me a little worry, because if everybody can guess anything, which means there is not much value on that task. So in my opinion, it's not the best time to buy gold, at least for some time, except the Systematic Investment Plan (SIP)  part, which always continues, despite market conditions.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

10 Points NRIs should know about Income tax in India

Many NRIs are not aware of income tax laws in India and doesn't know whether they have to file income tax returns in India or not. Sometimes they also wonder, do they have to include income earned in the USA as well or only income earned in India would be taxable? Other doubts which come in minds is whether interest earned on NRE, NRO, and FCNR deposits should be counted as taxable income or not. What about long term equity gains?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Sending Money to India? Compare Rates on HDFC Quick Remit vs ICICI Money2India vs Remit2India vs SBI vs Axis bank

If you are sending money to India from any abroad location e.g. United States, Singapore, United Kingdom, or Australia, it's worth checking rates offered by different remitting services e.g. DBS India Remit, HDFC Quick Remit,  ICICI money2India, Times money Remit2India, Axis bank remittance services and SBI bank itself. Given current volatility in exchange rates, you may end up losing a good sum of money up to 1000 to 5000 Rupees, given your choice of remitting services. Since all of above provide good services and connectivity in terms of sending money to different cities in India or even sending money to a different branch of the different bank. For example, You can use ICICI Moeny2India to send money to your Mumbai HDFC account or Bangalore Kotak Mahindra account, in fact to any branch and any city. Which means, there is no point sticking with just one service or bank for transferring money to India.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Does it Right time to Invest in FCNR deposits on Indian Banks- SBI, ICICI, AXIS bank, Kotak

With Rupee falling every day and touching a new all-time low of almost $1 to Rs 65, many of NRI Indians are asking this question, is it a right time to transfer money to India or is it the right time to invest in FCNR deposits on Indian banks. If you have transferred dollars to India recently, many are just a fortnight ago, you might be regretting your decision to miss this increase in exchange rates. But there are many Indians, which are also thinking to take advantage of both increase in exchange rates as well as high-interest rates offered by Indian banks. Since NRE fixed deposits are not that attractive, due to recent fall in rupees values, in fact, you would earn more than FD if you keep your money in dollar itself, but FCNR (Foreign Currency Non Resident) deposits are unique, it keep money in the foreign currency itself e.g. in USD, GBP, SGD, AUD or JPY, depending upon your FCNR deposit currency.

Why Invest in Sukanya Samriddhi Yojna scheme? Benefits and features

PM Modi has launched several good financial schemes e.g. Atal Pension Yojna to provide retirement solutions to many peoples from un-organized sector, PradhanMantri Jan Dhan yojana to open bank accounts for poor, Pradhanmantri Suraksha Yojna to provide the cheapest insurance to Indian citizens and my favorite Sukanya Samriddhi Yojna to save money for your daughter's education and marriage. It's one of the best, government-backed saving and investment option you will find, I guess only PPF is close matched to it, but this is only for parents with a girl child. If you have a daughter aged less than 10 years, you can open a Sukanya Samriddhi account for her in your nearest post office which provides investment option. The key feature of this account is slightly higher interest rate it offers in comparison of Personal Provident Fund account.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Atal Pension Yojna and Swavlamban Scheme From NPS and PM Modi

I come to know about this excellent pension scheme just now after listening respected Prime minister Narendra Modi Ji's independence day speech.  Since many Indians works in private sector where there is no pension and Indian provides no social security to its citizen like European nations, it's very important for individuals to take care of their retirement and pension need. In order to encourage and help people, Narendra Modi government has launched Atal Pension Yojna on 1st June 2015. It's like Swablamban Scheme already running with NPS (New Pension System).

Friday, August 11, 2017

What happens to bank account, Fixed Deposit, and Insurance Policy When you become NRI?

One of the most common doubt among new NRIs are about their bank accounts e.g. what happens to their bank account, Fixed deposit, Demat accounts, brokerage accounts, and insurance policies when they become non-resident Indian? Well, once your residential status changed from resident Indian to non-resident there are certainly few changes in your financial accounts. For example, your resident account needs to be converted into NRO account. You also become eligible to open NRE (Non-resident external) account. Similarly, once you become NRI you need to inform your bank about your fixed deposits, brokerage accounts, and insurance policies.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How much Indian Rupees (INR) Indians can carry from India to Dubai?

If you are going for holidays or work to Dubai, Singapore, or the USA from India and wondering how much Indian rupees you can carry to overseas then you need to know the Indian customs official limit about the export of Indian currency. As per Indian customs rules, Export of Indian Currency is strictly prohibited. However Indian residents, when they go abroad, can take Rs. 25,000/ or INR twenty-five thousand with them. This rule is same for going to any country in the world e.g. you can take 25K INR if you are going to Dubai, Singapore or India.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

NRI Aadhaar and PAN card FAQ - Frequently asked questions

In this article, I'll answered some of the frequently asked questions about Aadhaar card and PAN card and their linking for NRIs and Indians living abroad. Though, the most important thing to remember is that NRIs are not eligible for Aadhaar card and they are also exempted from quoting Aadhaar number in their income tax return in India. Since they are not legally eligible for Aadhaar, they are also don't need Aadhaar number if they want to apply for PAN card from 1st July 2017.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Do You Need to Pay Tax When You Transfer Money to India from Overseas bank?

Do I need to Pay Taxes in India When I transfer money from Overseas bank to India?
Many of my IT friends are working abroad and when you go abroad the first time, you have a lot of queries in your mind, related to NRI status, Taxation in the foreign country, remittance and Taxation in India. One of the most common questions I see is "Do you need to pay taxes in India when you transfer funds from and Overseas bank to Indian Saving account?", the short answer is No, provided you are an NRI i.e. you have stayed more than 182 days abroad in that financial year (31st March to 1st April).