Monday, September 18, 2017

Can You Open a Joint NRE or NRO account (savings and fixed deposit)?

Yes, you can open a joint NRE or NRO savings, current or fixed deposit and FCNR fixed deposit account, but who you can use as joining partner depends on upon what type of account you are opening and citizenship of other account holders. For example, if you are opening an NRO (Non Resident Ordinary) savings, fixed deposit or current account then you can open it jointly with any resident Indian or NRI. It means you can open NRO account jointly with your parents, spouse or your siblings, of course, if they are staying in India or any NRI e.g. your wife and children which are staying abroad with you.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Where to Open Sukanya Samriddhi account? List of authorised banks

You can open Sukanya Samriddhi account with both post office and banks. Initially when the scheme was launched it was only available to Post office but Reserve bank of India has instructed a list of authorized banks to open SSY account, which includes popular banks like SBI, Axis Bank, and ICICI bank. Actually, the list includes many banks from both private and public sector. Unfortunately, you cannot open Sukanya Samriddhi Yojna account online, you must visit banks if you pass the eligibility criterion discussed in my last post. Anyway, here is the updated list of authorized banks which are allowed to open SSY account

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Does NRIs need to update Aadhaar on Bank Accounts?

Recently many of my colleagues received an email from their banks e.g. ICICI and HDFC bank regarding their saving accounts to update Aadhaar on their bank accounts, the deadline to link Aadhaar with a bank account is 31st December. If you don't do this then your account will be frozen. Since many NRIs doesn't have Aadhaar card, so what can NRIs do to deal with this situation? Well, this is not required for NRIs.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

How to check EPF (Employee Provident Fund) account balance online - free

How to find EPF (Employee Provident Fund) account balance online
You can now check your EFF (Employee Provident Fund) account balance online from the comfort of your office and home. No need to endure stress on multiple runs of government office.  In order to check your EPF account balance online, You just need to click below link and enter your EPF also known as PF account number and mobile number and it will display your total EPF (Employee Provident Fund) account balance. Every salaried employee In India who contributes some part of his salary to EPF (Employee provided Fund) have been curious to know his or her EFF (Employee Provident fund) account balance from a long time but going to EPF office and inquiring these details are a troublesome job, given how government offices works in India. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Best Bank to Open NRI Savings Account India - HDFC vs Kotak vs YES Bank

Recently I was doing some research to open an NRI Savings account in India, and given their is  so many banks, both public and private sector are providing NRI services, I thought to do some quick checks on the best NRI savings account I can get this moment. One of my friends suggested me to open your NRI Savings account in HDFC bank, other suggested that he has an account in Kotak Mahindra and very happy with their services especially rather offered on their remittance service click2Remit.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Eligibility Criterion to Open Sukanya Samriddhi Yojna Account

Ever since Sukanya Samriddhi Yojna account has launched parents are very enthusiastic to open SSY account in the name of their daughter. Many of my friends have asked about whether they can open Sukanya Samriddhi account or not? Do it has some income criterion? I am currently outside India can I open Sukanya Samriddhi account? Can NRI open Sukanya Samriddhi account if daughter is Indian citizen etc. In this post, I will give you overview of who can open SSY account and who cannot by explaining eligibility criterion of Sukanya Samriddhi account.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Best bank to open SGD/HKD 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.