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      Five Year Low: WPI September INFLATION shrinks to 2.38%

      Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 Amritesh no responses

      Wholesale Price Index (WPI) for the month of September has shrunk to 2.38% against 3.74% in August(5 year low then). It is the lowest since October,2009 when WPI stood at 1.8%. Stable rupee and lower commodity price in the global market has led to the decline as per the Economist. The food price index, fuel and power price index contracted to 3.52% and 1.33% in the month of September. Wholesale Inflation takes into account the prices paid by the manufacturers on the goods imported and used as inputs. The main reason behind the WPI going down is lowering of the Crude prices in the International Market and the Dollar/Rupee stability seen over a period of time. The prices of Gold…

      Types Of Mutual Funds: Plan Your Investments

      Sunday, September 28th, 2014 Amritesh 5 responses

      In my earlier post I have given an insight about Mutual Funds (refer to my earlier post Mutual Funds: An Insight) with regard to their management and performance. Now in this post we will look at the various types of Mutual Funds available in the market and the features they offer to the investors. We look at the Funds with Investment perspective in mind and look at the differences between these funds.Equity/Growth Funds: The accumulated wealth from the investors are invested in stocks of the Public Companies. Thus the return on the investment is directly linked to the performance of the stocks. These stocks on basis of the capitalization are termed as Large Cap, Mid Cap and Small Cap. The…

      Tax Deductions Available Under Various Sections For Assessment Year 2015-16

      Sunday, September 21st, 2014 Amritesh no responses

      Individuals whose Annual Income is above `2,50,000/ p.a- will be liable to pay Taxes on the earnings above the prescribed amount. However those earning below `5,00,000/ p.a- will get a Tax Credit of `2000/- on the Tax payable. Now we will look at the Tax Deductions available under the Income Tax Act and Sections applicable. We would also find out Investment and Saving options which could be availed. DEDUCTIONS U/S 80CDeductions are available to the Individuals under Section 80C, 80CCC & 80CCD up to the extent `1,50,000/-. These are now effectively clubbed under Section 80C with the aggregate deduction ceiling of `1,50,000/-. SAVING/INVESTMENT SCHEMES RETURN ON INVESTMENT LOCK IN PERIOD Contribution to Employee’s Provident Fund (EPF) Varies year to year (Generally…

      Five Year Low: WPI Inflation shrinks to 3.74%

      Monday, September 15th, 2014 Amritesh no responses

      Wholesale Price Index (WPI) for the month of August shrunk to 3.74% against 5.19% in July. It is the lowest since October,2009 when WPI stood at 1.8%. Stable rupee and lower commodity price in the global market has led to the decline as per the Economist. The food price index, fuel and power price index contracted to 5.15% and 4.54% in the month of August. Wholesale Inflation takes into account the prices paid by the manufacturers on the goods imported and used as inputs. Consumer Price Index (CPI) stood at 7.8% in the month of August. With the expected Crude prices going down and prices of essential food prices remaining in check it can be expected that CPI will go…

      Budget 2014: Reforms A Priority Or Populism

      Sunday, September 14th, 2014 Amritesh no responses

      The Budget 2014 was one of the most anticipated and hyped budget in the recent past. A new Government at the Centre backed by a strong mandate raised the hopes of the people belonging to different section of the society. It was also a very challenging task for the government as it had to tackle many issues upfront and also deliver on the expectation of the people. It had to check the continuous slide in the GDP over the past few Quarters as well as control the fiscal deficit. Plan and formulate strategies to bring reforms and growth to the forefront and at the same time reduce burden on the common people. GDP Growth in Last Few Quarters GDP YoY…

      Emerging Market Funds

      Sunday, May 11th, 2014 Amritesh no responses

      “EMERGING MARKETS”: What do they mean???Emerging Market Funds or also known as Global Funds are Mutual Funds that have features similar to Exchange Traded Funds (ETF’s). But Emerging Market Funds means a lot more than that in real terms. These are special type of Mutual Fund scheme which allocate their investments in the Developing Countries. The term “Emerging Market” is given to the countries whose economy is still in the developing stage and there is ample scope to usher the funds for development in these areas which offer better return as compared to developed economy. The objective of this Fund is to allocate assets in the developing countries which offer better and faster prospect of growth. The fund is used…

      Balanced Funds: An Overview

      Sunday, April 6th, 2014 Amritesh no responses

      Balanced Funds are a kind of mutual fund scheme which offer Investors security, returns and moderate capital appreciation. These funds are also known as Hybrid Funds. Here the funds are invested in certain proportion in Equities as well as Bonds. The idea of the fund is protect the investment of the investor and provide decent return at the same time. These are considered as safer investment option as the fund is diversified in fixed return investments as well as equity which depending on the market scenario can yield positive or at times negative returns as well. But as per the data provided by the Stock Exchange the equities do provide positive and good returns over a longer period of time.…

      Planning Investments: Be Wise Invest Wise

      Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 Amritesh no responses

      “INVESTMENT”: What does it mean?In simple term it means any action or process of putting your present money or earnings in to any instrument or financial product which would provide good return on fund put in, it can also mean accumulation of assets which have the potential to appreciate in the future thereby enhancing the wealth of the concerned individual. Some though might invest to safe guard against any future shortcomings and also to cover their medical expenses in case of illness.We have wide range of financial as well as non financial products to invest into. You have the luxury of investing into Mutual Funds, Bullion Goods, Real Estate, Life Insurance Policies, Health Insurance, Retirement Plans and many others which…

      India And Global Economy

      Thursday, February 20th, 2014 Amritesh no responses

      Over the last 5 yearsOver the years we have witnessed a slowdown in the Indian Economy characterized by low GDP, charges of corruption and lack of reforms. The global economy too has not fared well either. The scars of 2008 recession can still be seen in the market coupled with lack of reform measures. Moreover the post 2008 era was marked with controversies and allegations against the Government. We have also witnessed the Rupee hitting the all time low of 68.82/dollar last August. The US Federal Reserve tapering bond buying program has also hit the emerging markets very hard. Major reform bills could not be tabled in the Assembly for much of the time. Inflation and Lack of employment generation…

      Savings, Investments And Insurance

      Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 Amritesh no responses

      Savings, Investments and Insurance are the terms we often come across and many of us treat is as same. But in reality this is not true. Many of us may feel that the term may look identical but when you look at it carefully you will realize there lies a point of difference. However though, they might mean different in the practical world but their interrelation cannot be ignored. Savings, Investments and Insurance are not only interrelated but they are also interdependent on each other.Savings generally means to save a portion of your earnings to meet your future shortcomings or obligations that may arise. It is generally for meeting short term needs and for specific purpose. Savings do not vouch…