NPS Exit & Withdrawal Rules & Taxation (Latest 2019 2020 – Updated)

The National Pension System (or NPS) is a retirement savings product that allows investors to invest in equity and debt as a means for proper retirement planning. And it is aimed at providing a pension at the time of retirement…

Don’t Invest in PMS just because You have Rs 25 lakh (or 50 lakh)

(Update - November 2019: PMS minimum investment size has been increased to Rs 50 lac by SEBI. Please read the following article in that light.) The minimum ticket size for PMS investments is Rs 25 lakhs. But that doesn’t mean…

Why Fee Only Financial Planner is Best For You?

Till now, you have been getting the so-called free advice from your investment agents (more specifically MF distributors, insurance agents and IFAs). So why am I telling you that ‘Fee-Only Investment Advisor’ or ‘Fee-Only Financial Planner’ better for you? Because,…

Income Tax on Life Insurance Premiums & Maturity in India (Updated 2019-20) – All you need to Know

The real purpose of purchasing life insurance is to avoid tragic stories like this. But many still wrongly feel, that life insurance is a waste of money. But luckily and thanks to our government’s tax-saving policies, they still end up…

NPS Rs 50,000 per year – Retirement Corpus & Pension Calculation

Even though NPS is a product designed exclusively for retirement planning, what attracts most people to NPS is Rs 50,000 extra tax benefit it offers via deduction. As per the current tax rules (2019-20), there is an additional Rs 50,000…

F.I.R.E – Is going Very Fast really Good?

Recently, my wife showed me an interesting tweet (link): Overrated: How fast you are able to reach financial independence. Underrated: How enjoyable is your journey on way to financial independence. I was like wow! This makes sense. She was quick…

Benefits of Fee-Only Advice

When financial advice is easily available free (as many believe it) from family, friends, colleagues and online, then what can be the reason for paying a fee for getting it? Many in India think like this. There is a general…

Cost Inflation Index (CII): FY 2019-20 (AY 2020-21) for LTCG Indexation Calculation (Updated)

The Cost Inflation Index (CII) for the Financial Year (FY 2019-20) and Accounting Year (AY 2020-21) is 289. For the previous FY 2018-19, CII was 280. The CII is used to notify the rate of inflation for indexation purpose in…