Weekend Links 31st July 2014

If you’ve been watching the news, you’ve probably asked yourself at least once why are so many children dying in Gaza? Here is the answer. You might also be wondering why Israel with all its strength isn’t able to overcome Hamas? An answer. I have read and heard about wealth gap several times, but never in […]

Dogs of war find meaning in a meaningless world

June 6, 2014

Let’s start this week with an excellent post by John Elliott on how the last elections should have been the end of Rahul Gandhi’s political career but they probably won’t. This is a great post because of the details it gets into about what Rahul Gandhi has been up to in the last few years, […]

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One income tax change that the Narendra Modi government needs to bring

June 5, 2014

I don’t know how many readers will recognize this headline, but it is just one word changed from a recent headline in an ET article. The article in question talks about six changes they’d like to see and going through that article reminded of the very first draft of the Direct Tax Code which came out […]

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Some interesting facts about Israel’s Desalination Program

June 4, 2014

I’ve heard interesting tidbits about Isreal’s desalination program over the years, but never realized how big it was, or how successful it was until recently when I came across this article which started with this impressive line: “After experiencing its driest winter on record, Israel is responding as never before — by doing nothing.” India and […]

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Thoughts on 100% FDI in Defense

June 2, 2014

I was delighted to read that the government has already moved to allow 100% FDI in the defense sector, and I hope the measure passes, and doesn’t get stalled like multi brand FDI. Currently, India allows 26% FDI in defense but the policy is so restrictive and unfriendly to investors that hardly any FDI has been received […]

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Thoughts on retrospective taxation

June 2, 2014

The market has been doing quite well the past few months, and the hope is that the new government brings out policies, and clears roadblocks that further encourage investment, and in turn encourages FII money in the country, and help the overall economy as well. With today’s globalized economy, it is no surprise that foreign governments and […]

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Weekend Links May 30th 2014

May 31, 2014

Let’s start this week with a touching story about a beluga whale who mimicked human language, and possibly tried to communicate with humans. This story reminded of the documentary “Blackfish” which is a very touching story about a killer whale in captivity, and if you get a chance to watch it, I highly recommend that you […]

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How to calculate return on an insurance policy?

May 30, 2014

Colin posted the following comment on the Suggest a Topic page yesterday: Colin May 28, 2014 at 1:04 pm [edit] I have a real tough time to measure the current value of insurance-linked products that provide payback after the 20-25 year period. Is there a way to do this easily? How should i evaluate whether its worth […]

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Claim Settlement Ratio of Life Insurers 2012 – 13

May 29, 2014

When I wrote the post about LIC’s online term insurance yesterday, I said that I would myself opt for a much cheaper private insurer and that’s because all of them essentially offer the same thing. The reason behind that a lot of the private life insurance companies are settling claims at a good rate, and while none of […]

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Thoughts on LIC’s new online term insurance

May 28, 2014

LIC announced its second online product a few days ago, which is its online term insurance plan called LIC’s e-Term Plan. LIC introducing an online term plan must be a bitter sweet feeling for the private players who already offer online term plans. While it validates the product they originally came up with, and shows […]

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Announcing OneMint Financial Planning Services

May 27, 2014

Shiv and I have been working with some paid clients during the last few months, and have been experimenting with various type of services, and we are now ready to announce this on the blog, and reach out to a wider audience. There are two services that we are going to offer, and I’m going […]

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