Weekend Links July 7th 2014

Let’s start this week with a very interesting story about a floating solar power plant that India is building. I haven’t seen much coverage of this but I would feel that this is the kind of news that people want to hear about. Next up, India’s role in the nuclear race.  Did you know that 30 […]

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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Muthoot Finance 11.75% NCDs – May 2014 Issue

May 26, 2014

This post is written by Shiv Kukreja, who is a Certified Financial Planner and runs a financial planning firm, Ojas Capital in Delhi/NCR. He can be reached at skukreja@investitude.co.in Muthoot Finance Limited will be hitting the streets again next week to raise Rs. 500 crore in the public issue of its non-convertible debentures (NCDs). The […]

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Shoelaces revamp Nano to drink an IPA

May 24, 2014

Let’s start this week with The Economist which wishes Mr. Modi well, and highlights what can go wrong, and also what he needs to do to get things right. Next, an interesting article from Al Jazeera which talks about what a Modi win means for Nepal. I don’t think I’ve heard that angle being discussed anywhere else […]

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Of Brokerages and Sensex Targets

May 20, 2014

One of the more futile functions of brokerages is to issue targets on indices, and to a lesser extent on stocks. Often these are horribly wrong and almost always, brokerages tend to issue a higher target when the market is going up, and revise it downwards when the market is going down. These days since the markets are going […]

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