Sovereign Gold Bonds – I’ll Pass

wealthymattersThe first I heard of the Sovereign Gold Bonds was on Dhanteras day when my bank tried to get me to purchase some of them.At the time , I was on my way out shopping  and my first thought was: Do I really want to postpone my gold purchases for a year to earn an additional 275 rupees per Rs10,000/-?Yaar, I could haggle with the jeweller and easily get that much and more off my purchases. And then, I love wearing jewellery.Do I want to give up on that pleasure and experience, multiple times a year, for as little as 275 rupees? That too in the days when one simple restaurant meal, or a taxi ride might cost that much and more? The answer then was an easy “NO”.

Later, I was to learn worse about these bonds. They are priced higher than the price of physical gold on the street. So there goes any notional interest a person might have earned! Read more of this post

Gold Play

A few years ago there was no person selling financial products that didn’t have a good word to say about gold, even if it was just paper gold.

And these day’s when gold prices are down, there’s a lot of people talking about the non interest bearing nature of gold and the hassles of gold ownership. “Monetizing ” gold is the new buzz-word.

But round the world, central banks are involved in an interesting gold play. I’m not sure its check-mate as yet .But where all these guys prefer physical gold, I’m not persuaded that letting go of our small stashes is such a great idea. Enjoy the very interesting article below:

Grandmaster Putin’s Trap: Russia is Selling Oil and Gas in Exchange for Physical Gold
-Dmitry Kalinichenko

Accusations of the West towards Putin are traditionally based on the fact that he worked in the KGB. And therefore he is a cruel and immoral person. Putin is blamed for everything. But nobody ever accused Putin of the lack of intelligence.Any accusations against this man only emphasize his ability for quick analytical thinking and making clear and balanced political and economic decisions. Read more of this post

Recycle Your Scrap Gold And Get Paid For It

wealthymattersBeing something of a gold-bug and an investor with a preference for tangible assets, I don’t much care for the line of thought that sees gold as a dead asset. Moreover, no matter however deeply unfashionable, I believe that by “worshipping” gold as we Indians do, we actually help keep our politicians “honest”. Gold has a way of exposing the economic lies and false promises of the powers that be.

However, should you have scrap gold with you-broken artefacts,worn out jewellery that simply can’t be repaired any longer,9Kt gold,14Kt gold- the new gold deposit scheme is a god send.

Normally, you’d have to pay to have the gold melted down and made pure but as per the provisions of the Gold Monetisation Scheme, the banks would pick up this tab. And they have to pay you a small interest for the period you choose to entrust the gold to them.

So go ahead and approach the banks with your scrap gold. A short while later, you should be able to withdraw your gold as 995 gold bullion.

How To Compare Family Health Insurance Plans

wealthymattersIf you’re thinking about taking a family health insurance plan, there are a lot of things you need to consider before buying the right plan for your family. You have the option to choose from a variety of policies but if this is your first time buying an insurance policy, you’re probably not quite sure which one actually suits your needs.

Here’s an entire glossary on health insurance plans that will surely enlighten you on the nuances of procuring the perfect health insurance for your family.

Types of Health Insurance Plans

There are plenty of health insurance plans available in India to help you in times of medical emergencies. You should specifically focus on coverage, premiums, returns and a bunch of other stuff to make the right pick.
Here are the 6 health insurance policies readily available in the Indian insurance policy market: Read more of this post

Free Credit Scores In India

wealthymattersBefore a bank/other financial institute extends a loan to a potential borrower, it needs to take a decision on whether the person would be able to repay the interest and principal or default and how much  risk is involved in lending money to this person. Banks and other financial institutions rely on many factors to take this decision on credit-worthiness – including the person’s income and household income , the person’s other loans and EMIs, the person’s previous repayment history and defaults if any, etc.

In the past, the banks had to collect all this information from a potential borrower before analyzing it. But now, they make use of   credit reports and credit scores. A few years ago, the only credit reports and credit scores available were from CIBIL. At the time, I wrote about interpreting the CIBIL CIR and improving the Credit Score and How a Good Credit Score improves one’s chances of securing a loan on better terms. Link. Link.Link. Read more of this post


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