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The Life Savers Called Online FDs


wealthymattersThe one good think about fixed deposits is the absolute predictability of returns, as long as they are not closed prematurely. Add to this that unlike a lot of other fixed income instruments, fixed deposits are available for all tenures upto 10 years, and you can now use fixed deposits to design your own financial products.

The only drawback is the extremely low deposit insurance  in India.The Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation provides insurance to each customer of a Scheduled Bank for deposits up to Rs 1 lakh in case of  bank failure. This limit is applicable across all the deposits, including savings, current, fixed and recurring. This limit remains Rs 1 lakh even if the sum of all deposits (including accrued interest) exceeds the same. Worse, non-scheduled banks ,companies and other institutions offering fixed deposits don’t provide this small comfort either. Of of what use is predictability of returns if basic security and return of capital is not guaranteed ? Read more of this post

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CRISIL And Its Ratings


wealthymattersCredit Rating and Information Services of India Ltd. (CRISIL) is India’s leading Ratings, Research, Risk and Policy Advisory Company based in Mumbai .CRISIL pioneered ratings in India more than 20 years ago, and is today the undisputed business leader in India.CRISIL’s rating experience covers more than 45000 entities, including 30,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Now if you buy bonds,NCDs etc.you have probably come across CRISIL Ratings.The table below explains them. Read more of this post

Bloomberg Billionaires List


wealthymattersThe Bloomberg Billionaires List consists of a daily ranking of billionaires by net worth.You can access it here http://topics.bloomberg.com/bloomberg-billionaires-index/

What I find interesting about the list is the daily fluctuations in these net worth figures.Obviously,these figures are for staggering amounts of money simply because these people are so wealthy.But as a percentage of their net-worth it’s not all that large.This is in huge contrast to the “financial advisers” who so glibly talk about “true investors” being comfortable with upto a 50% drop in portfolio values.It’s obviously easier to play round with and/or lose someone else’s money. Read more of this post

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