Update On Franklin Funds That Are Winding Up

It does not seem like the problems with Franklin are going to end anytime soon. They are in news everyday for some reason or the other. The first issue I can see is that the investors will not receive any money in May. The reason? Franklin has not yet started the voting process. And until that happens I don’t think they can return anything to the investors. If you recall, I was hoping Franklin will return something in May. However, all hope is not lost. Franklin has started the voting process. Hopefully we will get something in June. Please make … Continue reading “Update On Franklin Funds That Are Winding Up”

Should We Be Greedy or Fearful In The Current Market?

Should we be greedy or fearful? I really don’t know. This is one of those confusing times. When the markets crashed all over the world due to COVID-19, I thought it was a good time to be greedy. But soon, the markets recovered some of the losses making it a confusing time. If markets don’t fall down deeply, there is no way to properly time the market, which is what I like to do. In the current situation, I can do nothing much but keep my asset allocation the same as the markets move sideways. A falling market presents opportunities … Continue reading “Should We Be Greedy or Fearful In The Current Market?”

Consolidating Your Portfolio

I am sure everyone of you at some point have wondered why you have so many funds in your portfolio. I am one of them too. If you have wanted to consolidate your funds into fewer funds in fewer categories, this post should help you get there. There could be many reasons for your bloated portfolio. May be some funds performed better at some point but not anymore and so you stopped investing in it and started another one. Or perhaps you created multiple folios in the same fund by mistake because you did not select a folio number. May … Continue reading “Consolidating Your Portfolio”

The Truth About My Passive Income

Many people have been wondering and some were asking if I have any other passive income other than my investments in equity and debt mutual funds. Some think that I may have some real estate income or business income or some other income that I am not disclosing. Here is a post to bust some myths and bring out the truth. First, lets address the elephant in the room which is on most people’s mind, — do I have multiple passive incomes? The answer is a clear and resounding no. I have one and only one source of income which … Continue reading “The Truth About My Passive Income”

Income Tax Reporting

While the name “income tax reporting” seems to suggest that you only need to report income, it is not really the case. It has been expanded to report investments that you already have, whether they gave you any income or not during the assessment year. After reading a comment on one of my blog posts I became aware of the fact that some people might be misinformed about what is supposed to be reported. Since I am not a tax adviser, I cannot tell what everyone should report, but I will go over what I have been reporting over the … Continue reading “Income Tax Reporting”

Interest Rates On Govt. Schemes Have Been Cut

Finally some good news that I have been waiting for. The interest rates for the governments schemes have come down. Just in yesterday’s post I have been complaining about the high interest rates of many of these schemes have been the barrier for the rate cut transmissions. I am not particularly happy about the rate cut because it does not really help. The banks rarely cut the lending rates because they still have to honor the FDs which are fixed at the previous interest rate for a fixed duration. Moreover the FD rates are quite high compared to the repo … Continue reading “Interest Rates On Govt. Schemes Have Been Cut”

Sensex and Nifty Down by 30%

At close today, both Sensex and Nifty are down by 30%. We are officially in bear territory. It is considered a bear market if the market has fallen more than 20% from the recent highs and the investor sentiment is negative. Some market pundits are predicting that there is going to be a recession worse than the 2008 crisis. I have no idea if that will happen, but I am not worried at all. Also I cannot predict market, so I can’t even tell if they are correct or not. But I have a plan. As I have been saying … Continue reading “Sensex and Nifty Down by 30%”

Sensex is Down 15% From the Peak

Sensex highest closing ever was 41,952. Today it closed at 35,634. That is more than 15% drop from the peak. Is it time to worry? Is there going to be a recession soon. Should we sell all our stock and buy lots of non-perishables, for the world is going to end? Nah, nothing like that really. Silly you, it is just a mere 15% drop from the peak. Keep your pants on and don’t panic. On the other hand, are you are thinking, this seems to be the right time to invest, let me move all my money into equity … Continue reading “Sensex is Down 15% From the Peak”

COVID-19 vs Market

Have you seen the market lately? It has gone on a wild roller coaster ride. You get to read news like Sensex fell over 1500 points from the peak. Should you be concerned? Do you need to act on this news? Lets find out. Let me preface by saying that I don’t know anything about the virus, how much affect it will have on economy or how the economy works. Nor can I predict the future and where the markets will go. All I can give is some financial planning advice. Now, how bad is the effect of the virus … Continue reading “COVID-19 vs Market”