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Big bet on SIPs: MFs garner over Rs 67,000-cr in FY18 In comparison, Rs 43,921 crore was collected through the investment plan in 2016-17, according to the latest update with Association of Mutual Funds in India (Amfi).
Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:20:25 +0530


Equity MF inflow down 59% to Rs 6,657-cr in March on LTCG According to a report by rating agency Icra, equity funds, including equity-linked saving schemes saw monthly net inflow of Rs 6,657 crore in March, down from Rs 16,268 crore infusion seen in February.
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 18:25:23 +0530


Equity mutual funds log Rs 1.7 lakh crore inflow in FY18 Strong inflows have pushed the asset base of equity MFs by 38 percent to Rs 7.5 lakh crore during the period under review, the data showed.
Mon, 09 Apr 2018 15:35:18 +0530


Most equity mutual funds underperform in last 1 year: Report The findings are a part of SP Dow Jones Indices#39; scorecard SPIVA, which tracks the performance of actively managed Indian mutual funds against their benchmarks over one-year, three-year, five-year and 10-year periods.
Mon, 26 Mar 2018 17:58:12 +0530


Tushar Pradhan Speaking on investor behaviour, Tushar Pradhan believes that the real test of the investor would be in case of a major correction if there is a substantial external element.
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:43:13 +0530


Nazara Technologies gets Sebi#39;s go-ahead for IPO The company is popularly known for its games on World Cricket Championship, Chhota Bheem and Motu Patlu series.
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:37:29 +0530


IndoStar Capital gets Sebi#39;s nod for Rs 2,000 cr IPO The company had filed IPO papers with Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) in January and received "observations" from the regulator on April 3, as per the latest update with the markets watchdog.
Mon, 09 Apr 2018 18:43:18 +0530


Strong debut: Hotel chain Lemon Tree closes 29% higher on Day 1 The hospitality chain’s stock closed at Rs 72.10 apiece, a rise of Rs 16.1 to the issue price of Rs 56. It had listed at Rs 61.6, a premium of 10 percent to its issue price on the National Stock Exchange (NSE).
Mon, 09 Apr 2018 15:37:30 +0530


New Listing: Lemon Tree Hotels debuts with 10% premium at Rs 61.6 apiece The Rs 1,038.68 IPO received bids for 15.49 crore shares against the total issue size of 12.98 crore shares.
Mon, 09 Apr 2018 10:00:24 +0530


Lemon Tree Hotels to make stock market debut on April 9 The company in consultation with merchant bankers has fixed final issue price at Rs 56 per share.
Sat, 07 Apr 2018 17:00:04 +0530


Mishra Dhatu Nigam closes tad higher than issue price The stock touched an intraday high of Rs 91 and low of Rs 86.05 after opening 3.3 percent lower at Rs 87.
Wed, 04 Apr 2018 17:12:22 +0530


ICICI Securities makes weak debut; stock dips 14% below issue price The stock got listed at Rs 431.10 with a discount of 17.09 per cent over the issue price. During the day, it touched an intra-day high of Rs 462.70 and an intra-day low of Rs 431.10.
Wed, 04 Apr 2018 15:20:20 +0530


Mishra Dhatu Nigam opens lower, falls over 4% to Rs 86.05 The stock price fell as much as 4.4 percent in morning to hit a day#39;s low of Rs 86.05 while it touched an intraday high of Rs 90.90.
Wed, 04 Apr 2018 10:33:32 +0530


ICICI Securities debuts at Rs 453.80, down 13% from issue price The stock price debuted at Rs 453.80 on the National Stock Exchange, down 12.73 percent compared to issue price of Rs 520.
Wed, 04 Apr 2018 10:08:15 +0530


4 PSUs file IPO papers with Sebi Railway infrastructure firm Ircon International and warship maker Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers are the other two firms which have filed IPO papers.
Mon, 02 Apr 2018 19:19:16 +0530


Karda Construction debuts with a discount of 24% at Rs 136 The stock listed at Rs 136, a discount of 24 percent to the issue price of Rs 180.
Mon, 02 Apr 2018 10:14:27 +0530


New Listing: Sandhar Technologies lists at a premium of 5% at Rs 349 The stock listed at Rs 349, a gain of Rs 27 to the issue price of Rs 332 per share.
Mon, 02 Apr 2018 10:04:22 +0530


Sandhar Technologies, Karda Construction to debut on bourses on April 2 Sandhar Technologies has fixed the final issue price at Rs 332 per share and Karda at Rs 180 per share.
Wed, 28 Mar 2018 23:50:20 +0530


T Suvarna Raju It was no fireworks for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) debut on dalal street. The defence major listed at Rs 1,159 per share versus issue price of Rs 1,215 per share.
Wed, 28 Mar 2018 15:07:13 +0530


Hindustan Aeronautics debuts at Rs 1,159, falls 5% from issue price The stock price has opened at Rs 1,159 on the National Stock Exchange while it started off trade at Rs 1,169 on the BSE, falling 4 percent.
Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:05:24 +0530

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Financial Planning

FINANCIAl planning

Financial planning is the process of assessing financial goals of an individual, taking an inventory of the money and other assets which the person has determine life goals and then take necessary steps to achieve goals in the stipulated period. It is a method of quantifying a person’s requirement in terms of money.

It is the process of meeting life goals through the proper management of finances. Financial planning is a process that a person goes through to find out where they are now (financially), determine where they want to be in the future, and what they are going to do to get there. Financial Planning provides direction and meaning to person’s financial decisions.it allows understanding of how each financial decision a person makes, affects the other areas of their finances. For example, buying a particular investment product might help to pay off mortgage faster or it might delay the retirement singnificantly.by viewing each financial decision as part of the whole; one can consider its short and long-term effects on their life goals. People can also adapt more easily to life changes and feel more secure that their goals are on track.

In simple, Financial Planning is what a person does with their money. Individuals have been practicing financial planning for ages. Every individual who received money had to make a decision about the best way to use it. Typically, the decision was either spend it then or save it to spend later. Everyone had to make the same decision every time they receive money.

Financial Planning is an advisory service provided by the finance industry. Although financial planning is not a new concept, it just needs to be conducted in organized manner. Financial Planner on other hand is a service provider which enables an individual to select proper product mix for achieving their goals.

The major things to be considered in financial planning are time horizon to achieve life goals, identify risk tolerance of client, their liquidity need, the inflation. Keeping all this in mind financial planning is done with six step processes. This are self-assessment of client, identify personal goals and financial goals and objective, identify financial problems and opportunities, determining recommendations and alternative solutions, implementation of  appropriate strategy to achieve goals and review and update plan periodically.

A good financial plan includes Contingency planning, Risk Planning (insurance), Tax Planning, Retirement Planning and Investment and saving option

 

 

Study of various factors

Thing to consider while doing financial planning are:

Time horizon and goals

It is important to understand what the individual’s goals are, and over what time period they want to achieve their goals. Some goals are short term goals, those that people want to achieve within a year. For such goals it is important to be conservative in one’s approach and not take too much risk. For long term goals, however, one can afford to take more risk and use time to one’s advantage.

Risk tolerance

Every individual should know what their capacity to take risk is. Some investments can be more risky than others. These will not be suitable for someone of a low risk profile, or for goals that require being conservative. Crucially, one’s risk profile will change across their life’s stages. As a young person with no dependents or financial liabilities, one might be able to take lots of risk. However, if this young person gets married and has a child, the person will have dependents and higher fiscal responsibilities. So, the persons approach to risk and finances cannot be the same as it was when they were single.

Liquidity needs

How quickly one can access the money, when it is needed. If investment made on an asset needs to sold to procure funds in order meet a goal, then it needs to be understood how easily one can sell the asset. Usually, money market and stock market related assets are easy to liquidate. On the other hand, something like real estate might take a long time to sell.

Inflation

Inflation is a facet of the economic life in India. The product that is brought today is almost double the price of what it was ten years ago. The purchasing power of money is going down every year. Therefore, the cost of achieving goals needs to be seen in terms of what the inflated price would be in the future.

Need for growth or income

When an individual makes investments he/she needs to think about what is required, whether capital appreciation or income. Not all investments satisfy both requirements. A young person should usually consider investing for capital appreciation, to take advantage of their young age. An older person however might be more interested in generating income for themselves.

Six steps process of financial planning


            1.    Self-assessment

            Clarifying present situation is a preliminary step someone has to                complete prior to planning their finance. Doing a self-assessment                enables a person to understand their present wealth status and                  responsibilities. Self-assessment should contain following

 

            Prospective retirement age - Main source of income - Dependents              in family - Expenses and monthly savings - Current investment                  status

                  One should identify their wealth status prior to moving with                        financial planning.

 

                 2.    Identify financial, personal goals and objectives

           One should identify their wealth status prior to moving with                       financial planning.

           Each individual aspires to lead a better and a happier life. To lead a             such life there are some needs and some wishes that need to be                 fulfilled.

 

          Money is a medium through which such needs and wishes are                    fulfilled. Some of the common needs that most individuals would                have are:

 

         Creating enough financial resources to lead a comfortable retired               life,providing for a child’s education and marriage, buying a                       dream home.

 

 

Providing for medical emergencies,etc.

 

Once the needs/objectives have been identified, they need to be converted into financial goals. Two components go into converting the needs into financial goals. First is to evaluate and find out when it is needed to make withdrawals from investments for each of the needs/objectives. Then person should estimate the amount of money needed in current value to meet the objective/need today. Then by using a suitable inflation factor one can project what would be amount of money needed to meet the objective/need in future. Similarly one need estimate the amount of money needed to meet all such objectives/ needs. Once a person has all the values they need to plot it against a timeline.

 

 

  1. 3.    Identify financial problems or opportunities

 Once goals and current situation are identified, the short fall to achieve the goal can be assessed. This short fall need to be covered over a period of time to fulfill various needs at different life stages. Since future cannot be predict, all the contingencies should be considered will doing financial planning. A good financial plan should hedge from various risks. A flexible approach should be taken to cater to changing needs and we should be ready to reorganize our financial plan from time to time.

 

  1. 4.    Determine recommendations and alternative solutions

 Review various investment options such as stocks, mutual funds, debt instruments such as PPF, bonds, fixed deposits, gilt funds, etc. and identify which instrument(s) or a combination thereof best suits the need. The time frame for investment must correspond with the time period for goals.

 

  1. 5.    Implement the appropriate strategies to achieve goals

 A person needs to implement the plan into action. Necessary steps needs to be taken to achieve financial goals. This may include gathering necessary documents, open necessary bank, demat, trading account, liaise with brokers and get started. In simple terms, start investing and stick to the plan.

 

 

  1. 6.    Review and update plan periodically

 Financial planning is not a one-time activity. A successful plan needs serious commitment and periodical review (once in six months, or at a major event such as birth, death, inheritance). Person should be prepared to make minor or major revisions to their current financial situation, goals and investment time frame based on a review of the performance of investments.

 

Components of financial planning

 

A good financial plan should include the following things

 

Contingency planning-Risk planning (insurance)-Retirement planning-Tax planning-investments and savings option

One should identify their wealth status prior to move with financial planning.

 

Contingency planning

 

Contingency mean any unforeseen event which may or may not occur in future. Contingency planning is the basic and the very first step to financial planning it was found that a large number of people have invested in financial planning instrument but have ignored their contingency planning. There are many possibilities that due to illness, injury or to care of family member a huge amount of money is required. Moreover, it’s not assured that the next job will be available at the earliest. These are temporary situation and last for a short phase but cannot be ignored.

 

If person has not planned for contingencies he will use his long term investment to fund such crises.it is a possible that long term investment may not give enough returns if withdrawn early. There is also a possibility of capital erosion in such situations; all the financial plans made are of waste. With long term planning ,person also needs to take care  of present situations in order to truly achieve financial goals.it is a thumb rule that one should have three times  money of monthly salary in liquid form to support contingency.

 

Risk planning

 

Every individual is exposed to certain type of risk whether it is due to loss or damage of personal property, loss of pay due to illness or disability; or even due to death. Such risk cannot be determined but on occurrence there may be a financial loss to the individual or their family. Proper personal financial planning should definitely include insurance. One main area of the role of personal financial planning is to make sure that one has the ability to carry on living in case of some unforeseen and unfortunate event. Basically, insurance provides a safety net to provide the necessary funds when one meets with events like accidents, disabilities or illnesses. One main contribution of insurance is that it helps provides peace of mind, knowing that enough funds are at hand in the event when things do not go the way it should be. This peace of mind leaves one with the energy and confidence to move forward.

 

Life risk

 

Every individual is prone to risk of losing life but what is not certain is the time of death. In this sense everyone is prone to life risk, but the degree of risk may vary. In terms of financial planning, covering life risk means insuring the life of the person through proper life insurance plan. It is extremely important that every person, especially the breadwinner, covers the risks to his life, so that his familys quality of life does not undergo any drastic change in case of an unfortunate eventuality. There are various plans offered by insurance companies that can suite various needs of an individual

 

Health risk.

 

Lifespan of an Indian is known to have increased nowadays, and senior citizens strive to stay healthy and active as they age. However, as the person gets older, extensive health care is needed. Health insurance is an insurance policy that insures against any medical expenses. Insured medical expenses will be taken care of by the insurance company provided person pays their premium regularly. Cover extends to pre-hospitalization and post-hospitalization for periods of 30 days and 60 days respectively. Domiciliary hospitalization is also covered.

 

Property coverage

 

Property coverage insures personal property from damage, destruction or theft. Dwelling coverage also known as homeowners insurance offers protection against direct physical damage caused to the dwelling. Including rooms fireplaces carpeting tile floors and elements of décor. Structures, which are attached to the insured dwelling on the same foundation, such as a garage, are also liable to coverage under this section of homeowners insurance. Besides, this section of policy covers materials and supplies necessary to rebuild or repair home.

 

Person property coverage can insure the contents of home.

 

 

Tax planning

 

Tax planning is what every income earner does without fail and this is what financial planning is all to them. A good plan is one which takes the maximum advantage of various incentives offered by the income tax laws of the country. Financial planning objective should be getting maximum advantage of various avenues. It is to be remembered that tax planning is a part and not financial planning itself. Primary objective of a good financial plan is to maximize the wealth, not to beat the taxmen.

 

With the knowledge of the income tax (IT) Act one can reduce income tax liability. It also helps to decide, where to invest and to claim deductions under various sections. The income earned is subject to income tax by the government.

The rate of income tax is different income levels, and thus, the income tax payable depends on the total earnings in a given year.

 

Retirement planning

 

A retirement plan is on assurance that a person will continue to earn a satisfying income and enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. Even when they are no longer working. Due to the improved living conditions and access to better medical facilities, the life expectancy of people is increasing. This has led to a situation where people will be spending approximately the same number of year in retirement as what they have spent in their active working life. Thus it has become imperative to ensure that the golden years of the life are not spent worrying about financial hardships. A proper retirement planning to a very large extent will ensure this.

 

 

Planning ahead will let us enjoy the retirement that we deserve. The retirement strategies decided upon, makes a fundamental difference to the degree of financial freedom one will experience when they do decide to take their pension. Planning for retirement and choosing a pension strategy to safeguard financial security can be a minefield.

 

Financial planning tips

 

It is fine to be optimistic and even ambitious with financial goals, like saving even as low as 20 to 30% of disposable income, but avoid failure by choosing too difficult or near-impossible goals.

 

Make a plan to achieve these financial goals. A real, concrete plan with measurable parameters such as saving some amount of money in a week or investing some percent of every paycheck in a stock or bond fund is the best idea.

 

Put this plan down a paper and refer to it on a regular basis to keep track of the results. Try the plan for at least six months. If the goals are not met (or at least some significant progress) after six months or it is not working for whatever reason, then consider changing it.

 

Do not take money taken directly out of payroll for investment purposes. Most people will spend cash more readily then making a credit card purchase, so not having cash around helps keep your budgeting and  prevents impulse spending.

 

Consider a financial adviser or a financial planner. They are paid professionals who are trained to analyze individual financial situation and offer advice to help people achieve their financial goals.