Financial Cocktail Samosas: Bitesized Money Morsels For You, 13/09/2023

The Illusion of Prosperity: Navigating Financial Realities

The illusion of prosperity is the perception that we are financially secure based on appearances, even though our financial reality may be different. We are here to shed light on this phenomenon, help you recognize its presence, and guide you toward making sound financial decisions.

Lifestyle Inflation: A Silent Deceiver – Lifestyle inflation occurs when we increase our spending as our income grows. This can make us feel prosperous, but it also makes it difficult to accumulate wealth.

Debt: The Veil of False Abundance – Debt (कर्ज़) can create an illusion of abundance because it allows us to buy things we can’t afford. However, debt is a liability, not an asset, and it can quickly spiral out of control.

Investments: Seeking Solid Ground – Investments can also create an illusion of prosperity, especially in the short term. A soaring stock or cryptocurrency might give us a temporary sense of wealth. Diversification and a long-term perspective are essential to distinguish true investment growth from transitory gains.

Emergencies: The Reality Check – Emergencies can also reveal our financial vulnerability. Medical bills, job loss, or other unforeseen circumstances can quickly deplete our savings.

Breaking the Illusion: A Prudent Path – Breaking the illusion of prosperity starts with understanding our financial reality. We need to create a budget and track our spending. We should also avoid overextending ourselves on lifestyle upgrades or speculative investments.

Financial Literacy: Your Empowerment – Educate yourself about personal finance. Financial literacy empowers you to see beyond the illusion, make informed decisions, and secure your future. Seek guidance from trusted sources and professionals when needed.

Finally, let’s acknowledge the allure of the illusion of prosperity while embracing the wisdom to see beyond it. True financial wellness involves living within your means, prioritizing savings, and pursuing investments based on a clear understanding of risks and rewards.

(Contributed by MF Alam, Senior Financial Research Analyst, Hum Fauji Initiatives)

Why You Should Not Hesitate to Pay Investment Experts

Good investing can be strenuous, but it does not have to be complicated with uncertainty and stress. Using the services of an investing professional can be a wise decision, providing a wide range of benefits to those seeking to safeguard their financial future. Here are a few reasons, why hiring an investment expert is a good idea: –

  1. Expert Knowledge and Experience: Investment professionals have spent years studying financial markets, improving their abilities, and gaining essential expertise. Their knowledge enables them to assist you in making informed financial decisions, reducing the chance of costly and mostly irreversible mistakes.
  2. Tailored Financial Plans: Investment specialists can tailor financial strategies to your unique objectives, risk tolerance, and time horizon. They can also help you set reasonable goals and make necessary adjustments as your circumstances change.
  3. Enhanced Decision-Making: Investment specialists are more likely to make sound investment decisions on your behalf due to their extensive experience. Their ability to analyse data, trends, and market dynamics can result in higher profits and improved asset protection.
  4. Risk Mitigation: Professionals understand how to successfully diversify a portfolio by spreading risk across multiple asset classes. They can implement procedures to reduce losses during market downturns, thus protecting your investments.
  5. Access to Opportunities: Investment experts often have access to exclusive investment opportunities and networks, which can offer you potential advantages in the market.
  6. Regulatory Compliances: They stay up to date on ever-changing regulations in order to keep your investments compliant and secure.
  7. Continuous Monitoring: Most importantly, Investment experts monitor your portfolio closely and make proactive changes to respond to changing market conditions.

The decision to hire an investment expert is a strategic move towards financial success, leveraging their knowledge, experience, and personalized guidance to navigate complexities, save time, and position for best returns while managing risk.

(Contributed by Avinash Kumar, Financial Research Executive, Hum Fauji Initiatives)

Impact of the New RBI Rules on Floating Rate Loans for Home Loan Borrowers

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) recently introduced new rules that have significant implications for home loan borrowers with floating interest rates. Let’s explore how these changes will impact you as a home loan borrower:

Options for Borrowers – Now, the borrowers can choose to switch their floating-rate loans to fixed-rate loans and they can opt for foreclosure of loans if they find themselves in a position to pay off the loan before the original tenor.

Transparency in Communication – One of the central themes of the new RBI rules is effective communication. This includes educating borrowers about the risks and benefits of switching to fixed-rate loans or foreclosing their loans. Banks need to have a board-approved policy for such instances, which may also indicate the number of times a borrower may switch the interest rate mechanism during the tenure of the loan.

Transparent Disclosure of Charges – To prevent any surprises, the new rules mandate that lenders disclose all charges incidental to the exercise of these options. So, the borrowers will have a clear understanding of any fees associated with switching to fixed-rate loans or foreclosing their loans.

Existing Borrowers – If you already have a floating rate home loan, these rules still apply to you. Banks are obligated to communicate any changes in interest rates to existing borrowers. It’s essential to stay informed about these changes and how they affect your loan.

The new RBI rules aim to create a more borrower-friendly environment, empowering individuals to make sound financial decisions regarding their home loans. It’s crucial to stay informed about these changes, understand your loan terms, and plan your finances accordingly to make the most of these regulations.

Remember, consulting with your bank or a financial advisor can provide you with personalized insights into how these changes specifically affect your home loan.

(Contributed by Vishakha, Relationship Manager, Team Arjun, Hum Fauji Initiatives)

What did our clients ask us in the last 7 days?

Query: I have been receiving constant reminders from you and the Mutual Funds about updating nominees in my folios. What is it all about? Can you explain this to me in brief?

Our Reply:
We first need to understand what exactly is a mutual fund nomination. Nomination is the process of appointing a person to take care of your assets in the event of your death. It is mandatory for new folios/accounts opened by investors to make a nomination. In case an investor does not wish to nominate, they can opt out of the process while filling up the form.

What are the benefits/repercussions of not doing so?
When a nomination is registered, it helps facilitate the easy transfer of funds to the nominee in the event of the demise of an investor. In the absence of a nominee, the heirs/claimants will need to produce a host of documents like a will, legal heir certificate, NOCs from other legal heirs, etc. to get their units transferred in his or her name. This usually only elongates the entire process of transferring units in the name of the legal heirs.

As per the regulations now, in case you fail to register nominees in your existing investments, you will not be able to transact in the said folios and they will be frozen till the time the nomination is updated.

What is the process of updating nominees?
While making initial investments in the mutual funds, you would either have invested through a physical process of form filling (i.e. offline investments) or invested online in any manner like through the Mutual Fund company (AMC) or RTAs websites or through mobile applications (i.e. online investments).

In case your investments were done offline and you do not have any registered nominees yet, you can do so by filling up the physical nomination form, signing it, and then submitting it to the registrar and transfer agent (RTA) or the mutual fund house.

In case you have started your investments online and have not registered nominees, you have the option of visiting the website, logging into your investment account, and subsequently completing the process of nominee updation through two-factor authentication.

You may also use the below links for completion of the nominee update process –

  1. CAMS RTA –
  2. KARVY RTA –

You even have the option of opting out of the nomination facility through the use of the links given above in case you do not wish to appoint any nominee in your investments for any reason.

The action of either registering your nominees or opting out of the facility, as you decide, needs to be completed before 30 September 2023, or else you will not be able to make any further withdrawals from them.

We sincerely urge you to complete the process in order to avoid any pain in the future! Do contact us in case of any queries.

(Contributed by Team HNI & Advisory)

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