October 2023

Curbing one’s competitive streak can be rewarding

Evolution through natural selection favours individuals seeking higher rank in social hierarchy as that allows preferential access to mates, food and other resources. This inherent competitive streak has benefitted humankind through the ages as it is responsible for its progress but it also has negative long term impact. This is bought out best by the character Farhan in “3 Idiots” when he says “you feel bad when your friends flunks but feel even worse when he tops” – https://bit.ly/45MJo3E – It can also be seen when people spend lavishly (way beyond their means) on weddings, holidays or other personal expenses in a desperate bid to shore up their ranking in the social hierarchy . Humans are the only beings that are capable of thinking and taking these long term costs into account if only they become conscious of it. Read Harsh’s article in the Business Standard.

Unified death reporting is the need of the hour

A loved one has passed away. You are the nominee in all the mutual funds and shares owned by the deceased. You dread the multiple trips and the time to be spent and efforts required to follow different rules at each of the 7 MFs in which the loved one had investments & the 2 Depository participants where the shares were held. Now Imagine this. You submit the death certificate and the PAN of the deceased at one of the MFs. Within a week all the 7 MFs and both the DPs reach out to you proactively on their own with the details of the standard forms and steps required to get the assets transmitted to your name. If that sounds like Fantasy – it will be true starting on January 1, 2024 – many thanks to a path breaking circular issued by SEBI. No comparable mechanism exists anywhere else in the world Thanks to the white paper – written by Pramod Rao (in his personal capacity) – foreword by Mr K V Kamath – inputs & published by ARIA. Read Harsh’s article in Business Standard for more..

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