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Win or endure? Choose advisor based on goal

A good coach who is coaching you to complete the marathon (not win it) may appear counter intuitive by asking you not be happy about the quick completion of a 10 km practise run quickly or be dejected because you got breatheless when you navigated a uphill stretch during another practise stretch. The coach may instead ask you to concentrate on the speed at which the heart rate returns to normal after the practise run. Similarly an Investment advisory coach helps you ignore the short term gains or losses while working out the right metric to monitor while completing your exercise. Harsh’s article in todays Business Standard on “Why to have a coach who does not help you win”.

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Big Data can at times spell trouble for taxpayers

The tax departments initiative to harness the power of big data and automation has already provided several benefits to taxpayers. These steps that reduce tax evasion and make life simpler would , in the normal course, have been welcomed by the honest tax payers. It has already speeded up return processing and issuance of refunds. In the normal course therefore honest taxpayers would welcome this initiative if only…… the implementation process was smoother and the tax department officials attitude was not misaligned (they view taxpayers as evaders unless proven otherwise) with the finance ministers stated view of trusting tax payers unless proven otherwise. Harsh’s article in Business Standard today gives specific examples of the Tax officials misaligned attitude and the smaller implementation issues besides the bungled introduction of the new portal.

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Avoid financial dependence on children post retirement

You are likely to live well into your eighties or nineties & there is a distinct possibility you will spend the last few years of your life being physically dependent on your children. You have an obligation to work on your wellness to minimise that possibility. Like the airline announcement about putting on your own oxygen mask first before helping others, make provision for your own (and your spouse’s) retired life before distributing the deceptively “large” looking retirement kitty among your children. Involve your spouse in every discussion to avoid making the spouse dependent on the children after your death. Also, make a clear will to avoid disputes among your children. On investment of the retirement kitty remember the old saying that a fool and his money is invited to every wedding in town. Make an effort to get invited to the good weddings in town. Don’t be lazy and only choose from the weddings you get invited to. Harsh Roongta’s article in Business standard today

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Overseas investment limit of MFs must be hiked now

USD 4 Billion were reportedly invested by retail investors in International equity through Indian mutual fund schemes using up the 7 billion dollar limit set way back in 2008 with unexpected speed. is this increasing popularity of international equity investing making the regulator wary of adding one more drain on the precious forex kitty (like gold which is the second largest item of import in India’s trade basket). Whatever be the reason any delay in increasing these limits causes unnecessary doubts about policy continuity in India. Hopefully increased limits will be released soon

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