Housewives!! Best Time to put your Hidden Savings to Work!

Nutan Gupta

10 Nov 2016

Attention! All the husbands in India are the happiest people since the last two days. After the news broke out that the denominations of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 will no longer be considered as a legal tender, husbands can finally get to know about all the money their wives have hidden from them and saved over the years. Now, this is something very special about India. No matter what your age is, Indian women have this habit of saving money, not in bank accounts or mutual funds, but in their cupboards!

As soon as we saw this announcement on the television, the first question that my father asked my mother was, ‘Kitne paise hai humare cupboard mein?’. Though all of this may sound funny, the truth is that all this money will now be infused into the banking system or will be invested in the right direction.

The Government has clarified that it will take a note of deposits in bank accounts over Rs. 2.5 lakh. Any deposits lower than Rs. 2.5 lakh will not come into scrutiny. So, women who have up to Rs. 2.5 lakh of savings have an option to deposit their money in the bank. However, women who have saved over the years and have more than Rs. 2.5 lakh will have to divert their money in the right direction. This money can be invested in equity mutual funds and liquid funds. Equity mutual funds depend upon the performance of the equity market. In the past, equity mutual funds have given returns of 12-14%. Liquid funds are debt mutual funds that invest in very short-term instruments — commercial papers, treasury bills, certificates of deposit, and so on for a tenure of 91 days. The return given by liquid funds is 7-8%. On the other hand, a savings bank account gives a return of 4%. Clearly, there is not point parking your money in the savings account. It is always better to park your money where you get a good rate of return.

Its time that housewives move over the traditional way of saving money in their cupboards and make their money earn some good return for them in a smarter way!

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Why to Choose Mutual Funds Instead of Directly Investing Into Equities?

Whether to invest in equities or mutual funds is a question that has plagued every investor. As someone who needs the best value for his/her investment should you invest in equity directly or via mutual funds?

Let’s start by first understanding what these two terms ‘equities’ and ‘mutual funds’ stand for-

Equities- Equities generally represent ownership of a company. If you own any equity in a company, you are a part owner of the said company (depending on how much equity you own).

Mutual Funds – It is an investment scheme which is professionally managed by an asset management company. It pools together the resources of a group of people and invests their money in equities, debentures, bonds and other securities.

Why choose mutual funds over equities?

For people who’ve never invested in either stocks or mutual funds, it is hard to know which is better and where to start. Broadly speaking, if you are a novice investor, mutual funds are not only less risky but also way easier to manage. Here are some ways in which investing in mutual funds is beneficial as opposed to investing in equities -

Diversification

Mutual funds provide more diversification as compared to an individual equity stock. When you invest in equity, you are investing in a single company which has its inherent risk. For example, if you invest Rs.20,000 in buying equities of one company, you could face a total loss if that particular company performs poorly in the market.  

If you invest the same amount in mutual funds, it will be invested in different kinds of stocks and financial instruments, high-risk and low-risk both, so you might not face total loss even if one company does poorly.

Scale of Investment and Lower Costs

For an individual investor buying and selling stocks is a difficult task due to its high price. Thus, any gains made from stock appreciation are nullified if the overall trading costs are considered. Comparatively with mutual funds, as the money is pooled from a large number of investors, the cost per individual is lowered.  

Another advantage of mutual funds is that you don’t need to invest large sums of money. Buying equities for a profitable venture needs huge amounts of money, a minimum of few lakhs. With mutual funds, you can start with Rs.1000 and earn profits on that as well.

Convenience

Keeping an eye on the markets everyday is a time-consuming business, especially if you are investing as a side gig. There are people who spend their lives studying the market and still end up sustaining heavy losses. Though investing in mutual funds does not guarantee high returns, it is stress-free and needs less work as compared to investing in equities.

To sum it up

It is important to remember that mutual funds have their own disadvantages as well. Thus, as with any financial decision, educating yourself and understanding the suitability of all the available options is the ideal way to invest. 


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Housewives!! Best Time to put your Hidden Savings to Work!

Nutan Gupta

10 Nov 2016

Attention! All the husbands in India are the happiest people since the last two days. After the news broke out that the denominations of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 will no longer be considered as a legal tender, husbands can finally get to know about all the money their wives have hidden from them and saved over the years. Now, this is something very special about India. No matter what your age is, Indian women have this habit of saving money, not in bank accounts or mutual funds, but in their cupboards!

As soon as we saw this announcement on the television, the first question that my father asked my mother was, ‘Kitne paise hai humare cupboard mein?’. Though all of this may sound funny, the truth is that all this money will now be infused into the banking system or will be invested in the right direction.

The Government has clarified that it will take a note of deposits in bank accounts over Rs. 2.5 lakh. Any deposits lower than Rs. 2.5 lakh will not come into scrutiny. So, women who have up to Rs. 2.5 lakh of savings have an option to deposit their money in the bank. However, women who have saved over the years and have more than Rs. 2.5 lakh will have to divert their money in the right direction. This money can be invested in equity mutual funds and liquid funds. Equity mutual funds depend upon the performance of the equity market. In the past, equity mutual funds have given returns of 12-14%. Liquid funds are debt mutual funds that invest in very short-term instruments — commercial papers, treasury bills, certificates of deposit, and so on for a tenure of 91 days. The return given by liquid funds is 7-8%. On the other hand, a savings bank account gives a return of 4%. Clearly, there is not point parking your money in the savings account. It is always better to park your money where you get a good rate of return.

Its time that housewives move over the traditional way of saving money in their cupboards and make their money earn some good return for them in a smarter way!

Have Referral Code?