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  • Despite government’s U-Turn on small saving interest rates, don’t rush for PPF before April 5 Apr 02, 2021 11:34 AM IST

    Despite government’s U-Turn on small saving interest rates, don’t rush for PPF before April 5

    Many investors invest entire lumpsum in PPF between April 1-4 because of the way interest is calculated. But a closer look at this strategy reveals it does not make much difference.

  • April 1: Money Changes That Will Impact Your Year Ahead Apr 01, 2021 09:54 AM IST

    April 1: Money Changes That Will Impact Your Year Ahead

    From the new tax rates on your Employees’ Provident Fund to relief to senior citizens over 75 years of age from filing income-tax returns, here are all the money changes and rules effected April 1.

  • If PF contributions of defence forces become taxable, here are some alternatives Mar 11, 2021 11:16 AM IST

    If PF contributions of defence forces become taxable, here are some alternatives

    The Budget has made interest on PF contributions beyond Rs 2.5 lakh taxable. If the rule is made applicable to the defence forces as well, here are other avenues to invest

  • ELSS or PPF: Which is the better tax-saving investment option? Feb 25, 2021 09:20 AM IST

    ELSS or PPF: Which is the better tax-saving investment option?

    While ELSS funds deliver better returns over the long term, PPF investments have a tax advantage

  • Here are 3 options once your PPF account matures after 15 years Dec 08, 2020 09:50 AM IST

    Here are 3 options once your PPF account matures after 15 years

    If you do not require the entire PPF account balance in one go, it’s best to extend it

  • Despite volatility, equities outperform other asset classes over the long term Oct 22, 2020 10:10 AM IST

    Despite volatility, equities outperform other asset classes over the long term

    Investors don’t like volatility. They want guaranteed returns

  • Check interest rates of PPF, NSC & other small savings schemes for Q3FY21 Oct 01, 2020 10:27 AM IST

    Check interest rates of PPF, NSC & other small savings schemes for Q3FY21

    This was notified by the Finance Ministry on September 30

  • Public Provident Fund: Here are PPF rules for partial withdrawal, premature closure Aug 04, 2020 10:03 AM IST

    Public Provident Fund: Here are PPF rules for partial withdrawal, premature closure

    PPF allows to make partial withdrawals from the fund before completion of 15 years, but it has a maturity period of 15 years.

  • Small saving schemes remain the best risk-free investment options Jul 02, 2020 09:32 AM IST

    Small saving schemes remain the best risk-free investment options

    No rate cut for July-September quarter after a massive 70-140 bps reduction in March

  • Interest rates on small savings schemes like PPF, SCSS left unchanged Jul 01, 2020 10:59 PM IST

    Interest rates on small savings schemes like PPF, SCSS left unchanged

    Among the small savings schemes, Sukanya Samriddhi Account will fetch the highest interest rate at 7.6 percent

  • PPF investments for FY19-20: What you need to do before the extended deadline of June 30 Jun 10, 2020 12:17 PM IST

    PPF investments for FY19-20: What you need to do before the extended deadline of June 30

    Here are the things PPF deposit holders can do before June 30

  • Investing in your child’s name? MFs, Sukanya Samriddhi and PPF make the cut May 15, 2020 10:09 AM IST

    Investing in your child’s name? MFs, Sukanya Samriddhi and PPF make the cut

    Investing in your children’s names is a tax-efficient option

  • PPF: Still an attractive investment despite the sharp rate cut Apr 30, 2020 10:58 AM IST

    PPF: Still an attractive investment despite the sharp rate cut

    Having a tax-free status and being practically risk-free, the PPF continues to be a wonderful debt product

  • Small saving schemes: Taking on the might of MFs and insurance products Apr 22, 2020 09:13 AM IST

    Small saving schemes: Taking on the might of MFs and insurance products

    The infrastructure and service standards at many post offices are not up to the mark

  • Small saving schemes: Helping investors of all hues realise their life goals Apr 21, 2020 09:05 AM IST

    Small saving schemes: Helping investors of all hues realise their life goals

    Small savings have thrived because they offer safety and higher returns

  • Debt investments: Build a safe portfolio by balancing risk and return as you age Apr 06, 2020 09:01 AM IST

    Debt investments: Build a safe portfolio by balancing risk and return as you age

    Investors should only expect inflation plus 1.5 percent points return from their fixed income investments

  • Small savings — the unkindest cut of all Apr 03, 2020 10:50 AM IST

    Small savings — the unkindest cut of all

    Lowering of postal deposit rates should have been done in a gradual manner to soften the adverse impact on fixed-income earners and senior citizens

  • Interest cut in small-savings: Rates still attractive in many schemes Apr 02, 2020 09:51 AM IST

    Interest cut in small-savings: Rates still attractive in many schemes

    While the rate cut is steep, you can continue investing in these instruments for various goals based on your asset allocation

  • EPFO must think out of the box Mar 11, 2020 09:35 AM IST

    EPFO must think out of the box

    Economic compulsions demand that the PF custodian explores ways to maximise returns on investment

  • NPS Features: Is National Pension Scheme (NPS) a Good Investment Option? Feb 21, 2020 12:28 PM IST

    NPS Features: Is National Pension Scheme (NPS) a Good Investment Option?

    NPS was implemented for government employees & later extended for the general public.

  • ELSS versus PPF for tax saving: Why the comparison isn’t right Jan 14, 2020 09:01 AM IST

    ELSS versus PPF for tax saving: Why the comparison isn’t right

    Depending on your goals and risk appetite, make a suitable investment choice

  • Here's how the new PPF rules will affect you Jan 13, 2020 11:52 AM IST

    Here's how the new PPF rules will affect you

    PPF has long been a popular savings and investment scheme among the masses for accomplishing goals such as children’s higher education, marriage, and even retirement.

  • Small savings schemes: Govt keeps interest rates unchanged for Jan-Mar quarter Dec 31, 2019 08:58 PM IST

    Small savings schemes: Govt keeps interest rates unchanged for Jan-Mar quarter

    The interest rate for the five-year Senior Citizens Savings Scheme has been retained at 8.6 per cent. The interest on the senior citizens' scheme is paid quarterly.

  • Choosing between the VPF and PPF for additional debt investments Dec 30, 2019 09:54 AM IST

    Choosing between the VPF and PPF for additional debt investments

    Since both VPF (as part of EPF) and PPF have long-term maturity periods, these are best-suited to act as retirement planning tools

  • Here are some lesser-known benefits of PPF Dec 20, 2019 11:08 AM IST

    Here are some lesser-known benefits of PPF

    A subscriber will not have to forgo the amount invested even if other assets are repossessed by lenders or have to be liquidated to pay off dues

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