Revisited Again (and Again!) — Frequently Asked Questions About the Sodexo Meal Coupons and Sodexo Meal Cards

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The recent Sodexo Meal Coupon fiasco seems to be causing a whole bunch of stress and heartburn to employees everywhere. Read through this FAQ issued by D’s office to see the kind of thought’s running through employees’ minds — Why are you changing the existing agreement? Why can’t we continue with the same? The Law […]

Guest Post: The Power Finance Corporation (PFC) Tax Free Bond Issue — Should You Invest? An Analysis by Mr. Nikhil Shah

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The following is a guest post from reader Nikhil Shah and deals with the intricacies of investing in the soon to close investment opportunity in PFC’s Tax Free Bond Issue along with the income tax angle. Nikhil’s analysis also contains a very interesting perspective on how you can plan for major financial goals through this […]

Guest Post: Last Opportunity [in 2011] to Invest in Infrastructure Bonds (Under Section 80CCF)

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The following is a guest post from reader Nikhil Shah and deals with the intricacies of investing in the soon to close investment opportunity in L&T’s Infrastructure Bond issue along with the income tax angle. Earlier this year, Nikhil had also put-up a detailed analysis of the previous L&T bond issue. Dear All, The year […]

Ask the Readers: What Would You Say To A “For Income Tax Savings Only” Investment Portfolio?

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Though I advocate against it now, early in my career, I made a couple of investments purely with the objective of reducing my income tax liability. These investments simply don’t fit in with any of my financial goals. That led me to this thought: a “for income tax savings only” investment portfolio. You could put […]

Investment Strategies: IDFC Infrastructure Bonds — A Simple Way To Decide Whether To Invest Or Not

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Here’s what I suggest. Ignore all those complicated analysis (an example) of yields and returns and comparisons with other fixed-return financial products. Buy these bonds if and only if: Your objective is to lower your income tax, and You fall in one of the highlighted cells below. In such a case, opt for the Series […]