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How to buy ANT Currency (ANS) using Bitrex?

Ant Cryptocurrency or ANS is on the rise and people are looking to invest some money in ANS can do so by opening an account with Bitrex. As of now, ANS is not available in Poloneix exchange. Bitrex supports all countries. Currently, Bitrex ranks 5th in the list of best Bitcoin exchanges.

How to open an account with Bitrex?

Go to Bitrex.com and Signup with them.

Verify your details.

It takes hardly few minutes. This is something really good about Bitrex.You will need to upload your passport to get verified.

You will also require verifying your phone.

5 Important Things You Need To Know About SIP

SIP or Systematic Investment Plans is one of the most preferred investments options in the present scenario as it involves periodic investment and thus less cost is incurred at one time. It is also an investment with best returns as it is a Mutual Fund type investment. But before investing in SIP there are few things that you must necessarily know.

5 Important Things To Know About SIP

Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Scheme

Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Scheme was introduced to promote generic medicines that are available at affordable prices rather than the expensive ones frequently prescribed. Generic medicines are those who have equivalent effects and chemical composition as of their highly expensive substitutes. Thus Jan Aushadhi is a health plus social reform scheme which would enable all the citizens of India to avail medicinal help in the case of health deterioration. The scheme aims to benefit both the pharmacist and the customers.

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Jan Aushadhi Scheme: Administration, Quality, Safety

The Indian Department of Pharmaceuticals is the main monitoring body of the Jan Aushadhi Scheme. This department has set up an administrative body separately to carry out all the proceedings of the scheme. The administrative body is known as the Bureau of Pharma Public Sector Undertakings of India(BPPI). BPPI is responsible for promotion, quality checking and supply of the generic medicines under the Jan Aushadhi Scheme.

As for the quality of medicines, it will be thoroughly tested under NABL certifications. The batches of generic medicines will be produced by private suppliers in a completely monitored manner to ensure the production safety. Moreover, the rigorous testing would also ensure that the generic medicines are as effective as their expensive substitutes. A website has been launched where customers can view all the Jan Aushadhi medicines that have been manufactured.

How To Open A Jan Aushadhi Store: Eligibility, Other Processes

A pharmacist needs to fulfill certain eligibility requirements to open a Jan Aushadhi store. An application will be accepted by the government only if it follows certain requirements. They are as follows:

  • The applicant for opening a Jan Aushadhi store must be an individual capable enough to provide their property to set up the store. Leased or rented properties also fall under this category.
  • When the application for Jan Aushadhi is made, the applicant must not be employed at any other organization.
  • The applicant must secure a license for sale under a recognized and authorized body. In short, the applicant must possess a Retail Drug License.
  • Applicants for a Jan Aushadhi store must have all their monetary statements updated for a duration of three years. Their financial accounts must be audited along with a transparent documentation stating their bank account details.

The above eligibility criteria being fulfilled, the State Health Department must be contacted to enable the procedure to commence a Jan Aushadhi store. Preferably these stores will be in proximity to hospitals and other health clinic facilities. To promote the sale of Generic medicines from these stores, the hospital doctors and other medical assistants will be instructed to prescribe those particular medicines.

How Successful has been Jan Aushadhi Scheme

The Government of India has extended a budget of 2 Lakh INR along with an extra 50,000 INR for hardware installment and other infrastructural developments. As per the set norms, the Jan Aushadhi Stores must sell a generic medicine at a discount of 16%. Also, the government has promised financial incentives to Jan Aushadhi Store owners based on the total number of generic medicines sold. The number of active Jan Aushadhi stores are  87 as of now. An entire updated list along with the locations have been provided in the official website of Jan Aushadhi Scheme. The timing for a Jan Aushadhi store is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Jan Aushadhi scheme is flexible in every way. Thus if followed in a well-planned manner it would go a long way in helping the citizens of India as far as the sale of medicines is concerned.

Bharat QR: All You Need To Know

Post demonetisation, the government has plans to fulfill a revolutionized motto: To create a forward “Digital India“. The government has taken a step further in their encouragement tactics by introducing Unified Payment Interface through the launch of BHIM App. Now the current trend that has been introduced to promote cashless transactions is Bharat QR. The Bharat QR will enable a simpler approach to availing the benefits of cashless transactions, minus the extra processing fee required in case of debit cards and other merchant payments. Let us take a closer look at the details of Bharat QR.

Bharat QR

What are QR Code Based Payments

QR code based payment basically provides a unified gateway for all payment modes. For example, a user wants to pay via credit or debit card. But the one accepting the payment does not have the swiping machine. This is usually a dead end, where cash payment is the immediate option pursued. Now another option can be considered. That is payments via interfaces Freecharge and Paytm. But again both the sender and the receiver need to have similar apps. Now, this is where Bharat QR comes to play. Being the unified gateway it does not need similar apps or a swiping machine. Bharat QR needs a supporting banking app like the BHIM App and you are all set to make the payments.

How Does Bharat QR Work?

Bharat QR is a code that will support all standardized payment means. It includes Visa, MasterCard, Debit Cards and Rupay Cards. Its range and flexibility make it user-friendly thus promoting more people to go for cashless transactions. The interface will help customers make payments even in the absence of swiping machines and similar payment apps. Thus a two-way benefit is seen: a shopkeeper need not invest in a Point of Sale (PoS) swiping machine and the customer does not have to incur the processing fee losses while making payments via debit cards on PoS swiping machines.

 Payments Via Bharat QR

Bharat QR’s interface has been integrated into Pockets App introduced by ICICI Bank and PayZApp introduced by HDFC Bank. More banks will soon be integrated by launching supporting banking apps. For generating the QR code, BHIM app has to be used. Thus before making payments with Bharat QR, make sure you have BHIM App installed in your SmartPhone. The following steps have to be taken thereafter to complete the payment:

  • Scan the QR code via the BHIM App.
  • It will redirect you to the payment portal associated with your bank. There enter the payment details and the amount you have to pay.
  • Add a remark as to where the payment is being made.
  • Enter the 4 digit passcode as generated by the BHIM App.
  • Your payment will be authenticated and the money will be debited from your account and initiated to the receiver’s account.
  • The receiver then needs to take a print out of the generated QR code and add it to the payment desk.
  • Thus the amount debited from the customer will immediately be credited to the receiver’s bank account.

Bharat QR: How Secure Is It?

Bharat QR does not demand your ATM pin or CVV details. You simply have to scan and pay. Thus it is an extremely secure interface to make all merchant payments. Your card details are protected and the payment details remain secure with the sender. Also, the receiver can receive the sum immediately in their bank accounts without going through the hassles of a swiping machine or mobile apps. Scan and Pay. Scan and Receive. That is the simple and secure fundamental of Bharat QR.

5 Advantages of Investing In ELSS

Equity Linked Savings Scheme or ELSS is an equity mutual fund which has two-way benefits: excellent returns and tax saving. Thus it is a profit plus savings investment option that have multi-faceted advantages in the present market. Here are 5 advantages of ELSS that makes it a popular option for all investors.

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Low Initial Investment Value

One of the primary advantages of ELSS is its low initial investment cost of Rs.500 (minimum) per month. Often investments generating high return rates tend to be costly and hence is not an affordable option for the majority. But any individual can invest with a minimal value. Since the concept is to invest in market shares the initial cost is a profitable aspect as you are getting greater returns for lower cost.

Flexible Lock-In Period

ELSS generates the best returns if invested for a longer period of time. But keeping an emergency scenario in mind, the lock-in period has been set at 3 years. This means that funds can be drawn from ELSS after a short tenure of 3 years and the funds withdrawn will be completely exempt from taxes. Thus it can be said that the lock in period is flexible and can be risked by all investors.

Tip: ELSS is not bound by a long lock duration, but is financially advantageous if the investment is for a longer period. This is because the market share rates are volatile and show an unpredictable graph of increase and decrease at times. But if invested for a longer time the average rates are almost always high producing good returns.

ELSS Generates Excellent Returns

ELSS generated returns are based on several market aspects. This includes the growth of stock, the present share value, etc. Thus it produces an overall return value from all sides making it an extremely beneficial investment. Other savings and investment schemes promise a return 8%-9% on the average scale. But when it comes to stocks of good quality produce very high returns, especially in the Indian economy. Thus the average return is 22.9% as calculated on the basis of last 3 years.

Can Be Linked To Other Trending Investments Like SIP

With the initial cost as low as a minimum of  500 INR per month, periodic investment is made easier for individuals. Thus continuous profits are gained on continuous investment. This concept can be made more beneficial by linking a SIP with the ELSS Scheme. Thus along with the funds saved in ELSS, a return amount will be generated monthly after the lock-in period of 3 years. The return amount generated will be due to the SIP investment linked. Moreover, as ELSS is exempt from taxes, the returns you gain on SIP is not taxable. Thus you can save and earn simultaneously.

Tax Benefits Of ELSS

ELSS is a tax saving scheme that falls under the Section 80C of the Income Tax Act. This means that it is an investment plus savings scheme of mutual funds that qualifies for tax deductions. According to Section 80C, the tax deductions are up to 1.5 Lakhs INR. Also, the returns earned (after the lock-in period of 3 years) is completely exempt from taxes. Thus ELSS ensures returns with tax exemption.

Also Read: 5 Mistakes to Avoid while investing in ELSS

Is ELSS for Senior citizens?

ELSS For Senior Citizens- YES or NO?

ELSS is an investment that is not exactly centered around senior citizens. This is the reason why there is a misconception regarding its benefits for senior citizens. Another notion related to this is that ELSS returns depend on market trends. Thus it is not suitable for senior citizens to invest in it as it involves taking a lot of risks. The truth, in fact, differs. ELSS is beneficial for senior citizens in many ways only if a judicious investment is done. Let us consider the possibility that ELSS holds for a senior citizen.

ELSS for senior citizens?

The Age Factor

The age factor usually deters senior citizens from investing in an ELSS scheme. This should not be the case. Practically thinking, ELSS is more beneficial with a short lock-in period of 3 years. This means that funds can be withdrawn within a short tenure in a case of an emergency. Also after the lock-in period, the withdrawn amount is not taxable. Another aspect of ELSS is its long-term benefits. It is safe to say that on an average, senior citizens who have just attained the age of 60 have 12-15 years of time to devote to investments. In such cases, ELSS generates the best returns as it has been seen that on a long term basis ELSS reaps highly profitable gains. Thus both tax savings and high profits requirements are met, which is essential for senior citizens.

Judicious Investment in ELSS is Completely Risk-Free

It is obvious that a risk factor is involved with ELSS as the scheme depends largely on unpredictable market trends. Though in the long run, it is almost always advantageous, senior citizens might have to think twice before taking the risk. But let us consider the positive side here: ELSS generates excellent returns with tax benefits. So why not avail these benefits in parallel to taking a safe route? Thus judicious investment must be made in ELSS. Instead of complete exposure to ELSS, part of investment must be made in it. With an initial investment cost of 500 INR per month (minimum), it is an affordable option. This would ensure three things:

  • Tax savings of up to 1.5 Lakhs INR through different schemes along with ELSS.
  • Security provided by the investments other than ELSS will mitigate risks largely.
  • ELSS will generate excellent returns.

A Regular Means Of Income

ELSS is technically an excellent retirement scheme. Low investment cost per month ( INR 500 minimum), the tax benefits plus the high return rates makes it one of the best investment scheme. The judicious investment will also lower the risk that ELSS presents. Keeping all these factors in mind including the lock-in period of 3 years an individual can take any of the following routes:

  • Investing in ELSS with SIP 3 years prior to retirement: If this scheme is followed, SIP will generate monthly returns after completion of 3 years. The returns are not taxable as SIP is done under ELSS. Thus on retirement, the flow of income will not cease.
  • Investing in ELSS post-retirement as savings: This is a savings option that can be considered. If investment in made in ELSS, and withdrawal is made after 3 years an average return of approximately 22.9% will be generated (as per recent calculations). Again this serves as an income source and will be beneficial in case of an emergency.

 

 

 

Tax Saving Options: Where Should You Invest Your Money

Investment for tax saving is something that confuses every individual. A plethora of choices but an inadequacy of information. So here are the list of all investments and their tax benefits that will definitely help you decide further.

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ELSS: Equity Linked Savings Scheme

The financial year 2017-2018, brings a new India under demonetisation and various schemes changing the nature of Tax Saving Act. Equity Linked Savings Scheme is a Mutual Fund which is diverse in nature. It is viable for Tax Exemption under Section 80C. It has a lock period of 3 years meaning that no withdrawal can be done from the ELSS account for 3 years.

Under this scheme, all investors will be having a two-way benefit: high returns on the investment and deduction of taxes.  The biggest advantage here is that dividends that are gained under ELSS schemes are exempt from taxes thus the profit returned is high. Also, ELSS has a short lock period enabling the investor to access the amount invested and the returns easily. All in all, ELSS is the best place to invest your money.

ELSS Rating: 10 Star

Read: Mistakes to avoid while investing your money in ELSS

NPS: National Pension Scheme

The National Pension Scheme has been revised and a New Pension Scheme has been introduced for the benefit of private and semi-government employees. Under this scheme, apart from all government employees, the private employees will also receive an annuitized pension amount on investment in NPS. A huge benefit is that an additional deduction of INR 50,000 will be made in taxes for a citizen investing in NPS.

Thus, the tax deduction on contribution to NPS will be 2lakhs rather than the stipulated 1.5lakhs. When compared to ELSS, the lock period is higher and even after retirement, only 40% of the investment can be withdrawn. Also, the returns may not be as high as ELSS dividends. But as far as tax saving is concerned NPS is an excellent scheme.

NPS Rating: 9 star

NPS: Should you invest your money in NPS

ULIP: Unit Linked Insurance Plan

The Unit Linked Insurance Plan, commonly known as ULIP is like an integrated insurance policy that gives the benefits of both an insurance policy and an investment scheme. It is a flexible scheme that enables the investor to switch between diverse options, invest in other linked schemes or surrendering of the policy. ULIP is viable for tax benefits under the section 80C.

Along with that, the returns on the investments are profitable. The only disadvantage is that withdrawal is not possible from a ULIP account till the sum matures. But apart from that, it is a risk-free scheme giving a three-way benefit: tax savings, returns on investment and insurance cover.

ULIP Rating: 8 Star

PPF: Public Provident Fund

The Public Provident Fund is an integrated monetary savings and tax savings account. This scheme aims at providing a flexible saving by allowing investments and good returns along with tax benefits. The PPF account is an attractive investment scheme as the interests on investments are completely exempt from taxes.

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The only drawback is that PPF is monitored by the government hence the interest rates may not be as high as private Mutual Funds. Otherwise, it is an excellent option for someone who is building up a long terms savings account for the period after retirement. PPF also allows benefits in taxes for nominees of the primary account holder.

PPF Rating: 8 Star

VPF: Voluntary Provident Fund

The Voluntary Provident Fund is an extended version of the PPF wherein an investor is allowed to add a stipulated value to the provident fund periodically. It is viable for tax deductions under Section 80C and an amount up to 1lakh can be saved under it. An additional benefit of VPF is that it helps an investor increase the financial assets in the provident fund from time to time. The interests gained on VPF investment is not taxable till the interest rates reach 9.5%. So the disadvantage occurs when the interest rate becomes 9.5%. Otherwise, it is an excellent tax saving and investment option.

VPF Rating: 7 Star

Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana

Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana is a government scheme introduced by Narendra Modi to empower a girl child and ensure proper education for her. The parents of the girl child investing in this scheme will get tax benefits as per Section 80C. Plus the returns on investment made to this account will be used for funding education expenses for the girl child. The disadvantage of this scheme is that it is gender specific so a large number of people cannot avail it. Also, the returns are sometimes insufficient in fulfilling all requirements. But other than that it is an excellent scheme for both tax saving and providing financial security to the girl child.

Sukanya Samriddi Yojana Rating: 6.5 Star

Senior Citizen Savings Scheme

The Senior Citizens Savings scheme is to support all senior citizens by increasing the return rates on their investments. It is an attractive tax saving scheme but the returns are taxable at source if the interest amount exceeds INR 10,000 per annum. Otherwise, it is an excellent scheme with high return rates specifically designed for senior citizens.

Senior Citizen Savings Scheme Rating: 6 Star

NSCS: National Savings Certificates

The National Savings Certificates, most commonly known as NSCS are a risk-free investment option for all working citizens. The investment in NSCS can be made for 5 years or up to a decade and it generates a fixed income like fixed deposits. An annuitized fixed income is returned on this investment at a rate of interest decided by the government of India. This scheme is viable for tax deductions under Section 80C only if the interest gained from NSCS are shown as income. An annual investment up to INR 1 lakh is to be made for tax savings. So apart from the fact that NSCS ensures tax savings only after a few hassles, it is a good investment option with high returns.

NCSC Rating: 5 Star

Bank FDS: Fixed Deposits

Bank Fixed Deposits are a long term investment schemes with fixed returns on maturity. All schemes under fixed deposits do not qualify for tax deductions. Thus to ensure tax saving through Fixed Deposits, an account known as Tax Saving Fixed Deposit needs to be commenced. These fixed deposited are viable to tax deductions up to 1.5lakhs like other tax saving schemes. Though in the long run, the returns generated will not be as high as ELSS. Also, the withdrawal policy is not flexible but it ensures tax savings and a good lump sum after maturity.

Fixed Deposit Rating: 5 star

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Pension Plans

Pension Plans enable an investor to contribute part of their savings in a pension scheme. This amount matures like recurring deposits and thus generates huge monetary accumulations. Thus good income can be gained from pension plans after retirement. The only disadvantage is that no returns are generated from pension funds till the investor reaches an age of 60. Also, after maturity 2/3rd of the returns are treated as income and are taxable at marginal rates. But initially, this is viable to tax deductions up to 1lakh under Section 80C. Thus pension funds help in tax savings for 1/3rd of the lump sum and provide an excellent accumulation, financially.

Pension Plan Rating: 4 Star

Insurance Policies

The tax deductions are separate for all insurance policies. In the case of life insurance, an individual is liable for tax deductions up to 1.5lakhs. After the death of the insured individual, all proceeds are tax-free. In the case of health insurance, the tax deductions are INR 20,000 for senior citizens and 15,000 otherwise.In case the insured individual is facing a life threatening health condition, all proceeds are tax-free.

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Thus from the tax saving point of view insurance policies do not have much to offer. But in the long run, insurance is an important necessity.

Insurance Plan Rating: 3 Star

 

Is NPS A Good Investment Plan?

The National Pension Scheme primarily aims at benefiting the employees of private and semi-government organisations. The ones in government sectors were liable to a pension after the retiring age. But the same did not stand for private and semi-government employees. Under the administration of PFRDA (Pension Fund Regulatory And Development Authority), the New Pension Scheme under National Pension Scheme was introduced. This provides annuitized returns to private and semi-government employees on the basis of their application for an NPS account.

Investment in NPS

Benefits of NPS (National Pension Scheme)

NPS is an investment scheme that should be given value. For an employee of a private firm, NPS has multiple benefits:

  • Low Investment Cost: The minimum amount to maintain a Tier-1 account is INR 6000 which makes a minimum INR 500 monthly. Thus the initial principal amount is very less.
  • Tax Benefit Under Section 80C: If an individual invests in a Tier-1 account, he is liable to tax deductions under section 80C of the Tax Framework. Under the new budget, an additional tax exemption of INR 50,000 will be provided for investing in NPS. Apart from that, the usual benefit states that 10% of the salary invested in NPS will stand for the deductions up to 1.5lakhs. Thus a total deduction of taxes is 2lakhs.
  • Flexibility: Opening a Tier-1 account was risky if a case of emergency occurred. This is because the withdrawal of the amount before maturity was taxable. The new flexible NPS states that after retirement 40% of the funds in NPS can be withdrawn without taxation. The remaining 60% will become annuitized for returns.
  • Diversity: NPS provides many diverse investment schemes in the form of EGC investments. E is Equity Investment, G is Government Bonds and C is Constant or Fixed Return Investments. An individual when investing can diversify the principal funds among these three options as per their needs.

Drawbacks of National Pension Scheme

  • Lower Returns Than Other Equities: The Equity Scheme under NPS is comparatively less profitable than the rest of the market. Equity Investment is an investment in stocks that generates returns on the basis of dividends. Thus the return rate is much higher in the market.
  • Withdrawal Is Restricted: The amount invested amount is taxable on withdrawal. Even after the retiring 40% funds withdrawn is not taxable. While it is not a very big disadvantage considering normal situations, but in a case of a risky scenario, this can become very disadvantageous.
  • Low Return Rates On Annuitized Amounts: For being liable to a monthly pension after retirement, a minimum of 40% of the maturity amount needs to be contributed to annuity investments. But the return rates of these investments are very low as compared to other investment schemes.

Is NPS A Good Investment Plan?

In the light of benefits provided by Mutual Funds and Employee Provident Funds (EPF), NPS is not very attractive given its low return rates on annuity investments and the withdrawal policy. To secure their retirement with annuitized funds from the government, then investments should be made in the diverse schemes, EGC. Maximal profit returns from investments can be gained by contributing to a variety of schemes together like NPS, Mutual Funds and EPF. This will help reap benefits from all and excellent returns both in terms of tax deductions and maturity amount.