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Should you invest in the new 7.75% GOI bonds? Here are its important features
In a falling interest rate scenario and perhaps to keep their fiscal numbers under control, the government has recently lowered the interest rate on the GOI Savings (Taxable) Bonds. The government has replaced the erstwhile 8 percent Savings (Taxable) Bonds 2003 with the 7.75 per cent Savings (Taxable) Bonds. The bonds opened for subscription on January 10. While most of the features remain the same, the tenure has been increased by one year.

Post office savings account not mandatory for small savings investments till April 1
Investors of post office small savings products can breathe a short sigh of relief as the government has extended the deadline to open a savings account.

Both general and life insurance to grow over 15% in next 10 years: Santosh Singh, Haitong Securities
alking to ET Now, Santosh Singh , BFSI and Head of Research, Haitong Securities , says one of the highest new business premium growth would be in HDFC Life and ICICI Pru would may be the third largest and SBI Life would be the second highest premium growth in the sector.

Should mutual fund investors worry about fall in small and midcap stocks?
The mid- and small-cap indices fell the most since September last year on Tuesday. Sure, they regained a little on Wednesday when the market hit a fresh all-time high of 35,000. The returns from the small and midcap schemes also fell in the short term.

Good news! Subscribers can withdraw up to 25 per cent after 3 years in NPS
The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has relaxed norms for partial withdrawals for subscribers of National Pension Scheme (NPS). The pension regulator has allowed NPS subscribers who have contributed for three years to withdraw up to 25 per cent of the corpus subject to certain conditions. Earlier NPS subscribers were allowed to withdraw from the corpus only after completion of 10 years.

Best midcap mutual funds to invest in 2018
Midcap stocks may have taken a hit recently. However, investor's fascination for midcap schemes continues unabated. Probably, because everyone is looking for eye-popping returns in the current market. In fact, we get many messages on our Facebook page, from both existing and new investors, asking for the best midcap schemes to invest. Surprising if you consider the fact the market pundits have been predicting steep correction in the midcap space for a long time.

Budget 2018: From digitisation to NPAs, a lot expected for banking sector
PwC and Business Standard look at the current scenario in India's banking sector, the issues facing it and what the industry expects from Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in upcoming Union Budget 2018-19

Indian banks may not have priced risks correctly: RBI deputy governor
Indian banks may not have priced risks correctly while giving out all large loans, suggested RBI deputy governor NS Vishwanathan while speaking at an event organized by CARE Ratings in the financial capital today. Vishwanathan said that banks unable to properly ascertain risks have a fundamental problem and they needed to improve their capabilities in risk based pricing.

Physical banks will be irrelevant in next 3 years in India: Amitabh Kant
Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant today said physical banks in India will be irrelevant in the next 3 years as data consumption growth and data analytics are likely to further boost financial inclusion.

The most thrilling idea before every Budget: No income tax
Ever since the NDA government came in power, there has been a buzz about abolition of personal income tax. Right from BJP MP Subramanyan Swamy to Anil Bokil of Arthkranti, many have proposed this radical move. Some, like economist Surjit Bhalla, have proposed a flat tax.

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