Friday, June 16, 2017

How to Renew Indian Passport at Overseas? Does Passport Number changes Upon Renewal?

If your passport has been expired or about to expire and you are living outside India then you can submit your passport renewal application at Overseas itself. Indian High Commission and their affiliate agent accept passport renewal application. Btw, when you submit an application for renewal of your passport then your passport number will change. The new passport will have a new number and you need to update this number to everywhere e.g. bank accounts and other places where you have submitted your passport details.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Best Health Insurance Plans for Family in India - LIC vs ICICI Lombard vs Bajaj Allianz Policies

I was searching   for a good health insurance plans for my family recently when I come to know about this "family floater health insurance plans". I have not heard this term before, so I did a bit of research about family floater plans and benefits of taking this type of medical insurance and surprised to know that now you can cover almost all members of your family with just one health insurance plan. This is a big relief because you don't need to buy and maintain separate health insurance plans for different family members, in just once insurance policy you can cover yourself, spouse (wife or husband), children, parents (mom and dad) etc.

Friday, June 2, 2017

How to send money from USA or Canda to India instantly online in 1 hour? - ICICI Money2India express transfer

I recently come to know about ICICI bank's powerful service called express e-transfer which allows ICICI bank Money2India users to send money instantly to India from USA and Canada to India. ICICI bank claims that they will credit the money in just 1 hour compared to 5 days in case of regular electronic transfer if recipient account in India is another ICICI bank account and 2 hours if its a non ICICI bank account e.g. HDFC or Axis Bank. This is simply great and as fast as transferring money from one account to other in India itself.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Can NRI Invest in Stock Market and Mutual funds in India?

Yes, NRI can invest in the stock market as well as in mutual funds in India, provided they have an NRE saving account in India. Investing in a Mutual fund is easier than directly investing in Stocks because you don't need a Demat account to invest in the Mutual fund and also there are a lot of restriction applicable to NRI directly investing in Stocks.

So if you don't want to go through the hassle of opening a Demat account and a Portfolio Investment account, required by RBI to keep track of NRI investment on the stock market, it's better to invest in Mutual funds and exchange traded funds.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Should you take personal loan/ balance transfer in Singapore and pay off a home loan in India?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions among Singapore NRI community. I often receive queries from IT professionals working in the city-state who have home loans back in India and thinking to pay off in full or a portion of them by taking a personal loan or credit card balance transfer in Singapore. Well, the idea to take a loan to pay off another loan only make sense if you are getting a cheaper loan and paying off a higher interest loan. Since most of the home loans in India charges around 9.5 to 11% in INR and you can get personal loan on credit card also known as balance transfer in Singapore for as low as 2.5% for 6 month it make a lot of sense to take a personal loan in Singapore and pay off your home loan in India, though there are some risk which you need to consider. For examples, this only make sense if you have the visibility that you will be in Singapore for next 6 month or more.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

NRE Saving Account FAQ - Non Resident External Account Frequently Asked Questions Answers

The NRE account stands for the Non-Resident External account and I strongly believe, every NRI who has any interest in India must open this account. It has some excellent features which are not available to other types of account e.g. interest earned on NRE account is tax-free in India and not only that, both principal and interest are fully repatriable to overseas. You don't need to ask for permission or worry about paperwork, if you need money in overseas, you can always transfer from your NRE bank account.