Track Your Mutual Fund Investments Real Time

Till some time ago, every family had a relationship manager who would periodically come and meet our parents and discuss his mutual fund investments with him. And that was the only time our parents could get to know how their funds were doing. This is similar to those times when the only way to send money to someone was to visit a bank branch and deposit some cash/cheque.

With the onslaught of technology, everyone is seeking more convenience in everything that they do. So we don’t want to visit bank branches anymore and neither do we want to depend on our advisor to tell us how our money is doing. At CAGRfunds, we realized this urge for independence and therefore provided our clients with the convenience of tracking their investments on their own personal CAGR dashboard.

Once you register and start investing through the CAGR platform, you are assigned your own login details with which you get access to your own dashboard. Not only can you invest in mutual funds online but also track how your funds are performing.

But you do get a bunch of statements on your email, right? So what is there to track? Well, three reasons why our dashboard helps:

Comprehensive Data:

Some reports give you the value of how much your money has grown while others show you the list of transactions you have made. We give you everything relevant at one place. We show you how much you have invested, the current invested value, the absolute return and the annual return.Not only that, we show you the individual funds that you are invested in and what is the return you are making both at the fund and portfolio level. We also show you how your investments are split between asset classes and if it is in sync with your decided asset-allocation.

Simple Enough For Anyone To Get It:

The fine print and numbers overload on the statements you get on email makes it all the more complicated. Either you sift through all the information yourself or stay uninformed. We obviously don’t want that and hence our dashboard and reports are quite simple. Our clients told this to us! Don’t believe? Read here.

Any Time Visibility:

Reports generally come to you at the end of the month or when you transact. But with us, the next time you are discussing investments with your friend, just log in, check your current portfolio value and returns and have a more informed discussion!

We, therefore, ensure that you stay in complete control of your portfolio. So the next time you call us, it is only to discuss your portfolio, not to get data – because your dashboard gives you all the data you need!

If you have been facing trouble tracking your investments and want to switch to a truly delightful investing experience, do not hesitate to call / Whatsapp us on +91 97693 56440. You can also comment on this post or email us on contact@cagrfunds.com.

Our Investment Experts Cater To The Minutest Of Queries

This post is quite close to our hearts. Because in many ways, it defines who we are.

Let us talk about two recent examples.

Example 1

The other day, we met a 35-year-old salaried individual who had not started investing yet. He knew it was high time he should start deploying his surplus money to better use, but who has the time with a 12-hour job! While we were discussing his financial goals, he gave us a pile of 5 booklets (call them policies). And he smiled and said – “Can you please go through them and tell me what to do?”

And so we did. We not only analyzed the policies for him, we ended up giving him some useful advice, based on our expertise.

So, trust us when we say we go beyond our job description, to help clear those small doubts in your head, which you never ask or share with others!

Example 2

A month back, we met a 22-year-old female who wanted to start saving. It was a usual savings-discussion we were having when she mentioned, how she had no idea about what her tax liability would be that year.

This was of concern because she had just received her salary slip where tax had been deducted for the very first time. She asked if we could help her. And there we were, helping her calculate her tax.

The point we are trying to make is – we are always there for you.

We can never promise to do just everything for you, but if it is within our realm of possibility and knowledge, then we go all out to help you.

You must be thinking why on Earth do we do it? Well, we believe in getting married to our clients. We are not just a platform where you can begin investing or a set of people who will list out 3 funds to invest in.

We are a bunch of financial experts who treat our clients like family. And we do that in our style!

Did a financial query just pop up in your mind? Do not hesitate to call / Whatsapp us on +91 97693 56440. You can also comment on this post or email us on contact@cagrfunds.com

What To Do With Your First Salary?

First salary is special for everyone. It establishes an individual’s earning footprint and we all only hope that it goes uphill from there. The sense of freedom that comes with a first salary is unparalleled. So, it is only right that we make the best of our first salary. Fun fact: We have too many plans with it! So, if you are feeling like a deer in the headlights, you are not alone. That’s why we have put together some ideas that would make you make the most of your first salary.

 1. Save 20% of Your First Salary (and every salary thereafter!)

First things first. Of all the dreams that you have with your first salary, going broke isn’t one. And the smartest people around you would ensure that their savings account is filling up and zipped tight right from their first salary. But how much to save? Make the math easier and save 20% of your salary. Contact the bank that holds your salary account and set up an automated transfer of 20% of your monthly salary to a separate savings account. As long as you do that, you never have to worry about going bankrupt again.  And oh, if you want to grow it further, try investing in Debt Funds that could provide a relatively low growth but steady enough with lower risk. You can even start small.

2. Buy Something For Your Parents (Or Even Better Give Them The Rest Of The Salary)

Remember all that you have put your parents through growing up? It’s payback time honey! Needless to mention, your parents deserve it. Most parents are fine just knowing that their child has a job now that doesn’t involve being chased by police, but you should know better. They have sacrificed enough for you. Perhaps, you can part with some of your salary to buy some thoughtful gifts for them? And while we are on the topic of parents, if you were day dreaming while they dutifully imparted financial lessons to you, here’s your chance at a refresher.

 3. Pay Off Debt (And Make a Habit of Staying Out Of It)

I know it’s not easy to pay off education loan with your first salary but you can make a start right away. Make your parents proud and start paying it off without asking your Dad to do it. And if you have borrowed money from anyone else, paying them off is the best thing you can do with your first salary. You will be proud, stress-free and guess what, all ready for the best part of earning your first salary. Oh, and did we mention about making a habit of NOT taking any more unnecessary debts?

 4. Spend On Yourself (But Don’t Get Credit Card Debt!)

After all the good deeds you did with your salary, now is the time to finally pay yourself. Remember those million odd dreams you had with your first salary? The ridiculously expensive phone, that designer bag, or that Bose speaker that you probably won’t have time to listen to are still at the closest mall around you. They are waiting to come home with you. Free the reigns and treat yourself. You totally deserve it! Just don’t get into Credit card debt, will ya?

Is tax eating away a major chunk of your salary?

A few years back, a text message popped up: “Dear Customer, salary of Rs. ABCDE for the month of May 2017 has been credited to your account XXXXXXXXXXXXX”.

Happiness?? Not for me. Not when I was expecting a six figure salary but ended up with a five figure one, all thanks to the tax that I had been paying so diligently.

The emotional impact was of a nature that I felt compelled to consult a tax consultant. And to my absolute horror, I discovered that I was solely responsible for the reduction of a digit in my monthly pay package. Before I could get into any further depression, my consultant served me with the much needed ray of hope – several ways of saving tax to increase my income in hand.

1. If you live in a rented accommodation, you can save some tax

A salaried employee living on rent can save some tax by presenting the rent bills to his organization. Such expenses can be claimed under the House Rent Allowance (HRA) offered by the company.

2. Did you know you can reduce taxes by holidaying??

Leave Travel Allowance (LTA) can be claimed twice in a block of every four years. You can get your actual travel bills reimbursed for any travel that you might have done. However, every company has policies relating to what qualifies for LTA. If unclaimed against travel, LTA becomes fully taxable.

3. Check if your salary includes medical allowance

More often than not, medical allowance is part of the CTC. Medical expenses to the extent of Rs. 15000 are exempted from tax in any financial year. However, one usually needs to submit actual medical bills to one’s company to get the same reimbursed. So now you can worry a little less about the rising medical costs!!

4. Save tax as you invest your money under section 80C

Under section 80C, we can make investments into several instruments and the amount of investment made is deductible from our taxable income. However, the upper cap of such benefit is Rs. 1,50,000. Public Provision Fund (PPF), Employee Provident Fund (EPF which is part of your salary) and Tax Saving mutual funds are a few such instruments which fall under this category.

5. Planning for retirement can help reduce tax further

While section 80C gives benefits of up to Rs. 1,50,000, section 80CCD(1B) gives a further benefit of up to Rs. 50,000. This benefit accrues by way of investing in the National Pension Scheme or NPS. Also, investing in NPS helps generate better returns as compared to bank deposits as they have a diversified exposure across asset classes. But, the only consideration with NPS is that you cannot withdraw your  money till you attain the age of 60.

 How do we help?

At CAGRfunds, we help you plan your tax outgo by making you aware of expenses that you can claim as deduction. We also apprise you of various investment avenues which either help reduce tax or earn tax free returns. For example, after studying one’s profile, we recommend the best tax saving (Under section 80C) mutual funds. We also help plan tax by educating our investors about benefits of equity and debt mutual funds vis-à-vis other products.

Salary over by 15th? 6 ways in which you can make it last longer

‘A penny saved is a penny earned’. Yet every month there comes a time when we have to choose between an evening out with friends or a boring dinner at home. Yes, a financial crunch is a bad situation but the truth is that we have all been there and done that. So let us tell you simple yet effective ways to last your salary a little longer.

1. Start budgeting:

Have an opinion on the Annual Budget? Well, how many of us have documented a budget for ourselves? There you are – Step 1: Budget your expenses. This helps us prioritize and thus keep a check on discretionary expenses. So yes, this means you cannot set aside money for a pair of shoes without paying your insurance premium. Learning how to choose what purchase desire can be postponed is probably the key here.

2. Make a list:

How many times have you gone out to the neighborhood departmental store and returned with stuff you had not planned to buy? Making unnecessary purchases is a tempting urge. And the best way to control this urge is to make a list of what is necessary and stick to it firmly. Tick the ones that you’ve taken and look only for those present in the list.

3. Do not get lured by combo offers

How exciting are BOGO (Buy One Get One) offers!! Sometimes they excite us so much that we end up buying 2 of something we didn’t need at all. If you are on a tight budget, this temptation could be dangerous. Allocation of money on the basis of need is the essential element here. Deals like these are usually to tempt the customers to buy things they don’t want. Are you going to fall prey to this tactic? Now you won’t!

 4. Use Prepaid plans

Despite excellent postpaid plans, we tend to be careless about the frequency and duration of our phone calls. Long distance calls, roaming and data consumption is something we don’t really keep a tab on. If this describes you, then you probably need to shift to a pre – paid plan. A pre – paid plan will not only help you reduce your phone bills, but will also help you inculcate a habit of putting a budget to the same.

5. Restrict usage of credit card:

While usage of plastic money is something even our Government is encouraging, it has its own flip sides. You must have felt the psychological difference when you pay with cash vs a credit card. When the crisp notes flow out of your wallet to the cashier, you tend to realize the amount of expense you are making. However, with a credit card, we sometimes don’t even look at the bill and just hand over our card for a convenient swipe. It is only when we get our credit card bills that our eye balls tend to drop out. Therefore, it is almost compulsory for us to restrict usage of credit card. We also recommend that you minimizing the number of credit cards you possess. However, as we move towards a cashless economy and rightly so, using a debit card is better to keep expenses in check.

6. Pay your credit card dues on time:

Often times, we overlook the due date of our credit card bills. While the bill amount might be low, penalty charges for late payment can be as high as 36% annually. Unknowingly, a sizable cash outflow indeed. It is therefore of utmost importance to pay our credit card bills before due date. A helpful tip in this regard is to pre schedule the payment a day prior to the due date. That ensures that the bill is paid even if we forget or get busy with something else.

How do we help?

At CAGRfunds, we help you craft a financial plan which will help you manage your salary better. We guide you to make disciplined investments right at the start of the month. This enables you to not worry about savings. As a result you become more organized with your spendings.

Whatsapp or call us on +91 9769356440 to know more.