Should you go for investment products that come with lock-in?

Uncertain financial situation and the market dynamics coupled with a bleak economic scenario are prompting people to take a hard look at their investment options. Investors are especially concerned about products with long lock-in periods, say five, 10 or 15 years. Many are wondering whether it is the right time to lock funds for the long term. Read more to know what you should do if you are in a similar situation. Enhance your liquidity position Considering job losses and pay cuts in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic, financial…

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Growth pangs vs investment: 4 factors that are likely to chart market direction in 2020

Karthikraj Lakshmanan We see that the earnings growth is likely to be more in the mid-teens for the Nifty50 index. Considering the growth slowdown, market leaders with healthy balance sheets and good free cash flow generation at the broader market level are better positioned to grow faster than the industry and the economy. Earnings growth is more likely to pick-up towards the second half of 2020 as one sees the fruit of the recent steps taken by the Government and how some of the strategic divestments pan out to provide…

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How to become rich: Top 10 investment options for New Year that can make you rich

If you wish to become rich, make a plane, and start investing early. All of us wonder how we can make money without much effort. However, only a few follow the winding path towards becoming rich. To become rich, a person needs to have a good financial plan and also learn how to invest. Once you learn the art and science behind making idle money work for you, you will have a better chance at becoming rich effortlessly. Needless to say, one can become financially stable if they inculcate the habit…

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Here Are Seven Interesting Startups That Deliver Lifestyle Gains In The Residential Space

We’ve discussed the topic of real estate-as-a-service in this column enough that all readers will by now know what I’m talking about. Providing the right services to end users of real estate (be they residential tenants, office workers, or shoppers) has two very positive outcomes: greater customer satisfaction which increases their retention rates and possibly also the asset’s rent roll, as well as the possibility to tap into new revenue streams by bringing other services the customers also desire in situ. In the past, we looked at a few ways successful startups are leveraging…

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Babylon Health Gets $2 Billion Valuation With New Funding That Will Help It Expand In U.S.

Ali Parsa CEO and cofounder of Babylon Health. BABYLON HEALTH Babylon Health, a U.K.-based startup whose fast growth has been shadowed by concerns about the efficacy of its telemedicine apps, has raised $550 million in Series C funding, elevating the company to unicorn status. Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which invest on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government, led the round that valued the company at $2 billion with a total of $635 million raised. The new capital will enable the company to expand into more markets including the…

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10 Examples of Businesses That Could Inspire Your Next Business Idea

Whether you’re interested in starting an online life coach business or developing technology for virtual reality or offering a decluttering service. Before you launch your business, here are 10 examples of different kinds of businesses you can gain insights and strategies from: 1. Hello Pretty Hello Pretty is the South African equivalent of Etsy. Etsy South African’s sell handmade items of all kinds, from clothing, jewellery, art, digital and even pet-related products. If you’re a creator, then this could be the business idea for you. Before you start designing your…

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