Simple Mantras to Secure Financial Freedom:

“A successful investor is not one who never loses, but who stays invested in the market.”
Contrary to popular belief, one does not have to earn a lot of money to become wealthy. Here are some simple Mantras to secure your financial freedom!
Dont procrastinate on wealth creation – Many people procratinate on saving money. They always wait for the next year, next increment, next bonus to start savings and then the cycle repeats again. You do not need to start investing large amounts, start small. Even a years delay makes a huge difference as wealth compounds with time.
Prepone Investments, Postpone expenses – Set targets on how much you want to invest and invest it as soon as you get the money. Do not spend first and save (whatever is left) later.
You do not need crores – It’s a myth that you need lots of money to start investing. Even small amounts over time become large due to the magic of compounding.
Go for the long term – Especially in Equity it is important to invest for the long term. They give the best returns in the long term. For short term look at debt.
Invest Regularly – This is very important. You can invest in SIP’s which average out your risk. For eg. investing 10,000 rupees a month would yield 1 crore in 15 years at a annual rate of 20%.
Don’t link your lifestyle to stock market – When the stock market is rising, our notional wealth increases. Soon we start believing that growth of our wealth is real and long term. This false state of suddenly feeling wealthy leads to change in lifestyle. One of the perils of increasing expenses on your lifestyle during stock market boom is that we get used to comforts and luxuries in life. When economic situation turns bad we will then struggle to curtail our expenses. In fact in reality while markets are rising, we should control our expenses and let our wealth grow. On the other hand when equity markets are down, our wealth is not growing in real terms. Things are also cheaper generally during such periods.
Ignore Rumours – If you are confident about the company you have invested in, leave it. Ignore rumours.
Research & Learn – Learn about budgeting, credit, and debt. Learn how credit cards work! If you get into debt early it can sabotage your progress. Whenever you buy a stock or fund, don’t do it on a tip or whim, but do solid research to back up your buy. Investing can be very interesting and rewarding!

Income tax Exemption limit proposed to be raised to Rs. 3 lakh

The Standing Committee on Finance on the DTC bill, headed by former finance minister Yashwant Sinha, has recommended raising the income tax exemption limit to Rs.3 lakh a year and the investment limit for tax saving schemes to Rs.3.20 lakh.

With regard to investment limit for tax saving is concerned, the committee has recommended that the proposal in the DTC for long term investments such as pension/provident funds may be raised to Rs.1.5 lakh from Rs. 1 lakh. The deduction in respect of premium on life insurance, tuition fees paid for children education, etc which are coming under a separate Rs.50,000 limit as per DTC bill has been proposed to be fixed with the maximum limit of Rs.1 lakh.

In addition to these deductions, the committee has also proposed a new deduction limit of Rs.50,000 for Higher eduction expenses. So the total deduction/savings limit, apart from interest deduction on home loan has been proposed to be fixed at Rs.3.2 lakh.

The Committee has also proposed that a 10 percent tax be levied on income between Rs.3-10 lakh, 20 percent between Rs.10-20 lakh and 30 percent on income over Rs.20 lakh.

The committee which was appointed to study the the Direct Tax Code proposals, submitted these recommendations to Lok Sabha Speaker Smt Meira Kumar last week.

The Direct Tax Code bill, if passed by Parliament this year, will replace the existing Income Tax Act.

As per the news reported in leading news papers, before enactment of Direct Tax code Government may change the Income Tax structure in the lines of these recommendations in this year Budget itself , which is to be submitted by Finance Minister on 16th March 2012.

Source: The Economic Times

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