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Sunday, 23 August 2020

Home Loan: To Pay off early or to invest ?

I had watched lot of finance related educational videos when I was planning for home loan. I still watch sometimes to understand the things I may not be totally sure about. It’s informative for sure but let me tell you, it is not as tough and complicated as it seems like or the way it is presented. Investment and loans and when to pay/repay and how to pay can never have one generic answer that applies to everyone and in every case. Now before I start to explain further this deviation from general consensus regarding loans, it applies only to Home loan as Home loan interest rate is much lower compare to any other loan, though in some cases it may apply to other loans too if interest rate is relatively lower.

Home loans :

Every video you see over this topic says pay off your home loan as soon as possible as the interest you pay on it is too high in longer run. Agree, but under what circumstances it is high and low ? what decides that ? It is the interest rate and nothing else.

Case 1 : Say the home loan you have taken is for 15 years with floating interest rate of 14-15% (average of most of the banks). If your EMI is 30K and you can save some 15K from your salary as saving apart from all your needs and wants expenses, then definitely you should try to pay extra in EMI as those 15K rather than investing it somewhere.

For example in August Month you have got extra 15K Rs and you pay it with EMI of home loan. On this 15K in next 15 years you will save interest of around 25000 from your home loan. Now suppose rather than paying 15K in home loan EMI, you want to invest it in a safe option. You have got FD with interest rate of 8 odd percent or PF with interest rate of 8%. The money you will make with investing 15K in PF in 15 years will be same or little more as compare to extra saving on your home loan interest. I am discarding mutual fund investment here as I am just trying to compare fixed loan rate pay with guaranteed return on investments only.

Case 2 : Say the home loan you have taken is for 15 years with current floating interest rate of 6.5-6.75% (average of most of the banks). If your EMI is 26K and you can save some 15K from your salary as saving apart from all your need and wants expenses, then you should try to invest this 15K somewhere rather than adding in home loan EMI.

For example, in August Month you have got extra 15K and you pay it with EMI of home loan, on this 15000 in next 15 years you will save interest of around 8500 from your home loan. Now suppose rather than paying 15K in home loan EMI, you want to invest it in a safe option. There is FD with interest rate of 6 odd percent or PF with interest rate of 8%. The extra money you will make with this 15K in PF in 15 years will be around 30K which is much higher than saving of around 8500 in home loan interest.

So, it is just the game of loan interest rate and availability of better and safe investing option. If home loan interest rate is lower than a safe and guaranteed higher rate investment option, don’t pay extra in EMI, rather invest in that safe and higher rate investment option. Another advantage of not paying off extra in loan EMI in case 2 is exemption in tax on home loan interest. If Home loan interest rate is much higher than a safe and guaranteed rate investment option, pay extra in EMI, rather than investing.




Thursday, 26 December 2019

Mindtree Launches an Immersive Technologies Experience Center in Collaboration with PTC

Warren (NJ), Bangalore (India) – December 17, 2019Mindtree, a global technology services and digital transformation company, today announced that it has established a new India-based center of excellence, called Immersive Aurora, as a site to develop immersive technology experiences. The company is collaborating with global software company PTC to unleash new possibilities and transform interactions throughout the customer experience and Industry 4.0 touchpoints. 

Investments in augmented, virtual and mixed reality are reshaping experiences across consumer interactions, sales and marketing, design, training, service and data visualization. Mindtree and PTC will explore opportunities for global clients to implement immersive technology experiences more broadly across their businesses through the combination of Mindtree’s Immersive Aurora and PTC’s market-leading Vuforia® industrial augmented reality (AR) solution. 

“Mindtree, with its deep digital expertise, has been at the forefront of helping enterprises deliver enhanced and contextual experiences to their end clients,” said Debashis Chatterjee, CEO of Mindtree. “By launching Immersive Aurora and partnering with PTC, Mindtree is well-positioned to help our clients rapidly unlock value from their technology investments just as the convergence of the physical and virtual worlds is accelerating.”

“Immersive technologies can drive tangible business value, but many clients don’t know which applications will have the most meaningful return on investment and, candidly, they often don’t know where to start on their digital transformation journeys,” said Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO, PTC. “Through this strategic collaboration with Mindtree, we’ll be better positioned to help customers quickly identify those AR use-cases that can deliver the most value and then help them scale those solutions across their respective businesses.”

About Mindtree:


Mindtree [NSE: MINDTREE] is a global technology consulting and services company, helping enterprises marry scale with agility to achieve competitive advantage. “Born digital,” in 1999 and now a Larsen & Toubro Group Company, Mindtree applies its deep domain knowledge to 350+ enterprise client engagements to break down silos, make sense of digital complexity and bring new initiatives to market faster. We enable IT to move at the speed of business, leveraging emerging technologies and the efficiencies of Continuous Delivery to spur business innovation. Operating in 18 countries and over 40 offices across the world, we’re consistently regarded as one of the best places to work, embodied every day by our winning culture made up of over 21,000 entrepreneurial, collaborative and dedicated “Mindtree Minds.”

PTC and Vuforia are trademarks or registered trademarks of PTC Inc. and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.