Two investment risks every Bangladeshi should know about

Every investment or saving product has different risk and returns profile. Generally, for higher risk investors demand higher returns. For example, since stocks are riskier than fixed deposits, a rational investor will expect to earn a higher return from stocks compared to fixed deposits.

In Bangladesh, there is a tendency for investors to only concentrate on higher returns and ignore the risk part completely. This is why so many people in Bangladesh get caught in MLM (Multi-level marketing) Ponzi schemes. They concentrate on the upside and completely ignore the downside.

In this blog post, we discuss two very important risks people should be aware of.

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Reduce your income tax burden in Bangladesh by investing in eligible securities

Don’t you feel great at the very sight of your paycheck at the end of a month of hard work? But that feeling soon subsides when we consider how much income taxes we have to pay on our salaries. Fortunately for us, there are a few investment vehicles that allow us to get rebates on our investments. By investing in these instruments, not only can we earn income, but we can also reduce our income tax burdens. In this post, we highlight three such investment options.

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Portfolio return calculation – ignored and misunderstood
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Portfolio return calculation – ignored and misunderstood

Why do schools have report cards for students at the end of each term? To assess if the material taught was understood by students.

For stock markets, the relevant report card is portfolio return (along with relevant risk metrics). Yet, most investors (both institutional and individual) in our country, either do not calculate their returns or make calculation mistakes that make the numbers useless.

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The best time to invest in mutual funds
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The best time to invest in mutual funds

What is the best time to invest in mutual funds?

Often there are no correct answers. For long term investors, it usually does not matter too much. There is one exception to this rule. If you invest when the market is expensive (like the end of 2010) you will earn little or even negative returns. Similarly, investing after the market has fallen (mid-2013) increases the chances of high returns. But such occasions are rare. Often the market is neither too high or too low. There are two strategies people can use in this case.

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