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The current obsession of global markets is inflation and interest rates. Stocks fell in mid-July because of these concerns. The concerns are so huge that investors are brushing off robust growth in earnings, both in India and the US. The minutes of Federal Reserve's meeting on June 28-29...

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I had opened a Young Stars account with ICICI Bank in the name of my daughter, Shruthi Venkat, on 30th May 2006. On opening this account, we were supposed to get a camera as a gift. This was confirmed by the Sales Executive Mr. J. Anil Kumar. During the first week of June, we received...

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What stocks to keep an eye on, if the market keeps rallying? Here is what MoneyLIFE Indices suggest Our size-based broad market indices on a rolling three-month basis have seen a slight shuffle this time, though the broad direction remains the same we had identified two months ago: that the...

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ML Research Desk 03 August 2006
Introducing ML broad market indices for the MoneyLIFE sample of companies The market is yet to find a definite direction after the massive mid-May correction. Our proprietary broad market indices for various sizes debut this issue onwards offering an insight into price changes across the ML...

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They advise you not to time the market. But asset allocation funds do exactly the same thing under a pseudo-scientific label The market has been overvalued and volatile for months before the carnage of May and June. Should that worry equity funds since they ask you to invest for the long...

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We may not have his scale, but we can emulate Buffett’s focus, says Shreedhar Kanetkar Both of you,” Warren Buffett wrote to Bill and Melinda Gates on 26 June 2006, “have applied truly unusual intelligence, energy and heart to improving the lives of millions of fellow humans who have not been...

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Corporate earnings will remain strong in the first quarter for certain sectors. Will that be enough for stock prices to be sustained? We are entering another earnings season. What kind of growth are the key sectors supposed to report? Expect corporate earnings to be very strong for certain...

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Paint companies may do well. Energy is also showing early signs of promise, according to MoneyLIFE Sectoral Index ranking We have started tracking the performance of various sectors from our last issue through our proprietary indices. Based on the performance of each sectoral index on a 3-month...

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There are multiple reasons why steel is persistently raising hopes only to disappoint. Apart from the short term seasonal factors such as a slow pick up in the beginning of the financial year, immediately followed by the monsoons, a basic and globally-traded product like steel is quickly...

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TV News Channels and newspapers have a very high profile. But these are small businesses and more importantly, unprofitable businesses New Delhi Television Limited, which runs three general news and business news channels, reported pathetic first quarter results that the media seem to have...

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We had suggested that being a contrarian is not always a virtue. Contra funds are a fad and we did suggest that you do not get carried away by the glib marketing strategies of fund houses. We have been right so far, as the performance and stock picks of contra funds show. A detailed analysis by...

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How did the Balanced Funds do in the first quarter? Disastrously. Here is why you should avoid them and how you can create your own balanced funds. Analysis by ML Research Desk The Indian market has been suffering from huge volatility in the first quarter and steady market gains on the back...

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It has been brought to book by RBI, in a pathbreaking On 23 June 2006, Anirudha Datta received a rather curt sounding email that read as follows: Dear Customer, This is with reference to the "Fly For Sure" offer extended on your Citibank Card. We would request you to contact the local...

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Kotak Mutual Fund calls it Rising Star, Sundaram calls it Select Small Cap and ING Vysya calls it Competitive Upcoming Businesses. They have different names. But all these funds have the same objective: invest mainly in small-cap stocks. How do they define it? Kotak wants to invest in mid-cap...

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It lies at the centre of a massive domestic consumption growth. It is helping ordinary college graduates, who had no hope in hell of getting jobs a few years ago, earn a decent salary. It is part of the great job migration that started in a small way in 1993 and has now become a deluge. It is an...

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Looking for defensive and less volatile stocks that offer a steady growth? One such sector is personal products (a sub-sector of consumer products in our classification), which is buoyed by economic growth, rising incomes and changing demographics. The sector as a whole had been out of...

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Two mutual funds are launching Gold ETFs. They are electronic financial products unlike gold, which is a physical product. It needs to be judged by four key factors. How does it stack up? UTI and Benchmark Asset Management are both launching gold exchange-traded funds (ETFs). It is a new...

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Is your “long-term investment” just another form of speculation, asks Debashis Basu You buy an apartment or a house to live in or to rent it out and earn some income. It may give you great pleasure to check about the resale value from time to time but you have not bought the house to flip it...

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Please don’t ignore Health Minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss’s appeal to celebrities to stop promoting soft drinks for the sake of your children. In fact, when you watch Baba Ramdev’s rant against the colas, you’ll find that the mantriji has been rather mild. The Yogi, who’s no cabinet Commissar,...

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Yes they are. Sometimes they are unfair. Here is a rundown of the problem by Sucheta Dalal One of the most welcome developments for bank customers in recent months is that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has turned enormously pro-active about resolving consumer complaints.   Since a large...

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