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Foreign money has been the main force behind this bull-run. Want to know which way the foreign money is headed? Your friendly helpful neighbourhood broker may not know. The only public information about the thinking of foreign funds is the reported figures of FIIs. Unfortunately, it...

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In the stock market jungle, it is investor vs the rest. There is no shortcut to buying shares, as this example shows I recently got an email which read: “Will you kindly inform me about Nissan Copper? I bought 100 shares @Rs112. I don’t have much knowledge of the market. I am in trouble. Will...

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The BF Utilities stock is on fire. Not because it has been spun off from Bharat Forge and has a wind power generation business. That business is too small. BF also owns shares in Auto Axles (31,09,745), Bharat Forge (5,75,481), Kalyani Steels (47,51,251) Kirloskar Oil (305,825) and...

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The government is apparently planning to start institutes to help software professionals hone their presentation skills. The report said that only 10% of IT graduates manage to get suitable jobs but at least the next 30% would have easily got jobs if they went beyond IT knowledge, and mastered...

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Individual investors should cultivate expertise the way firms nurture specialists, says Shreedhar Kanetkar| Four years ago, a private equity firm, Warburg Pincus, bought a majority stake in WNS, a business process outsourcing firm based in Mumbai. By the time WNS got listed on the New York...

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Steel has been among the best-performing sectors over the last month or so following strong demand and prices revisions by steel companies. Is the sector starting another long upward march? We don't think so. Steel demand will remain buoyant but we doubt whether continuous price...

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Looking for value funds, those that have stocks with higher margin of safety? ML Research Desk offers some options Among the key metrics of your fund portfolio, one is valuation and a key valuation metric is price/sales. Is your fund carrying stocks with high price to sales ratio? It is then...

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Mugunthan Siva is the Chief Investment Officer of Optimix, India's first independent Fund of Funds. He began his career in with the Australian banking sector in 1991. In 1993 he joined RetireInvest, one of Australia's largest financial planning group's investment division known then as Le Fort...

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These companies have an excellent record and are available at very reasonable valuations. Analysis by ML Research Desk The ultimate dream of every investor is to buy stocks that will multiply not just two or three times, but many times, over a period. That is what stocks like Gujarat Ambuja or...

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When the fad of investing in rural areas was rife, we had suggested Jain Irrigation Sytems (JISL) would be one of the stocks attracting attention (June 7th issue). Since that period, the stock has gone up 39%. It has an interesting portfolio of products including drip and sprinkler...

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Interested in health? Always reading up on diet and health habits? Got a flair for putting together balanced meals and guiding yourself and other people to eat right and stay fit? If so, a career as a nutritionist might be just the thing for you. It is a lucrative way of earning your...

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What if you could sell your life insurance policy and get the maturity value now? I have always maintained that the only life insurance one should buy is a whole-life policy and nothing else. Now, a new use for this in the US makes it even more relevant. Imagine that you are 70-plus. Your...

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ML Research Desk 22 January 2007
Investors, who can pick the right stocks at the beginning of the year, stand to make good gains in the months ahead. But it is not just the right stocks that matter; they have to be picked at the right time. After all, Warren Buffett dropped a billion dollars in 2005 because his bet about the...

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Put your money in a liquid fund and wait for the correction The year 2006 has been a smashing year, with corporate performance exceeding analysts’ expectations by miles, thanks to supply constraints which have transferred the pricing power in favour of companies. An industry like cement, which...

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Fund companies are asked to mention that past performance is no guide to the future. Just as well, shows a new study Investors and fund professionals mainly rely on past performance in fund selection. But is this logical? If so, why do regulators insist that funds must be sold with the caveat...

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The record of Indian Mutual fund schemes go under many names and categories. But no matter how you look at it, essentially, you can break them into those that invest in debt paper, in equities or in a combination of both. Look at the category commonly called “Income” funds. They are touted as...

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Debashis Basu, Shailendra Lotlikar  and   Charmi Gandhi 04 January 2007
The severe speculative fever of the past two years has created a highly distorted list of wealth creators. Here is a story of stunning winners and surprising laggards of the past 10 years by Debashis Basu, Shailendra Lotlikar and Charmi Gandhi “We are never confused about why we exist....

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Stock operators sometimes play an important role in making prices move. They are the least understood part of the market, explains Debashis Basu Often the stock of a company suddenly shoots up for no apparent reason. The media are usually clueless too, ascribing flimsy reasons to explain the...

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How much should we expect our equity investments to deliver? Here is a surprising answer Equities always outperform all other asset classes’. ‘Equities are the best form of investment’. ‘If you want to retire rich and early, buy equities’. These are the mantras of financial planners, mutual...

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