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In the post-monsoon period, construction is set to boom. Which stocks will ride it? ML Research Desk runs its stock screen to find out Economic growth is on track, foreigners are gradually stepping up to the plate again, mutual funds are launching new schemes and big public issues are being...

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Paints is one sector that will benefit from a boom in both consumption and construction It has none of the glamour attached to it, like the media or the software sector has. But among all the sectors we track it is showing a great deal of strength. It is the paints sector whose fortunes are...

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The government’s revenues are booming through tax collections from companies and individuals. Yet, almost everyday, the department uses an obliging media to threaten that the taxman is out to get you. According to one media report, the country’s top 1,000 companies could face the tax...

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A severe fall in US housing market is bothering many experts. The stock markets are unconcerned In late August CNN reported “Builder: Oversupply slump worst in 40 years. Toll Brothers slashes outlook on new homes as orders plunge and revenue misses forecasts.” A week later, Wall Street Journal...

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Your company just bought another company in a faraway land for “strategic” reasons. How would you know whether the money was well-spent? Shreedhar Kanetkar suggests the preliminary step towards an effective analysis If you haven’t found yourself wondering whether acquisitions make sense,...

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Balanced funds are in vogue - under a different garb Balanced funds have not lived up to their name because most of them follow a disbalanced strategy of investing. Is that why fund companies want to bring them back under a different name? What else explains the strategy of two balanced funds...

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Here is a simple strategy to retire wealthy. The hard part is following it Today, with starting incomes being fairly handsome, it is possible to have a nice nest egg when you are 50. You can retire early if you choose to, do something on your own or chase your dreams, provided you plan early....

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MoneyLIFE sectoral indices indicate strong growth of a few sectors in the coming months Our proprietary sectoral indices track the performance of 49 sectors on a regular basis giving a perspective of the changing market preferences. We analyse sectoral changes in market capitalisation on the...

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Cows are a scarce commodity on the Island, as in truth is every thing else of provision, we being beholden to our neighbours the Portuguese for almost every thing that we eat; otherwise we might starve, were we only to subsist on the production of the Island.” - John Burnell, writing about...

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The “best money manager on earth” is a mathematician, says Debashis Basu "T"he advantage scientists bring into the game is less their mathematical or computational skills than their ability to think scientifically. They are less likely to accept an apparent winning strategy that might be a mere...

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Low interest rates and volatility in stock market is creating new interest in FDs Bank fixed deposits are back. With interest rates slowly snaking upwards and stock markets turning hugely volatile, a steady flow of interest income has suddenly become very attractive. Banks are falling over...

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Be careful about having blind faith in Systematic Investment Plan Tata Mutual Fund is launching a scheme based on the idea of Systematic Investment Plan called Tata SIP equity fund. SIPs, as any investor knows, are one of the better ways to create a winning portfolio. The idea is simple....

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Why the stocks of public-sector banks are bad investments The finance ministry, the de-facto owner of state-controlled banks, has just given me one more reason for not investing my money in the shares of these banks. The ministry has indirectly tried to arm-twist these banks not to raise...

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Undeterred by the poor performance of contra funds, a new contra fund is coming to raise money. As we had pointed out two issues ago, five fund houses currently offer schemes with a so-called contrarian investment objective. Of these, four have consistently underperformed their benchmarks. Will...

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I take this opportunity to congratulate you for the splendid interviews of Mr. Jignesh Shah and Mr. Mashelkar. They were absolutely superb. I am writing this to thank you and congratulate you specifically for your achievement of making Jignesh open his mind so vividly. He is a very tough...

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What has a statistical tool called multivariate analysis got to do with understanding where the stock market is headed, asks Debashis Basu In the last issue, I initiated the thought that very little seems to have changed in the world of stock markets. Over the past 300 years of stock trading,...

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The fund management companies are mum about it but they have been stunned by the way the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has hit them with two new rules. One, the annual fee that asset managers pay to SEBI has been raised from Rs. 25,000 to 0.3% of the money collected in New Fund...

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Nike did not spend even one dollar on advertising before its revenues crossed a billion dollar. Starbucks and eBay did not spend money on advertising campaigns to create billion dollar valuations. A handheld device called Palm and a drink called Red Bull ignored what their consumers said and yet...

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Shailendra Lotlikar 14 September 2006
A foreign oil company, a dotcom, a news channel, a commodity exchange - dozens of unique and large companies are out to raise money. But be careful about the valuations, unless you want to take advantage only of the price pop on listing, writes Shailendra Lotlikar Till a few months back...

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Education is among the fastest-growing and most profitable businesses. There are only two listed stocks with nationwide brands. They have changed their focus from IT education. How are they doing after restructuring? Aptech is an educational company with a chequered past. It was one of the...

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