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A week of mayhem on bourses worldwide has sent companies planning initial public offerings (IPOs) running for cover. From Vancouver to Croatia to Bangkok, companies are postponing their IPOs. On March 8, Orbit Corporation was making plans to postpone its issue at least by a week. Instead...

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Debashis Basu Debashis Basu 29 March 2007
When the market was rising, it was not because of strong fundamentals alone. The crash too is devoid of any fundamental logic. Somewhere in between, lies value. How do you go about understanding it? Debashis Basu explains Every bull market needs the fuel of money to keep going. The Indian...

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Menon Bearings makes auto components and its product profile includes bearings, bushes, washers and bi-metal strips. MBL is the original equipment (OE) supplier to companies like Telco, Cummins India, Maruti Udyog, Mahindra & Mahindra, Greaves, Escorts, HMT Tractors, Eicher Tractors, Kalyani...

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There is only so much that can be written as guidelines regarding the dos and don’ts of protocol and etiquette. It is the ‘feel’ in a particular situation, in a strange environment, which will be the final test of what works for or what works against. For the rest, it is see, observe and follow....

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The Union Budget this year has left ordinary tax-paying Indians inordinately angry and frustrated. In the 10th year after he delivered a ‘dream budget’, Finance Minister, P Chidambaram appears to have lost his touch; ironically, the economic situation today is the best that any Finance...

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How often have you been furious at the insensitivity, apathy and lack of accountability of various government entities and did not know how to make your grievance heard? Many of us believed that consumer courts are the only real recourse for those determined to seek justice. But that is a...

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James Montier is a thoughtful person. As a global equity strategist with Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, a top broking firm, he believes in taking an independent approach to understanding all about the investment process. In November 2005, he had written a paper titled “Seven Sins of Management:...

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Deccan Chronicle Holdings (DCHL) was a regional company publishing the Telugu daily Andhra Bhoomi and an English newspaper -- Deccan Chronicle (DC) -- from several locations in Andhra Pradesh. Over the past few years, it has undergone a remarkable transformation. Having strengthened its...

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During 1994-96, over-extended bank credit, trade deficit, rising inflation and property speculation led to a recession. These issues are now back. But the outcome may not be the same. Are we close to the end of the first phase of the beginning of a long-term boom in emerging markets or the...

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I hold a Citibank-Indian Oil Corp. credit card. I prefer to use my card when I have my car filled with fuel, let’s say for Rs500. On several occasions, when I get my credit card statement, I am surprised to see a surcharge of Rs12.50, which means that although I used the right card at...

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MoneyLIFE is a really fine magazine. Excellent content and very well presented. You have been able to keep the high standard through all the issues. This is not easy. I am sure you will be able to keep it up. Just two suggestions - Moneylife should keep to the niche (of money matters)...

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SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR SEBI I am listing down some suggestions for SEBI to implement which would benefit mutual fund investors. 1. Format of data sheets, application forms and other forms of all mutual funds should be identical to enable easy comparison and filling. Usually, clients...

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I congratulate you on the successful launch of MoneyLIFE, your new publication. I have read the last few issues and am very impressed with the content and presentation. I am sure your contribution will prove immensely valuable and add prestige to financial journalism. I wish you all...

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I noticed with amusement the letter in the previous issue of MoneyLIFE. Ms Tuteja (whoever the person really is) makes references to your letters being manufactured. Does she think that letters from Aditya Puri, KV Kamath, Milind Sarwate of Marico were manufactured too? It is so...

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If you are a mutual fund investor, your account may have been frozen from the beginning of January if you have not got a new identity - a separate Mutual Fund Identification Number (MIN). To invest, it is already mandatory to have a Permanent Account Number issued by the Tax Department...

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Capacity increases need not necessarily mean lower profitability or share price Indian companies are enjoying pricing power like never before. Across sectors, whether it is cement or steel, producers do not have enough capacities to meet demand. Consequently, they are in a position to increase...

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Apropos the Business Protocol articles of Mr Walter Vieira, I would like to share just one of the many personal experiences I have had in my life. Some time back, while I was in Australia, during my studies in Portfolio and Economic Analysis, I was staying at a shared housing...

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There are a few magazines on personal finance in the market, so we tend to think, why one more? But then if you have a quality product, it is bound to sell. The same is the case with MoneyLIFE. Sucheta Dalal's “What a mess” made interesting reading. If retail banking has changed...

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