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Six months after this magazine first exposed the rot within, the RBI puts it under moratorium The RBI has finally decided to act and put United Western Bank (UWB) under moratorium on 2nd Sept. A lot of people were expecting this to happen but the RBI was still waiting. This writer had warned...

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Auto companies are doing very well but not all auto component stocks will deliver powerful growth quarter after quarter. Here are two battery stocks and a lighting company to charge up your portfolio with All segments of the auto sector, passenger cars, commercial vehicles and two-wheelers,...

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As expected, 40-50% of the bond funds turned out to be underperformers on a one-year basis. Almost 98% of the funds gave you returns worse than the interest rate of your savings bank account. Our Research Desk analyses Interest rates have been rising. Risk-free return, as represented by the...

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Students exposed to top finance professionals in Summit SIBM In Summit SIBM, a four-day management conclave spread over two weekends, where MoneyLIFE magazine was a media sponsor, management students were exposed to an array of top notch professionals from the financial sector. SEBI Chairman M...

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Iam a client of a foreign bank at Bangalore and would like to highlight the business model they follow. A lot of their revenues mainly come from commissions and the distribution revenues of third party products, mainly investment-related products such as insurance, mutual funds, equity,...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 28 September 2006
A survey of bank depositors by consumer organisation Voice, funded by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, has triggered a lot of introspection. Although somewhat flawed, the findings corroborate the anecdotal evidence of high customer complaints or lack of clarity about banking charges....

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Some 350 years ago, there was another way India and China were deeply linked The book Opium City argues that the rise of Bombay as a commercial centre is owed to its accidental importance as a conduit for opium exports to China. Equally, interesting is the story of opium. Large-scale exports of...

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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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