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The RBI is trying to combat inflation by raising interest rates. It is also specifying a higher risk-weightage for bank loans to the real estate sector. How would this affect the real estate market? According to bankers’ estimates, about 16% of the total bank credit goes towards funding...

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Dynamatic Technologies is a unique stock - a listed company in aerospace engineering In picking up this stock to write about, we make a departure. It is not in our database and it has not popped up on our short-term stock screen of relative price strength. It is working in an interesting space...

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At least six mutual funds are planning to launch gold ETFs (exchange-traded funds). They are electronic financial products, unlike gold which is a physical product. Should you buy gold ETFs as opposed to buying physical gold? When funds spot an opportunity, they just go for it -- all at the...

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Data storage media manufacturer Moser Baer is changing tracks and the market is expecting a lot from it. Moser is a leading player in removable data storage media and ranks among the top three optical storage media manufacturers. Its products range from floppy disks to compact discs (CDs)...

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What shoes, jewellery and perfume to wear? Plus, what you must avoid With the variety of footwear now available, appropriateness of footwear has also become relevant. At the Dacca Club in Dhaka, my colleague and I were invited for a drink at the bar by our host, before going on to the Club’s...

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Benchmark is the first fund house to have launched a gold ETF called Gold BeES. Most investors are not familiar with ETFs. Knowledge about Gold ETFs is even less. To clarify some of the key issues, we spoke to Rajan Mehta, executive director of Benchmark Asset Management, on gold ETFs. Excerpts...

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INSPIRING INTERVIEWS MoneyLIFE as a magazine has quite a few unique traits that make it stand apart in its genre. However, the interviews of Dr RA Mashelkar, Prof MM Sharma and Dr Vijay Bhatkar were class acts! Thank you for these two inspiring profiles that should make every Indian...

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Selecting what to wear on what occasion is both an art and a discipline We live in a time of unusual fashions in neckties - loud colours, odd designs including Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. What is the present fashion? Are ties narrow, medium, broad? These change with cyclical predictability....

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HSBC is coming out with an interesting idea. Will it be able to stick to it while investing? Differentiation is not the strong suit of fund companies. While they all know and agree that being different is important for successful stock picking, the business side of fund management is another...

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Elecon offers fine visibility over the next few quarters The boom in construction and manufacturing is creating huge growth for specialised engineering companies. One beneficiary is Elecon Engineering, which manufactures mechanical handling equipment (MHE) and transmission equipment (TE),...

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India has the largest pool of educated manpower and yet, as a recent study by the Confederation of Indian Industry has revealed, human resource is the biggest challenge faced by Indian companies, particularly at the managerial, production and marketing levels. This is even more acute...

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Investing money bit by bit is a great way to build a nest egg especially for the younger generation. Indian demographic profile consisting of a young and educated work force has attracted mutual funds to launch schemes that are more in favour of this category of investors and Systematic...

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Another new identity number and this is not the last! 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...

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The home loans see-saw which has caused considerable consternation in the real estate market is once again in the news and this time the question is “will the rates for home loans dip?” Though rumors have been doing the rounds that financial institutions, fearing an impending...

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It is now well known that when companies delist from the stock market, it is the investors who are punished and not the management. That is why the regulator has gradually curtailed the power of stock exchanges to delist companies. But the Finance Ministry has now proposed a set of...

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JM is launching an equity diversified fund for which it has identified almost all stocks as either small-cap or mid-cap! Risk appetite is back again. After a recent rally that was led mainly by the large-cap companies, several funds are now lauching small- and mid-cap funds. Sometime ago DSP...

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The performance measures are many. Experts on TV breezily talk about earnings per share or sometimes operating profit, but little else. Rarely, will you hear about free cash flow, although, according to academic texts, this is the bedrock of valuation. Analysts pore over financial...

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Follow the Glycaemic Index when choosing your diet Jennifer Aniston does it and so does Geri Halliwell. Diets low in carbohydrates have been of interest ever since Dr Robert Atkins first popularised them in 1972, much before celebrities started endorsing them. However, it is now proven that...

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Shailendra Lotlikar  and   ML Research Desk 15 February 2007
Excessive speculation has been purged and the market is rising again. But what about purging your portfolio? Shailendra Lotlikar and ML Research Desk offer some clues Market movement of the last two months has left investors bewildered. After rising 97% in one year to reach lifetime...

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