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He is being compared with Warren Buffett, has made $1 billion last year and is only 45 At 7.30 in the evening on Friday, 10th January 2003, successful value investor Edward Lampert was leaving his office when he was kidnapped by four people from the parking lot. They took him to Day’s Inn...

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What can a capital protection scheme do that you cannot do yourself? Virtually nothing Mutual funds are all offering ‘capital protection’ (CP) schemes. Is it such a sophisticated product that an investor has necessarily to go through the fund route? Or is it simple enough for an investor to...

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What about your pens, wrist-watches and spectacles? Here are the don’ts Many years ago, I went to meet Camille Lavington - one of the experts on Business Protocol in USA and Europe - and author of some books on the subject. It was our first meeting and we struck a warm friendship. The second...

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Private banks and finance companies are the new moneylenders, lending to the poor at interest rates as high as 50% Mutual funds are all offering ‘capital protection’ (CP) schemes. Is it such a sophisticated product that an investor has necessarily to go through the fund route? Or is it simple...

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Udit Chaudhuri, an occasional writer for this magazine, describes what it means to be a mutual fund investor So you made a smart investment -- picked a mutual fund of your choice. Reassured by everyone, you relax or enjoy life, while fund managers toil and sweat to rake it all into your...

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W hat is the best way to choose a fund? There are no easy answers. If you go simply by performance, you will still have to decide about over which period are you analysing fund performance. In doing that you may also end up with funds that are skewed to a particular market climate....

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Penny-pinching budget airlines may end up pinching your wallet Last week, I received a letter from a MoneyLIFE reader Radhe Shyam Mundhra from Chennai. On 30th April, he booked an Air Deccan flight from Chennai to Delhi for travel on 17th May 2007. Subsequently, he needed to cancel the flight. ...

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That is what an RBI committee is recommedning finds out Sucheta Dalal Over the past 15 years, the Indian capital market  has transformed itself through automation and adopted global settlement and clearing systems, but the banking system has lagged far behind. The process of moving towards...

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The recipe for beating the winning funds is simple - just buy the most popular stocks in their portfolio - as this article analyses. The important part is to stick to it with discipline In our last issue, we discussed the performance of mutual funds that have done well in declining as well as...

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These five funds have made the best of the bull market, mainly by low churning and betting on large-cap index stocks The past four years have been an unimaginable period for the market. At no time in living memory have we enjoyed a four-year rally of such monstrous proportions. One segment,...

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His serene face, framed by thin tresses, adorns dollar notes. Benjamin Franklin was known to be a man of science. He was a printer and publisher of repute, started America’s first circulating library, wrote Poor Richard’s Almanack, which sold as much as the Bible, founded a fire company,...

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This crop protection company is sleepy but it is available cheap and, if Indian agriculture gets corporatised, the stock will shoot up on expectations Looking for a stock that has classic signs of undervaluation -- close to 52-week low, a P/E of 7, pays a dividend of 75%, has a low interest...

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Kotak Mahindra Bank is less of a bank, therein lies its strength There are broadly four kinds of banks in India: public sector banks like the giant State Bank of India, followed by Bank of Baroda, Canara Bank and Punjab National Bank, etc; then there are new, large, fast-growing private banks...

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What is the connection between investing and visiting museums? Shreedhar Kanetkar explains For Rs15, you can spend all day at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in Mumbai, formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum. That sum, I need hardly point out, is not nearly enough for...

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The March quarter performance of funds has not been too inspiring, finds Shailendra Lotlikar Fund management is an art and fund managers are great artists; they perform well, but only when the weather is fine. How do they perform when the market is passing through a storm? Well, the first...

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Here are some clues on what to do in times of rising price There is an official rate of inflation, which to my mind does not reflect the reality. Inflation can only be captured by a cost of living index that is truly representative and is framed on the basis of real people and their actual...

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A novel approach that identifies funds that have done well in both rising and falling markets. Analysis by Debashis Basu, Shailendra Lotlikar and Saurav Agarwal What is the best way to choose a fund? There are no easy answers. If you go simply by performance, you will still have to decide...

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One of the rare books on entrepreneurship written from a unique perspective Until five years ago, they were shunned. Bankers would not lend them money. Big businessmen would squeeze them and revenue authorities would view them as dens of tax evasion. Today, it is a fad for bankers to woo them,...

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Glitzy advertising and Big B as brand ambassador is all very well. But  consumers who found worms in their chocolate had a bitter experience with Cadbury, says Sucheta Dalal Remember the hullabaloo over the worms found in Cadbury’s chocolates a few years ago? Most of us forgot about it after...

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