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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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Income growth of 111%, 178%, 140% and 121% over the past four quarters. That has been the performance of Spanco Telesystems. From just Rs25 crore in December 04, its revenues have grown to Rs136 crore in December 06. Started by Kapil Puri and Rajesh Chhabria in 1995, initially Spanco was...

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If there is one number that the whole world looks at closely while evaluating stocks and the overall market, it is the Price to Earning Ratio (P/E). P/E is the prism to judge whether stock price is high or low. If the market P/E is around 20, it is supposed to be expensive and if it’s 12, it is...

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A litany of complaints from customers from across the country paints a sordid picture of unjust enrichment by telephone companies, finds Achintya Mukerjee Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recently listed various steps it has taken to protect consumer interests (see table...

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Alarmed by mutual fund money lying in bank deposits well after the NFOs, SEBI wants to stop the practice. Its assumptions, conclusions and moves are based on dubious facts and logic, finds Debashis Basu The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has allowed mutual funds enough of leeway...

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Mumbai University wants to get listed. The idea is too hairbrained and too radical to work The 150-year-old Mumbai University wants to go public. It has already appointed Deutsche Bank as the lead manager to explore the idea. The university budget passed in early April has a Rs 2-lakh provision...

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China is the world's fastest-growing economy. Its hunger for growth is reflected in the humungous scale of anything it does. China is now the world's second-largest importer of crude oil. It is the world's largest producer of steel. It has the largest horde of foreign exchange which crossed...

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An all-weather stock to buy on severe market declines Pidilite is one of the leading manufacturer of craftsmen products, DIY (Do-It-Yourself) products and industrial speciality chemicals in India with a market share of 60%. Its flagship brand Fevicol being the largest selling brand in the...

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Centurion Bank of Punjab is growing rapidly through a multi-pronged strategy Centurion Bank of Punjab which emerged from the merger of an almost bankrupt Centurion Bank and Bank of Punjab is nowhere in the same league as ICICI, HDFC or even UTI Bank but has been expanding fast. CBoP today is...

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Here is one of the best-kept secrets. Indian’s can now get almost any information they need about administration and governance from this site, discovers Sucheta Dalal Those of us, who have a regular broadband hook-up to the World Wide Web have always felt highly empowered by our access to an...

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While people have been rushing to banks to swap their low-interest deposits for what they call “premature renewal” at a higher interest, bank staff are deluged with paperwork. (When aren’t they groaning about it?) Banks like BoB and SBI have allowed such swaps as much as twice in a...

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  For ordinary investors, passive investing, or indexing, is one of the best ways to share in the wealth created by listed companies. Passive indexing involves buying an index fund, which are supposed to buy stocks that make up a popular index, in the same weightage as they exist in the index....

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They don’t discuss it or seek advice but men are just as fashion-conscious. Hemali Mehta drags men’s fashion out of the closet The millennium has heralded the arrival of the hip fashion-conscious man. Women beware. You’re up for some serious competition from your male counterparts when it comes...

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This is with reference to MoneyLIFE issues dated 23rd November 2006 and 1st March 2007 about complaints regarding India Infoline. I have filed a complaint at investorhelpline.in (complaint no. K-722M3346-HBB) two months ago, after reading about it in your magazine. The status shows that...

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Changing your car? Neither your insurer nor your car salesman will tell you about the No Claims Bonus. Here is what you need to know Every new development in India involves an expensive learning process. Consumers trying to transfer a legitimate No Claims Bonus (NCB) from an old car to a new...

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Plus a few other aspects of grooming Women’s hair-dressing has been around for ages. Now men’s hair-dressing has also ‘come of age’. Many in the corporate world go to expensive hair-dressers, and have their hair ‘coiffured’. There is the ‘standing up’ hair look and the ‘pasted down’ look and...

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How to deal with rising interest rates on home loans? For one, don’t panic and shift to a fixed-rate loan The five-year borrowing frenzy  - when home loan rates at under 7% were at their lowest ever - has decisively ended. It is now trauma time. After seven interest rate hikes in less than two...

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