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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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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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