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Behavioural finance is a new field of study and Parag Parikh, a Mumbai-based stock broker is one of the first to write a book on it in India. His book "Stocks to Riches" adapts behavioural finance to the Indian context. Retail investors largely are ignorant about the behavioural patterns...

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Markets exist to list stocks, bonds, commodities and funds. But markets are run by companies, as in National Stock Exchange. They have their income (listing fees and other fees) and they have their profits. NSE is hugely profitable. What if these profitable companies, running the...

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I’m a big fan of New Year resolutions. I like them so much that I make them all the time, not just once a year. It’s true that the ones I make, don’t always last. But I’ve been grappling with the problem for years and, I think, I’m making progress. Here’s what I’ve learnt. First things...

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“We are never confused about why we exist. Although volume growth, earnings, returns and cash flow are critical priorities, our people understand those measurements are all simply the means to the long-term end of creating value for our share owners” - The late Roberto Goizueta,...

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Cyber crime is governed by a different law. Here are the essentials Last week I received a call from a company in Delhi. This is a small company, which manufactures IT products for maintaining time records. They found their product being showcased on the website of a company they have never...

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Eugene O’Kelly was the CEO of KPMG. He was diagnosed with brain cancer. Less than three months later, he was gone. He wrote this book during those days, as he faced certain death On 24th May 2005, Eugene O’Kelly was sitting face to face with his doctor. “His eyes told me I would die soon. It...

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The Income Tax Department (IT) has turned sensitive to criticism about its high-handed attitude to tax payers, and it is high time it did. Painting taxpayers as potential crooks is counter-productive, especially when compliance levels are so low. The good news is that the government has decided...

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Moneylife Digital Team 15 February 2007
The bulls are in charge and the markets are on fire. The Sensex is around the 11,000 mark and money is still waiting in the wings to enter at even such high levels with mutual funds coming up with new funds every second day. From mega-caps to mid-caps to small-caps, stocks have seen a major...

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ML Research Desk 15 February 2007
The results of a unique method to rank fund houses for all their equity schemes launched in the past three years There are 29 fund houses to invest with (at least six more are awaiting SEBI’s nod) and more than 360 equity diversified funds to choose from. How does one pick the best funds?...

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Confusion is still confounding viewers in Mumbai, says Achintya Mukherjee The primary objective of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was to “protect the interests of service providers and consumers of the telecom sector (and) to promote and ensure orderly growth of the telecom...

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Stanchart is launching another flipper fund - a second Enterprise Equity Fund. The first one was a flop. Will the remake do any better? Unlikely, says Debashis Basu In early May 2006, when the Sensex was above 13,000 and subscribers to initial public offerings (IPOs) were making huge money, as...

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RBI is serious about effective redress of consumer grievances against banking services Have you been frustrated at not getting past the obstructive tricks of your bank’s call centre operator, to get mistakes in your bank statement corrected? Or, got into a serious flap, on finding a fraudulent...

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Fund of Funds have not taken off in a major way in India but they do have a role in the portfolio. For those who cannot decide between a flexi-cap and small-cap fund, FoFs are a good idea. Through FoFs, you leave your decision to choose a particular fund to another fund. Sounds funny but...

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I hold a Citibank-Indian Oil Corp. credit card. I prefer to use my card when I have my car filled with fuel, let’s say for Rs500. On several occasions, when I get my credit card statement, I am surprised to see a surcharge of Rs12.50, which means that although I used the right card at...

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A professional product from UTI, directed at retail investors Investing internationally is becoming the in-thing. UTI Mutual Fund has filed an offer document with SEBI for its maiden overseas equity fund called UTI Global Navigator Fund. This follows the launch of ICICI Prudential Fund...

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India's $23.4 billion outsourcing industry, which employs 1.2 million workers, and makes up nearly 5% of GDP, is accelerating at more than 25% a year. According to research reports, Indian service providers grabbed outsourcing contracts worth more than $50 million in 2005. This includes...

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In late 2004 and early 2005 textile exports was supposed to be the next big thing after software and Business Process Outsourcing, part of a megatrend under which Indian companies were supposed to take advantage of their excellent quality and low costs to create a winning advantage for...

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You love to live an adventurous youthful life, complete with mountain-climbing, rafting, hang gliding etc. But imagine ending up with a career behind a desk or attending stuffy corporate lunches and cocktail parties. Well, the good news is that you can earn a living while living a life...

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I was reading in MoneyLIFE (7th July issue) about the Fly-For-Sure scheme of Citibank. The article says that the bank is redressing consumer complaints. I am a credit card holder of the bank who received a Fly-For-Sure voucher after qualifying for the scheme. Later, the same was denied...

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Confused about where the market is headed? You are not alone. As the market scales new heights everyday, there is complete confusion about where we are headed. We scanned some of the more important ideas about the market and have summarised them here. Morgan Stanley: Sell India

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