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Another new fund flavour. Will it work? It is the business of asset management companies to gather assets because they make money on the money they manage. To claw assets out of investors, AMCs come out with products of different flavours - balanced funds, contra funds, flexi-cap, MIPs, rural...

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Marico has an interesting portfolio of products built slowly over a long period Between 1996 and 2002, consumer products companies suffered badly due to poor off take. From 2003, they have enjoyed tremendous volume growth as overall economic growth and consumption picked up. In this boom, it is...

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Three new arbitrage funds have been filed. Do they make much sense? Three fund houses have filed for launching arbitrage funds: Canbank, Tata and Standard Chartered. Some time ago, SBI came out with its Arbitrage Opportunities Fund and, before that, UTI launched its Spread Fund. Do arbitrage...

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ML Research Desk 23 November 2006
Sector funds focus their attention on the stocks of just one sector. Buying them is a bad idea, as we had pointed out earlier. But if you must buy one, which one should you go for? ML Research Desk offers the options The theoretical case for sector funds is very strong because it can be based...

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AIA is expensively valued and justifiably so AIA Engineering Ltd, an Ahmedabad-based company, is a niche player in the value-added high chrome metallurgy segment catering to cement, mining and thermal power industries. All these sectors are doing extremely well and AIA has been riding that...

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ML Research Desk 23 November 2006
These companies have been doing very well for the last five years but are not on the market's radar yet. Are they worth buying?Analysis by ML Research Desk Most investors, including fund managers, react to market conditions like lemmings, stampeding into stocks when the market is rising...

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Gary Smith, a professor at Pomona College in California does very interesting studies on stock markets. One of his creations is a FUN Index of catchy stock symbols, tagged to American stocks. He asked his finance students to pick their favourite stock symbols among the 33,000 ticker symbols that...

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How is wine as an investment? “First Growth Bordeaux of 1990 vintage has beaten the S&P 500 hands down over the last 15 years.” Internationally, arguments like these float around in favour of wine as an investment. With the help of selective facts you can argue that fine wine is a better...

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Earnings growth overshadows inflation fears What a difference five months can make. Inflation is back in the news but, unlike in May when investors panicked globally and sold off risky assets as if there is no tomorrow, this time, the market has shrugged off the trend and has focused on the...

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Given the tremendous dearth of people, employers cannot sneer at distance learning anymore, finds out Chikita Kukreja Some 30 years ago, the government was promoting distance learning. It remained a part of government schemes and did little to advance the logic of alternative means of...

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Ahmedabad is yet to take off in as big a way as Pune or Hyderabad. That’s the opportunity, says Gaver Chatterjee Ask any expert on the five hot cities for investment in the realty sector and Ahmedabad may not quite figure in the list. But no expert will deny that the city holds potential for...

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Hexaware is another stock that has shown strong recent price strength but is probably running ahead of itself Hexaware is a provider of IT and business process outsourcing services with specialisation in enterprise solutions, application management, e-commerce, and embedded systems, born out of...

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Foreign firms eye Indian broking business The direct business beneficiaries of the scorching rise in stock prices are brokerage firms. From small fragmented regional ones to large organised corporate entities, most stock brokers are minting money. In fact, the scope and scale of the business...

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Sensex is up 51% since June 14. Among the 49 sectors we track, steel, auto and printing & publishing were the worst performers. What are their prospects? From the panic bottom it hit in mid-June, the market has risen by about 50%. The continuous robust growth of the Indian economy, supported...

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Consumers are “protected” while buying matchboxes but not when they buy a property with their life savings When we buy something, we look at the printed price, whether it is a chewing gum or a matchbox or a school textbook. Law demands the printing of maximum retail price (MRP) on every...

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The title seemed so out of sync with MoneyLIFE’s contents. And then, on page 314, the link was suddenly brought home: “In economic terms, India is now the world centre for cricket”. It seems India now provides 60% of the world’s cricket income of multi-million dollars and that, for being the...

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A s a boy, Stuart Kelly loved books so much that he was willing to work on weekends to pay for them. He would starve himself so he could give his lunch money to the cause. There was just one problem. He found: “From Shakespeare to Sylvia Plath,great writers had written works which I could not...

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Each time the market swoons, the media blames it on them and the regulator wants to “legalise” them. What are hedge funds and how do they function? There is a sense of shock and awe in India about hedge funds. What is it that gives these funds such an aura? Just as the seemingly omnipotent...

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American Girl started as a direct-mail operation in Middleton, Wisconsin in 1986 and now sells more dolls than everyone else except Barbie. It does not merely sell handsome 18-inch high dolls. It offers the “whole world” as the corporation’s literature puts it, of each of its eight fictional...

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Some technical analysts rely on an arcane 13th century arithmetic series, called the Fibonacci sequence. A recent study says that it is false belief Many traders believe that clues to where the market is headed lie in the work of Leonardo of Pisa, a mathematician who lived in the 12th and 13th...

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