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The March 7 judgement of the Supreme Court, which allowed for the development of 600 acres of mill land in and around Parel, in the heart of Mumbai, frees up huge tracts of land for development ensuring a massive infusion of funds. The effects may rub off on areas surrounding the mills....

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India’s largest basmati rice exporter, REI Agro, wants to get into organised retailing. It is a dubious move If the next growth segment is going to be the farm sector, companies like REI Agro should do well. Like Kushi Ram Behari Lal (KRBL now), REI Agro is primarily a basmati rice processing...

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Get the agent to put all his/her promises in writing and ensure that you retain a copy of everything you have signed This column has often highlighted how financial regulation is loaded against consumers because it is invariably framed after consultation with commercial entities alone; consumer...

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Penguin Special: The Life and Times of Allen Lane is a fasncinating tale of how publishing actually used to be. Publishers like Lane were mavericks with ideas, booze and cigarettes and a deep passion for putting out good words within inexpensive covers. Allen Lane was a stocky, dapper...

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ML Research Desk 15 February 2007
The market is too expensive, is the consensus view. But there is value in pockets. ML Research Desk found some places to shop cheap Marc Faber, the investment guru, says “Emerging markets could get kicked in the next three months so I’d be careful of buying Indian shares now.” Apart from...

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Another Indian-nama through the private lens of a self-indulgent foreigner Here is a new sub-genre of foreign writing on India: the view of a Delhi-centric foreign journalist married to an Indian. The sub-genre is new but the output is old. In our last issue, we reviewed In Spite of the Gods...

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Continuing education comes in many forms. Here is one. Educate your employees in personal finance & empower them with the right tools to help them manage their money. World-class companies help to increase productivity and performance of their people. They also help them develop...

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The Indian markets have been the world’s most volatile. This should correct but at what cost? Indian markets have been see-sawing for the past couple of years. There have been days when the market has gone down by 300-400 points. Besides, fluctuations by 400 points within a few hours of a...

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Foreign money has been the main force behind this bull-run. Want to know which way the foreign money is headed? Your friendly helpful neighbourhood broker may not know. The only public information about the thinking of foreign funds is the reported figures of FIIs. Unfortunately, it...

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In the stock market jungle, it is investor vs the rest. There is no shortcut to buying shares, as this example shows I recently got an email which read: “Will you kindly inform me about Nissan Copper? I bought 100 shares @Rs112. I don’t have much knowledge of the market. I am in trouble. Will...

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The BF Utilities stock is on fire. Not because it has been spun off from Bharat Forge and has a wind power generation business. That business is too small. BF also owns shares in Auto Axles (31,09,745), Bharat Forge (5,75,481), Kalyani Steels (47,51,251) Kirloskar Oil (305,825) and...

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The government is apparently planning to start institutes to help software professionals hone their presentation skills. The report said that only 10% of IT graduates manage to get suitable jobs but at least the next 30% would have easily got jobs if they went beyond IT knowledge, and mastered...

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Individual investors should cultivate expertise the way firms nurture specialists, says Shreedhar Kanetkar| Four years ago, a private equity firm, Warburg Pincus, bought a majority stake in WNS, a business process outsourcing firm based in Mumbai. By the time WNS got listed on the New York...

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Steel has been among the best-performing sectors over the last month or so following strong demand and prices revisions by steel companies. Is the sector starting another long upward march? We don't think so. Steel demand will remain buoyant but we doubt whether continuous price...

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Looking for value funds, those that have stocks with higher margin of safety? ML Research Desk offers some options Among the key metrics of your fund portfolio, one is valuation and a key valuation metric is price/sales. Is your fund carrying stocks with high price to sales ratio? It is then...

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Mugunthan Siva is the Chief Investment Officer of Optimix, India's first independent Fund of Funds. He began his career in with the Australian banking sector in 1991. In 1993 he joined RetireInvest, one of Australia's largest financial planning group's investment division known then as Le Fort...

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These companies have an excellent record and are available at very reasonable valuations. Analysis by ML Research Desk The ultimate dream of every investor is to buy stocks that will multiply not just two or three times, but many times, over a period. That is what stocks like Gujarat Ambuja or...

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When the fad of investing in rural areas was rife, we had suggested Jain Irrigation Sytems (JISL) would be one of the stocks attracting attention (June 7th issue). Since that period, the stock has gone up 39%. It has an interesting portfolio of products including drip and sprinkler...

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Interested in health? Always reading up on diet and health habits? Got a flair for putting together balanced meals and guiding yourself and other people to eat right and stay fit? If so, a career as a nutritionist might be just the thing for you. It is a lucrative way of earning your...

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