ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT


Moneylife Digital Team 29 July 2011
Yes, the increasing price of gold continues to attract many buyers and investors. But did you know that gold has in fact gained just 8.9% on a compounded annual basis since 1991? And don’t be foolish to believe that the price will continue to rise always IDBI Mutual Fund has announced...

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 June 2011
Investors say paintings in which they invested were priced too high and hence could not find any buyers. Copal not too keen on promised buyback, says it was a “goodwill gesture” Investors, who put their money into art funds launched by Copal Art in 2006, have alleged that they have been...

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Moneylife Digital Team 08 June 2011
The price of gold in India has been on a bull run for the last 13 years. Are gold prices nearing a bubble?  Big investors and researchers predict that gold is headed towards a bubble. In January last year, George Soros, the famous Hungarian-American billionaire investor and stakeholder...

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Moneylife Digital Team 16 May 2011
HDFC Bank sells silver at over Rs70,000 when the National Spot Exchange sells it for around Rs53,700 and the local jeweller sells silver for Rs55,000! And gullible customers are buying Banks have hit upon a new idea to get a larger share of your wallet-retailing gold and silver. While...

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Debashis Basu Debashis Basu 07 April 2011
Gold is not an investment, but a speculative asset, influenced mainly by the dollar and US interest rates, explains Debashis Basu with a detailed analysis. But if you do want gold in your portfolio, we tell you the cheapest and best options, in a companion piece It is hard to get an...

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Looking for the cheapest and best option to invest in gold? Raj Pradhan offers a guide In the previous piece, we have explained why gold is not an investment; it only moves with the dollar and rupee exchange rate and, most importantly, the negative real interest rate in the US. Most of...

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Moneylife Digital Team 04 April 2011
High prices have not slowed demand; gold as investment will have to compete with a wider range of options India's cumulative annual demand for gold is expected to increase to over 1,200 tonnes by 2020, an estimated growth of 30%, according to the World Gold Council (WGC). This is valued...

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Debashis Basu Debashis Basu  and   Dolly Mirchandani 24 March 2011
Investing in gold has been inconvenient till now. Buying it from the neighbourhood jeweller is easy, but storing it is risky. You can buy gold ETFs, but you cannot convert them into physical gold. The new e-Series products from NSEL allow you to hold gold in demat form and convert it into...

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Moneylife Digital Team 14 February 2011
Designed for retail investors, E-Series is an innovative investment product which lets you buy gold, silver, copper and zinc from NSEL’s pan-India electronic trading platform and have them transferred to their demat account The National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL) has launched what is called as...

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V Ananthakrishnan 12 October 2010
Borrowing against gold is becoming more popular as the yellow metal’s price reaches for the stratosphere and Indians lose their inhibitions over pledging their family heirlooms as collateral. Is it safe to do business with these gold-loan companies?  In the previous part of this two-part...

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V Ananthakrishnan 11 October 2010
Borrowing against gold is becoming more popular as the yellow metal’s price reaches for the stratosphere and Indians lose their inhibitions over pledging their family heirlooms as collateral. Is it safe to do business with these gold-loan companies?  Of late, we see a number of advertisements...

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Moneylife Digital Team 03 August 2010
The yellow metal’s phenomenal jump in valuation, steady interest rates and instant sanctions of loans, aided by the receding stigma of borrowing are driving more and more people to take this loan route The loans-against-gold business has achieved much traction in recent years and players...

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Standard Chartered Bank (Stanchart) of the UK is in line to become the first issuer of Indian Depository Receipts (IDRs) after it obtained a green signal for its fund raising from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Stanchart will now file a prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Board of...

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Osian Art Fund fetched poor returns for investors and bad publicity for Osian and drove a hard lesson about speculation and ‘wealth management services’ We have always been sceptical about fancy investment ideas, especially involving products that are illiquid, sold after a prolonged rally...

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By Amritha Pillay 10 December 2009
Even after the end of the deadline for redemption, investors of the Osian Art Fund continue to await full redemption. Unit-holders have received another note from Osian officials stating that the remaining amount would be paid to them in two instalments.   Investors in the art fund had...

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Company officials claim that redemption payment will be done in three to four days, while investors fear that the funds will come in only after 30 days The Osian Art Fund, which was to see closure on the 10th of this month, has now triggered a nasty debate between the investors and Osian...

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Osian Art Fund made an exit with a mere 5% return per annum for the thirty-six month close-ended scheme. This surely has disappointed investors, but definitely not Osian. It plans another art fund, this time for a time period of five years.   “The next art fund will be launched once there...

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Citibank’s investment arm recently published a report which suggests that gold prices could climb to well over US$2,000 an ounce. Given the current prices of under US$850 an ounce, this means that gold prices could more than double. Does it mean that gold is a good investment idea? Well, it...

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Gold has not made much of a move over the past many months. Where is it headed? Diehard gold bulls believe that $1,000 is where gold will go. Among the reasons cited are that it is a hedge against inflation and that India and China, the largest gold consumers in the world, have an insatiable...

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Osian Art Fund, which was announced as the world’s first art fund in 2006 promising great returns, made a quiet exit in August 2009, disappointing its investors with returns as low as 5% per annum for the past three years.   Osian's-Connoisseurs of Art Private Ltd, a leading archive and...

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