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Here is a statutory warning: DO NOT BE MISLED BY THE DECEPTIVE EASE OF FREEHAND. You couldn't be more wrong if you thought real men do macho stuff like lifting weights while sissies go for airy-fairy freehand. Consider the example of Matt Furey, a living testimonial for freehand (also...

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Bank of India and ICICI Bank have launched unique credit counselling centres for advising the public. Sucheta Dalal reports on this interesting effort Fans of Suze Orman or occasionally Oprah Winfrey have probably watched their special shows on financial counselling to get American families off...

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Sector selection significantly defines portfolio performance. Stocks within a sector tend to move together, as companies within the same industry group are affected in similar ways by market and economic conditions. The prospects of a particular sector determine how all stocks within that sector...

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To a generation whose life centres around the latest cellphones, music systems and powerful bikes, it would seem ridiculous that hundreds of thousands of Westerners would dump what seemed like the first traces of modern day mass prosperity and take the difficult road to the East. But they did;...

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The market is enamoured of small and mid-caps. Foreign investors do not see much value in large-cap stocks even as their passion for India remains undiminished while domestic mutual funds are sitting on lots of cash looking for stocks that are relatively undiscovered. UTI closed a large...

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Don’t allow your moodiness to get in the way of your success We all know that changes in moods are a result of internal turmoil and external dilemma. We also know that several factors impact continuous changes in our persona which are then reflected in our actions. There are various studies,...

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A widespread economic boom can change the fortunes of even the most ordinary company. At one time, Khatau Mills may have been the best name in sarees, voiles and fabrics but the group fell on hard times in the ’80s and ’90s. But a strong demand for industrial chemicals and India’s...

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Travel Cards are great if you remember these four negative factors Sunil Kumar of Jaipur went abroad last year to scout for business. This time, instead of the usual wad of foreign currency or travellers cheques, he decided to get himself a Travel Card, which is touted as safe, convenient and...

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Ask any fund manager about the current valuation of the equity market and he would probably sum it up in just one line - the Sensex trades at a PE of 19 times while the Nifty at 18 times earnings. The problem is that this is the average PE and totally useless. It is like putting your...

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Shreedhar Kanetkar on how two legends of US industry got together and what it meant Once upon a time, there was an investment banker named John. He was young and, unfortunately, not very happy. After years of close association, one of his firm’s most valued clients (we’ll call it Company...

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Tanushree Kar finds a unique organisation in Pune that looks after children between 0-4 years Twenty cherubic faces look at you expectantly, some of them laboriously trying to stand up and put out their hands to touch you. They are all between 8-10 months old and their smiles are enough to melt...

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Of the 28 NFOs of 2006, 20 failed to beat their benchmarks Last year was a big year for stocks. The Sensex went up by 42%, riding on which we also saw a large number of new fund offerings (NFOs). How have these funds done and what holds for investors in future? Of the NFOs in 2006, we have...

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If the markets are at dizzy heights can scams be far behind? There are no major ones but minor scams are certainly brewing. The Income Tax department has sniffed out a massive racket of laundering black money through the secondary market. I-T department found tax evasion of over Rs 100...

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For four years, investors and businessmen have been waiting for an opportunity to profit from a massive boom in infrastructure, that is supposed to be the next big thing. After all, it is only poor quality of roads, ports and power distribution that could hold back the growth of India. There...

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That’s what a top Chinese official thinks. It may be a boon for India The whole world is euphoric about investing in Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC). The commodities boom is led mainly by China. That country has surprised the world by high double-digit growth for many years now. And a...

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There is hardly any sector or skill that is not being outsourced to India. And the momentum is increasing. Now, apart from software and manufacturing, a whole host of businesses is coming to India. We provide a brief review of recent trends in these growth areas and the opportunity they...

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MCX has been choosing its commodities right. It can sense where the speculative currents would be strong and which would, in turn, generate high volumes, attracting more speculators. In that, it could not have chosen a better product than jute. The golden fibre is underpinned by a robust spot...

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Professor V Raghunathan is a cheerful man with eclectic tastes, interests and skills. He was in the Navy before doing management and teaching at IIM, Ahmedabad, has worked with a mutual fund and a foreign bank, is now a senior member of the management team of the GMR group and has India’s...

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Graduates will help you file IT returns! Having made filing income tax returns maddeningly complex and having put taxpayers and their consultants through increasing hardship, the government is now offering a balm. The balm is a bureaucratic concoction and would be as ineffective as the numerous...

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It is now mandatory to have a MIN for all MF investments of Rs50,000 upward. All vigilance measures are welcome. Yet, authorities must face the fact that the alleged mass malpractices they claim to be preventing by any of these pre-identification means have largely been, largely are and...

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