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Banking stocks have been on fire, partly correcting their long period of underperformance. The September quarter has proven to be a very good one for the banking industry. Aggregate credit of banks was up by about 32% to Rs1654734 crore. Re-pricing of loans by about 50 basis points in June and...

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Symbiosis Summit is an innovative move for a management school to involve the practitioners Management education is getting even more sophisticated with B-Schools turning to industry for real-life inputs and associations. A step in this direction is the surge in management conclaves and meets,...

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Dfferent mutual fund schemes have different objectives and therefore their performance may vary depending on investments they make in following these objectives. Diversified equity schemes offer to generate capital appreciation by investing in equity shares of companies from a diverse...

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The chain connecting a country's growth to a company's profits has many links. Some are weaker than others, and one break is all it takes for the chain to snap, argues Shreedhar Kanetkar "There is no limit to my expectation on GDP growth,” finance minister Palaniappan Chidambaram was quoted as...

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In their attempt to be different, fund companies are coming out with funds of different flavours. Here is one more addition to that list. ABN Amro has come up with a scheme that intends to generate long-term capital growth from an “actively managed portfolio of equity and equity related...

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What the bond guru says is highly relevant for us In the second week of January, iconoclastic investment guru Marc Faber said: “we may be in a situation where consumer-price inflation comes back and will have a negative impact on the valuation of assets”. With higher inflation, will come...

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Smart money’ or institutional investors create significant moves in the market. Institutional interest can take a stock far beyond its true value while lack of institutional interest can mean a sluggish stock price. The big boys of institutional investing are foreign institutional investors...

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In the last column I had mentioned an interesting book called "How I made $2 million in the Stock Market" written by Nicholas Darvas. The book outlines a simple method to determine whether you should hold or exit from investments made in individual securities. Darvas does not pay too...

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The markets are showing no signs of retracement. Foreigners continue to be bullish about the Indian growth story and are pouring even more money in Indian equities. Mutual Funds are raising money by the fistful and retail investors are ready to jump even at these levels regretting what...

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More research on the good effects of vitamin D which comes from exposure to the sun As you trundle about outdoors under the tropical sun, multiple sclerosis (MS) may be farthest from your mind. But experts have noticed a geographical link in the distribution of MS and other auto-immune...

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A coffee break that is weekend long? Sure. Tata Coffee India's largest coffee producer is converting their coffee estates into holiday destinations. For between Rs 2,500-3,500 per night for a couple, you can now stay at Tata Coffee's picturesque estates in Coorg, Hassan and Chickmagalur...

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According to annual temp salary report compiled by TeamLease Services, the number of temporary jobs has jumped by 20% with verticals like banking and financial services, manufacturing and consumer durables recording the highest increases. Salaries have improved by 15% compared to last...

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Foreign fund managers are quoted, feted and courted. And yet, even the best of them cannot beat the market. Here is some new evidence In our 9 November issue, we had pointed out that it’s not only most local equity funds that underperform their indices; the same holds true for top...

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CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations for the excellent interview of Prof MM Sharma in the recent issue of MoneyLIFE. Both the interviewer and the interviewees deserve compliments. The photographs too have reflected the true spirit of Prof MMS. I have one more important observation to make. I...

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Why do investors latch on to past performance of funds even though it has little correlation with the future? Debashis Basu explains In our last issue, we discussed how a study by Litman/Gregory Fund Advisors (LGFA) “failed to unearth a significant positive correlation between past relative...

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You thought detariffing will reduce insurance premium? Perish the thought, says Shalini Amarmani The detariffing era of insurance, under which insurance costs were supposed to be made flexible, has arrived. However, the much-awaited event has had a damp start with Insurance Regulation and...

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The gymless method of total fitness places great store by Indian squats. They're valued in the akhara scene as well: this high repetition, rhythmic version of bodyweight squats develops the hips, thighs, calves, and lower back - and lung power. Thus the squats lay what combat fitness...

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In the monster Indian rally we have seen in the last three years one word that excites investors the most is mid-caps. Mid-caps have been multi-baggers and they continue to attract the attention of foreigners and Indian funds alike. Mid-caps are supposed to be solid companies that are...

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A company's stock price is guided by its performance. But what are the key performance measures and how to interpret them? The performance measures are many. Experts on TV breezily talk about earnings per share or sometimes operating profit, but little else. Rarely, will you hear about free...

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