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Will iPhones change the way we see a phone? There was high excitement in the nerd and geek world after Apple’s iconic CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the Apple iPhone at Macworld 2007 in San Francisco earlier this month. Speculation has been running high that the iPhone would do for communications what...

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If there are five books about stock investing you need to buy, one of them is this. James P O’Shaughnessy has written a book that takes investing as close as possible to a scientific approach. It is among the earliest books to have used thoroughly quantitative methods to discover strategies...

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There will come a time when emerging markets will have emerged. Has that time come? In our November 23 issue, we had pointed out that “if the US market sneezes, the emerging market will have a large attack of bronchitis. Or so goes the conventional wisdom. Well, conventional wisdom may be...

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Isn’t it the eternal complaint of all parents that their children don’t listen to them? Well, here is your chance to make sure that your children follow your wishes at least when you’re no longer around. Estate planning or succession planning is essential, if you wish to avoid disputes...

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A flood of money is raising equity prices. When it goes down, asset prices can shrink severely, warns Shreedhar Kanetkar If you have been reading the business papers closely, you may have noticed hectic private equity activity in India. All told, private equity funds lavished $7.86 billion on...

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Minority shareholders of the multinational Wyeth Laboratories scored a rare victory when they forced the company to back down from its proposal to market Prevenar (a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine of the parent company) through a newly set up, wholly-owned, Indian subsidiary. Prevenar is...

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Kirloskar Brothers is one of the hottest stocks in the light engineering space. It is the flagship of the Kirloskar Group and is a leading manufacturer of pumps catering to five different segments. Its business is not very technology intensive but it enjoys a substantial brand image and...

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Interested in environment? Make a career out of it. While India is racing to build up its infrastructure, protection of environment has become important. Environment is an increasingly important field of career. The options are multiple. Some companies have Environmental Monitoring Cells...

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One popular definition of the stock market is, "It's a place where people with experience meet people with money. In the end the people with experience end up with the money and the people with money end up with the experience." Learning from mistakes is usual and some of the most...

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India is hot among foreigners, domestic prosperity is rising and the market is running ahead of the fundamentals. In a red-hot market, the focus of investors ought to be on stocks that can withstand both the shock of a market fall and the shock of a business downturn. Our stock screen...

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The market may be ready to dip. That will make the glass look half full Stocks are ready for a dip. The current rally has gone on for too long and it ought to get resolved in a sudden shakeout. In markets, when the sky seems blue, a black cloud appears from nowhere. Is that cloud going to arise...

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Behavioural finance is a new field of study and Parag Parikh, a Mumbai-based stock broker is one of the first to write a book on it in India. His book "Stocks to Riches" adapts behavioural finance to the Indian context. Retail investors largely are ignorant about the behavioural patterns...

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Markets exist to list stocks, bonds, commodities and funds. But markets are run by companies, as in National Stock Exchange. They have their income (listing fees and other fees) and they have their profits. NSE is hugely profitable. What if these profitable companies, running the...

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I’m a big fan of New Year resolutions. I like them so much that I make them all the time, not just once a year. It’s true that the ones I make, don’t always last. But I’ve been grappling with the problem for years and, I think, I’m making progress. Here’s what I’ve learnt. First things...

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“We are never confused about why we exist. Although volume growth, earnings, returns and cash flow are critical priorities, our people understand those measurements are all simply the means to the long-term end of creating value for our share owners” - The late Roberto Goizueta,...

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Cyber crime is governed by a different law. Here are the essentials Last week I received a call from a company in Delhi. This is a small company, which manufactures IT products for maintaining time records. They found their product being showcased on the website of a company they have never...

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Eugene O’Kelly was the CEO of KPMG. He was diagnosed with brain cancer. Less than three months later, he was gone. He wrote this book during those days, as he faced certain death On 24th May 2005, Eugene O’Kelly was sitting face to face with his doctor. “His eyes told me I would die soon. It...

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The Income Tax Department (IT) has turned sensitive to criticism about its high-handed attitude to tax payers, and it is high time it did. Painting taxpayers as potential crooks is counter-productive, especially when compliance levels are so low. The good news is that the government has decided...

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Moneylife Digital Team 15 February 2007
The bulls are in charge and the markets are on fire. The Sensex is around the 11,000 mark and money is still waiting in the wings to enter at even such high levels with mutual funds coming up with new funds every second day. From mega-caps to mid-caps to small-caps, stocks have seen a major...

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ML Research Desk 15 February 2007
The results of a unique method to rank fund houses for all their equity schemes launched in the past three years There are 29 fund houses to invest with (at least six more are awaiting SEBI’s nod) and more than 360 equity diversified funds to choose from. How does one pick the best funds?...

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