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Debashis Basu sketches how a mathematician runs the word’s most successful hedge fund In our last issue we profiled Jim Simons, one of the most successful traders of the world, who remains virtually unknown even in his own country. His firm, Renaissance Technologies, is intensely secretive even...

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Terrific I am writing to let you know that the pieces on my two friends, Keki Dadiseth and R A Mashelkar, in MoneyLIFE, were both terrific. You were lucky to have excellent subjects, of course, but you both added your great skills to make two fine pieces. R Gopalakrishnan,...

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If banks debit your account for more than what is due to them, lodge a strong protest Sometimes individual experiences call into question financial procedures that have not been challenged for years, either because customers meekly accept unreasonable lending terms or their complaints are not...

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Multiplex is a commodity…no barriers to entry, no brand loyalty, reminds Shreedhar Kanetkar Have you seen Lage Raho Munnabhai? If you haven’t, skip to the end of this column. If you have, was it at a multiplex? And if so, did you remember your Peter Lynch and decide to investigate the company...

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Putting money in a new fund? Some 67% of the funds have underperformed their benchmarks in the first nine months of this calendar year, finds ML Research Desk Mutual fund performance is always benchmarked to a market index that they choose. Almost all our fund screens have so far proved that...

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These stocks have been recording excellent revenue growth and are reasonably valued. Are they worth buying? Analysis by ML Research Desk We are past one more quarter of the year and macro-economic factors continue to be great. India is the second fastest growing economy in the world next only...

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Debashis Basu Debashis Basu  and   Shailendra Lotlikar 12 October 2006
These stocks look cheap, relative to their operational performance. Yet, they are unloved by the market. Is there a logical reason for investors to ignore them? Is the market missing out on something that could turn these unloved stocks into heart-throbs of tomorrow? Analysis by Debashis Basu...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee writes about an extraordinary woman & her crusade  to help rural women & children Talking to Alice Garg about her work with downtrodden women, children and orphans in feudal Rajasthan sets off an entire kaleidoscope of emotions. One moment, her eyes well up with tears...

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Six months after this magazine first exposed the rot within, the RBI puts it under moratorium The RBI has finally decided to act and put United Western Bank (UWB) under moratorium on 2nd Sept. A lot of people were expecting this to happen but the RBI was still waiting. This writer had warned...

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Auto companies are doing very well but not all auto component stocks will deliver powerful growth quarter after quarter. Here are two battery stocks and a lighting company to charge up your portfolio with All segments of the auto sector, passenger cars, commercial vehicles and two-wheelers,...

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As expected, 40-50% of the bond funds turned out to be underperformers on a one-year basis. Almost 98% of the funds gave you returns worse than the interest rate of your savings bank account. Our Research Desk analyses Interest rates have been rising. Risk-free return, as represented by the...

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Want to ride the high crude oil prices? Ride the vegetable oils that can be used as fuel additives Money does grow on trees. According to our sources in the commodities market, the best way to play the prospect of rising oil prices is to buy not crude but other kinds of oil futures. A variety...

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“If we could give them milk why give away the cow” - PH Ravikumar, MD & CEO, NCDEX on the cap on foreign equity investment in commodity exchanges in Business Line “Look at the tragedy of the situation; 650 million people below the age of 30, 450 million people below 20; India has a young...

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Students exposed to top finance professionals in Summit SIBM In Summit SIBM, a four-day management conclave spread over two weekends, where MoneyLIFE magazine was a media sponsor, management students were exposed to an array of top notch professionals from the financial sector. SEBI Chairman M...

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Iam a client of a foreign bank at Bangalore and would like to highlight the business model they follow. A lot of their revenues mainly come from commissions and the distribution revenues of third party products, mainly investment-related products such as insurance, mutual funds, equity,...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 28 September 2006
A survey of bank depositors by consumer organisation Voice, funded by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, has triggered a lot of introspection. Although somewhat flawed, the findings corroborate the anecdotal evidence of high customer complaints or lack of clarity about banking charges....

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Some 350 years ago, there was another way India and China were deeply linked The book Opium City argues that the rise of Bombay as a commercial centre is owed to its accidental importance as a conduit for opium exports to China. Equally, interesting is the story of opium. Large-scale exports of...

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In the post-monsoon period, construction is set to boom. Which stocks will ride it? ML Research Desk runs its stock screen to find out Economic growth is on track, foreigners are gradually stepping up to the plate again, mutual funds are launching new schemes and big public issues are being...

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Paints is one sector that will benefit from a boom in both consumption and construction It has none of the glamour attached to it, like the media or the software sector has. But among all the sectors we track it is showing a great deal of strength. It is the paints sector whose fortunes are...

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The government’s revenues are booming through tax collections from companies and individuals. Yet, almost everyday, the department uses an obliging media to threaten that the taxman is out to get you. According to one media report, the country’s top 1,000 companies could face the tax...

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