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The secret behind Jamie Dimon’s rise to the zenith of US banking Jamie Dimon carries with him an A4-size paper in which he writes down and keeps track of any number of things, especially information that he has asked for. The paper is covered with dozens of little rectangles in blue ink:...

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A novel investment approach for those Americans who have no time or expertise What if there was a portfolio that could be all these things? One, keeps you from being too conservative – that is sticking to bonds or bank deposits and see your purchasing power getting eroded by inflation. Two,...

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Terry Burnham has written a book (Mean Markets and Lizard Brains, by Terry Burnham, John Wiley & Sons; $16.95; Pages 324), to help you “profit from the new science of irrationality.” But what it describes is not exactly a science and is not new. It is the good old behavioural finance theory. As...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes the efforts of a Gujarat-based NGO in conserving natural resources Of the many activities that concerned civil society activists take up as a challenge is the conservation of natural resources. They believe that people’s participation is crucial for this effort; no...

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Jim Rogers is a legend of investing. After growing up in Demopolis, Alabama, he won a scholarship to Yale University. After graduation, he attended Balliol College at the University of Oxford, where he earned his first Guinness record as coxswain of the rowing crew. Back in the US, he worked for...

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The methods of 12 top investors The principal author of this book, John P Reese, was a successful businessman with degrees from MIT (a member of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) and Harvard Business School. He was a computer engineer who had built a networking company which he sold to...

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How do you evaluate the performance of a business? The most obvious answer is by looking at how much profit it has earned. But it isn’t as simple as it sounds, because organisations provide a plethora of reports at the end of the year to summarise their annual performance. Picking up key...

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Moneylife profiles Rajendra Singh’s war for water conservation and community water rights It is his relentless pursuit of water conservation techniques that has earned Magsaysay award winner Rajendra Singh, the title of Waterman of India. His mission, however, is a little wider. It encompasses...

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Do leaders decide on the spur? Are making timely and effective ‘judgement calls’ crucial differentiators in leadership? They are, assert the authors. Boeing’s McNerney quickly made a judgement call to make a complete confession to the congressional committee on the misdeeds of his predecessor...

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Why governments must intervene in the financial markets to keep a free-market in the real economy going In mid-2008, when a whirlwind of credit crises hit the global economies, massive State intervention was needed to prop up the pillars of modern finance. Even as their institutions were kept...

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Yashika Krutik Shah visited this unique organisation that lights up lives through guidance, treatment and match-making Do all the good you can, by all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. In any manner you can. To all the people you can. However little you can....

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Was Alan Greenspan a serial bubble-blower with a history of bad decision-making? There are two opinions about Alan Greenspan. One, that he was a brilliant central banker managing market expectations. This is exemplified by the book, Maestro, by Bob Woodward. The second view is that Greenspan...

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There are generally two categories of books about places. One, travelogues that contain a lot of factual information about a city and two, biographical sketches, which trace the history of cities; they seek to bring a place alive by capturing its myriad moods. This book belongs to the latter...

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A unique approach to investing that suggests you watch economic trends, select the right sectors and invest through exchange traded funds Writing this book during the worst periods of market decline, Stein points out that “with the amount of pessimism that we’ve seen in the market, and with...

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Value investing and behavioural finance are among the most popular terms in the investing lexicon. The first says that, for superior gains from stocks, you simply need to buy shares that are below their intrinsic value which the market offers you at times of panic. The gap between the market...

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Aniket Bhatkhande travelled to Dhamapur toexperience Syamantak, a unique learninginstitution inspired by Dr Srinath Kalbag’s work The abiding myth is that kids stay off schools to help parents. The truth is they are leaving in droves because ‘education’ there is boring! Teach them things to do...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee spots a new kind of fairy in Pune -- Pustak Pari When Meenakshi Apte retired as head, family & child welfare department, Tata Institute of Social Science after 32 years and shifted to Pune, she was certain she wanted to continue the work she had started in Mumbai -- mitigation...

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If you were given a choice, where you would choose to live? A survey conducted by International Living Magazine across 194 countries has tried to find out the best places for living. Countries were judged on nine parameters - cost of living, culture & leisure, economy, environment, freedom,...

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Karmayog finds that only 10 Indian companies make the grade in corporate social responsibility. A Moneylife report At a time when ethical investing and corporate social responsibility (CSR) have become buzzwords, not a single one of India’s top 1,000 companies obtained the highest grade (Level...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes a voluntary group rehabilitating orphaned and traumatised girls When they come to us, they are in a pitiable state -- battered as they are, physically, mentally and emotionally. Most have gone through such trauma that their world seems to be collapsing around them....

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