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Financial Literacy Course: Avoid money traps and be sensibly insured

In a first of its kind, Moneylife Foundation conducts an eight-part financial literacy programme spread over two days in Mumbai

The first day of the two-day workshop by Moneylife Foundation to delve into a complete range of issues was conducted today. Today the workshop covered issues such as how not to lose money, how to be safe with your money, responsible borrowing and insuring yourself correctly. The sessions which were attended by savers across categories and were conducted by well-known journalist Sucheta Dalal, trustee of Moneylife Foundation and Raj Pradhan, director-New Initiatives, Moneylife Foundation, who conducted an exclusive session on insurance titled “Are you sensibly insured”. Tomorrow, the day-long session will be conducted by Debashis Basu, trustee of Moneylife Foundation. He will speak on “Essential tools to grow your money”.

The first few highly interactive sessions conducted by Ms Dalal took the audience through the menace of pyramid or chain-money schemes, various Internet-based scams and unregulated schemes, credit card related issues, importance of credit history and maintaining a good credit score. She said that most Indian savers fall for tall claims and many of them fall for tall claims of pyramid schemes. Many have lost huge amounts of money in pyramid schemes such as ‘SpeakAsia’, ‘Gold Quest’, etc. There are various chain marketing schemes which operate at every level in the country and cheat even the poorest of people. Ms Dalal warned that companies like Amway, Tupperware, and Herbalife are also examples of pyramid schemes. She also spoke about the various internet scams that are usually after your money or your identity. In between the sessions Ms Dalal addressed many queries raised by the participants.

In the next session on banking safely, Ms Dalal enthralled the audience by giving real life examples of people who were not cautious and lost huge amounts of money. The examples included that of some who have done well in their careers but had ended up making financial blunders with losses amounting to crores of rupees. She advised the audience to stay away from products that promise extraordinary returns and not to get carried away by well-known personalities like film stars or cricketers who promote a particular product. Just because they promote a product that doesn’t mean they have done their research to check if the product promises what it claims.

Mr Pradhan, in his session, informed the participants on the importance of getting themselves insured. He also identified the needs of different profiles of people. In choosing an insurance policy, he said that term insurance would be the best bet. Mr Pradhan also warned the participants on the mis-selling done by agents. He also highlighted whether one should go for an online or an offline term plan. He also gave the participants an overview on annuity products and child plans and whether one should opt for these products. Mr Pradhan also covered topics relating to health insurance, car insurance, property insurance and travel insurance. He also took the audience through the various intricacies involved in buying insurance and the importance of reading the fine print.
Participants of the financial literacy course would receive certificates and free e-books on relevant issues.

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5 years ago

Initiatives taken by the Moneylife Foundation to spread the importance of financial literacy will be appreciated. I find most of such activities are only in Mumbai and Delhi, but not in the Southern Metros. I don't the reason why. Anyhow, the participants should educate others in the matter of investments/ins. products.


Sucheta Dalal

In Reply to Gunalan 5 years ago

Many thanks for your comments about Moneylife Foundation. The reasons why the activities are in Mumbai - not even in Delhi (except for seminars in all major metros) is simple. We are 2 years old and this is all that we can afford. When we have larger corpus funds we will do more. Meanwhile we are making attempts to reach out by spending more than we can afford to video tape and upload edited versions of the programmes or important talks. This happens due to donations from those who like what we are doing. For more check
You will learn a lot of if make the effort to visit the website.
Sucheta Dalal, Trustee


In Reply to Sucheta Dalal 5 years ago

is it feasible to have online webinar type sessions where a wider variety of audience can participate? this might be less expensive, yet serve a larger purpose?

Sucheta Dalal

In Reply to param 5 years ago

Greetings. Afraid webinars cost a lot of money for technology and equipment including projectors, lights etc. More importantly, we haven't found a feasible way to make webcasting and streaming work. Afraid, it is not possible at our current resources.
best regards


In Reply to Sucheta Dalal 5 years ago

Thank U very much I will definitely check with website. with best wishes.

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5 years ago

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5 years ago

You must release a DVD version. I would have loved to attend in person, but I stay 1400 km's away!

Ketan Lad

5 years ago

Today I have attended First day of 2 day Financial Literacy Course. The kind of knowledge that was shared was simply superb. I am into Financial field since last 10 years; but I stunned the way Ms. Sucheta Dalal conducted the worksop with all facts & figures. The course is free not beacuse it has no value, but because you can not pay the fees. Really hats off to you and your team. Picture abhi baki hai !!!
Tomorrow coming for Second action packed day.

Harshit Patel

5 years ago


I am not Registered for the 2 day Financial Literacy Course to be held this weekend, but would love to see the recordings of the same if it possible to tap the entire workshop. It will help other members who are not able to attend the workshop.


Sensex, Nifty remain range-bound: Friday Closing Report

Nifty has to break the range of 5,230 and 5,340 decisively for further direction. The break may come soon

The market, which was flat for the entire morning session, witnessed a sharp plunge in post-noon trade pulled down by institutional pressures. Snapping a four-day gaining streak, the benchmarks settled off the lows today. Yesterday we had mentioned that the Nifty has to close above the level of 5,380 for the uptrend to gain further momentum. Yesterday's low was to be looked at for support. Today the index broke this level but settled at 5,291 itself. We may now see the benchmark moving in a narrow range of 5,230 and 5,315. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) saw a volume of 57.40 crore shares.

The market witnessed a marginal gap down opening on the back of weak global cues. US markets were down for the second day last night on disappointing economic data and concerns of a French downgrade. The development led the Asian markets lower in morning trade. Back home, the Nifty opened 18 points down at 5,314 and the Sensex was down 44 points at 17,460 at the opening bell.

Profit booking after four days of gains kept the market fluctuating in the negative terrain for the entire morning session. A small bout of buying in noon trade managed to push the indices into the green, enabling them to hit their intraday highs. At this point, the Nifty touched 5,336 and the Sensex 17,520.

The benchmarks couldn't sustain the gains and soon slipped lower again. A sharp slide in post-noon trade on apprehensions of the proposed tax on FII investments saw the market tanking over 1% and tumbling to the day's lows. At the lows, the Nifty fell to 5,245 and the Sensex dropped to 17,231.

A marginal recovery helped the indices pare some of the losses in late trade. However, the market snapped its four-day gaining streak and settled lower today. The Nifty closed 42 points down 42 points at 5,291 and the Sensex lost 130 points to 17,374.

The advance-decline ratio on the NSE was negative at 616:1110.

Among the broader markets, the BSE Mid-cap index declined 0.98% and the BSE Small-cap index fell by 0.47%.

Barring the BSE Fast Moving Consumer Goods (up 0.11%) and BSE Auto (up 0.08%) all other sectoral gauges settled lower. They were led by BSE Capital Goods (down 1.84%); BSE Power (down 1.72%); BSE Realty (down 1.68%); BSE Oil & Gas (down 1.30%) and BSE Bankex (down 1.07%).

The top Sensex stocks were Mahindra & Mahindra (up 2.89%); Wipro (up 0.75%); Tata Steel (up 0.73%), Cipla (up 0.64%) and Coal India (up 0.35%). The main losers were Hindalco Industries (down 2.46%); Tata Power (down 2.28%); ONGC (down 2.24%); BHEL (down 2.05%) and Larsen & Toubro (down 2.02%).

M&M (up 2.69%); ITC (up 0.86%); Wipro (up 0.80%); GAIL India (up 0.78%) and Tata Steel (up 0.73%) emerged as the key gainers on the Nifty. The stocks which dragged the index lower were IDFC (down 3.15%); Jaiprakash Associates (down 2.87%); Jindal Steel (down 2.62%); Hindalco Ind (down 2.50%) and ONGC (down 2.48%).

The Asian pack settled mostly lower on concerns about the global growth on the back of dismal economic data from the US and fresh about the European debt crisis.

The KLSE Composite fell by 0.30%; the Nikkei 225 declined 0.28%; the Straits Times dropped 0.46%; the Seoul Composite slipped 1.26% and the Taiwan Weighted tanked 1.52%. On the other hand, the Shanghai Composite surged 1.19%; the Hang Seng added 0.07% and the Jakarta Composite gained 0.42%. At the time of writing, the key European indices had recovered from their initial losses and were trading in the green and the US stocks futures were in the positive.

Back home, foreign institutional investors were net sellers of equities totalling Rs102.46 crore on Thursday while domestic institutional investors were net buyers of shares amounting to Rs101 crore.

Engineers India (EIL) has signed a memorandum of agreement with Oil India (OIL) for providing consultancy services to the latter for its various upcoming and revamp projects involving construction of surface facilities in oil and gas fields including pipeline projects spread throughout the country. EIL closed at Rs252.15 on the NSE, down 2% from its previous close.

Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care, the world's largest consumer goods company, will build its largest manufacturing plant in the Indian sub-continent in Hyderabad with an investment of Rs345 crore. The plant, to be spread across 170 acres in Mahbubnagar district, will make products across categories such as laundry, personal and baby care. The stock finished 1.14% lower at Rs2,155.10 on the NSE.

Essar Shipping has received an order from New Sino Oil Company to drill five wells in Brunei. Essar Oilfield Services India (EOSIL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Essar Shipping, will execute the drilling of these wells. The stock gained 1.66% to close at Rs30.70 on the NSE.


Reliance Q4 net profit down 21% to Rs4,236 crore

For the full year, RIL's net profit increased just by 1.2% while total revenues, supported by higher prices, increased 31.4%

India's largest petrochemical company Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) said its fourth quarter net profit fell 21% to Rs4,236 crore even as its total revenues increased 16.7%. For the quarter to end-March, RIL said its total revenues increased to Rs87,833 crore from Rs75,283 crore, same period a year ago.

In a release, RIL said for the year to end-March its net profit increased 1.2% to Rs20,040 crore from Rs20,286 crore while its total revenues rose 31.4% to Rs3.4 lakh crore from last year.

In a statement, Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director, RIL, said, "We have created a strong foundation for future growth and are investing in our core upstream and petrochemical businesses in India. Response to our organised retail business has been very encouraging and we continue to expand our footprint by building more stores across verticals, formats and geographies."

RIL said during the full year that ended on 31 March, its refinery accounted for 36.8%, petrochemicals recorded a 27.7% increase while oil and gas revenues fell 25.2%. Higher prices accounted for 29.2% growth in revenues while higher volumes accounted for the balance 2.2% growth in total revenues. Its raw materials consumption also increased 42.2% to Rs2.74 lakh crore due to higher crude oil prices, the company said.

One more interesting aspect of the company's financials is the "other income" segment. The relevance of "other income" has been substantially increasing with each passing quarter. RIL has huge cash pile of about Rs70,252 crore. This is resulting into huge "other income" on the ample cash balances on the balance sheet of about Rs2,295 crore. Profit before tax of the company is about Rs5,431 crore and "other income" is about Rs2,295 crore. That means, about 42% of profit before tax is coming from the "other income".

"I can't think of any other company of the size of Reliance who gets such a massive proportion of Profit from "other income". One more interesting aspect of the financials is the "other income" segment. The relevance of "other income" has been substantially increasing with each passing quarter. To summarize, Reliance is making more and more money out of money, less and less money out of oil. Probably, it is high time that the company has to clearly pronounce the cash deployment plan regarding how are they going to use Rs70,252 crores. Else, this factor may remain to be huge overhang on the performance of the stock," said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, strategist & head of research at SMC Global Securities Ltd, in a note.

For FY12, RIL declared a dividend of Rs8.5 per share.

Before the results announcement, RIL shares closed Friday 1.4% down at Rs731.4 on the Bombay Stock Exchange, while the benchmark Sensex ended marginally down at 17,373.


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