R Balakrishnan
Market Reforms

Here are some ideas for SEBI under a new chairman, to improve the quality of Indian markets

With a new chairman in place and the market sharply down from the peak, it is a great time for the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to set a lot of things right. Here is my wish list of changes.
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I applied for Life Saver Plus and Life Shield of Aviva on 9 November 2007. The medicals for both the policies were done on 9 November 2007. The Life Saver Plus policy came into force on 28 November 2007. The Life Shield policy was not enforced till 4 January 2008, despite repeated reminders. On 8 January 2008, Aviva informed me in writing that my Life Shield policy was declined. It...
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How Not to Measure Fund Performance

One of the most common methods of evaluating a fund’s performance is to look at the historical returns earned by it over different time periods and check its performance vis-à-vis its benchmarks. If a fund manager earns 50% while a broad market index against which the fund benchmarks itself rises 45% over the same period, it is considered to be good. This has become an accepted norm for...

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