No Free Lunch

At last, financial advisors have to actually offer a service and you have to pay for it

There is turmoil among financial advisors. Until now, most fund houses used to pay distributors from the entry load and other upfront loads charged to investors. Suddenly, this tap has been closed. Since a new fund offering (NFO) could gouge 6% from the investors, NFOs were the most-sold products....

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  • Losers’ Game
    On saving and investing prudently,explains why and how investors lose in IPOs

    I wonder why retail investors are lured to IPOs like moths to a flame. Is it a new set of investors? Or are they the same who have forgotten the lessons of two years ago? Or do they think ‘it is different’ this time around? In any IPO, the investor is fighting a losing battle against a deadly combination of...
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  • SEBI’s ‘Free-Float’ Move

    The market regulator plans to stipulate a 25% free-float for listed companies. What should you be doing?
     
    Market regulator SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) wants to ensure that at least 25% of the share capital of any listed company is held by non-promoters. This move has been in the offing for long and I hope it gets implemented this time. In MMTC, for example, the government...

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