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Funds have filed a plethora of schemes to gather money – without taking the trouble to differentiate themselves

Desperate for funds, mutual fund companies have become frantic. High stock prices late last year and in January this year encouraged them to launch many new schemes. Sadly, they lack the imagination and fund management skills to differentiate one idea from the other. Not...

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    The first international sector fund is here. Is it worth buying?

    Every fund house is launching a gold fund, mainly an exchange-traded fund (ETF). As we mentioned earlier, DSP Merrill Lynch has a different approach to this category. Its draft prospectus had mentioned that it would invest in gold fund of funds. It now appears that DSP Merrill Lynch World Gold Fund (WGF) will put money mainly in...

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  • Lotus Arbitrage

    A high-risk scheme with CRISIL Liquid Fund Index as its benchmark!

    It’s all very fine for the market regulator to dash off a letter to MoneyLIFE on behalf of fund companies coming out with mis-labelled schemes, but the supply of funny schemes from the fund industry looks endless as the MoneyLIFE fund analyses have been pointing out. To that long list, here is the newest addition, one just...

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