ECONOMY & NATION


Moneylife Digital Team 02 November 2010
Analysts feel that the small hike in short-term lending and borrowing rates will not hurt the realty sector as buyers are more concerned over skyrocketing property prices rather than rising interest rates The hike in the short-term lending and borrowing rates by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 02 November 2010
In the race to make the fastest buck, foreign exchange trading has become all the rage now. But there are a number of pitfalls in currency trades Over the past few years, a number of investors have become disillusioned because of poor returns from various instruments. This, coupled with...

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Moneylife Digital Team 29 October 2010
It has been more than a decade now that private insurance players have been trying to gain a foothold in the market. But despite tying up with global leaders and having some of the best brains on board, private insurers seem to be headed nowhere    Private sector insurers are witnessing rapid...

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Moneylife Digital Team 29 October 2010
New Delhi: Advertising spend in India in the 12- month period ended June this year stood at $6.7 billion (around Rs29,727 crore) across mainstream media, posting the highest annual growth rate of 28% in the Asia Pacific region, reports PTI quoting a survey. The Nielsen Company's survey that...

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Moneylife Digital Team 29 October 2010
Indian retail lending is picking up momentum again after past mistakes. According to IDFC, the segment is likely to grow at a 29% CAGR over FY10-FY12 to a whopping Rs4.2 lakh crore India's retail loan segment is making a comeback of sorts with a changed business model and limited competition....

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Sharad Matade 28 October 2010
Current prices are hovering around $8,500/tonne due to the skewed demand-supply equation, but analysts feel that this rate may not be sustainable, and prices may well dip to $7,500/tonne in the coming months Copper prices may touch their all-time high of $8,930/tonne as the dollar continues to...

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Moneylife Digital Team 27 October 2010
The Rs280 crore that the poultry group is planning to pay for Blackburn Rovers isn’t exactly chicken feed for the company. At the end of the last fiscal, Venky’s had a cash balance of only Rs10 crore. How will it cross this road? Indian poultry firm Venky's Ltd, the flagship company of...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 27 October 2010
It is learnt that the microfinance company feels that going to the EGM will only lead to washing of more dirty linen in public. The sacked CEO may also not prefer staying on the board of the company After unceremoniously sacking its CEO, Suresh Gurumani, the board of directors of SKS...

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Moneylife Digital Team 26 October 2010
During the past two quarters, property prices were being jacked up by various builders across the metropolis. However, customers are not biting, and realty prices may be in for a correction in the months ahead Finally, prospective homebuyers can heave a sigh of relief. In the second quarter,...

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Moneylife Digital Team 25 October 2010
Belying market expectations, pharmaceutical companies have turned in a mediocre performance for the September quarter The pharmaceuticals industry is expected to deliver a sturdy performance as growth prospects remain strong, say analysts. Domestic growth is expected to be around 15%-20%....

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William Gamble William Gamble 25 October 2010
China, the world’s largest producer of rare earths, has been intervening in the mining and production of these commodities in order to jack up prices. While a few rare earth metals have seen a spike in values, it looks like the invisible hand will eventually triumph over state-sponsored...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale  and   Devarajan Mahadevan 25 October 2010
With the availability of high bandwidth 3G networks and increasing smartphone penetration, telecom players will have to gear up to embrace m-commerce in a big way. Else, the sector might well become a sunset industry The Indian telecom industry is at a crossroads. Unless it opts for...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 22 October 2010
Traditional motor vehicles usually provide a better rate of return than other investments Barring vintage motor vehicles - which appreciate faster than the stock market or, lately, gold, and commercial vehicles - which will usually provide a rate of return better than other investments, if you...

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Sharad Matade 22 October 2010
We dug deep into the coal behemoth’s seamier side. Though Coal India is flying high now on the back of its big-bang IPO, it really did not come up smelling of roses Now that the hype about Coal India Ltd's (CIL) Rs15,000-crore mega initial public offer (IPO) is dying down, now it's time to look...

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Sharad Matade 21 October 2010
Growing demand — both domestic and global — and China’s decision to curb output will impact prices of the metal Global aluminium prices are likely to go up in the wake of growing demand at domestic and international fronts, coupled with China's step to slash production of the metal. According...

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Moneylife Digital Team 20 October 2010
Jones Lang LaSalle India chief believes that prices are beyond peak levels and developers will not be able to sustain There is considerable apprehension in the real estate market over the price levels in several micro-markets that have gone beyond the peak of the boom in 2007. Now, the chorus...

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Moneylife Digital Team 20 October 2010
After keeping prices artificially high over the past several months, Mumbai-based builders have now turned desperate to sell flats and are offering steep discounts Pressure is building up on builders. Usually at this time of the year, builders are ready with various schemes to sell...

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William Gamble William Gamble 20 October 2010
In the present environment of anaemic economies no one wants to be on the losing side with a “winning” strong currency If you travel to either Buenos Aires or Bucharest, you will notice that both look something like Paris. In the last great era of globalisation from about 1870 until the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 19 October 2010
With the slew of regulatory changes across various financial products recently, wealth managers are finding their income streams evaporating steadily. This is leading them to change their business model  The financial services business was supposed to ride on the increasing prosperity of a...

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Moneylife Digital Team 19 October 2010
The retail giant’s profits may be hurt as it adopts IFRS from FY12, which involves making provision for customer loyalty programs. Some auditor qualifications in its accounts are also a cause for concern The piling debt burden may not be the only worrying aspect for shareholders of Pantaloon...

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