ECONOMY & NATION


Moneylife Digital Team 05 November 2011
US options & futures holders will be forced to deposit billions in additional capital to the CME to avoid margin calls. This may pressure all asset classes on Monday There is a liquidity crunch in the options & futures markets for commodities worldwide. CME, the exchange for such...

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Moneylife Digital Team 04 November 2011
However, retailers continue to charge high prices despite adequate supply. Again, boost in production is expected in the coming ‘rabi’ season After a short surge in the prices of pulses during the festive season, rates have now come down and stabilised in the wholesale market. Despite this,...

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Jason Monteiro Jason Monteiro 04 November 2011
It is essential to check whether a website is secured and verified through valid security certificates so that you will not fall prey to a phishing scam Moneylife has regularly published articles of fraudulent emails and phishing scams. The Reserve Bank of India (among other statutory bodies...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 04 November 2011
A few manufacturers are thinking of dabbling in electric- and solar-powered cars. But they have miles to go to pick up the knowhow. A dropping rupee, rising crude prices and high inflation will jack up fuel prices even more The loudest complaints I got this morning about the latest petrol...

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Moneylife Digital Team 04 November 2011
A recent ISACA India Online Shopping Survey indicates that 56% of IT heads say enterprises lose between Rs50,000 and Rs2,50,000 per employee due to online shopping during work hours using official computers or personal smart-phones ISACA, an independent, global, non-profit association of IT...

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Moneylife Digital Team 03 November 2011
Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi has failed to issue growth measures demanded by the EU ahead of the Group-20 summit. Can Italy’s regime pass economic reforms which can restore investor confidence? Don’t bet on it The acronym PIIGS (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain) seems to have a...

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Moneylife Digital Team 02 November 2011
Analysts say that the Shah Commission report, to be released later this week, could have significant impact on Sesa Goa The Shah Commission, probing illegal mining in Goa, is expected to release its report later this week. Considering the mining ban in Karnataka, experts are cautious about...

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Ramesh S Arunachalam Ramesh S Arunachalam 02 November 2011
The self-help group & bank- linkage model has been touted as the panacea for solving the current crisis facing Indian microfinance. But this linkage model faces a number of issues that need urgent attention The Indian microfinance crisis continues and there seems no sign of real revival on...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 01 November 2011
The cost of making audio and visuals just became much cheaper. But the skill of the photographer or cinematographer is still paramount in the business of photography or filmmaking  Living in Delhi, one gets used to heavy security guidelines and regulations for all sorts of events, and has...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 November 2011
Consumers were less enthusiastic this festive season, thanks to high inflation. Corporates have also slashed their budgets for gifts to clients The festival of lights failed to light up consumer stores this Diwali. While claims are being made about grand sales, this year, the shopping season...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 November 2011
Industry body says ‘self-regulation’ is not sufficient. After the RTI Act has been used to improve transparency and functioning of government entities, attention turns towards the media for amendment to bring these TV channels under the ambit of the Act  Media and Entertainment Council of the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 31 October 2011
Despite adequate production, prices had soared mainly on festive demand. But benefits of adequate production, lowered wholesale rates and dip in exports are not being passed on to the customer If rising interest rates are not enough to spoil your party, soaring prices of essential...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 October 2011
In spite of the uncertainty in global demand for information technology companies and the weakening rupee, top companies in India are expected to maintain their investment grade ratings The top Indian information technology (IT) companies, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys and Wipro...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 October 2011
Experts say such travel advisories against India are “misguiding” and would significantly affect tourist inflow, both in the business and leisure categories  The travel advisories issued by five countries—the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand against India, are likely to impact the...

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Shukti Sarma 28 October 2011
Will real-estate prices fall and is it a good time to buy property? From the massive new-age design townships in Gurgaon and Noida to the tall apartment blocks in Navi Mumbai and Napean Sea Road, unlit windows stare down at you. Yet, yellow tapes, painted tin barricades and rusted fences...

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Moneylife Digital Team 25 October 2011
As input costs are constantly rising, consumer goods manufacturers are amending packaging and reducing quantities—so that they can keep their sales price constant. Unlike developed economies, the price per weight (any unit) is not displayed, only the MRP is imprinted on packages Thanks to...

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Ramesh S Arunachalam Ramesh S Arunachalam 25 October 2011
MFIs should not garner deposits from low-income customers. The RBI, which will become the sole Indian microfinance regulator, also feels so—and there are a number of facts that support the apex bank’s view There is an ongoing debate on whether MFIs (microfinance institutions) in India should...

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Ramesh S Arunachalam Ramesh S Arunachalam 24 October 2011
The MFIN enquiry initiated in February 2011 (on governance & transparency) is still not in the public domain. The MFIN-sponsored NCAER study, that suffers several serious shortcomings, makes one wonder whether MFIN can function as an objective association—without conflicts of interest—and as an...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 21 October 2011
There is much that needs to be done to make the new Motor Vehicles Act more fully representative to meet the aims and aspirations of larger segments of road users, than just catering to the various lobbies that seem to have sprung up and influenced the ‘suggestions’ put forward by ‘expert’...

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R Balakrishnan R Balakrishnan 21 October 2011
Companies are able to hide more than they reveal and auditors are strangely comfortable with that There is an organisation called the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). It is supposed to set standards for fair accounting and transparency in communication of financial...

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