BONDS, CURRENCIES & COMMODITIES


Moneylife Digital Team 19 April 2013
Crude oil prices have dipped below $100 for the first time since last July and have prompted analysts to sound an optimistic note on Asia’s economy. India is one of the beneficiaries, according to Credit Suisse In a note released on 17 April 2013, Credit Suisse expects that the recent...

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A diamond is the most precious gem, a girl’s best friend, and whatever else the advertisements say. But have you tried to sell one, asks K Saldanha The Forbes survey of 13,000 women and 1,000 men from five countries in February 2013 on the reasons for their diamond craze found that...

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Moneylife Digital Team 15 April 2013
Gold and silver prices have crashed all over the world. This has confounded those who believed the endless allure of these metals, because pop-economists told them that global monetary easing is good for gold and silver. Indian savers will also be traumatised by the impact on gold loan...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 March 2013
The sharp decline in fund raising activities came against the backdrop of uncertain economic conditions and slowing domestic growth Indian companies seem to be losing their appetite for foreign funds as they mopped up just $2.34 billion from overseas markets in February, nearly one-third...

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 March 2013
SEBI has allowed Gold ETF (exchange traded funds) and mutual fund schemes to invest in gold deposit schemes of banks, subject to the condition that they can invest only up to 20% of their total assets under management (AUM) in such schemes. This move will enable utilisation of idle assets in...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 March 2013
Two researchers explain the factors behind the massive rise in gold prices. Will these factors remain constant, and as dominant, in future? Gold is a peculiar asset class. Everybody has a bit of it and many want to buy more of it, hoping that it is a hedge against inflation. But there...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 February 2013
The proceeds are proposed to be utilised for the dredging works for deepening and widening of the Mumbai harbour channel and JN Port’s navigational channel and capital expenditure for other port projects Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s largest container port, has approached...

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Vivek Sharma Vivek Sharma 31 January 2013
For small investors, Inflation index bonds can be beneficial. Though the real return from these bonds will be close to being a very nominal amount, the wealth erosion won’t happen This comes in the background of increasing gold import in the country which has added to the increasing...

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MDT/PTI 30 January 2013
Wholesale prices of onion at Lasalgaon in Nashik, Asia's largest onion market, have increased by more than five-fold to Rs20.50 per kg today from Rs3.55 per kg in the year-ago period   New Delhi: Amid soaring onion prices bringing tears to consumers, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar...

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MDT/PTI 21 January 2013
Import duty on gold and platinum has been increased from 4% to 6% with immediate effect to curb imports and check the widening current account deficit New Delhi: The Indian government on Monday hiked import duty on gold and platinum to 6% from 4% with immediate effect—a move aimed at...

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MDT/PTI 18 January 2013
Discounting the argument that gold is a hedge against inflation, the senior-most deputy governor wondered how a hedge instrument can offer as high as 37% return year after year   Mumbai: Terming investment in gold as a speculative activity and not hedge against inflation, RBI deputy...

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MDT/PTI 11 January 2013
ICICI Bank had given an initial price guidance of 4%, while the final pricing saw tightening of 0.35%. The issue was oversubscribed by over 13 times to SGD 3 billion, the lead banker to the issue StanChart said Mumbai: ICICI Bank has raised SGD 225 million (Singapore dollars) from a...

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MDT/PTI 02 January 2013
The Finance Minister said the union government may be left with no choice but to make it a little more expensive to import gold as it is affecting foreign exchange reserves   New Delhi: Concerned over rising gold import and widening current account deficit (CAD), Finance Minister P...

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Raj Pradhan Raj Pradhan 31 December 2012
Government companies are coming out with Rs53,500 crore worth of tax-free bond issues. While the rate will be lower than what was offered last year, should you still go for it instead of relying on bank FDs? Raj Pradhan explores tax-free bond offerings over the next three to four months and...

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Raj Pradhan Raj Pradhan 24 December 2012
IIFCL, Hudco and IRFC have lined up tax-free bond offerings even as PFC extended its deadline by a week as it could garner only Rs596 crore till the scheduled closing date of 21 December. Find out the offered rates and where you may want to invest India Infrastructure Finance Company...

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William Gamble William Gamble 24 December 2012
Momentum is a great strategy until it isn’t and the timing of these strategies has not been very accurate especially in a market dominated by risk on, risk off In the US and Europe a small black bird called a starling will in the evening form large flocks of over a thousand birds. These...

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Raj Pradhan Raj Pradhan 21 December 2012
PFC bonds, offering 7.86% tax-free, have managed to get only Rs497 crore till one day before the issue closes. This is much below the Rs1,000 crore issue size and no where close to Rs4,590 crore that it wants to mop up by the end of the financial year. Find out what is going wrong Power...

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MDT/PTI 21 December 2012
The housing finance regulator said it would also try to raise funds on behalf of developers who are into low-cost housing Mumbai: National Housing Bank (NHB) has said it will raise up to $200 million in next quarter under the new external commercial borrowing (ECB) window allowed by the...

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MDT/PTI 20 December 2012
The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill would cover those involved in procurement of weapons, raising funds for terrorist activities and counterfeiting Indian currency New Delhi: Offences that threaten India's economic security including circulation of counterfeit currency...

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William Gamble William Gamble 17 December 2012
Investors like bonds because they feel that they are safer than equities and get regular income. But bonds offer little transparency in a world where risk information is intentionally distorted The actions of the central banks have certainly encouraged the bond market. This has been true...

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