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Winners and laggards of the three year bull market. Analysis by ML Research Desk The three years till May 2006 have been the best for equity investors in India in decades. The market rose more than 300% during this period, giving fund managers bragging rights and drawing in more and more...

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Art offers one of the poorest returns, says a Merrill Lynch study. Why does that not surprise us? Art buying has reached sensational levels - both at cultural and financial levels. Fresh from earning money by selling commodities (Middle east, Russia and parts of Asia and Latin America) or...

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There is a rush among mutual funds to create fancy investment strategies and incorporate hedging for virtually any kind of portfolio. Should that worry you? Hedging is supposed to protect a fund from extreme market moves. But the idea of hedging through derivatives itself has started to get a...

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“Earnings will be good and therefore stocks will go up”. The market trashes this kind of facile short-term punditry of media and brokers time and again. But few investors seem to be bothered For weeks before the earnings’ season began, the entire media, especially the television media, has been...

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Banks, policy makers and companies have increasingly understood that rural India is the place from where the next growth impulse will come from. The government is allocating huge amounts of money for various rural schemes; Reliance, Bharti and ITC are focused on creating profitable linkages with...

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Benefit from capitalism can emerge only from collaborative efforts, each for the good of all, suggests Shreedhar Kanetkar Do companies exist solely to make profits for their shareholders? Or do they owe something to the society? Think before you answer, for the facts may surprise you - and a...

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Only if you are in a mood for high risk and high reward, hold onto these two IPOs Entertainment Network India Ltd (ENIL), which operates the brand Radio Mirchi made an IPO earlier this year to invest a lot of the money (about Rs 40 crores) into its subsidiary, Times Innovative Media Private...

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Global markets rallied in early July in a major way after it seemed that the US Federal Reserve was going to stop raising interest rates. The Fed has gone from raising short-term rates from 1% to 5.25% over the last two years. If it indeed pauses now, will be it very bullish for all asset...

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In his book (Code Name God - The Spiritual Odyssey of a Man of Science; Penguin Books; Pages 222; Rs. 150), the US-based scientist Mani Bhaumik, one of the pioneers of the excimer laser, which made cornea-sculpting surgery possible, writes poignantly about his high-octane ‘mud-to-marble’ story in...

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Issuers are not supposed to talk of their plans before the IPOs. Will it make a difference? Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) wants to gag companies planning to raise money through public issues. They will not be allowed to discuss information that is likely to hint about the future...

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If you have an eye for detail, analytical bent of mind and an inquisitive nose, the career of a detective is for you, says Gaver Chatterjee When Chief Superintendent Donald Hackett, ace detective in Jefferey Archer’s well-loved short-story “Trial and Error” said, while keeping a watch on a...

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It could well be, if you go by the widespread pessimism among institutional investors. The Merrill Lynch survey of 213 global institutional investors is excessively gloomy. Some 60% of them see the global economy weakening. It happens to be the most negative reading in the survey’s history. As...

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ML Research Desk 03 August 2006
Introducing ML sectoral indices from the MoneyLIFE sample of companies With this issue, we introduce our proprietary sectoral indices that capture the performance of the various sectors that we track, on a three-month rolling return basis. Our database is spread across 49 broad sectors, which...

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MoneyLIFE is a really fine magazine. Excellent content and very well presented. You have been able to keep the high standard through all the issues. This is not easy. I am sure you will be able to keep it up. Just two suggestions - Moneylife should keep to the niche (of money matters)...

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It has been a deadly fortnight for Mumbai - India’s commercial capital. First incessant rains threw the city out of gear for five days, exposing fake claims of preparedness by the municipal corporation and government. Mumbai was angry, especially when the Chief Minister played down the...

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Of the 37 IPOs listed in the last six months, 32 are below their listing price When Standard Chartered Mutual Fund launched its new fund to subscribe to IPOs and flip them over on listing, we had warned investors to stay away from such adventurism. The market was grossly overheated then and...

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What is common between these companies? Anchor Brewing (San Francisco), a microbrewery; CitiStorage (Brooklyn, New York) doing a storage business; Clif Bar Inc. (Berkeley, California), maker of natural and organic energy bars and other nutrition foods; ECCO (Boise, Idaho), manufacturer of backup...

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Shailendra Lotlikar  and   ML Research Desk 03 August 2006
These stocks offer an attractive combination - reported financial strength and price resilience. Shailendra Lotlikar and ML Research Desk analyse them The Indian market has seen the best of its time in the last three years, rising astronomically, backed by a solid institutional interest -...

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Market movement of the last two months has left investors bewildered. After rising 97% in one year to reach lifetime highs, the market fell sharply, losing almost 30% from the top since mid-May till mid-June. It, however, went on to recover that loss in the next month, before another...

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The line between “long-term investment” and speculation is thinner than you think, says Debashis Basu “The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent” - John Maynard Keynes “One of the world’s most famous speculators, Warren Buffet, … .” - Victor Niederhoffer in The Education...

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