INVESTOR INTEREST


Low interest rates and volatility in stock market is creating new interest in FDs Bank fixed deposits are back. With interest rates slowly snaking upwards and stock markets turning hugely volatile, a steady flow of interest income has suddenly become very attractive. Banks are falling over...

Read More



Be careful about having blind faith in Systematic Investment Plan Tata Mutual Fund is launching a scheme based on the idea of Systematic Investment Plan called Tata SIP equity fund. SIPs, as any investor knows, are one of the better ways to create a winning portfolio. The idea is simple....

Read More



Why the stocks of public-sector banks are bad investments The finance ministry, the de-facto owner of state-controlled banks, has just given me one more reason for not investing my money in the shares of these banks. The ministry has indirectly tried to arm-twist these banks not to raise...

Read More



Undeterred by the poor performance of contra funds, a new contra fund is coming to raise money. As we had pointed out two issues ago, five fund houses currently offer schemes with a so-called contrarian investment objective. Of these, four have consistently underperformed their benchmarks. Will...

Read More



I take this opportunity to congratulate you for the splendid interviews of Mr. Jignesh Shah and Mr. Mashelkar. They were absolutely superb. I am writing this to thank you and congratulate you specifically for your achievement of making Jignesh open his mind so vividly. He is a very tough...

Read More



What has a statistical tool called multivariate analysis got to do with understanding where the stock market is headed, asks Debashis Basu In the last issue, I initiated the thought that very little seems to have changed in the world of stock markets. Over the past 300 years of stock trading,...

Read More



The fund management companies are mum about it but they have been stunned by the way the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has hit them with two new rules. One, the annual fee that asset managers pay to SEBI has been raised from Rs. 25,000 to 0.3% of the money collected in New Fund...

Read More



Nike did not spend even one dollar on advertising before its revenues crossed a billion dollar. Starbucks and eBay did not spend money on advertising campaigns to create billion dollar valuations. A handheld device called Palm and a drink called Red Bull ignored what their consumers said and yet...

Read More



Shailendra Lotlikar 14 September 2006
A foreign oil company, a dotcom, a news channel, a commodity exchange - dozens of unique and large companies are out to raise money. But be careful about the valuations, unless you want to take advantage only of the price pop on listing, writes Shailendra Lotlikar Till a few months back...

Read More



Education is among the fastest-growing and most profitable businesses. There are only two listed stocks with nationwide brands. They have changed their focus from IT education. How are they doing after restructuring? Aptech is an educational company with a chequered past. It was one of the...

Read More



Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal  and   Gaver Chatterjee 31 August 2006
Where is the real estate market, especially the residential property market headed? Sucheta Dalal & Gaver Chatterjee talk to the experts and investigate the big picture To buy now or not to buy is the question before millions of middle-class Indians, who were either on the verge of buying...

Read More



Return on Equity is a powerful tool to analyse the quality of companies, but this is well-known. We have created a new screen that combines RoE with other performance financial parameters and price strength. Here is what the screen threw up for ML Research Desk From rising sales to improving...

Read More



Every company worth its salt admits that the customer is the king. But very few companies are actually able to take it beyond a slogan and make it an essential part of the corporate process. If there is one firm that knows this, it is JD Power and Associates. This firm is best-known for its...

Read More



For those with strong skills of communication here’s an option, says Gaver Chatterjee Widespread economic growth is creating demand for new services, which, in turn, is creating new career opportunities, giving today’s bright young Indians opportunities to break away from the time-honoured...

Read More



Business Process Outsourcing is a large full-fledged industry today, but there is hardly any company listed from this sector. So, there is no benchmark about their value. The only benchmark has been the value of takeover in the sector such as IBM’s acquisition of Daksh and Indian Rayon’s...

Read More



Cipla is one of India’s largest pharma companies. But it is unlike its competitors. It has no pretense about research and development. It does not want to challenge Big Pharma in the US. It is not going out into the world to buy pharma companies like Wockhardt, Ranbaxy and others. Cipla...

Read More



In 300 years of human evolution, stock markets lagged behind other streams of activity. This awareness helps one to make successful investments, says Debashis Basu When you buy a call option of Tisco, you are buying a financial instrument that has been in use for centuries of a company that is...

Read More



These companies are persistently growing their revenues for the last three quarters, have a record of robust profitability and strong recent price performance. Analysis by ML Research Desk Our stock screen this time identifies companies within our database that have put up excellent revenue...

Read More



Anil Agashe 31 August 2006
Time may be running out for this bank The United Western Bank’s website has a link under company profile called “Strong Fundamental”. When you click on this link, you will get the message “Under Construction”. It can’t get any more apt. United Western Bank has been struggling for many years....

Read More



As we had forecasted in July, markets continue to go up in a benign interest rate scenario.What about the medium term? US interest rate set by the Federal Reserve is one of the most important short-term drivers of global stock markets, including India. As rates move up and down, billions of...

Read More

Free Helpline
Legal Credit
Feedback