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In a heart-warming decision, the apex consumer court refuses to allow LIC to use confusing technicalities to reject an insurance claim, says Sucheta Dalal The right of the insured should not be adversely affected because of judicial interpretation of one of the terms regarding commencement of...

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An angry National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission gets tough with insurance companies, finds Sucheta Dalal In this issue, our columnist R Balakrishnan writes about how savvy consumers can take advantage of the forces of competition and beat down the insurance premium to be paid on...

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The empirical evidence that small-cap stocks do better than large-cap stocks is thin Do smaller stocks do better than large-caps? Belief is widespread that they do. Mutual funds are bringing a plethora of schemes to buy mid-cap and small-cap stocks. DSP Merrill Lynch is even launching a scheme...

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Punctuality is No. 1 among the six elements of business etiquette A very important aspect of business etiquette is ‘be punctual, be on time’. Jag Yager, guru of business etiquette, places it as No.1 among the six elements of business etiquette. In India, most people do not take punctuality...

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To most of us, the fact that credit card companies have a 'negative- list' comprising defaulters or lost and stolen cards, has always been a reassuring factor. We like to think that if one loses a card or has one’s pocket picked, a quick call to the credit card company is adequate to...

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Does the price of Godrej Industries reflect the sum of its businesses? A broking company thinks not Demergers have been great opportunities for shareholders to make money. Indian companies have invested through cross-holdings and subsidiaries in a variety of businesses and when these...

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Today, India is hailed as an emerging power -- a force to reckon with. It is easy for us to be confident of ourselves, our technological prowess, and our emerging economic status. But in the 1940s and 1950s, when we were trying to find our feet as a fledgling nation, with even food...

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Imagine this. You meet a couple of guys you haven’t seen in years. They tell you about this idea they have: an electric car that will go from zero to sixty in four seconds-and that’s miles per hour, not kilometres. It will touch 130 miles per hour (208 km per hour) and travel 200 miles...

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Most investors are unaware that demat accounts in joint names (unlike bank accounts) are not automatically transferred in the names of the survivor It was in March last year that we wrote about Anil Deshpande’s struggle to transfer shares inherited from his mother, where there was no dispute...

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India’s need for fuel is growing at a rapid pace and we import 72.5% of our petroleum needs. Any company that can locally source petroleum and natural gas will emerge as a big winner. Cairn India is one such company which is headquartered in UK but made a public issue in India last year...

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Forget the days of Re1 tickets. Consolidation among airlines may lead to higher fares After a few years of furious growth, which included the launch of several new airlines, consolidation or rationalisation has set in. Jet Airways recently bought its much smaller rival Air Sahara. Kingfisher...

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Hemali Mehta reports two superb luxury vacation options in India Summer is synonymous with holidays, even though most of us have left our school and college days far behind. I fondly reminisce about my childhood when, the moment final exams were over, my parents would whisk me away to a hill...

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Subhiksha offers low prices. It works best with branded goods and not mangoes Retail chains are a great boon. They get you great prices but they have their limitations and consumers must understand them to fully benefit from them. For instance, the Subhiksha chain is aggressively advertising...

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The new management moves the Company Law Board, alleging fraud In our previous issue, we pointed to a major scam at Stock Holding Corporation of India being perpetrated by the top management right under the nose of nominees of major financial institutions like IDBI, ICICI and, of course,...

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China’s emergence on the world scene as a superpower; an unending stream of Western as well as Indian political and business delegations visiting Beijing (except from Arunachal Pradesh); investment pouring in, clear sustainability of China’s economy; successful 2008 Summer Olympics. This is the...

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Cijo Paul, a mutual fund distributor at Ernakulam, urgently needed to issue a cheque. He is the kind of person who moves all surpluses in his savings account into fixed deposits that earn higher returns. So, he needed to deposit cash in his account before issuing a sudden cheque. Like...

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Franklin India High Growth Companies Fund will invest in companies “that have higher growth rates and potential than the average growth rates in the economy”, according to a media report quoting Vivek Kudwa, the president of FT India. Well, that means little because all, but the worst, of...

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Be selective while investing in the autocomp sector. Here is a guide from ML Research Desk Not long ago, newspapers were full of stories of the rosy scenarios that awaited auto component companies. In 2004, after auto component exports hit $1 billion, India seemed to be the place for global...

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Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Deputy Governor, V Leeladhar, made a telling comment at a public meeting recently. He said 80% of customer complaints pertained to credit cards, forcing the regulator to expand the scope of the Banking Ombudsman Scheme to include these complaints. It is...

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I am a retail investor and a sub-broker with Kotak Securities; and I have a complaint regarding the passback given to the retail investors in IPOs by way of cash or kind. Very often, many sub-brokers issue newspaper advertisements offering such passbacks to lure investors to invest in IPOs. I...

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