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A s a boy, Stuart Kelly loved books so much that he was willing to work on weekends to pay for them. He would starve himself so he could give his lunch money to the cause. There was just one problem. He found: “From Shakespeare to Sylvia Plath,great writers had written works which I could not...

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Each time the market swoons, the media blames it on them and the regulator wants to “legalise” them. What are hedge funds and how do they function? There is a sense of shock and awe in India about hedge funds. What is it that gives these funds such an aura? Just as the seemingly omnipotent...

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American Girl started as a direct-mail operation in Middleton, Wisconsin in 1986 and now sells more dolls than everyone else except Barbie. It does not merely sell handsome 18-inch high dolls. It offers the “whole world” as the corporation’s literature puts it, of each of its eight fictional...

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Some technical analysts rely on an arcane 13th century arithmetic series, called the Fibonacci sequence. A recent study says that it is false belief Many traders believe that clues to where the market is headed lie in the work of Leonardo of Pisa, a mathematician who lived in the 12th and 13th...

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A skill much in demand and plenty of training courses available, says Gaver Chatterjee Walk into a beauty parlour today and chances are that 50% or more of the clients are involved in getting their hair dressed. One couldn’t have dreamt of it in India a decade ago; even hair bleaching was not...

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Its gravity is weak, its atmosphere thin, its surface sealess, its soil poisonous, its sunlight deadly in its levels of ultraviolet, its climate beyond frigid. It would kill you in an instant.” It, if you haven’t guessed, is Mars. The writer is Oliver Morton, and if you haven’t...

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Eveready Industries sells batteries and tea. That is ironic because the company looks drained out When companies restructure, they make news. The usually uncritical business media lap up the restructuring story and peddle it to the public. Often, the restructuring story and all the subsequent...

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In the race to innovate, India’s reputation for hospitality may give us a head start, says Shreedhar Kanetkar David Craig from Tucson, Arizona, is 23 years old. Until recently, when he accepted an offer from Infosys Technologies to spend six months’ training at its Mysore campus, he had never...

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From an investment perspective, insurance is inefficient due to its very high selling costs. But even in an era of transparency, insurance companies hide this fact from the customers Life insurance has been sold either on the fear factor or on tax breaks. Mutual funds have been sold as...

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ML Research Desk 09 November 2006
Mutual funds can be injurious to your wealth in many ways. The first, major independent analysis of the fund industry, by ML Research Desk, underlines this Mutual funds are a great product. They help you to channel your money into the stockmarket in a painless, and hopefully professional...

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Vivek Ranadive has clearly addressed his recent book “The Power to Predict” to chief executives and corporate visionaries. He exhorts the business community, with single-minded passion, to adopt predictive processes to “create opportunities and beat the competition”. In his own words:”To advance...

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HSBC and Lotus have filed for identical offerings Mutual funds have turned into commodities. We have often documented how funds are copying each other’s ideas. Now two fund houses -- HSBC and Lotus -- are launching schemes that are mirror images of one another. The schemes are called HSBC Tax...

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A survey points to the overwhelming outperformance by emerging market indices over the actively-managed funds investing in places like India This magazine has consistently argued that index funds are among the best options available for investors looking to invest in the stock market for the...

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Look beyond the big spenders, reminds Shreedhar Kanetkar Bypass capital-intensive companies,” says Charles H Brandes. “Often the cash flow of such companies is insufficient to provide a satisfactory return while still maintaining a plant at competitive levels. These companies must regularly...

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EIH Hotels is a direct beneficiary of business boom... Hotels have been on a high given the rising number of business and leisure travelers in India. Room rates are stable to rising and occupancy has been at peak levels. This combination of volume and price strength has led to hotel companies...

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FUND BASHING I would like to begin by complementing Money Life for the excellent work you guys are doing. The articles are indeed very well researched and the efforts ‘show’. Keep it up. However, I have observed in the past few issues that a constant topic of discussion is the...

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The ultimate dream of every investor is to buy stocks that will multiply not just two or three times, but many times, over a period. That is what stocks like Gujarat Ambuja or Infosys in India or Microsoft and GE in US have done for investors. They are household names today and were...

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Is the fall in gold and rise in stocks interlinked? In May, Sensex was at 12,600, gold was at $720 an ounce and crude oil was well over $70 a barrel. We said oil prices will fall, gold is not worth buying as an investment (except in those rare periods when inflation is higher than interest...

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The pluralism of experience that… financiers bring to bear in their decisions gives a wide range of entrepreneurial ideas a chance of insightful evaluation,” says Edmund S. Phelps, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in economics. In an article published the day after the Nobel award was announced,...

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