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What kind of risks are the largest funds taking? One way to <Br>find out is to check their exposure to stocks of different sizes. Here is an analysis by Shailendra Lotlikar The mid-cap index recently made a new high before the Nifty did. There is a lot of talk of investing in small-cap...

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Franklin Templeton has come out with a fund that will aggressively invest in high-growth companies. There  are already proven growth funds in India. Buy the new Franklin fund at your own peril, says, Debashis Basu Franklin India High Growth Companies Fund will invest in companies “that have...

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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 to...

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Sometime at the end of August 2006, I used my Bobcard for the first time to make a $19 payment for my yahoo plus account. I had not used the card for almost a year since it was issued to me; a debit card served my needs except for on-line payments. During that period, I had zero...

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When it comes to modern day banking, it would be foolish to say 'yes' to their many offers without studying the fine print for hidden costsand charges. Check this out. M Mehta shopped at Big Bazaar as usual and paid by credit card. But instead of being charged in full, his credit card...

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In the last two years, cardholders have been plagued by  onerous new terms, shoddy grievance redressal and continued strong-arm recovery tactics, finds Sucheta Dalal Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Deputy Governor, V Leeladhar, made a telling comment at a public meeting recently. He said 80% of...

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Music and accounting may appear to be worlds apart, but “it ain’t necessarily so” Indian classical music and jazz -- each attracts an ardent audience, with interesting overlaps. Not only are there listeners who enjoy both kinds of music, there are also musicians who bridge the two traditions...

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The Indian media is agog with stories of the impending entry of Wal-Mart Stores. What will be the effect of Wal-Mart coming in? Will it completely change the shopping landscape as it has done in the US? Will it wipe out the small stores? For anybody with even a vague interest in any of...

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The largest logistics company is the best proxy on India’s economic growth If there is one sector that closely tracks the overall growth of the economy, it is logistics. Companies in this sector perform in line with the economic growth trends, domestic as well as international. One company...

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Private equity has become a massive business. How does it work? How do you invest in companies? You buy shares from the stock market. The big boys do it differently. They buy whole companies with a pool of money, improve the performance of these companies and then get them listed in the stock...

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For their size, these tiny companies are making very good money and are available cheap. The only problem? They get sold off sharply during a market slide, says Shailendra Lotlikar Rising revenues and increasing profitability are the most important metrics for determining the...

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Budget airlines can leave a hole in your wallet.  Sucheta Dalal tells you what to guard against Like in the Cliff Richards’ song, everybody is making plans for a summer holiday and, for the second or third year in a row, many travellers are lured by budget-airline advertisements offering...

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Last time, I wrote how it is prudent to keep checking your credit card account to avoid being dumped with a wrong transaction. Now, Rajiv Malhotra’s experience shows us another aspect of foreign currency credit card transactions, especially when charges are “reversed”. Unlike...

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These funds have underperformed in the bull and bear periods of the past four years Fund management is an art, but not all fund managers are good artists. A majority of them performs well only when the going is unidirectionally up. The real test of a fund manager’s skill is in performing...

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Michael Pollan is a man with a mission - to let the obese American know exactly what goes into his mouth and what he passionately terms the “national eating disorder” of the Americans. The book The Omnivore’s Dilemma is in three parts. The first part deals with farming, the primitive methods...

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In our last issue, NR Desai wrote to us about his 6000 defunct shares of Electrolux lying in IDBI Bank demat account. IDBI charges him Rs100+ per month. The shares cannot be rematerialised. The Bank puts a price of Rs25 per share when the shares are not traded. Desai claims to have paid...

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Luxury is not just designer labels. It can also be food. The hippest cuisine the world over right now is Japanese says Hemali Mehta The term ‘being with it’ does not merely mean wearing designer labels, having the right social contacts or being at the most coveted soirees. Instead, the...

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To grow, banks constantly need capital. That is bad for shareholders. Choose your bank stocks by following these principles In any rapidly-growing economy, the financial sector leads the way. This seems logical since, to build any business, you first need capital. Also, with    rising...

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In our March 29th issue, we argued that bank deposits are better than fixed maturity plans (FMPs) which were being pushed aggressively by mutual funds because the returns from an average FMP is no better than bank FDs. After interest rates on bank deposits started surging since late last year...

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