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For four years, investors and businessmen have been waiting for an opportunity to profit from a massive boom in infrastructure, that is supposed to be the next big thing. After all, it is only poor quality of roads, ports and power distribution that could hold back the growth of India. There...

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That’s what a top Chinese official thinks. It may be a boon for India The whole world is euphoric about investing in Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC). The commodities boom is led mainly by China. That country has surprised the world by high double-digit growth for many years now. And a...

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There is hardly any sector or skill that is not being outsourced to India. And the momentum is increasing. Now, apart from software and manufacturing, a whole host of businesses is coming to India. We provide a brief review of recent trends in these growth areas and the opportunity they...

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MCX has been choosing its commodities right. It can sense where the speculative currents would be strong and which would, in turn, generate high volumes, attracting more speculators. In that, it could not have chosen a better product than jute. The golden fibre is underpinned by a robust spot...

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Professor V Raghunathan is a cheerful man with eclectic tastes, interests and skills. He was in the Navy before doing management and teaching at IIM, Ahmedabad, has worked with a mutual fund and a foreign bank, is now a senior member of the management team of the GMR group and has India’s...

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It is now mandatory to have a MIN for all MF investments of Rs50,000 upward. All vigilance measures are welcome. Yet, authorities must face the fact that the alleged mass malpractices they claim to be preventing by any of these pre-identification means have largely been, largely are and...

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Banking stocks have been on fire, partly correcting their long period of underperformance. The September quarter has proven to be a very good one for the banking industry. Aggregate credit of banks was up by about 32% to Rs1654734 crore. Re-pricing of loans by about 50 basis points in June and...

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Symbiosis Summit is an innovative move for a management school to involve the practitioners Management education is getting even more sophisticated with B-Schools turning to industry for real-life inputs and associations. A step in this direction is the surge in management conclaves and meets,...

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Dfferent mutual fund schemes have different objectives and therefore their performance may vary depending on investments they make in following these objectives. Diversified equity schemes offer to generate capital appreciation by investing in equity shares of companies from a diverse...

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The chain connecting a country's growth to a company's profits has many links. Some are weaker than others, and one break is all it takes for the chain to snap, argues Shreedhar Kanetkar "There is no limit to my expectation on GDP growth,” finance minister Palaniappan Chidambaram was quoted as...

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In their attempt to be different, fund companies are coming out with funds of different flavours. Here is one more addition to that list. ABN Amro has come up with a scheme that intends to generate long-term capital growth from an “actively managed portfolio of equity and equity related...

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What the bond guru says is highly relevant for us In the second week of January, iconoclastic investment guru Marc Faber said: “we may be in a situation where consumer-price inflation comes back and will have a negative impact on the valuation of assets”. With higher inflation, will come...

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Smart money’ or institutional investors create significant moves in the market. Institutional interest can take a stock far beyond its true value while lack of institutional interest can mean a sluggish stock price. The big boys of institutional investing are foreign institutional investors...

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In the last column I had mentioned an interesting book called "How I made $2 million in the Stock Market" written by Nicholas Darvas. The book outlines a simple method to determine whether you should hold or exit from investments made in individual securities. Darvas does not pay too...

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The markets are showing no signs of retracement. Foreigners continue to be bullish about the Indian growth story and are pouring even more money in Indian equities. Mutual Funds are raising money by the fistful and retail investors are ready to jump even at these levels regretting what...

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More research on the good effects of vitamin D which comes from exposure to the sun As you trundle about outdoors under the tropical sun, multiple sclerosis (MS) may be farthest from your mind. But experts have noticed a geographical link in the distribution of MS and other auto-immune...

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A coffee break that is weekend long? Sure. Tata Coffee India's largest coffee producer is converting their coffee estates into holiday destinations. For between Rs 2,500-3,500 per night for a couple, you can now stay at Tata Coffee's picturesque estates in Coorg, Hassan and Chickmagalur...

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According to annual temp salary report compiled by TeamLease Services, the number of temporary jobs has jumped by 20% with verticals like banking and financial services, manufacturing and consumer durables recording the highest increases. Salaries have improved by 15% compared to last...

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Foreign fund managers are quoted, feted and courted. And yet, even the best of them cannot beat the market. Here is some new evidence In our 9 November issue, we had pointed out that it’s not only most local equity funds that underperform their indices; the same holds true for top...

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