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Gold has not made much of a move over the past many months. Where is it headed? Diehard gold bulls believe that $1,000 is where gold will go. Among the reasons cited are that it is a hedge against inflation and that India and China, the largest gold consumers in the world, have an insatiable...

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Osian Art Fund, which was announced as the world’s first art fund in 2006 promising great returns, made a quiet exit in August 2009, disappointing its investors with returns as low as 5% per annum for the past three years.   Osian's-Connoisseurs of Art Private Ltd, a leading archive and...

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Gary Smith, a professor at Pomona College in California does very interesting studies on stock markets. One of his creations is a FUN Index of catchy stock symbols, tagged to American stocks. He asked his finance students to pick their favourite stock symbols among the 33,000 ticker symbols that...

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How is wine as an investment? “First Growth Bordeaux of 1990 vintage has beaten the S&P 500 hands down over the last 15 years.” Internationally, arguments like these float around in favour of wine as an investment. With the help of selective facts you can argue that fine wine is a better...

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Art offers one of the poorest returns, says a Merrill Lynch study. Why does that not surprise us? Art buying has reached sensational levels - both at cultural and financial levels. Fresh from earning money by selling commodities (Middle east, Russia and parts of Asia and Latin America) or...

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When gold prices crossed $600 we had asked whether gold was a great investment option. Gold bulls were sanguine that it would cross the old high of $850, made sometime in early 80s. We were not so sure. After our analysis, gold surged past $700 in a month. But after touching $730, a 26-year...

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Indians are the world's biggest gold lovers. We account for one-fifth of world gold sales and nearly 70% of this goes into gold jewellery. But the gold jewellery market is so fraught with unfair trade practices that even a sympathetic National Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum could do little...

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Gold has now crossed $600 and gold bulls are hopeful that at this rate it will cross the old high of $850, made sometime in early 80s. Will it and if it does, what are the other implications? Is gold a good investment at the current levels? Remember, unlike other financial assets, gold does not...

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