R Balakrishnan

It is times like these that can offer good investment opportunities. During a panic, we may be able to buy stocks with margins of safety It is simple arithmetic—we cannot spend more than what we earn or what we own. We may be able to do it for a very small period of time by using credit...
The market is riding high on optimism. It’s time to be cautious It is interesting to view the big debate on our markets in the context of the ‘expected’ doom that is being forecast for the American markets. And, just to put it in perspective, the doom prediction is also a forecast from someone...
It is the distributor who expands the market, as was proved again when a foreign bank raised Rs1,000 crore for its PMS when MFs are losing assets There is a lot of discussion over the fact that mutual funds are not able to increase their assets under management. The reason for this is simple....

I met an investor who had a list of more than 50 mutual fund schemes that he had invested in. In fact, most AMCs do not have so many schemes! One of the most common investment tenets is to ‘diversify’ one’s investments. The logic is that it helps to mitigate risks associated with individual...
What is the upshot of the recent Ordinance demarcating the regulatory turf between Insurance Regulation and Development Authority (IRDA) and Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), followed by new laws governing unit-linked insurance plans (ULIPs)? Life insurance will be sold across the...

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