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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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If something is too good to be true, it usually is 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...

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DreamIndia’s uniqueness lies in its smallness, says Mitali Patel Don’t we all think of ourselves as good human beings, irrespective of who we are, what work we do and how we think? Imagine for a moment that you have achieved your coveted goal; can you figure out how many people have...

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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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Rising inflation, interest rate and rupee -- the market has absorbed everything. Stocks should rise on muted expectations. And what if China starts buying foreign stocks? Asian markets are on a roll, European markets too are strong; some of them are just a tad below their all-time highs and the...

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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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Avoid some common mistakes that are made while talking to people of foreign origin I was sitting in on a business negotiation the other day. On one side was an Indian while the other was from the West. Things were great up to a point and everyone seemed to be on the same page. But at one...

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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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Growth is strong but will it be able to exploit the high-margin opportunities? Aglobal supplier of amines and amine-based chemicals to the pharmaceuticals, agro-chemicals, rubber chemicals and water treatment industries, Alkyl Amines Chemicals is one micro-cap stock that ranked high on our...

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A small fashion accessory firm that may go places An interesting and relatively new entrant in the listed space that has come up high on our rolling returns price screen is Evinix Accessories Limited, a textile-based fashion accessories manufacturer and exporter.  Starting off with the object...

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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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Making transformers may be a mundane business but is making lots of money now The power sector is in for a huge transformation. Government’s thrust on improving the power scenario and allowing private participation in areas of transmission and distribution are already being reflected in the...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes Umang’s efforts in rehabilitating children with cerebral palsy Umang, meaning zest or enthusiasm, seeks to inculcate just that – among a rather difficult target group that is generally regarded as being beyond hope – children afflicted with cerebral palsy. Persons...

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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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“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future,” said Nils Bohr, Nobel laureate in Physics. A recent study shows that finance heads, who confidently forecast stock movements, are often wrong Sometime in 1997, Ratan Tata invited all the major Telco suppliers to Lucknow to...

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SEBI stipulates that every mutual fund equity scheme must have a benchmark index. Does it make sense, asks Vikas Morzaria The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) introduced benchmarking for equity funds vide its circular dated March 26, 2002. The idea was “to provide an objective...

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