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The massive Indian bull-run over the last few years has led to swelling assets under management (AUM) of mutual funds. In the four equity categories, AUM at the end of March 2007 were up by 21%  over the same period last year.  The fastest growth, albeit on a small base, happened to index...

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Regulatory zeal of the fortnight: According to a media report, companies listed in local markets will have to be more careful while reacting to sensitive, strategic reports or queries about their business. No longer can they go on denying certain developments till they actually take place. Oh...

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This is with reference to MoneyLIFE issues dated 23rd November 2006 and 1st March 2007 about complaints regarding India Infoline. I have filed a complaint at investorhelpline.in (complaint no. K-722M3346-HBB) two months ago, after reading about it in your magazine. The status shows that it is...

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China is the world's fastest-growing economy. Its hunger for growth is reflected in the humungous scale of anything it does. China is now the world's second-largest importer of crude oil. It is the world's largest producer of steel. It has the largest horde of foreign exchange which crossed...

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An all-weather stock to buy on severe market declines Pidilite is one of the leading manufacturer of craftsmen products, DIY (Do-It-Yourself) products and industrial speciality chemicals in India with a market share of 60%. Its flagship brand Fevicol being the largest selling brand in the...

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The market has ferociously climbed up. Is it telling us that it wants to keep   scaling the wall of worries? The market has absorbed the draconian liquidity squeeze imposed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) at the end of March and has climbed ferociously surprising a lot of commentators,...

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Centurion Bank of Punjab is growing rapidly through a multi-pronged strategy Centurion Bank of Punjab which emerged from the merger of an almost bankrupt Centurion Bank and Bank of Punjab is nowhere in the same league as ICICI, HDFC or even UTI Bank but has been expanding fast. CBoP today is...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes the efforts of Aseema in... In a swanky corporate office, has your attention been grabbed by a table calendar full of bright and happy drawings, obviously by children? The paintings reflect such warmth, and glow that it’s difficult to believe that they are the...

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Here is one of the best-kept secrets. Indian’s can now get almost any information they need about administration and governance from this site, discovers Sucheta Dalal Those of us, who have a regular broadband hook-up to the World Wide Web have always felt highly empowered by our access to an...

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While people have been rushing to banks to swap their low-interest deposits for what they call “premature renewal” at a higher interest, bank staff are deluged with paperwork. (When aren’t they groaning about it?) Banks like BoB and SBI have allowed such swaps as much as twice in a...

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  For ordinary investors, passive investing, or indexing, is one of the best ways to share in the wealth created by listed companies. Passive indexing involves buying an index fund, which are supposed to buy stocks that make up a popular index, in the same weightage as they exist in the index....

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They don’t discuss it or seek advice but men are just as fashion-conscious. Hemali Mehta drags men’s fashion out of the closet The millennium has heralded the arrival of the hip fashion-conscious man. Women beware. You’re up for some serious competition from your male counterparts when it comes...

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This is with reference to MoneyLIFE issues dated 23rd November 2006 and 1st March 2007 about complaints regarding India Infoline. I have filed a complaint at investorhelpline.in (complaint no. K-722M3346-HBB) two months ago, after reading about it in your magazine. The status shows that...

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Changing your car? Neither your insurer nor your car salesman will tell you about the No Claims Bonus. Here is what you need to know Every new development in India involves an expensive learning process. Consumers trying to transfer a legitimate No Claims Bonus (NCB) from an old car to a new...

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Plus a few other aspects of grooming Women’s hair-dressing has been around for ages. Now men’s hair-dressing has also ‘come of age’. Many in the corporate world go to expensive hair-dressers, and have their hair ‘coiffured’. There is the ‘standing up’ hair look and the ‘pasted down’ look and...

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How to deal with rising interest rates on home loans? For one, don’t panic and shift to a fixed-rate loan The five-year borrowing frenzy  - when home loan rates at under 7% were at their lowest ever - has decisively ended. It is now trauma time. After seven interest rate hikes in less than two...

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Is the great Indian growth story losing air? What are the reasons for and the effects of RBI’s tight money policy? Debashis Basu and Sucheta Dalal explore The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is concerned that inflation has been well above its target 5% for too long and feels the need to contain...

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The whole system is loaded in favour of institutional investors While the equity market is booming, retail investors in the Indian stock markets are becoming scarcer. I am sure that if all the companies were to publish the number of shareholders, along with their quarterly results, it would be...

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Keep your shopping list ready and wait for stock prices to come down to levels you are comfortable with We have an interesting paradox. Corporate profits are likely to be in record territory, if one goes by the March 15th advance-tax payments. Stock prices, however, seem to be falling. Is that...

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Spanco has diversified income streams and is growing fast Income growth of 111%, 178%, 140% and 121% over the past four quarters. That has been the performance of Spanco Telesystems. From just Rs25 crore in December 04, its revenues have grown to Rs136 crore in December 06. Started by Kapil...

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