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Trading in stocks is the easy part. To satisfy the tax authorities, you have to keep your records straight. Girish Borkar offers a primer With the easy availability of online trading facilities, the number of people joining the online trading bandwagon has grown by leaps and bounds. Among those...

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We have heard of stray cases of Indian politicians being involved in trading stocks. An academic study pinpoints the market-beating record of US Senators by using their power and position Some years ago, there was talk of the late Pramod Mahajan holding shares in listed companies. Chandra Babu...

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Regulatory Idea of the Fortnight: There is a desperate rush among the big, smart hedge fund managers to enter India, now that the Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has put an extremely attractive condition - that they should agree to a lock-in period of two years. According to a media...

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“We have seen already health insurance prices increase by over 100% in a few companies because of adverse claims experience. I foresee similar things happening in health and maybe, after one or two years, in private car insurance” - Kamesh Goyal, CEO, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance, in The...

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Realty companies may have to infuse sobriety in pricing if they want to dip into public pockets As far as realty is concerned, the party is over”, a top banker told us just after the Reserve Bank of India’s monetary measures led to another hike in mortgage finance rates in early April. He...

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The government is still trying to slay the monster of inflation by raising interest rates. This may lead to huge casualties In February, I had mentioned that the government is attempting to control inflation by jacking up interest rates and this will lead to a very difficult environment for...

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It is protein and flavanols found in chocolates Almond-crusted salmon fillets on a bed of greens garnished with a dash of parsley and served with oatmeal bread. A pudding of dark chocolate topped with blueberries. This does sound like a gourmet’s delight, but it may well turn out to be the...

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Do low P/E stocks do better than the high P/E ones? You will be surprised by the answer If there is one number that the whole world looks at closely while evaluating stocks and the overall market, it is the Price to Earning Ratio (P/E). P/E is the prism to judge whether stock price is high or...

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Tanushree Kar and Nitya Parmeswaran describe Yuva Parivartan’s role in helping deprived youth to have a better tomorrow Mumbai is teeming with people and is evidently bursting at its seams. When a sizeable number of the people live below the poverty line in slums, it is but natural that 80%...

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A 5-point method of dealing with the problem of disappointment in promotion or salary hike Recently, I was invited by a client to talk to their senior management on how to communicate unpleasant information to individuals and teams. Be it telling managers about their bad performance,...

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Active vs passive fund management is not the issue. It is whether you can stick to whatever you have chosen when the going gets tough A few issues ago, we highlighted a study by a US research firm Dalbar Inc. which underlined the fact that while funds earn a return that is reflected in the...

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Good managers can save themselves from the trials and trauma of sudden exigencies by following these principles Last week, I was made to sit in a dentist’s chair for much longer than I had anticipated and for many more times than I had ever imagined! The excruciating pain aside, I realised how...

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The well-known nutritionist, Anjali Mukherjee has emphasised the use of healthy fats The well-known nutritionist, Anjali Mukherjee has emphasised the use of healthy fats in her book Healing with Food where she says that since all oils and fats are made up of fatty acids, it is the individual...

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One of the popular ways to value stocks is to use a formula that compares the market price to book value (P/B), which is arrived at by dividing the market price of a share with a company's book value per share. If a company is trading at a P/B of less than 1, it indicates that investors...

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In our last issue, we highlighted the first three of the seven sins of fund management, as described by James Montier, Global Equity Strategist with Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. Here are the other four, starting with the biggest problem with the fund management business -- the assumption that...

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Retired school teachers, software engineers, doctors and property developers have lost money by blindly trusting their brokers or their franchisees, says Sucheta Dalal Consider this conundrum: derivatives trading is complex and meant for sophisticated investors, mainly institutions. Trading...

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Price to book value is a popular valuation tool. It is meaningless in practical application, as this small study proves. Analysis by Debashis Basu One of the popular ways to value stocks is to use a formula that compares the market price to book value (P/B), which is arrived at by dividing the...

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Fund managers are profiled prominently in the media but not the portfolio managers working with fund houses who manage private money under portfolio management schemes (PMS). Dhiraj Sachdev is the vice president & fund manager of HSBC Asset Management, responsible for PMS funds across the Indian...

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