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Too many new issues of this year are under water. They were sold to you by your broker, possibly your “financial planner”, aided by cheerful pop analysis by the business media. You may have bought them for long-term investment or may have bought them for flipping over. What do you...

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Mega cap stocks may do better than midcap ones until risk apetite returns. Which ones to look at? Analysis by ML Research Desk After six months of an uninterrupted massive run up, the Indian market corrected sharply starting mid-May. Market action during this period had remained more...

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Ram Gupta’s speed post arrived late and the postal employees demanded bribes to hand over the post. He filed a case and a consumer court awarded him compensation. But the postal authorities fought for the corrupt employees and the apex consumer court cut down Gupta’s compensation! Sucheta Dalal...

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ML Research Desk 22 July 2006
They don’t beat benchmarks easily and are unable to step aside during a downturn. Here is an eye-opening analysis of their peformance across two major market cycles by ML Research Desk Mutual funds are a great innovation. For a small fee you can participate in the enterprise economy and...

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Its total income for the December quarter fell sharply from Rs.80.02 crore to Rs 53. 83 crore while net profit margin for the quarter was 6.8% - down from 9.9%. The profit before tax has simply halved. It is not a technology company. So, how did Praj Industries, which sets up...

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Here are some funds that beat their benchmarks in one month of severe market fall. Are they worth buying? Analysis by ML Research Desk The Indian market, which had been rising consistently for the last three years, is now on a serious correction since mid-May. In the last one month, the...

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One of the key indicators of flow of money into risky assets is interest rates on "risk-free" instruments, the global benchmark of which is the yield on 10-year treasury note of the US. This has been moving up consistently from 4.29% from 18th January and hit 5.19% on May 12th. This...

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The best-known market for trading is the stock market - though the markets for bonds, currencies and coffee are larger. Since markets essentially consist of buyers and sellers wagering on a future possibility (never mind the discounted cash flow of the high-minded purists!), theoretically there...

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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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As usual, the new funds that collected thousands of crores are deeply under water. It's a new version of an old story The 3500-point crash of the Sensex in a month has decimated the NAVs of mutual funds that were mindlessly riding the bull bandwagon. The largest gush of money came into the...

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Increasing corporate presence and infrastructure development is making Hyderabad attractive, finds Gaver Chatterjee Hyderabad is often in the news for more reasons than one, but most of the time when the city hits the headlines it's being lauded for its progress. Apart from outbidding Karnataka...

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It uses different methods of rounding off and helps itself to some extra money in the process! The Franklin Templeton Funds are highly reputed globally. In India too, the Templeton funds have seldom given investors any cause for complaint. However, Ashwin Masrani of Pune has discovered a...

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Hyderabad is fast turning out to be the hottest location for the hospitality industry with room capacity likely to touch nearly 6500 by 2010. Business travel being the primary growth driver of the hotel industry, the present demand-supply equation in Hyderabad has seen many players...

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Its fun, well-paying and will probably never go out of fashion, points out Gaver Chatterjee Some issues back we had covered the topic of career as a nutritionist and of a career in yoga. There is no doubt that anything connected with good health, be it physical or mental is today considered to...

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The recent market crash started with the government's zeal to gouge capital gains tax out of investors by trying to paint them as traders. Against a volley of protests that exposed this guile, the government has kept mum. Be warned that the issue has not gone away Between May 11 and May...

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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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Competitive intelligence, according to the author is the ability to see through or stay ahead of competition. It is the unspoken, hidden key to success. It helps you figure out your customer's strategic thinking, a rival's cost structure when making a bid, or a competitor's new product plans....

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PFC is not a growth story. Will its IPO be priced as a value story? Power Finance Corporation, exclusively focused only on funding the power sector, is raising money through an Initial Public Offering (IPO) of 154,567,500 equity shares of Rs.10 each which includes a fresh issue of up to...

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When you go for a tan, you're always advised to take along some sunscreen. While this may keep skin cancer at bay, researchers are now saying that a good dose of exercise could also help protect you from skin cancer. So get yourself into jogging shoes on the beach as well. Rutgers University...

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By eliminating things you consider irrelevant you may be missing something crucial It's not what you don't know that can cause you to miss out on success, but its what you think you don't need to know that may push you away from it! One doesn't need to learn every subject in depth, but it's...

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