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July 31, 2006
How to build your mutual fund portfolio?
Building a MF portfolio is akin to building and furnishing your own home:

What happened to slashing govt jobs?
The 5th Pay Commission recommended that the government workforce be slashed by 30%. Nothing has yet been done.

July 29, 2006
Sky gardens: Delhi's latest fad
If not a very green skyline, a good-looking one could be on the anvil.

Honda City vs Ford Fiesta: A closer look
The refined petrol Honda City or the economical diesel Ford Fiesta?

Planning a new Mumbai
Architect Hafeez Contractor has a new dream for Mumbai

Parliament's a bad investment
Stock market returns, over a period of 14 years, have been significantly lower during the period when Parliament is in session.

July 28, 2006
Tax exemptions will soon be irrelevant
As consumption drives India's economy, tax exemptions will become secondary.

How to avoid wrong investment decisions
The rich take short-cuts in their wealth decisions that can prove costly.

Skill shortage for firms? Here's a solution
Several educational centres in Maharashtra have gone off the beaten track on industry-academia linkage.

Buying land is easy & can make you rich
Buying land can be a lucrative option, contrary to some prevalent myths.

'Markets likely to be range-bound'
Companies will struggle to maintain and enhance margins

How to crash-proof your income & life
Life is full of dangers, but with insurance, you can at least ensure that you and your dependents don't suffer. It's easier to walk the tightrope if you know there is a safety net.

July 27, 2006
Buying property? 8 GREAT strategies
Here's help on investing in property at various stages of your life.

Stocks: What to buy, what to avoid
Investment advisor S P Tulsian and Shahina Mukadam (of IDBI Capital Market) pick out the winners and losers, based on Q1 results of companies.

July 26, 2006
The amazing success story of K B Chandrasekhar
'I want to prove that Indian innovation can be marketed globally. We have a great future,' says the Jamcracker CEO.

Donating money? Here's a guide for you
If you have the money to spare, there is an organisation out there that needs it. Just make sure your money is used in the best possible way and you aren't getting conned.

Meet the boss of India's most profitable cement co
Anil Singhvi feels the cement industry will see consolidation as it is too fragmented. Over 45 players share the cement space and each one of them, on an average, accounts for 3.5 million tonne capacity.

The safest investment plans
Debt products, besides safeguarding your capital, can be used to meet short, medium and long-term financial needs. Here is a guide for you.

7 GREAT investment tips for BIG returns
It is very important to understand aspects of equity investing to do justice to your hard earned money.

HP, HCL feel the heat of Lenovo
Just a year old in the Indian market, the Chinese PC giant plans to give HP and HCL a fight.

Piggy-back on outsourcing
An IBM study reveals when someone else handles your IT needs, it can pay off handsomely.

July 25, 2006
B-schools don't teach work-life balance
what B-schools don't teach...

Why is Infosys buying so much land?
Politicians, IT firms and social groups fail to understand why India's IT major Infosys is acquiring land all over India. The company says it is strapped for space.

July 24, 2006
Indian textile firms eye global brands
Having created capacities, home textile players are on the prowl for global brands to enter foreign markets.

The great Birla sale
When HeidelbergCement acquired Mysore Cements last week, the person who grabbed the headlines was the seller.

5 investment tips from Sachin Tendulkar
Here are five key ways on how you could cope with market volatility. By following these, we can keep an eye on the bigger picture and ensure that you don't lose sight of long-term goals.

July 22, 2006
Check out the most expensive cars!
Now, Indian road conditions may not be particularly kind to these high-end cars - but thankfully that hasn't stopped luxury car manufacturers from bringing their stunning cars to the country to cater to Indian car enthusiasts.

A dream car for the metros
Maruti gives the Wagon R a facelift. But more importantly, they've launched an LPG version.

Indian call centres under threat
Was the breach aimed at petty thieving or laundering dirty money from conflict diamonds, narcotics, human trafficking or sales of arms? The worry is that the chances of it being the latter are getting higher.

July 21, 2006
Pay Commission: The Election Angle
'This is perfect timing. If everything goes well, the government will be able to increase the salaries of government employees just before the general election in 2009.'

How India Inc is going global
If Africa is an opportunity waiting to be seized, so is Eastern Europe.

July 20, 2006
'India is on a roll'
Dr Kotler spent an hour on the Rediff Chat, responding to readers' queries on marketing, planning, the growth of the retail market as a brand...

July 19, 2006
Bajaj Auto's margin seen to grow
Bajaj Auto says that their motorcycle mix is profitable, and they have also seen a boost in three-wheelers and exports growth

Here's how to get steady returns on investment
Franklin Templeton Fixed Tenure Fund-Series VI promises to be a stable performer, which can deliver on its investment objective (steady returns with capital appreciation).

Telecoms sound death knell for ISPs
As telecoms gain market share, Internet Service Providers need to look at alternatives.

S Ramadorai on TCS and the IT sector
S Ramadorai, chief executive officer and managing director, Tata Consultancy Services does not anticipate a slowdown in the IT sector. He sees the business momentum continuing.

Pune, the new IT hotspot
Hinjewadi in Pune is growing rapidly to become one of India's biggest infotech parks over the next five years.

How to plan your finances through life
It's the age of affluence but it is always prudent to plan your finances. Here's a roadmap to help you manage your money right from the start of your career to your retirement

July 18, 2006
Chat with Philip Kotler!
The famous marketing guru on the Rediff Chat.

Money solutions to tide over a crisis
Money should be available at a moment's notice. If you do not have this provision you need to seriously rethink your money management.

6 sectors, 24 firms that can make you rich
Six potential growth sectors that should help your equity portfolio grow over the next three years.

July 17, 2006
Midcaps to outperform largecaps in next 12mths: SSKI
Technology will grow by about 12 per cent for the quarter

Monsoon hold on economy weakening
In the last three years, even though the monsoons have not been stable, India has shown a strong GDP growth.

Long-terms funds, the best bet
With interest rates set for another hike, long-term funds could be your best bet.

Firms selling safety to see boom
Electronic security systems are expected to grow by 25-35 per cent every year.

July 15, 2006
Who killed the electric car?
Skeletons come tumbling out with the release of a new documentary on electric vehicles in the US.

Check out the new Chevy SRV!
The Chevy SRV is not for those who want maximum car for their money

Is the party in the sky over?
Airlines are burning cash to fill seats and subsidise travellers. How long will the party last?

July 14, 2006
Why India lost Rs 256 crores in one minute
The failed INSAT-4C was not insured. But why?

'Liquidity tightening by BoJ crucial'
The bank has taken a cautious stance.

'BoJ may hike rates again by March 2007'
Markets will look for an outlook on the overnight discount rates.

Mutual funds: What's hot this week
Mutual funds bought pharma, manufacturing, auto, and FMCG stocks in June.

'Unless RBI intervenes, Re may test 46.55 levels'
The negative factors for the stock market should put the rupee on aggressive selling as well.

Crude likely to hit $ 80/bbl in short-term: Victor Shum
West Asia tension will keep crude prices high

July 13, 2006
Expect Satyam to beat Q1 guidance: UBS
The critical quarter, the critical quarter for Satyam Computer Services will be the September quarter

Salary hike, higher mktg costs impacted margins: Aztec
The company incurred marketing cost of Rs 5.27 crore

Indian IT stocks to outperform Asian tech sector: JP Morgan
TCS is seen to report strong results as well

Losing money? Here's how to stop the leak
Saving is the most important outflow from your income

July 12, 2006
Lessons from disasters: 5 things to do now
The first step is to buy insurance, and then ready your will.

Nilekani on Infosys results
Nandan Nilekani, MD and CEO of Infosys says that increase in business volume, rupee and a strong Q1 has helped upping Infosys' FY07 guidance.

Economic impact of blasts to be limited: JPMorgan Chase
The blasts at best will have a near term impact.

Mumbai blasts: Minimal impact on markets
Markets will close marginally positive, if there is good guidance and numbers from Infosys

July 11, 2006
How are HNIs playing the market now?
Adlabs Films is one of the better opportunities for a conglomerate studio model

'India macro story good, but not great'
Lack of government reforms is also a key factor in India

'Century Textile is an active midcap stock'
Century Textile and Industries owns about 38 acres of land, of which 9-acres belong to Wadia

'No slowdown seen in retail growth'
RBI is seen to hike rates one to two times by the year-end.

Why Reliance needs Chevron
Understanding the tieup between Mukesh Ambani's conglomerate and the American oil and gas giant

'Infy may spring a positive surprise'
Expect surprises in earnings from banks and Reliance.

Sensex may slip to 9,700 this week
Technology stocks are likely to lead the decline in this market.

July 10, 2006
MFs see net outflow of Rs 4603 cr in June
Equity schemes registered a net outflow of Rs 1288 crore

Aurobindo Pharma buys US-based cGMP
Oral dosage formulations like tablets and capsules will be produced at this facility

Steel capacity to rise by 2008
Steel prices will decline on account of capacity addition

Why do we pay so much for petrol?
The oil price hikes can be justified only after the ministry gives us the break-up of the taxes levied and their spend.

Petrol too costly? Here are cheaper options
At the steepest ever slope of the fuel price curve, we take a look at options to replace this crude reality.

Building castles in the air?
While developers may have built up valuable land banks, it is difficult to value them given the lack of transparency.

Elder Pharma: Banking on brands for growth
Strong brands in the domestic market and global alliances will ensure a 20 per cent growth for Elder Pharma.

Tax deduction? Not the accountant's fault
Deducting tax at source is as painful for the employer as it is for the employee.

Q1 results may be a mixed bag
Cement, infrastructure, capital goods and FMCG are expected to do well, even as pharma and banking could post lacklustre results.

July 08, 2006
Honda Civic is finally here
The Honda which everyone has been waiting for is finally here.

In search of something exotic
The hand-crafted furniture from Viya Home is abstract yet functional.

New Bajaj Pulsar 220 is really a big deal
Check out the new Pulsar..

It has designs on the world!
An Indo-French company has architectural designs on the world.

10 commandments of interior design
Interior spaces in India's New Age buildings are different from their clones in the West.

The Bajaj scion dares to dream big
The scion of Bajaj Auto has global ambitions based on emerging technological experiments. Can he see them through? Surajeet Das Gupta susses out Rajiv Bajaj.

What's in store for the cement sector?
Rakesh Arora of Macquarie Securities says that the dispatch numbers of cement companies released recently look quite reasonable.

Why FDs are great & which to choose
Rising interest rates make fixed deposits an attractive debt option.

July 07, 2006
'Flip-flop on policies sends wrong signals'
The government needs to be much more careful in policy matters as such decisions do not send the right signals to the market

Calling off divestment is a serious problem
There is a bit of disappointment for a lot of investors now that there has been a flip-flop on divestments

Short selling will reduce volatility
If short selling is allowed in a transparent manner, the investor at large is aware of the total short sold positions in the market

Stock-lending reforms to up mkt efficiency
If both stock lending and short selling come through, it will make the markets more efficient.

Sectors seen to post good Q1 earnings
Tata Steel and SAIL may post strong sequential numbers.

BoJ may up rates by 25 bps: JP Morgan
The liquidity situation in Japan will remain stable even after the rate hike.

Why the DMK threatened to pull out of UPA government
DMK organising secretary TKS Elangovan says: "Our stand has always been that the profit-making PSUs should not be divested."

India, biggest gainer in digital opportunity
Broadband rates lowest in Japan; South Korea leads the world in digital opportunity, says a UN report.

'Indian market is very expensive'
Slim Feriani, MD and CIO of Progressive Asset Management, believes that India is more expensive than other emerging markets but it is a strong economic and earnings growth story.

5 TOP stock market survival tools
Five tools that help you stay on board for the long haul as the markets turn frisky.

July 06, 2006
Won't give away control of JSW Steel: Sajjan Jindal
Steel demand in the US, Europe and the Far East is strong

High rates, oil prices remain biggest concern: Merrill Lynch
arnings risks will continue to keep gains in emerging markets capped

Will high interest rates end India Inc's party?
In this context, the recent downturn in the equity markets and increase in interest rates, both domestic and international, are unlikely to have any significant adverse impact on the sector.

Invest in commodities rather than commodity stocks
It is time to be very cautious on emerging markets.

From rags to riches: Story of a design firm
Start-up trouble almost did Axiom in, but hard work kicked in to put them in top gear.

July 05, 2006
Price hike essential: Ceat
There is a steep price rise in most of the raw materials.

Intel, IBM send mixed signals to India
While IBM has announced big expansion plans in India, Intel, Sun, Seagate and Apple have either downsized or shut down operations here.

Here's how to chart a great career in BPO
BPOs are now offering much more than short-term, high-paying jobs. With some planning and training, they have set the stage for high-growth, lucrative careers.

Check out Kodak V570, it's different
Kodak's new digital offering should give more camera for money and be open to user experiences.

Sector funds can make you BIG money
Sector funds offer higher returns among equity funds. But, risks are higher too.

How will India's IT biggies perform?
Infosys, he is expecting revenues to grow by 8.8 per cent

July 04, 2006
Mother Dairy's BIG India plans
For growth, the co-operative is eyeing more regions and new products. Will its plans work?

How India Inc can win the world
How are companies from rapidly developing economies becoming global challengers? Importantly, how can Indian companies emerge as strong global contenders? Lessons from a recent Boston Consultancy Group report.

B-schools can't teach you visionary leadership
Leadership is often confused with management.

How to handle volatile markets?
While some of the investors feel compelled to sell, others see it as an opportunity to invest

July 03, 2006
No freedom on LPG & kerosene prices: BPCL
Indian crude basket is still below $70/bbl

Have 'buy' on ONGC: Kotak
If oil companies are allowed to raise prices, then it's quite a positive development

Indian markets are expensive: Mark Mobius
Commodities and consumer sectors are looking good in India at the moment

Oil cos unsure of pricing autonomy
He also states that there has been no confirmation from the oil ministry that pricing autonomy would be given to oil companies.

India a compelling medium-term story: JPMorgan Chase
The rupee to weaken on current A/C deficit and the BoP situation.

Threats that rising rates pose
Rising rates threaten to suck out the liquidity from stock markets, slow down profit growth, and lead to de-rating of equities.

July 01, 2006
Bathrooms that cost Rs 600,000!
How much do you think one can spend on a bathroom? After all, realistically, it's just a place where one doesn't spend much time in a day.

All about the Nathu-la trade
Just what is Nathu-la about and will the border trade develop into a full form of engagement between India and China.

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