|August 31, 2007|
|Buying mutual funds? Beware of costs! |
Expenses incurred by mutual funds are a critical factor because they eat into the returns which would otherwise be available to investors
|August 30, 2007|
|Can credit rating firms be unbiased?|
Apart from their competence, questions need to be asked about whether credit rating firms can be unbiased about a client who pays them.
When markets are volatile, invest in SIPs
While a value investor will purchase stocks and hold, another method of making most of the situation is through Systematic Investor Plans of mutual funds
IPO's are not short-term plays
Retail investors like to invest in initial public offerings (IPOs) only to sell out on the day the stock is listed. Flipping IPOs, as this is known as, can be very risky.
|August 22, 2007|
|Japan, India break trade impasse over luncheon|
Japan's changing strategic calculations will hopefully bring money into India. Abe informed the audience that 480 Japanese companies are present in India and Indo-Japan partnership is growing by leaps and bounds
Secrets of Wal-Mart's success
Altering traits does not endow us with the underlying genes, however, and over time, our gray roots show and our crow's feet come back.
How to build and lead teams
B-schools fail to provide adequate inputs is in the areas of people management, building and managing teams and leadership.
Filing tax ain't easy in India
The new forms, 8 in number, are between 2 and 20 pages. There's a list of instructions too
Shopping for insurance? Try online
Here you can compare various deals in the market to choose the one best suited to you
Time to get some debt funds in your books
With interest rates expected to soften in the long term, debt funds have found new energy, and are expected to attract investors
|August 21, 2007|
|Betting on the Big B|
Binani Cement is banking on extensive coverage and celebrity endorsements to help build its brand.
Foreign funds now on offer in India
total of four diversified equity funds that would invest your money abroad were launched in the past month.
How to gain freedom from the boss
People who can adapt their skill set to different sectors always remain relevant, irrespective of the job scenario
Get your numbers right
While calculating returns, you need to take the cost component into account
Great brands are performance art
Marketers must create a dynamic (and hopefully interesting, fun, and meaningful) forum in which brands and people interact directly -- not just experientially, but in the form of mutual dialogue, of collaborative brand creation.
|August 14, 2007|
|What they don't teach you at B-schools|
Brain management refers to managing the mind not only for incremental effectiveness, but also for magical results -- as practised by Milton Erickson, Richard Bandler and so on.
Of facebook and office networking
Facebook has obviously designed workplace networking in to its offering. The question is can this become something more useful for organisations?
Machines to make sales pitch on phone soon
Next time you answer the phone, chances are there won't be a caller at the other end, but a recorded message trying to sell a product or service. It doesn't expect an answer, but goads you to punch in a few keys in acceptance or simply hang up.
Teach your child to value money
It's never too late to teach your child financial matters. Start now.
|August 13, 2007|
|Making money for the money-makers|
Since celebrities often do not track their finances, they could land up squandering a lot of their funds and not saving enough
|August 11, 2007|
|Overheating and undereating|
The major task in emerging economies now is how best to tackle high or rising food prices.
Virtual lines of control
The Indo-Pak rivalry is set to move onto the cyber-world with the World Cyber Games in Mumbai.
Markets: When the going gets tough...
And the ones who remain either close their eyes like the pigeon when faced with a ferocious feline, or go bonkers trying every trick in the trade to prevent an erosion in their portfolio.
Why you must rebalance your portfolio
Over a period of time your asset allocation will change due to changing values of different asset classes and their percentages will be different from what you started out with
Of hidden charges and fine print
There is clear consensus among experts that whether the market goes up or down, there will be a serious element of volatility in the days to come.
Taxing times: Joint ventures work better
A husband-wife team with incomes from two separate jobs can take advantage of the tax laws by buying a residence through a home loan.
Can't work, have family
Two years ago, Sardarji hired Prakashu as his shop assistant (he has a small shop selling electrical goods over which the threat of sealing has been hanging like the veritable sword of Damocles for the last two years).
|August 09, 2007|
|Can CEOs cure cancer?|
Big Pharma execs may not know more about the disease than the rest of us, but a group of them are using their power to fight it.
Tata Tea brewing a success story
Better prices and smaller packet sizes help Tata Tea concoct a winning brew.
|August 03, 2007|
|Want to be innovative? 3 things to do|
Managers must learn to protect and direct that instinct to lead, and embed it in the organization, despite, and along with, the nature and ever-growing complexities of business.
|July 27, 2007|
|Sensex's biggest slides through history|
The Sensex traded lower by 536.19 points at 15,240.12 at noon with most heavy-weight stocks plunging to recent lows. Similarly, the second wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty dropped by 173.10 points at 4446.70.
Sam Pitroda: Connecting India
Pitroda is also considered the pioneer of the Indian telecom revolution, more than his reputation as a venture capitalist, inventor, technocrat and social thinker.
|July 26, 2007|
|What's your EI score?|
Indian CEOs are world leaders in IQ, but have a long way to go in tuning in to other people.
|July 23, 2007|
|AlJazeera's plans for India|
The Arab media network had applied to the information and broadcasting ministry about six months ago to allow its English channel into the country. The channel is still waiting for government approvals.
|July 20, 2007|
|All you wanted to know about NBFCs|
What is a non-banking financial company (NBFC)? How does it differ from a bank? Get the answers to these and many more questions on NBFCs.
|July 19, 2007|
|You are fired. Now what?|
Some very successful entrepreneurs got their starts only after losing their day jobs. Who knew getting fired could be a great career move?
A Ulip with an all-equity option
Max New York Life's recently launched Ulip gives you the all-equity option
Insurance just a click away
Shopping for insurance online is the way to go, especially if you need general insurance. Here you can compare various deals in the market to choose the one best suited to you.
SC/ST role in economy? India Inc in dark
The government, industry and civil society groups agree they have no data, which they admit are the building blocks for any action for inclusive growth.
4 things your relationship manager won't tell you
Relationship managers do not always act in the best interests of their customers. Here's why.
All you want to know about PAN
A Permanent Account Number (PAN) is one of the most important documents in the country today. It is an identification number which the Income Tax Department gives to all taxpayers.
|July 17, 2007|
|Don't use your credit card to withdraw cash|
It is thus advisable to opt for a personal loan as, the interest charged on such loans are far less.
TCS: Time for re-rating?
The appreciating rupee has taken its toll on Tata Consultancy Services' June quarter numbers, with the top line growing just 1per cent sequentially in rupee terms to Rs 5202.8 crore (Rs 52.02 billion).
|July 12, 2007|
|Income-tax return forms: Not so Saral!|
We attempt to demystify for the salaried class the two main ITR forms applicable in their case, i.e. Forms ITR-1 and ITR-2.
India's top 15 BPO-ITeS firms
Genpact has been ranked India's best third party ITES-BPO company, followed by WNS Global Services at the second spot and Transworks Information Services taking the third slot.
|July 10, 2007|
|SC ruling may boost outsourcing|
In a significant decision on Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that foreign companies would not have to pay tax on their global income earned from business related to their outsourcing arms/units if these are done at existing market prices.
3 reasons why term plans make sense
Term plans not only give high cover for low premiums, they are flexible and can help you cover various loans as well
Financial guide for single parents
Single parents carry a double load. They need special strategies to cope with the situation
|July 09, 2007|
|'Retail push, not the new models, pushed up our sales'|
Maruti Udyog Ltd, the country's largest car maker, reported a growth of over 25 per cent in sales, up from 9.9 per cent in May. Jagdish Khattar, the company's managing director, spoke to Business Standard on survival strategies in a tough market.
How to invest long-term capital gains
Section 54F permits investment of consideration in maximum two properties and not more.
Adding sheen to your portfolio
Traditionally, Indian have been hoarders of gold, but now there are more opportunities to invest in the precious metal
8 tips to make best use of your bank
Complications have accompanied the conveniences that the evolution of banking in India has ushered in.
|July 07, 2007|
|The real 2-in-1 ULIP |
If you must buy a Ulip, the smart move will be to get the one that gives fund value plus sum assured
Fly Singapore, Dubai at less than Rs 10,000!
International budget airlines are vying with each other to offer you the cheapest deals.
Glassy, gaudy Gurgaon
Whichever side you enter Gurgaon from (M G Road or NH 8), you experience deja vu: have I seen this before? Buildings with a glass facade line the road as you enter from NH 8, almost all somewhat similar.
|July 02, 2007|
|Playing roulette with stocks|
Mathematicians like D'Alembert and Paroli have devised strategies to improve odds in gambling, which can be effectively used in money management.
What will impact the markets?
The outlook on inflation, interest rates, rupee and foreign inflows is not too encouraging. Corporate earnings growth is also likely to be muted in this quarter.