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May 31, 2004

Why are power sector stocks falling?
Though there has been no clear direction shown by the government as yet, future growth prospects have come under a cloud. This could impact valuations.

Stock markets: What to look for?
Stock markets always take time to reward performance. Keep in mind that stock prices tend to follow the long-term profit growth prospects of any company.

May 29, 2004

Equities for long term and reforms forever
It may not be a smooth sail at the markets in the immediate future but then equity investing is about taking bets over the long term.

May 28, 2004

How to choose the right credit card
While shopping for a credit card, it is important to note a few things. Read on.

Indian IT: The challenges ahead
Indian software companies have a huge potential to grow. And investors are likely to reap advantages of the same.

May 27, 2004

All you wanted to know about insurance terms
If you have a good insurance agent, he will remind you to read the fine print and make sure that you understand the policy, its terms and conditions, limitations and exclusions before you accept the policy.

FII fear: Will reforms hit a wall?
But as the Congress has always portrayed itself as the architect of Indian reforms, it is only after the CMP and the Budget that a definitive view should be formed.

May 26, 2004

MFs: Size doesn't matter
Pick a fund based on its management style, objective, returns and expense ratio amongst others and not its size. This is one area where size doesn't matter!

Political volatility and the stock markets
Invest rationally and opt for an investment plan where you invest money at regular intervals, thus diluting the risk of bad timing.

Banking stocks: Opportunity knocks?
Overall, from a three- to five-year perspective, prospects of the Indian economy and consequently the banking sector are promising.

Infosys versus IBM: Converging?
Infosys has a proven track record of delivering services for over 15 years now. So, the long-term growth prospects, from this perspective, are encouraging.

May 24, 2004

Where to invest in times of inflation?
Commodities, stocks, short-term deposits, property and indexed bonds offer good opportunity.

May 22, 2004

Long-term investors never panic
A note for retail investors: If you are a long-term guy, you should not panic. Long-term investors never panic.

May 21, 2004

Indian IT: Keep the faith
Investors must invest with a long-term horizon in those IT companies that have visionary managements and sound business models.

Easy way to plan your finances
Financial planning is about setting goals and allocating your resources towards achieving them.

May 20, 2004

How to pick the right home loan
If you are planning to buy a home loan there is some homework you need to do before going in for the deal.

Investors, hang on for a while
Once the confidence in the new government policy start rising, markets may witness fresh investments from global investors. But it will definitely take some time.

May 19, 2004

Diversify now!
If you are a lay investor who is relying on the fund manager to deliver, diversified equity funds is the place to be.

Securing your child's future
Child policies are becoming increasingly popular, especially when viewed within the context of the rising cost of education.

May 18, 2004

The tail wagging the dog . . .
We would advise that investors (both sellers and buyers) consider staggering their buy/sell decisions over the next couple of weeks. This is a great way to minimise the risk of you going completely wrong in your call.

Stock market crash: Expert opinion
The buying opportunity has begun.

May 17, 2004

Be cautious! But it's a good time to buy
The markt fall offers a great opportunity as most stocks appear to be at their most attractive valuations for some time.

May 13, 2004

Results are out. Now what?
At the outset this is no prediction for the future course of the markets. This note is aimed at smart investors who are willing to take calculated risks.

May 12, 2004

Market will rebound from present lows
Maybe for the seasoned investor the time to invest a small portion of his/her investible surplus in equities has come.

May 10, 2004

Empowered investors are market-proof!
Elections and exit polls continued to set the tone for markets, for a better part of the week ended May 8.

May 07, 2004

A guide to investing
Our advice to individuals holding foreign currency so far has been that they should convert half of their holdings into the Indian Rupee.

May 06, 2004

Missed your home loan EMI?
Contact your financier as soon as you know your payments will be overdue. Your financier may actually help ease your repayment plan.

Private insurers vs LIC
Private-sector insurers have come of age and are giving the LIC a run for its money.

May 05, 2004

Is unit-linked life insurance for you?
Unit-linked life insurance offers the interesting option of combining protection and tax advantages of life insurance with the attractive prospects of investing in equities.

May 04, 2004

'Electioned' markets!
It has been a tough week for investors and the likelihood of a knee-jerk reaction like a dIt has been a tough week for investors and the likelihood of a knee-jerk reaction like a distress sale looms large.istress sale looms large.

A fund holiday for your child
Savings through a mutual fund can be of immense benefit to children over a period of time. If it is possible to start saving for a child, here is how a child's lifecycle financial planning can be done:


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