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May 31, 2005

Drive smart with fuel cards
Troubled with rising fuel bills? Using plastic money could just be one way of reducing your outgo.

May 30, 2005

Markets aiming for past glory
Our advice to investors as markets inch upwards is that investments in equities should be made cautiously and with a defined, 3-5 year time frame.

Loan processing fees: Get a better deal
Bargaining for a lower processing fee is also possible if the borrower has already got his loan approved from one HFC but decides to shift to another HFC for actual disbursal.

May 26, 2005

5 golden investing rules!
'Investments' is a sacred term for individuals. For many, investing means a kind of 'compulsory' savings from one's earnings and getting lumpsum money later.

May 25, 2005

How good is the Tata Mid Cap Fund?
Over 3-5 years, the fund will benefit from the long-term growth potential of mid caps, but investors should factor in the above-average turbulence that will likely come their way.

Is Principal Junior Cap Fund good?
We believe the fund is a high risk - high return investment proposition and risk-taking investors can consider investing in the same.

May 24, 2005

Investing the Islamic way
Ahmedabad based Parsoli Corporation Ltd, which has been involved in providing tailor-made financial products to Muslims, now offers an option where Muslims can invest in Shariah-compliant stocks

May 23, 2005

All you want to know about financial options
Options can be fairly risky investments, and investors msut invest in them only if they have a fairly good understanding of the stock market, the economy and the instrument itself.

Should you take loan against property?
All in all, LAP proves to be a useful proposition. In fact, more so in case some individuals have been disqualified for the purpose of a home loan.

Fund investors score a hat-trick!
The good times continued for fund investors as equity markets closed in positive terrain for the third week in a row.

May 20, 2005

Investing in ULIPs? Read this first
My advice to those who are looking to buy not just a ULIP, but any financial product: It is your right and responsibility to ask for a company printed benefit illustration and brochure, and take some time to read, understand and question it.

May 17, 2005

Swipe plastic, zip cash across
IDBI Bank, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, UTI Bank, Citibank and Kotak Mahindra Bank, in association with Visa, the global payment company, have started card-to-card money transfer facility in the country.

3 reasons why SIPs put off investors
SIPs need to be promoted by the investment agent/distributor community after explaining all the merits and demerits to the investor so as to enable him to take an informed decision.

May 16, 2005

All you want to know about financial futures
. The popularity of futures contracts in India is contrary to the trend in other parts of the world, where option contracts are more popular than the futures contracts.

May 13, 2005

Is fixed rate home loan really fixed?
Are fixed rate home loans really fixed? There's more to it than meets the eye.

May 12, 2005

A recurring deposit with life cover
Union Bank of India's 'Union Insured Recurring Deposit' offers life insurance cover of Rs 5.20 lakh against a saving of Rs 5,000 per month.

Best way to invest & save tax!
Want to have your cake and eat it too? Buy into an Equity Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS).

May 11, 2005

Buying a term plan? Here's a checklist
Check out what to look for while zeroing in on a term plan.

May 10, 2005

How mutual funds fared in April
Volatility in April continued from where it signed off in March. The specter of rising interest rates and climbing oil prices dealt a double whammy to the stock markets.

May 09, 2005

MF gains cheer investors
Mutual fund investors had much reason to cheer as equity markets posted one of the strongest weekly gains in the recent past.

May 06, 2005

Should you invest in silver?
Gold may have grabbed the spotlight last year, but 2005 could possibly be the year of silver.

4 BIG reasons to buy insurance
Here are some guiding principles for individuals who are contemplating taking life insurance.

19 top MF gainers and losers
Here's a look at how schemes from the diversified equity funds category performed on a year-to-date basis and who the top gainers and losers are.

Time to bond with 5-year income funds
The Reserve Bank of India's credit policy announcement last Thursday took the debt market fraternity by surprise.

May 05, 2005

All about commodity derivatives
The commodity derivatives market is a direct way to invest in commodities rather than investing in the companies that trade in those commodities.

May 04, 2005

MFs: Top gainers and losers!
Here's a study to find out how schemes from the diversified equity funds category performed on a year-to-date basis and to determine who the top gainers and losers are.

May 03, 2005

Investing? Avoid consensus!
Invetors should neither give in to temptations that rising markets bring with them nor should they think of doom when the markets are falling incessantly. Do not follow the 'consensus' approach to investing in stocks markets.

How to choose a home loan firm in 6 steps
Here are a few guidelines on how to select a housing finance company.

May 02, 2005

Markets beckon investors
This can be a trigger for high-risk investors to make lump sum investments in well-managed equity funds.

Get a home loan now! Rates to rise
The message from the Reserve Bank of India is clear; interest rates are headed up.


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