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May 31, 2006
Buying ULIPs? Read this first
ULIPs need to be evaluated upon before individuals zero-in on a unit-linked product.

FMCG funds: Long-term opportunity
The FMCG sector has the potential to deliver above-average growth over the long term
May 30, 2006
Three hidden mid-cap gems
Hemindra Hazari of Karvy Stock Broking discusses three stocks from the smallcap and midcap space that he likes in the current market.

5 GREAT tips for safe investment
A structured approach to fund selection with a systematic checklist to achieve it is of utmost importance.
May 29, 2006
When investing, stick to the basics
stick to the basics like investing in line with their risk appetite and predetermined investment plans.
May 26, 2006
Should you go for a fixed or floating rate?
There are some fundamental differences between the various rates on offer that individuals must appreciate before opting for a home loan.

Insurance plans for your child's future
Child plans differ across insurance companies
May 25, 2006
How to insure your home and car
Rains are only a couple of weeks away. So take the time to ensure that your household insurance cover and car insurance will provide the protection you need before disaster strikes.
May 23, 2006
How to cope with market volatility
Diversification is the key when it comes to countering stock market volatility.

Stock market: The Left gets into the act
But rather than focusing on fundamentals, our politicians are giving this episode a whole new perspective

A mutual fund that offers safety
Tata Equity Management Funds seeks to make your investment less risky as the market gets volatile and valuations remain steep.
May 19, 2006
Buying insurance? Check this first
Here are five points to remember before zeroing in on a life insurance product.

Disaster-proof your retirement
Here's how you can retire comfortably.

8 steps to a smart vacation, money-wise
How to do away with post-vacation financial hardships and make your holidays a happy experience.
May 18, 2006
4 reasons why ULIPs score over endowment plans
Here are some of the most important reasons why ULIPs score over endowment plans.
May 17, 2006
Do you get the best advice for your money?
And a wise advisor is one who believes in long-term relationship with his investors keeping their best interest at the foremost always. That's a Win-Win situation.

Made a loss? How to bounce back
Experts identify the steps you should take to make the stock market ride a pleasant and lasting one.

10 rules to improve your financial future
As you begin and travel on your financial expressway, these ten lessons should ensure that you remain on track and keep achieving your financial goals on the way.
May 16, 2006
Do you have crash cover?
A nominal charge could insure you against accidental death or disability.
Are you sleeping with the enemy?
Inflation is the enemy that is feasting on your returns even as you sit here reading this article.

How to make your own Will
Where there is no Will, there is legal dispute.

Mutual funds: What's hot, what's not
Mutual funds were predominantly buyers in the cement, construction, metal, telecom, power and auto space in the month of April.
May 15, 2006
No money? Get the home you live in to pay for you
A reverse mortgage is a loan that enables homeowners to convert part of their value in their home into a tax-free income without having to sell their homes, give up the title, or take on a new monthly mortgage payment.

Sensex at 12K: Revisit your asset allocation
We have to create such a mix of asset classes out of our investment portfolio, whose security-liquidity-returns profile match with our overall financial profile. This will result in the 'right' balance and make us financially fit and happy.

How to plan for a monthly income
Individuals can ensure that they have a stable income stream even after retirement. All it takes is planning and disciplined investments.

The BEST gift you can give your family
Please show your financial love, it is far better than all the other gifts that you can shower.
May 13, 2006
Fund distributors under Sebi lens
Sebi chief M Damodaran recently said that regulations for mutual fund distributors should be introduced.

April's best mutual funds
Equity markets scaled all-time highs in April. So how did the MFs perform?

Pati, Patni aur Paisa
Just as with other issues, husband and wife need to 'work' on developing a healthy financial relationship.
May 12, 2006
Now's the time to start tax-planning
Here is a solution to the question that most investors are grappling with: 'Where should we invest now?'

How RBI move hits your loans
Although the Reserve Bank of India has left interest rates alone, the new provisioning norms could impact your personal finances.

Can't hold for three years? Don't invest!
Time to think long term, with steep price gains nearly over.

Home loan: Where the EMI pinches
Through an imaginary person, we trace the fight to live within the monthly means.

8 money tips and marriage
Money is a very important subject to talk about amongst couples who have a love marriage because there is little involvement of the elders who usually discuss these matters.

7 good reasons to invest in SIPs
Systematic investing in a mutual fund is the answer to preventing the pitfalls of equity investment and still enjoying the high returns. And it makes all the more sense today when the stock markets are booming.
May 11, 2006
Stanchart Enterprise Equity Fund: Should you buy?
Experts feel that while there are positives to Standard Chartered Enterprise Equity Fund, the fund is largely based on several assumptions and speculations.

From rags to riches, in 18 minutes
The normal problems are over-running their credit limits, paying partly for their cell phone bills, delaying the rent cheques, and all this, despite being paid well.
May 10, 2006
Tips for middle-aged investors
If you find yourself a few years from retirement or even a decade away from retirement, give serious thought to rebalancing your portfolio.

Your money needs a doctor, not a chemist
100% of a broker/agents job is just 5% work of a Financial Planner. The agent's world revolves around products and instruments, for the planner this is irrelevant.

If you died tonight, what will your family do?
Life insurance can replace income lost due to the death of an income earner.
May 09, 2006
Investment: What women may want
Here is a small sample of a financial plan for women that recognises their importance and suggests ways and means to create financial independence for themselves and for their families
May 08, 2006
How to tackle rising home loan rates
Home loan seekers should consider opting for a fixed rate loan
May 05, 2006
3 GREAT balanced funds to invest in
These funds have delivered consistently on parameters like performance, restraining volatility, portfolio management style and adherence to investment objective.
May 04, 2006
India's TOP 5 mutual funds
Smart, unique strategies will create tomorrow's mutual fund winners.
May 03, 2006
ULIPs: Expenses do matter!
We quantify the impact that a difference in the expenses can have on the returns of a ULIP.

Contra investors can make it BIG
A contrarian buys out-of-favour stocks. If short-term price of a stock is higher than its intrinsic value, then it does not make a good buy. But if it dips lower than intrinsic value, it offers a good opportunity. This is what a contrarian looks for.
May 02, 2006
The new Kotak fund offers twin benefits
So there you are, the fund that attempts to give you an upside leverage when the market climbs and downside protection of capital when it dips.

3 equity funds to avoid
The problem with a bull market is that it distorts the picture for investors. Suddenly investors become more 'adventurous' and are willing to take on more risk than what their risk appetite permits for the lure of earning a higher return.
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