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July 31, 2007
Using insurance to plan your child's future
Child insurance is popular with parents for two reasons

Financial planning and your child
Fixed income instruments have the ability to impart a degree of stability to the portfolio.

July 30, 2007
The return of star fund managers
Investors would do well to appreciate the importance of blocking the noise and sticking to the basics of investing, especially at times when irrational exuberance is the order of the day.

Gold rush over for stock market investors?
Friday's frenzy saw the Sensex correcting itself by over 500 points. Is the gold rush over for stock market investors?

Planning for your child: Dos and Don'ts
While planning for your child's future, there are some thumb rules that you should bear in mind.

July 28, 2007
Mutual funds for your child
Parents must note some peculiar feature of child funds.

July 27, 2007
Why you must plan for your child's future
This is the first in a series of articles dealing with planning for children's future.

July 26, 2007
5 investing gems from Peter Lynch
One of USA's greatest fund managers mentions 5 great investing ideas in his book, One Up on the Wall Street. Here they are.

MFs: Don't fall for cash back schemes
Some MF distributors offer 'cash back' to investors who invest through them to sweeten the deal. This is a throwback from the days when LIC agents gave cash back to individuals who bought policies through them.

July 25, 2007
More units in an MF doesn't always mean more money
Many investors get out of their existing MF scheme to invest in new MF schemes as they are told they will get more units. But beware, this may not be good for you.

July 24, 2007
6 things you must know about endowment plans
Endowment policies still form a major part of the insurance policies LIC sells. Given this, there are certain things that individuals should understand about endowment policies.

MF review: Opportunity comes knocking
While both are risky propositions, Franklin does take a higher risk and is more aggressive. But the aggression has paid off and the fund has delivered handsomely. If you are looking for a racy fund, this one fits the bill.

July 23, 2007
Inflation down, but why are prices not dropping?
Policymakers and the stock markets are cheering the cooling off of inflationary pressure, we are paying higher prices for food each passing month. Why?

Investing in mutual funds? A checklist
Lesons on investing in funds..

Personal loans: Flat rate or floating?
Be very careful while opting for the rate of interest for personal loans.

July 21, 2007
Brace yourself for a 'monsoon dhamaka'
In our view, parents would do well to engage the services of a competent and experienced financial planner to ensure that their child's future is not compromised with.

Knowing when to sell your stocks
While selling what you don't have is a rare art that is not in vogue these days.

July 20, 2007
Secrets of profitable, low-risk trading
Buying oversold situations in an uptrend and overbought situations in a downtrend should be the goal of trade execution

July 18, 2007
How to get cash in a crisis
How do you ensure that your finances stretch to keep you afloat?

Personal loans: What banks hide from you
Banks charging high interest rate is acceptable, but what isn't is that they do not tell their borrowers the real rate that is being charged.

July 17, 2007
What you didn't know about your credit card
Next time you get your credit card bill, look at the amount due carefully and repay the entire amount.

July 12, 2007
Sensex @ 15K: How to get the best from MFs now
The key is to concentrate on selection and maintaining the disciplined way of investing.

How to build your MF portfolio?
Building a MF portfolio is akin to building and furnishing your home. There is no model portfolio to suit everyone's needs, so you can follow a few rules to build yourself one.

July 11, 2007
How to ace falling fixed deposit returns
Risk-averse investors must now look for investment options that can give them that extra return, a role that was until now played by FMPs and FDs.

How much money do you need to retire?
Moral of the story: it is not your fault if you are born poor, but if you stay poor, it certainly is!

July 09, 2007
Tax time: Which return should I file?
Income from futures, options and derivatives is called income from business and profession. People having this income will have to file returns in form no 4.

All you need to know about reverse mortgage
Reverse mortgage is a financial option that senior citizen homeowners aged 60 and above can explore.

July 07, 2007
Double indexation demystified!
Simply put, indexation means adjusting the cost of the capital asset (in this case a mutual fund), by incorporating the impact of inflation during the period of holding.

July 06, 2007
5 common investment mistakes
Remember that the list of mistakes one must avoid is endless, but here we highlight the 5 most common mistakes.

Can predictions make you rich?
The surest way in theory to become rich is to know tomorrow's stock prices today. The moment we master the art and science of understanding market trends, and harness our skills of accurately predicting the trends, we will start rolling in wealth.

How to pick the right mutual fund
The following discussion is an attempt to look at some of the parameters to decide how to select mutual funds for investments.

July 05, 2007
Why MFs launch closed-ended schemes
In a closed-ended scheme a mutual fund is allowed to charge initial issue expenses of up to 6% of the amount raised to the investor.

July 04, 2007
2 mid-cap funds worth investing in
Franklin India Prima and Sundaram Select Midcap are two mid cap funds that risk-taking investors should consider investing in.

5 things to know about fixed deposits
With interest rates rising over the last one year, fixed deposits have become popular again. But there are certain things that you should know about fixed deposits before they go around investing in them.

July 03, 2007
How mutual funds fared in June
Fund houses conveniently forget to inform investors of the various risks that arbitrage funds are susceptible to.

There is no way you can choose the best Ulip
How to buy n Unit Linked Insurance Plan? Well, read on. . .

July 02, 2007
It's all about an instalment
The EMI option is cheaper when you want to splurge on consumer goods.

Financial planning for DINKs, DISKs & SISKs
A brief overview of three types of modern families, and the financial effects of the same.

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