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The Big Story

Is cash really king?

Lokeshwarri SK

India Inc’s growing cash pile has been under the scanner, of late. Former directors of Infosys h... »

Index outlook: And the party goes on

Lokeshwarri SK

The revellers in the stock market party are having so much fun that they want it to go on and on... »

SBI Magnum Equity: Buy

K Venkatasubramanian

The mid-cap pack has run up spectacularly over the past six months, outperforming large-caps sub... »
DUE DILIGENCE

Cast your vote the e-asy way

Maulik Tewari

Your company wants to raise its borrowing limit and announces a postal ballot, but you forget to... »
The Big Story

Watch out for these pitfalls

Eyes open: Pick your way with care MARIJUS AURUSKEVICIUS/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

Lokeshwarri S K

The balance held by a company in its bank account can give the impression of a sound edifice but... »

Technically

Your Stock Portfolio

Aban Offshore on a slippery slope

Yoganand D

Here are answers to readers’ queries on the performance of their stock holdings.I h... »

Technically

Future Perfect

Consider short strangle on ONGC

KS BADRI NARAYANAN

The long-term outlook for ONGC will remain positive as long as the stock trades above ₹3... »

Real Assets

Bullion Cues

Investors pile up dollar, abandon gold

Rajalakshmi Nirmal

Strong economic data from the US saw gold prices drop sharply last week to hit $1,281/ounce, dow... »

Beyond Stocks

Cost-effective: Some brokerages offer free service in the first year TONIs valing/shutterstock.com
Due Diligence

How to pick an online broker

Gurumurthy K

Want to open a brokerage account so you can participate in the rally in the equity market? Wi... »

Funds

Franklin Prima Plus: Buy

Parvatha Vardhini C

Hopes of an economic recovery have moved prices of stocks across market capitalisations... »

Firm Calls

Snowman provides both storage and transportation

Snowman Logistics IPO: Buy

Bhavana Acharya

For an investor who can stomach high risk, the initial public offer (IPO) of Snowman Log... »
Looking Glass

When it’s time to go

Maulik Tewari

Stepping down from Microsoft’s board, former CEO Steve Ballmer has finally quit the company that he joined 34 years back. Ballmer resigned as CEO early this year after holding the post for 14 y... »

Data Point

Not much reason to be queasy over QE

Vishal Sunil

RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan recently expressed concern about the US Quantitative Easing (QE) policy’s negative effects, particularly the volatility caused in emerging markets. “While such polic... »

Your Stock Portfolio

Aban Offshore on a slippery slope

Yoganand D

Here are answers to readers’ queries on the performance of their stock holdings.I have purchased Aban Offshore at ₹820 and wish to hold it. Kindly let me know the short-, medium- and... »

Raw Input

Crude oil: Set to fire up again

Gurumurthy K

The MCX crude oil futures contract has been on a downtrend since the end of June. The contract has tumbled about 13 per cent from its high of ₹6,499 per barrel recorded on June 23 to ₹5,679 per ba... »
Primer

Tighter noose for Collective Investment Schemes

Suraj Nangia

A Collective Investment Scheme is a scheme under which the contributions made by investors are pooled and utilised to receive profits, income, produce or property. But a CIS comes with certain... »

Your Taxes

Sanjiv Chaudhary



I am a salaried person and assessed in the 30 per cent tax slab. In the past one year, I have been investing in some equity mutual funds in my name as well as in my... »
Portfolio Ideas

The right way to chase higher returns

B Venkatesh

How do you build the ‘satellite’ when you adopt a core-satellite portfolio framework? A satellite portfolio isn't your main tool for life-saving; instead, it is a smaller folio intended to capt... »

Franklin Prima Plus: Buy

Parvatha Vardhini C

Hopes of an economic recovery have moved prices of stocks across market capitalisations steeply up in the last one year. At the same time, many companies are fully not out of the woods yet... »

Your Fund Portfolio

K Venkatasubramanian



I have been investing in UTI Retirement Benefit and Franklin Templeton Pension funds.  I have since retired and I learn that further investments in the schemes are... »
High Five

SBI (₹2,523.6)

Yoganand D

Last week, the stock reversed from ₹2,355 levels and gained 6.8 per cent. Nevertheless, the stock’s short-term trend will remain bearish as long as it trades below the key resistan... »

Your Financial Plan

Make sure you SIP it right

MF Alerts: Sporting a new name

Snowman Logistics IPO: Buy

A disciplined approach to saving

Sobha Developers: Buy

L&T India Value Fund: Buy

For those with a yen for Japan

Currency Call

Rupee puts up a resilient show

Gurumurthy K

The Indian rupee extended its rally to close stronger for the third consecutive week. The currency gained ground from a low of 60.88 per dollar on Wednesday and strengthened to 60.38 on Friday... »

Indians skimp on foreign investments

Studying abroad? Money sent overseas has shot up by over a fourth in 2013-14, thanks to rising college fees

Arvind Jayaram

A couple of years ago, options were aplenty for affluent Indian investors looking to park a portion of their wealth abroad. Beaten-down property prices in cities ranging from Lon... »
Future Perfect

Consider short strangle on ONGC

KS BADRI NARAYANAN

The long-term outlook for ONGC will remain positive as long as the stock trades above ₹336. ONGC has immediate support at ₹411. A close below this level can take the stock lower to ₹391. O... »
From The Ring

Reading market sentiment

Nikhil Kamath

If you wished to track the market sentiment, there is an easy way to do so now. Zerodha has created a real-time, crowd-sourced, market sentiment index called crowd index. ... »
Raw Input

Crude oil anchored to $100

Anand Kalyanaraman

In a little over two months, the price of crude oil (Brent) has slipped from $115 a barrel to near $100 a barrel, a 14-month low. This is thanks, in large part, to the perceived change in geopolit... »
Bullion Cues

Investors pile up dollar, abandon gold

Rajalakshmi Nirmal

Strong economic data from the US saw gold prices drop sharply last week to hit $1,281/ounce, down 1.8 per cent. The US Commerce Department said that the number of building permits issued... »
Due Diligence

How to pick an online broker

Cost-effective: Some brokerages offer free service in the first year TONIs valing/shutterstock.com

Gurumurthy K

Want to open a brokerage account so you can participate in the rally in the equity market? With several online brokers jostling for your attention, here are a few factors to consider before zer... »

Portfolio Moves

Big wins for this first-mover

Nalinakanthi V

Birla Sun Life Pure Value has been one of the blockbuster funds in this rally, its NAV more than doubling in the last one year, even as its benchmark, BSE 200, gained a modest 39 per cent. The... »

Face-Off

Fixed deposits versus fixed maturity plans

Your call: FMPs and fixed deposits of various tenors are available Laralya/Shutterstock.com

Bhavana Acharya

Fixed maturity plans have lost some of their lustre following this year’s Budget. How do they stack up now against the alternative − fixed deposits? A comparison of the pros and cons of fixed d... »

‘We prefer consumer cyclicals to industrials’

Vetri Subramaniam, CIO, Religare Invesco Mutual Fund

K VENKATASUBRAMANIAN, PARVATHA VARDHINI C

There are hardly any obvious pockets of undervaluation in the market, feels Vetri Subramaniam, CIO, Religare Invesco Mutual Fund. Even as most cyclical businesses turn expensive, he bets on... »

DB Corp: Buy

Jammu & Kashmir Bank: Sell

Public sector oil stocks

Making sense of a bank’s balance sheet

Maruti Suzuki: a bet on revival in car sales

Pidilite Industries: Buy

Engineers India

Funds

The contours of equity-linked saving schemes

Parvatha Vardhini C

Thanks to the recent increase in the investment limit under Sec 80C to ₹1.5 lakh, equity-link... »

Funds

New Kid On The Block

For those with a yen for Japan

Bhavana Acharya

After European and US stock markets caught the investor’s eye, it is now the turn of the Japa... »

Funds

Canara Robeco Equity Diversified Fund: Buy

Yoganand D

Despite recent slippage, the fund’s long-term record makes it worth owning »
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