Hero MotoCorp: Buy

Hero Motorcycles seen at the assembly line at the Hero Motocorp Garden Factory at Neemrana in Haryana. Photo: S. Subramanium

Parvatha Vardhini C

After a lull in the last two years, sales growth in the two-wheeler industry has touched double-digits in the first six months of this fiscal. Hero MotoCorp is well poised to cash in on this turna... »

Up-front commissions drive big collections into closed-end funds

Parvatha Vardhini C, BL Research Bureau

With the Sensex rising 25 per cent in the past year, new equity funds are back in vogue, collecting nearly ₹6,400 crore in the first nine months of 2014. But curiously, closed-end funds,... »

Your financial plan

Suresh Parthasarathy

I am 45 and work as a freelance software trainer. My wife, 40, is a homemaker. My daughter is in class three and my son in class one. I have aged parents with ailments. My father has an eme... »

Your Fund Portfolio

Parvatha Vardhini C

I am a retired bank employee with no liabilities. I have invested lump-sum amounts ranging from ₹25,000 to ₹50,000 in each of the following funds during the last two years — Axis Equity, DSP... »


Valuations, fundamentals favour fixed income

Rahul Goswami

With valuations and macro-fundamentals in favour, there lies a strong case for investing in fixed income at this point in time. Currently, the Indian economy is in much better shape, wit... »

DLF: Sell

Lost plot If home buyers keep away from DLF, sales will be hit further

Meera Siva

Shares of real estate major DLF tumbled last week after SEBI found irregularities in the company’s 2007 IPO filing. Does the recent steep fall offer an entry point for investors? Not rea... »

Shoppers Stop: Sell

Luring buyers The company’s spend on ads and promotions has swelled

Bhavana Acharya

Retailer Shoppers Stop has got a lot of things right. Rework on the hypermarket format is starting to pay off, expansion of the other formats is on track, and sales growth is in better shape. T... »

A savvy tax-saver: Axis Long Term Equity - Buy

Bhavana Acharya

Tax planning on your mind? Equity-linked savings scheme (ELSS) plans, which are covered under Section 80C’s large umbrella, are a good option. Of the several ELSS funds in the market, Axis Long... »

Reality Check

GMR Infrastructure

Bhavana Acharya

For a company that is struggling under a mountain of debt, the news that the first unit of GMR Infrastructure’s Chhattisgarh power plant was synchronised with the grid stoked market intere... »

Your financial plan

Suresh Parthasarathy

I am a Central Government employee and I will retire in 2025. After retirement I will receive a pension which would be 50 per cent of my last drawn salary. My wife... »

Your Fund Portfolio

ICICI Pru Balanced: BUY


Havells India: Invest

Knocked out by new fund offers

eClerx Services: Buy

Your fund portfolio

Reduce the hassle when you exit

ICICI Prudential Focused Bluechip Fund: Invest

DSP BlackRock Investment restricts flow into micro-cap fund

HDFC Children’s Gift Savings plan: Invest

Radhika Merwin

The sharp rally in equities has left many investors wary of testing the waters. For such investors, a debt-oriented balanced fund, which allocates 10-25 per cent in equity and the balance in debt... »

SBI MF launches inflation indexed bond fund


SBI Mutual Fund today said it has launched an inflation indexed bond fund (IIBF) offering which is aimed at investors with low to medium risk profile looking at a hedge against price rise.U... »

Meet the real long-term investors

Lokeshwarri SK

A friend once riled us by saying that everyone who invests in stocks is actually a ‘trader’ and not an ‘investor’. His argument was that the so-called ‘investors’ are not actually involved with... »

Meet Ganti Murthy

‘We are being conservative with our debt funds’

Radhika Merwin

With the consumer inflation (CPI) dipping to 6.46 per cent in September, do you think there is a case for rate cuts in the future?I don’t think one data point is enough to guide t... »

Franklin India Flexi Cap: Buy

K Venkatasubramanian

If you are looking for a fund that invests in a blend of large- and mid-cap stocks without undue risks, Franklin India Flexi Cap is a suitable choice.Over one-, three- and five-year time... »

Reality check

Parvatha Vardhini C

Bajaj Auto With the company battling an auto industry slowdown and market share losses for its ‘Discover’ bikes, Bajaj Auto has been on a sticky wicket. In the market ral... »

Coromandel International: Buy

Key input Higher availability of phosphoric acid should boost sales

Nalinakanthi V

The stock of the country’s leading fertiliser maker Coromandel International has gained about 60 per cent since our recommendation last May. At the current price of ₹283, the stock trade... »

Reliance MF beats benchmark indices, finds Crisil

Our Bureau

Nine of the ten equity-focused schemes of Reliance Mutual Fund have outperformed its respective benchmarks, according to Crisil Research. The fund house, which completed 19 years of existen... »

Our Call

DCB Bank: Buy

Radhika Merwin, BL Research Bureau

After a turnaround in operational performance and a substantial improvement in asset quality, DCB Bank is well poised for its next leg of growth. Over the last five years, the bank has shed... »

Sounding Board

Dealing with higher ATM charges

Priyanka Sahay, Journalist

Parvatha Vardhini C

Two recent moves by the Reserve Bank of India to reduce ATM-related costs for banks have caused much resentment among the public. First, there has been a reduction in the number of free transac... »

Blue-chip focus for a smoother ride


L&T India Special Situations fund: Buy

Ashoka Buildcon: Buy

Your Financial Plan

Tata Chemicals: Buy

Strides Arcolab

HDFC Prudence: Buy

M&M: Sell

More India-focused overseas funds from RCap: Anil Ambani

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