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VIDYA RAM

EUROSCOPE

The tax wars of Europe

Earlier this month, the tiny EU state of Luxembourg found itself at the centre of global controve... »

SS TARAPORE

MAVERICK VIEW

The FSLRC report is seriously flawed

The Prime Minister’s Office has sought a status report on implementation of the Financial Sector... »

Gurumurthy K

Weekly Outlook

MCX-crude oil in danger of further fall

Gurumurthy K

The crude futures contract traded on the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) has tumbled in th... »

Satyanarayan Iyer

FROM THE VIEWSROOM

Security in sleep mode

Even as India observed the sixth anniversary of the 26/11 terrorist attack on Mumbai, a lot of g... »

A SESHAN

The time has come to cut interest rates

Lower the bar Time for RBI to ease up. Photo: SHASHI ASHIWAL To cut or not to cut interest rates is the dilemma facing the Reserve Bank of India as it formula... »

Columns

Commuters travelling in suburban train in Mumbai. (file photo)

S CHANDRASEKHAR

INDIA IN TRANSITION

A workforce on the move, literally

In the last couple of decades, the number of people commuting between rural and urban areas on a... »

Columns

TWENTY YEARS AGO TODAY

State can create monopoly: SC

The Supreme Court has ruled that citizens have no fundamental right to carry on business in pota... »

Opinion

Rajalakshmi Nirmal

Statistalk

India shines in America

Rajalakshmi Nirmal

In the last three decades ... »

Columns

TIRUCHI, TAMILNADU, 19/08/2013: The public toilet at the Collectrate complex under lock and key, in Tiruchi. Photo: M. Moorthy

Vinay Kamath

FROM THE VIEWSROOM

How about some clean public loos?

The spokesman of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Lalit Bhanot, was panned by one and all for hi... »

Columns

AARATI KRISHNAN

SLATE

All you wanted to know about: Tax terrorism

Forget pugs and mobile phone networks. When it comes to doggedly pursuing suspected cases of tax... »

Columns

Tanya thomas

Cheat Sheet

The other space race that’s going on

For what, selling real estate? Honeymoon trips?

No, prospecting for fortunes,... »

Ramesh Narayan

addendum

Once upon a time...

Ramesh Narayan

Who doesn’t like a good story? There’s something about the art of story- telling that is as old as humanity and as fresh as the last lovely story you just heard or read. And combining these, you h... »

G Chandrashekhar

COMMODITY COMMENTARY

Are Indian castor oil exporters selling the country short?

After a subdued period of trading well below ₹4,000 a quintal due to inventory overhang, castor seed prices have begun to look up in the last two months, thanks to the improved market outlook. »


G Chandrashekhar

COMMODITY COMMENTARY

Cotton prices may bottom out early next year

The global cotton market is currently facing an extraordinary glut with rapidly expanding inventory, slowing trade and falling prices. The extent of inventory burden can be gauged from t... »


CP CHANDRASEKHAR/JAYATI GHOSH

MACROSCAN

Asia is vulnerable to financial instability

The all-time record that the Bombay Stock Exchange’s Sensex has set in recent weeks is indicative of a trend in many emerging markets, especially in Asia. During the second and third quarters of 20... »

Stanly Johny

FROM THE VIEWSROOM

Baby steps forward

Stanly Johny

Narendra Modi’s decision to invite Barack Obama to India’s Republic Day celebrations is a significant diplomatic move. No American president has ever attended this event. By accepting the invitati... »

D SAMPATHKUMAR

A fix for the financial products market

For some light In the pricing of trades gopixa/shutterstock.com It isn’t quite cricket. Libor had been fixed and bullion, too. Now, if the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority is to be believed, dollar-pound (WM Reuters 4 pm) and euro-dollar (ECB 1.15 pm) rates hav... »

Aarati Krishnan

Easy Money

Three new fund pitches to ignore

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Aarati Krishnan

As the Sensex hovers at a new high, the trickle of new fund offers (NFOs) that commenced last year has grown into a flood. This isn’t surprising because fund houses usually launch more NFOs in... »


Our Bureaus

BELOW THE LINE

UK over US

Our Bureaus

Shortly after announcing the acquisition of ING Vysya bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank’s executive vice-chairman and managing director Uday Kotak said that the two Udays (referring to Uday Sareen... »

Lokeshwarri SK

Small-caps sizzle: Should you jump in?

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Lokeshwarri SK

For Indian investors, small is beautiful. The BSE Small Cap index has delivered 118 per cent return since last September, even as its large-cap counterpart, the Sensex, panted way behind,... »

AARATI KRISHNAN

CIRCUIT BREAKER

Three new ways to halt India’s gold rush

Latest data showing that India’s gold imports have jumped four-fold in September and October, compared to the same months last year, have sent many into a tizzy. Policymakers have gone into a huddl... »

Flipping gains? Don’t bet on it

Break down all those walls!

Labour and the great gig pie in the sky

Violence and chaos unlimited

NCDEX jeera (₹12,505/quintal): Buy

My family and other women

Palm oil to test support, rise

Opulence unplugged

question hour

The buck stops with you

The buck stops with you

How do you keep track of your expenses? And what measures do you take to curtail expenses during recession/downtime? De... »

JINOY JOSE P

THE CHEAT SHEET

Facebook, the newspaper of the future?

Frankly, more than half my news diet comes from FB now.

Mine too! But what it has got to do with the future?

Well, your favourite social media platform... »

Gnanasekaar T

Technical Analysis

Palm oil to test supports, rise

Malaysian palm oil futures on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives were lower on Monday on the back of a strengthening ringgit, with lacklustre export demand continuing to pressure prices. Mal... »


ARVIND JAYARAM

SLATE

All you wanted to know about: Compulsory voting

In a democracy like India, every adult has a legal right to cast their vote and elect a leader of their choice. But not everyone chooses to exercise this franchise, either unconvinced about the me... »

RASHEEDA BHAGAT

A more mature response please

Big strides The long journey from despair to hope As soon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “This Republic day we hope to have a friend over… invited President Obama to be the 1st US President to grace the occasion as Chief Guest” last week... »

G Chandrashekhar

Raw Input

A slippery slope for palm oil

Recent developments in the global vegetable oils market have provided a likely direction for palm oil prices in the first quarter of 2015.A rebound in global oilseeds and vegetable oil p... »


Lokeshwarri SK

A closer look at the small ’uns

Lokeshwarri SK

Smaller stocks are mostly avoided by serious investors due to greater volatility and lack of transparency. Not much attention is, therefore, given to the trading pattern of these smaller stocks... »


PRADEEP S MEHTA

PLUSES & MINUSES

An ombudsman for investor grievances

In or out? The referee needs to make the right call

PRADEEP S MEHTA

Let’s take two recent instances: A factory owned by Nokia in Chennai has shut down due to wrangles with the I-T department. At a conference in New Delhi in September, Vodafone’s head said i... »

Bhaskar Balakrishnan

This is not the way to stem brain drain

Strike out And make way Lightspring/shutterstock.com

Thousands of Indians work in the US on J-1 (exchange visitor) visas. But if they want to change their visa to other visas such as H-1, they have to go through unnecessary and complicated bureau... »


Gnanasekaar T

Buy gold on dips to $1,175-78/oz

Comex gold futures were higher on Thursday but limited by dollar strength after Federal Reserve minutes suggested the United States is still likely to raise interest rates next year. Gold also... »


There’s room for every shop

Nothing else will do

No man is an island

Grand old, tired party

Key resistance ahead for MCX silver

All you wanted to know about: e-Auctions

Gold, silver look vulnerable despite ETF outflows slowing


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