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Apr 26, 2015
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Features Farm growth has fired Madhya Pradesh's GDP. Has it come at a price?

Farm growth has fired Madhya Pradesh's GDP. Has it come at a price?

The state's gross domestic product has grown at more than nine per cent consistently since 2009/10, most of it on account of agriculture, which has averaged about 20 per cent growth in these years.

Kalyani Strategic Systems will not wait for defence orders, says Baba Kalyani

Business Today speaks with talks Kalyani Group Chairman Baba N. Kalyani about the stop-and-start nature of the defence business and what needs to change in the government's procurement policy.

Going gets tougher for regional broadcasters as national players expand footprint

National networks are aggressively putting in place regional strategies to consolidate their positions.

Business sentiment takes hit as India Inc awaits reforms

Confidence levels in the business environment rose for five consecutive quarters before a correction in the latest Business Today-C fore Business Confidence Survey.

The social commuter

The best way of getting from point A to point B in the city could soon be through a social app.
Special How to start retirement planning at 40

How to start retirement planning at 40

If you have just turned 40 and do not yet have a set plan for your retirement needs in place, it is absolutely imperative for you to start saving for your golden years, writes Amitabh Chaudhry, HDFC Life MD).

Bond market is all set for an encore

The bond market sentiment will remain bullish in 2015/16 as the RBI is expected to announce two more rate cuts - likely by June and the fourth quarter.

Should you invest in realty in non-metros?

For non-metros, the size and scale of real estate development will be on a smaller scale. The growth of non-metros would primarily depend on job creation.

Invest in gold for portfolio stability in 2015

An investor is advised to allocate a proportion of his/her investments into gold. This is because gold has a largely inverse relationship with other financial assets.

Why you should invest in smart cities

Early investors in smart cities can look forward to healthy gains in the medium to long term, writes Sanjay Dutt, executive MD, South Asia, Cushman & Wakefield.

Stock markets still have steam left

One should not be swayed too much by near-term news flows but use them as opportunities if there is a market fall to pick high-quality companies, writes Vikas Gupta, executive VP- Traded Markets and Investment Research, Arthveda.

Assess your investment allocation strategy for 2015

With corporate India not out of the financial mess and benefits of the rate cut likely to be visible only after five-six months, investors should follow an asset allocation strategy.

Why NPS is an exceptional product for retirement planning

The National Pension System, launched on January 1, 2004, aims to overcome moderate contributions towards retirement planning by offering higher returns and tax benefits.

Market outlook: Keep expectations in check in 2015

"We expect 2015 to be volatile with reasonable uptick and some instances of downdraft based on local and global news," writes ICICI Prudential AMC's S Naren.

Invest overseas via Liberalised Remittance Scheme

Indian law allows its residents to freely invest/remit up to $125,000 per financial year abroad to buy assets, including property, without taking prior approval of any authority.

'Stock market poised to do well in 2015'

The macro is healing, and combined with a likely decline in short rates and improvement in growth backed by rising government expenditure, equities are poised to do well.

Budget encourages savings, investments in right way

I would recommend that you look at your financial goals first, your risk profile next and then determine what your asset allocation should be, writes Lovaii Navlakhi of International Money Matters.
Event HR tracker: Attracting, retaining talent in manufacturing

HR tracker: Attracting, retaining talent in manufacturing

Top HR executives in Mumbai delve deep into issues related to attracting and retaining talent in manufacturing.

19th edition of BT Lloyd Pro-Am of Champions ends with a bang

Over 150 executives and 20 professionals gave it their all at the grand finale of the 19th edition of the BT Lloyd Pro-Am of Champions in Gurgaon recently.
People Newsmakers this fortnight: Rajan Kohli, Dick Costolo and more

Newsmakers this fortnight: Rajan Kohli, Dick Costolo and more

Business Today brings you snapshots from newsmakers this past fortnight.
Book Book review: The Great Indian Rope Trick by Roderick Matthews

Book review: The Great Indian Rope Trick by Roderick Matthews

A book that captures the sheer complexity that India offers as a democracy.

Book review: Frugal Innovation by Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu

An inspiring book grounded in reality with case studies of companies that have been successful in building a frugal innovation engine.
Columns Innovative business models must for company's high growth

Innovative business models must for company's high growth

Organisations looking for sustained competitive advantage and high growth must evolve innovative business models, writes S Ramakrishna Velamuri, professor at International Business School.
Focus Hidden cost implications for mining industry remain

Hidden cost implications for mining industry remain

While Mines and Minerals Bill injects much-needed transparency in mine allocations, several hidden cost implications for the beleaguered mining industry remain.

Indian oil producers and refiners bear brunt of falling crude prices

The steep fall in global crude prices may have helped contain inflation and the fiscal deficit, but it has been hard on Indian oil producers and refiners.
FROM THE MAG From the Editor: April 26, 2015

From the Editor: April 26, 2015

India's corporate debt problem has now reached alarming proportions. A recent IMF Working Paper, published in December 2014, made the same point.
Technology Trending on social media: Twitter's Periscope, Facebook Messenger

Trending on social media: Twitter's Periscope, Facebook Messenger

Business Today brings you snapshots from what's trending in the social media space.
Chiaroscuro Upcoming business events, policies to track this fortnight

Upcoming business events, policies to track this fortnight

Business Today brings you important news and events to watch out for in the coming fortnight.

What made news this past fortnight

Business Today brings you news digest and quotes from newsmakers this past fortnight.
Letters Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Business Today readers give feedback on magazine's coverage of the April 12, 2015 issue.
Leadership Spotlight Paytm achieved rapid growth in less than a year: CMD Vijay Shekhar Sharma

Paytm achieved rapid growth in less than a year: CMD Vijay Shekhar Sharma

Business Today speaks with Vijay Shekhar Sharma, CMD, Paytm, about the company's rapid growth and China's Alibaba's investment into the m-commerce firm.