Business Today Archive May 18, 2008 Issue

Edition: May 18, 2008

Cover Story

Real estate: Wait and watch for now

Developers are fighting hard to hold their prices, while buyers are betting on a fall. Here's the thing: real estate prices will correct, but you can rule out a crash.
Options and futures can help you ride out the market’s volatility—and also profit from it.
In This Issue
Developers are fighting hard to hold their prices, while buyers are betting on a fall. Here's the thing: real estate prices will correct, but you can rule out a crash.
The 2007 list: How are they doing?
Editor's Note

Even if you weren't in the market for property, you must have noticed that the no-holds-barred boom in real estate prices over the past 5-7 years is cooling off. Prices that had been soaring on the back of growing demand, low interest rates and a high-growth economy appear to be slowing down.

It’s a great time to be a home buyer in the US. Housing prices in key states are down 15-20 per cent, and if more banks continue to report losses, then prices could fall some more.
Top Mind
It is an outdoor cooling system, called Harley Masterkool, that uses micro particles of water to absorb heat from the atmosphere that it then uses as energy for its own evaporation.
Policy Watch
The Indian Government is concerned about the growing interest of sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) in the country. The Finance Ministry is now monitoring such inflows. A senior bureaucrat told BT: “We are now planning to evolve a policy to regulate sovereign wealth fund investments in the country.”
News Maker
Be it hollering his lungs out to cheer the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), his Indian Premier League (IPL) team, or playing the funky quiz master on television for the Indian version of Are you smarter than a fifth grader?, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan seems to be pressing the right buttons to ensure maximum recall for brand SRK.
Ranked: At #57, the Tata Group, in a list of the Top 500 Global Brands published by the UK based Brand Finance Plc. It has climbed 45 places since last year. No other Indian brand figures in the Top 100. The study, which valued the Tata brand at $11.8 billion (Rs 47,082 crore), is based on brand value in end-2007.
Deal Watch
Every month, we bring you a listing of the biggest deals struck by Indian companies in India and abroad. Our partner: global professional services firm Ernst & Young. Here are the deals that were struck in April 2008.
Reporters Diary
The Kolkata-based men's readymade garments company, Turtle, has woven corporate social responsibility into its brand building by taking up a conservation project for its namesake in Orissa. BT’s Ritwik Mukherjee recounts how he felt about this brand correlation.
BT More
A gaming console that measures your BMI, a phone that pushes you to run faster and an armband that stores all fitness data. Your morning workouts are about to get hi-tech.
The simultaneous rise of China, Japan and India is posing a geopolitical conundrum.
As machines and gadgets take over our day-to-day lives, little wonder that these objects have made huge inroads into the world of exercising.
Printed Circuit
The Lenovo X300 is the best ThinkPad to date.
MIRC Electronics’ Gulu Mirchandani; BCCI Vice President and IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi; Arvind Uppal, Asia Pacific Region Head, Whirlpool; Girish Paranjpe and Suresh Vaswani of Wipro Technologies; Agile Labs Director and CEO Raghunathan Perumal; and T.R. Baalu, Shipping and Road Transport Minister and Representative of the DMK in the UPA Government.
India is the third-largest producer of coal globally and a large part comes from Coal India and its subsidiaries.
Satyam delivers in a challenging global environment.
Steel and cement prices have appreciated over the last six months and led to runaway inflation. The government has alleged that companies in these sectors have formed cartels to keep prices high. How justified is the government angst? Or rather, is it a combination of factors that have conspired to push up prices? BT’s Arnab Mitra and N. Madhavan find out.
Back of the Book
A bunch of Bangalore bravehearts helps city singles beat the housing blues.
An assortment of opportunities is on offer as cricket’s masala version gets off to a heady start.
Your cover story was timely. The report highlights the tenuous balance that needs to be maintained between controlling inflation on the one hand and sustaining and promoting growth on the other.
60 minutes
For more than a decade now, Coimbatore Krishnarao Prahalad has been the best-known management guru from India. Professor of Strategy at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Prahalad shot to fame with his book Competing for the Future, which he co-authored with Gary Hamel. He spoke to Business Today's R. Sridharan on innovation and his own intellectual journey over the years.

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