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Nov 02, 2006
Expert View Changes on home front

Changes on home front

Room capacity needs to double in the next five years to cope for inflow of travellers.

Create your own wealth

The fortunes of the macro economy are increasingly linked with the fortunes of the micro households.

Housing for all

In 1976, 33% of Mumbai lived in unauthorised housing. Today with twice the population, 66% of the city lives in slums.

Irreversible bull run

Many are worried about valuations but the best is yet to come.  Only a tiny portion of FII investment has come in.

The best of times for start-ups

My advice to budding enrepreneurs is that you need to be doing something 'different' or 'differently'.
Banking Too close for comfort

Too close for comfort

Know Your Customer guidelines have been used to harass customers by way of cross selling. And also to design customised products to delight them.

Consumer as a growth engine

Consumers now seek to fulfill their aspirations at a younger age, taking a mix of debt and equity to fund their needs.
Editors Note From the Editor-in-Chief

From the Editor-in-Chief

MONEY TODAY will offer down-to-earth advice on stock markets, mutual funds, insurance, banking, taxation, real estate and retirement planning.
Insurance How much do you need?

How much do you need?

If your life cover is too small, it won't be of any help. If it is too large , you may be paying for something you don't need. Find out how much insurance you require and rightsize your cover.

First among all forms of savings

In future, insurers and financial services providers will work in tandem to offer solutions to customers based on their career. life plan and risk appetite.

Lots more for lot less

Customers will now be able to buy policies on the phone, through SMS and on the Net.
Books The book that made Buffett

The book that made Buffett

Prithvi Haldea, managing director of  Prime Database, says that Benjamin Graham’s rules of value investing remain relevant more than half  a century later.
Portfolio Doctor Solid assets, weak protection

Solid assets, weak protection

The Mumbai-based Menons have already created substantial assets. Now it’s time to protect these and to diversify as well.
Mutual Fund Did you earn this much?

Did you earn this much?

This is what the best mutual funds earned for investors in recent years.
Sector Scenario Golden opportunity

Golden opportunity

The Indian obsession with jewellery continues unabated. But people have also started looking at other forms of gold as an investment.
My Story Turning junk to gems

Turning junk to gems

Here's the story of how Arun Verma, a 'junkie', turned his hobby into a business.
Tax Reducing tax outgo in home loans

Reducing tax outgo in home loans

From the tax saving point of view, there is no ideal period for maintaining a home loan account.
Real Estate What's behind the premium tag

What's behind the premium tag

The luxury frills offered along with your dream home may sound good but think hard if you really need them.
New Business Hire and Higher

Hire and Higher

When his IIM batchmates were racing up the corporate ladder, Sanjeev Bikhchandani was slogging it out to keep his small business a float.
Technology Which is the smartest?

Which is the smartest?

A guide to using smart technologies to save time, hassle and money.
BASICS Your net worth

Your net worth

In times to come your net worth will decide how much credit you get and at what cost.
Upfront Wealth of a nation

Wealth of a nation

The stock market, the most visible and audible symbol of wealth creation, has made up to 10 million Indians richer through the four-fold rise in the valuation of shares in less than four years.

Did not pan out

With the PAN allottment in a disarray, it seems unlikely that the problems that came in the way now will be ironed out by December 31.

Going for flat

 The real winner would be the small investor whose transaction costs will come down with the introduction of the flat brokerage structure.

How inflation erodes your wealth?

We want returns from our investments to be higher than the rate of inflation. But by how much?

Will winter freeze fuel bills

A lot depends on the future of crude prices. If the coming winter is severe, the demand for heating could again push up the demand for petroleum products.
Stocks Recommendations from investment houses

Recommendations from investment houses

Here we focus on how select stocks are performing and how it can benefit you.
Careers Build a successful career

Build a successful career

When parting ways, make sure you don't go to a place where the pay is higher but the work is less challenging.
Insight Small Fortunes

Small Fortunes

Is your money going up in smoke? If a 35-year-old quits smoking, he can save up to Rs 12 lakh by the time he retires.

Mutual Fund Monitor

The Sensex heavyweights have outperformed smaller stocks in six months and one year.But in the last quarter, the smaller stock indices have outperformed the Sensex.
Your Wallet Easy EMIs for cars

Easy EMIs for cars

Most people don’t live within their income limits, but within their credit limits. That makes the EMI a better indicator of affordability than the MRP.