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  • As promoters of India Ltd, you have been short shrifted by its CFO P. Chidambaram. But you can still beat the blues.
  • You have been short shrifted by India Ltd. CFO P. Chidambaram. But you can still beat the blues.
  • The industry has hiked prices to pass on a dual-rate excise hike. Earnings will dip 15% without the hike.
  • There is still scope for growth in stock prices, but don’t expect your portfolio to go ballistic in 2007.
Upfront Tax income, Not inflation

Tax income, Not inflation

It is easy to prove that the Indian economy would do better if Indians had to pay less tax.
Editors Note From the Executive Editor

From the Executive Editor

The budget hasn’t done much to make us richer and the stock markets aren’t likely to be generous in wealth creation for a few months.
Insurance Exit options

Exit options

Do not lose heart for having purchased an unsuitable life insurance policy.
Investment Bonds with the best: Sardar Sarovar Bonds

Bonds with the best: Sardar Sarovar Bonds

They have given better returns than gold, stock markets and real estate. Now it may be time to book profits.

Where to invest?

There is still scope for growth in stock prices, but don’t expect your portfolio to go ballistic in 2007.
Brain Trust Give time for your investments to grow

Give time for your investments to grow

Find out what Sridhar Sivaram, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, has to say.
Books Rewarding read

Rewarding read

The guide from the stable of The Economist cuts through the maze of investment jargon and cures a novice’s finance phobia, says Sharadh Manian.
Mutual Fund Float up with rising rates

Float up with rising rates

As interest rates rise, rejig your debt mutual fund portfolio to ensure your returns don't fall.
Real Estate Kolkata: a realty uplift on the cards

Kolkata: a realty uplift on the cards

In the fourth part of the series, we look at the real estate market of Kolkata, the main commercial hub of eastern India.

Beyond Tax

The home loan tax benefits and thrust on infrastructure will automatically strengthen the housing sector.
Sector Scenario Ground rules

Ground rules

Enam Securities believes that the sell-off in the real estate and construction sector has cleaned out the froth and led to the emergence of select value.
In this MT Issue Post budget tax guide

Post budget tax guide

MONEY TODAY tracks the changes in the tax structure and interprets their impact on your finances.

Why hasn't Chidambaram imposed these taxes?

Encouraged by the Rs 8,949 crore collected through the 2% education cess last year, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has increased it to 3%.

Commodities trading protection against inflation

Budget 2007 has proposed several measures to curb rising prices in agricultural products. Commodities trading also provides protection against inflation.
Careers First week in the new job

First week in the new job

Polish your Ps and Qs on office etiquette and sail through the first week at a new workplace. Here’s a quiz to help you.
Talk Back Talk Back

Talk Back

Investing in the stock market is not a safe investor’s cup of tea. The best course for a prudent investor is to invest in different kinds of  investment instruments.
New Business Mind & Matter

Mind & Matter

Intelligent management of the 'yes' and the 'no' leads to the best decisions.
My Story Green bucks

Green bucks

"I lost everything, except my determination," says  Jyoti Dhanda, who  nurtured her hobby into a career.
Tax 'Will pension plans give extra benefits?'

'Will pension plans give extra benefits?'

You can't claim a deduction of more than Rs 1 lakh by contributing to a pension plan.
Expert View Cut equity exposure

Cut equity exposure

In the age of seamless markets it would be puerile to lay all the blame on the finance minister’s door. But his budget could have provided fresh triggers for the markets to rally around.

3 things I didn't like

The Finance Bill 2007 has proposed tougher measures against tax evasion by overhauling tax settlement procedures.

Just say put

In any case, the budget is not the last word on financial planning. There may be mid-year announcements that would affect your finances more profoundly than the budget proposals.

Farm Fresh

 The finance minister has announced that yields of pulses would be increased significantly by increasing the availability of high-quality seeds.
BASICS Family Budget

Family Budget

Is your household running on a deficit budget? Or are you dissatisfied with your expense management? Start budgeting now. We tell you the basics.
Stocks Retail stocks may feel heat

Retail stocks may feel heat

Commercial rentals are now under the service tax net and this will put pressure on retail stocks.
Technology Pixel Perfect

Pixel Perfect

Unsure if this is the right time to replace your cathode ray tube monitor with the slim and stylish liquid crystal display?