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Stocks Market watch, as on January 2, 2008

Market watch, as on January 2, 2008

We scan dozens of research reports from investment houses every fortnight to present you the six most relevant stock recommendations.

Steel and power stocks perform well

2007 ended on a high note for the stock markets for the third consecutive year. All sectors witnessed a positive return for all indices.

High on mid caps

Our fund manager prefers not to transact this fortnight but instead chooses to ride a terrific bull run in the mid-cap sector.
Mutual Fund 'Don't be tempted by penny stocks'

'Don't be tempted by penny stocks'

A Fund Management Associate Director at Aviva India tells us how to create value through superior stock selection.

Going the natural way

Reliance Mutual Fund, the biggest asset management company in India, manages funds worth Rs 80,779 crore (as on 31 December 2007).

How not to judge a fund

Don’t assess a fund by its absolute returns. For a more meaningful assessment, measure a fund on a few risk-adjusted returns, all relative to its benchmark.
Portfolio Doctor Discipline amidst irregularity

Discipline amidst irregularity

Intelligent investing can make all the difference. And if you want proof, don’t look beyond Priya Shukla’s portfolio. We’ve analysed finances of people who earn much more than her but still find it extremely difficult to meet their long-term goals like retirement corpus. Read on:
Editors Note From the Managing Editor

From the Managing Editor

There is something about financial success and investment tips. The two seldom go together.
Expert View Partying with borrowed cash

Partying with borrowed cash

By allowing me the thrill of leveraging my investment, the markets and regulators are amplifying risks and rewards, triggering potentially irresponsible behaviour and, in fact, are lending grenades to a monkey!

Investing in good is good investing

While people may never find a tangible reason to support charity, the consistent belief is that it is the giving away that helps in the bringing in. Investing in good is really investing for good.
Sector Scenario Flying high

Flying high

Prabhudas Lilladher sees growing demand, lower fares and improved connectivity to improve valuations in the aviation sector
Insight Equity-oriented funds perform well

Equity-oriented funds perform well

Equity-oriented balanced funds have naturally fared well in a year when equities have boomed. some debt heavy balanced funds have also fared well in the past one year, with LICMF Children’s Fund earning higher than many equity oriented funds in the past one year.

Music systems: what's your taste?

Price is not the same as value. The most expensive product isn’t always the best value for your money. This section highlights the least expensive model in a product category. If price is of no consequence, check out the most expensive model.
In this MT Issue Growing money plant

Growing money plant

Radhika Anand, 44, earns money by growing plants in glass jars.
Now and Then Up in smoke

Up in smoke

Money Today compares prices and earnings in the past with what they are today and what they would be in the future.
Query Corner Should I invest in a Ulip or buy a term plan and funds?

Should I invest in a Ulip or buy a term plan and funds?

You have not identified whether you have any financial dependants like a wife, children or parents. If you do not have any dependants, then you do not need life insurance.
Investment Human capital vs financial capital

Human capital vs financial capital

Here's a debate on the right way to save for retirement. Read our feature based on Joseph Stiglitz's recent presentation.
Real Estate Goa, beyond tourist destination

Goa, beyond tourist destination

The inflow of domestic and foreign tourists in Goa has established a flourishing hospitality sector.
Talk Back How can I start with a corpus of just Rs 1 lakh?

How can I start with a corpus of just Rs 1 lakh?

As a beginner, start by investing in an Indian mutual fund that invests in global stocks (see Why and How to Go Global, 15 November). As your confidence grows, so will your exposure to global markets.
Tax Is medical reimbursement taxable?

Is medical reimbursement taxable?

Medical reimbursement of over Rs 15,000 is taxable in the hands of an employee.
Technology Before you buy LCD

Before you buy LCD

Ask yourself why you really want to buy an LCD. If it’s for sheer snob value, there’s little anyone can say that will make you change your mind. If, however, you think you’re getting value for money, read on.
Travel Armchair travelling?

Armchair travelling?

Hardly. Posh Volvos, semisleeper coaches, bunk beds for two...bus travel in India is now poised to take on the railways.
Upfront Futures within reach

Futures within reach

A derivative is a security that has no independent value; its value is entirely derived from the value of one or more underlying asset—generally stocks, bonds, commodities, currencies and market indices.
BASICS Postal savings

Postal savings

It’s probably been months or years since you posted a letter in that ubiquitous red colour box. Between e-mail and courier who needs letter boxes anymore.
Financial Rights 'Rough behaviour is deficiency of service'

'Rough behaviour is deficiency of service'

Rude government servants can be legally penalised. Rakesh Rai spoke to the man responsible for this landmark judgement.
New Business Powering the telecom boom

Powering the telecom boom

By providing energy-saving solutions to telecom companies, Manoj Upadhyay has made money for himself and the sector.
Careers Two sides of the same coin

Two sides of the same coin

Planning your career should be an integral part of the financial planning process. Money Today tells you why.
Books Know your financial personality

Know your financial personality

Jordan E Goodman’s unique insight to investor psychology and its impact on financial decisions is a very interesting read. A good dose of financial planning advice ensures that his book has practical utility.