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  • The new government may have come with a reforms mandate, but it has its work cut out as far as the financial sector changes are concerned.
Jun 11, 2009
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Travel Quick fixes

Quick fixes

Early bookings need not be a pre-requisite for economical travel. Here are some tips that can help save money even on an impromptu trip.
Technology Choose your operating system

Choose your operating system

An OS is the software platform that enables the device and the applications to run on it. We look at six of the most popular systems.
Smart Spending Second to none?

Second to none?

Buying used products can lead to big savings. But you also need to be more cautious.
Insight When to get insured for the maximum term

When to get insured for the maximum term

Though life insurance is cheaper at a younger age, don't buy a long-term policy if you are very young.

Staff speak

The Kelly Global Workforce Index Survey 2009 highlights the importance of continued training and skill development. Here are the relevant portions.
Real Estate Make a winning bid for a home

Make a winning bid for a home

You can get a good price for a prime property if you buy during an auction. However, make sure you do your homework before bidding.
Portfolio Doctor Right track, wrong goals

Right track, wrong goals

Vadodara-based Hitesh Desai has invested in the correct instruments, but he must downsize his goals and increase the investible surplus to consolidate his gains.
Query Corner Which mutual funds are suitable for long term?

Which mutual funds are suitable for long term?

One should invest in diversified equity funds or balanced funds.
Economy Will the Sensex hit 19K?

Will the Sensex hit 19K?

With a stable regime at the helm, the momentum is back in the markets. But this might not be the start of a bull phase.
My Idea Hope on wheels

Hope on wheels

The need for timely medical help led five friends to set up Dial 1298 for Ambulance, an emergency service.
BASICS Manage your financial risks

Manage your financial risks

In times of economic instability, it is critical to ensure financial safety. Insurance is one way to achieve this. Here are the financial risks you are exposed to and ways to counter them.
Stocks Sceptical of the spectacular

Sceptical of the spectacular

While our fund manager regrets being overly cautious, he explains why the steep rise in the stock market is not tempting him enough to hoard up on more stocks.
Talk Back What are the most common premises for contesting a will?

What are the most common premises for contesting a will?

Most wills are challenged on two grounds — that the document is forged or that the testator made it under duress or in an unstable mental state.
Editors Note From the Executive Editor

From the Executive Editor

Fundamentals of the Indian economy aren’t likely to change much in the near future, and expectations have already had their impact on the Sensex.
New Business 7-sided cube

7-sided cube

In developing software for corporates, Rajesh Varrier ran into reams of daunting data. He tapped the tedium of analysing it, and with six partners, rolled out activecubes.
Expert View Gauge your needs for a healthy plan

Gauge your needs for a healthy plan

To make your insurance stick, you should reveal everything about your health before signing up for a policy.

Road map for the UPA

The Congress-led coalition has been elected to govern the country, not to please the stock market.

Placing a premium on service

In the future, one would be in a position to tailor the policy to his specific needs.
Insurance Customise your protection

Customise your protection

Focus on your health requirements to navigate through the flood of insurance policies in the market.

Safeguard your start-up

Entrepreneurs can insure themselves against high risks and huge losses at very low premiums.

Insure your assets smartly

We help you gear up for this new world of insurance by offering a blueprint that will help you acquire the best cover - one that secures you well and suits your wallet. Safeguard your start-upCustomise your protection
Books Dealing with doomsday

Dealing with doomsday

The author offers tips for investors to survive the post-modern Dark Ages that he proclaims is the future.
Banking What determines extent of down payment for loan?

What determines extent of down payment for loan?

If a borrower puts in his own money, he is likely to be less fickle when it comes to repaying the loan.