Recent salary surveys suggest that most firms are looking at 'variable' pay as a major component of salary hikes this year.
As the increment season sets in, it's time to gauge the employee mood. Is he expecting a handsome hike or is he planning to switch jobs? Money Today, along with Naukri.com, conducted an online survey and found that though the term 'good hike' has been redefined due to the slowdown, most respondents are expecting to be compensated for last year's poor show.
The third quarter results confirm a turnaround in economic activity.With information technology back on track, markets are eagerly waiting for the engineering and banking sectors to climb on to the growth bandwagon. Market rookie Kamya Jaiswal realises that choosing right sectors is as vital as picking good stocks. Analysts are hard put to dispute that markets will be volatile this year. And volatility means opportunities to buy at dips. Is the divestment of government stake in public sector undertakings (PSUs) the next big opportunity in the India equity story?
Families, not business travellers, are the flavour of the season for the travel industry, which is offering inviting packages geared towards children.
After two years of no growth, we are entering a period of a strong earnings surge. Domestic demand will be the key driver for corporate earnings in the next couple of years. In an evolving market, the quality of customer service and product innovation will be the key differentiators among insurers. However, this can be achieved only with complete de-tariffing. Do not make a false claim as you may not be able to make a second genuine claim in the same year if the limit has been exhausted. Also, the insurer could increase the amount of future premiums in case of an abnormal claim. Deeper penetration in home segment is possible only with cost-effective distribution, customer education and products/services designed to meet individual needs. The Internet makes us multi-task. According to recent statistics from the Internet and Online Association of India, the leading search engines get six million requests for insurance every month. Irda Chairman J. Hari Narayan tells what the regulator is doing to protect policyholders' interests and the root cause of disputes relating to insurance. After a year of re-rating, earnings expansion will remain the key driver for equities in 2010. Rajeev Deep Bajaj, Vice-Chairman & Managing Director, Bajaj Capital, talks about the changing investment scenario and suggests strategies for the coming year. J.S. Sarma, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, talks about concerns over low call rates, unpopularity of VAS and low accountability in television broadcasting.
To avoid dividend distribution tax on payouts from debt-oriented funds, one should go for the growth option, not the dividend option. The earnings yield of a stock can help investors compare its performance with that of other asset classes, especially debt instruments like g-secs.
If you hold Indian citizenship, you do not need to declare your US citizenship to the bank. But if you are no longer an Indian citizen, then you should declare your altered status.
According to Amar Singh, head of Commodities Research, Angel Broking, a fair amount of risk aversion is coming into play among global investors, which has led to a correction in markets across the world. Given the volatility in returns across most asset classes, including gold, long-term investors may need to rejig their portfolios. The fact that the Indian economy is inching its way to recovery has been endorsed by the third quarter results. When it comes to deadlines, the one for filing taxes is possibly the most feared. In a rare recognition of this, the Central Board of Direct Taxes has presented a late New Year gift to taxpayers. The bad news is that experts expect interest rates to rise in the near future due to an increase in demand for credit.
PSU equity funds can help you make the most of the divestment opportunity without running the risk of betting on individual stocks.
In this series we review recently launched products and services to help you sort the best buys from those that do not offer value for money.
Buying a life insurance policy to save income tax defeats the purpose of such a policy and leads one to make a suboptimal choice.
While most of the grievances against insurance companies relate to claims, people have felt victimised for other reasons. If you have suffered unjustly at the hands of an insurance firm, here's how and where you can voice a complaint to find a satisfactory solution.
The life insurance sector has transformed since it was opened to private players. Here's what has changed— and what hasn't—in the past 10 years.
The story on tax planning (Choose the Right 80C Option, February 2010) was very informative, especially the matrix used to present the features of major products.
Retail participation in IPOs or new fund offerings has been low in the recent past. However, retail involvement even in the secondary market seems to have dipped.
Companies are making variable pay a bigger component of salaries, a trend that is likely to catch on.
The economic recovery may not be as sturdy or swift as you think. It's likely to be curtailed by inflation, fiscal squeeze and monetary tightening this year.
If you think your career will end when you retire, read this book. It explores feasible job options and the right approach to land them. Most aspiring entrepreneurs see venture capitalists as sharks with loads of money, waiting to snap up a good business if it turns profitable or steal the idea and kick them out.
To help enhance your knowledge of bonds and ease the transaction process, go through these commonly used terms.
As bank loan rates are deregulated from April, it will lead to transparent pricing, a rise in credit flow to small borrowers and an end to rate wars.