Stock investing is not for everyone. You should enter only if you can withstand the gut-wrenching feeling that comes with the ups and downs in the markets. Take this short quiz to find out if you are mentally suited to dabbling in equities.
We consider the impact of the likely changes on your earnings and investments after the Direct Taxes Code (DTC) comes into effect from 1 April 2011.
One would expect a 'public' company to have at least the stipulated number of public shareholders. However, a large number of such companies don't have the required 10 per cent of such shareholders. The Euro crisis and unabated inflation (9.59 per cent in April) have made investors rush to buy the safety that gold provides. The revised discussion paper on the Direct Taxes Code has removed some of the thorny provisions in the original draft and clarified the tax treatment of existing investments.
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. Meal and gift vouchers offer benefits like tax exemption to employees, but given their inherent limitations, do they make for a good option?
The stocks that have paid high dividends in the past few years have also outperformed the Sensex, making them sound picks for investors. With the markets facing pressure, the Nifty may fall to sub-4,800 levels, offering a negative outlook for the short and the long term. Though metal stocks have been resurgent, their inherent volatility makes them a risky investment currently. Here are the factors that affect the price or premium of an option and are crucial to a trader's success in the futures and options market. Kamya Jaiswal decides to sell a stock after research reveals that the company has no effective plans to counter competition.
As a risk-taker, the owner of a company should take a share of the profit, not a fixed amount every month.
If conflicting realty signals have kept you from investing in property, here's a guide to help you take a decision.
In the first part of a new series on investor psychology, learn why you should not rely on intuition to solve financial issues.
Vijai Mantri, CEO and MD of Pramerica Mutual Fund, the latest entrant in the mutual fund business, spoke to Babar Zaidi on the challenges facing the industry, investors and the market. The Money Today-Value Research Lifestage Model Fund Portfolios make a steady start even as the markets witness heightened volatility due to the European crisis.
This refers to the story on health insurance (The Healthy Approach, June 2010). Can an agent be held legally responsible for withholding information or promising benefits not assured by the policy?
When the first draft of the Direct Taxes Code was released in August last year, it promised to make laws more rule-based than exception-based, bringing some stability to tax rates.
The income-tax authorities gun for individual defaulters even as corporates devise ways to circumvent the system and escape lightly.
While insurance is an essential part of financial planning, under specific circumstances, you would do well not to buy a life cover.
In a new series on career, we seek expert opinion to tackle various issues. T.V. Mohandas Pai explains why it's important to get the first step right while charting a successful career course.
Pick the book to identify how your investing logic may be cheating you and beat the biases that mar sound decision-making. Conor Woodman stops providentially short of being the proverbial Jack. He trades relentlessly, but escapes the unflattering epithet because he masters a few.
Don't fret if you can't lay your hands on free credit cards. The fee-based cards, with their attractive rewards and freebies, can be a sound pick.