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  • In a recent online survey conducted by MONEY TODAY, inflation was listed as the biggest retirement worry by respondents. Ironically, the most popular instruments used for retirement planning were the PPF and bank deposits.
  • Your retirement plan should be a mix of different investments. We analyse the various instruments and tell you how they can fit into your plan.
  • Even if you put in a modest amount in equities, your investment will grow to a sizeable retirement corpus over the years.
  • The importance of long-term investment cannot be undermined, and when combined with tactical allocation, your portfolio can deliver incremental returns.
  • Despite higher risk, the returns from equities are much more than those from safer options, such as savings accounts, certificates of deposits or bonds.
  • Despite the lack of perks, temporary jobs are gaining credence as they are an easy way to supplement income and offer flexible work hours.
  • Despite experts' claims to the contrary, official data clearly indicates that there is no correlation between rains and food prices or inflation.
  • Namrata Dadwal reviews new products and services to help you zero in on those that offer value for money.
  • Abhishek Goenka, CEO, India Forex Advisors, tells Babar Zaidi what the introduction of forex options means for small investors.
Sep 01, 2010
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Editors Note From the Editor

From the Editor

It has been described as the most important unsolved problem in computer science - the P vs NP riddle. Now, a researcher of Indian origin claims to have solved it.
BASICS Understanding technical analysis

Understanding technical analysis

In the current uncertainty and despite the surprising rally in the market, technical analysts continue to forecast specific target levels for stocks and indices.
Mutual Fund The third-party scam

The third-party scam

The rule that allows third-party cheques for investing in mutual funds renders investors susceptible to largescale fraud. it's an anomaly that needs to be corrected by Sebi-now.

Guest column: Banking on distribution

Public-sector banks should be roped in to fill the vacuum created by the exit of mutual fund distributors.

Contra Funds: Investing against the market

With their winning risk-reward balance and ability to contain losses during a downside, contrarian funds can be a good pick for investors.

Model Fund Portfolios: Diversify and rule

The well-diversified equity holdings have helped the MONEY TODAY-Value Research Lifestage Portfolios to do well in a market that has been marked by volatility.
Query Corner Resolving financial dilemmas

Resolving financial dilemmas

I invest in equity mutual funds regularly. However, the Direct Taxes Code (DTC) proposal to tax long-term capital gains has made me wary of investing in such funds. Is there a way to avoid this tax?
Real Estate Guest Column: Realty check for small investor

Guest Column: Realty check for small investor

Individuals in India have limited opportunities to invest in real estate due to the lack of regulated investment vehicles and unreliable local markets.
Smart Buys Best car your money can buy

Best car your money can buy

We rate all the cars currently available in the market to help you choose the one that suits your budget and requirements.
Perspective Perspective: PMS: It pays to perform

Perspective: PMS: It pays to perform

Market regulator Sebi wants the PMS offered by brokerage houses and wealth management firms to be more transparent and investor-friendly. The PMS can be availed of on investments as low as Rs 5 lakh.
Insurance Medical Claims: Ensure easy settlement

Medical Claims: Ensure easy settlement

Settlement Exercise caution and follow correct procedure to avoid roadblocks while making claims.
Stocks Take stock of risks

Take stock of risks

Margins help counter the risk of unpaid transactions while trading in the market. Here we consider three margins imposed by stock exchanges.

Does the magic trick work?

In a new series, Sameer Bhardwaj checks if celebrity investors' strategies for picking stocks are applicable to amateurs. He finds that Joel Greenblatt's 'magic formula' is.

Ensuring equal rights

The recent recommendations by the Takeover Regulatory Advisory Committee aim to give promoters and investors equitable benefits in case of mergers and acquisitions.

Diary of a new investor: Time for a long break

Kamya Jaiswal abandons market research and quits monitoring her portfolio every month, but will continue to review it regularly.Kamya Jaiswal abandons market research and quits monitoring her portfolio every month, but will continue to review it regularly.
Careers Talk your way into a job

Talk your way into a job

Prepare, package and pitch yourself well during an interview to convince the employer that you are the right fit for the job and the company, suggests Devashish Chakravarty.
Financial Planning Illogical instinct

Illogical instinct

In the first part of a new series on investor psychology, learn why you should not rely on intuition to solve financial issues.