Members-only fashion websites offer deep discounts on luxury brands and high-end products. It's a win-win proposition for all - consumers, suppliers and the websites. Buying is not always the better option. Hiring gadgets and appliances can be more cost-effective and convenient, especially if it's for the short term. Sam Abraham reviews new products and services to help you zero in on those that offer value for money. Group buying is the latest online trend offering big discounts on leisure activities and at eateries, a first in the country.
In the final part of this sub-series on negotiation, Devashish Chakravarty suggests ways to deal with the boss, peers and juniors while maintaining a cordial relationship. If you are looking for a career shift or simply boost your resume, overseas volunteering can be a good option. While working from home is an attractive option, beware of swindlers who will rob you of your money instead of paying you.
It's ironical how we hate to lose out on a few grams of vegetables while haggling with the vendor, but are blinded by the bright lights of a store while picking up grocery. For many commuters, the worst part about using public transport is not the crowd, noise or traffic; it's the tedium of carrying a large amount of loose change. The Securities and Exchange Board of India has now allowed the bourses to introduce the European style of trading stock options. Buying a house is a tedious, worrisome process, and it's not just financing that we are talking about. There are several things one needs to check. Indian consumers are the most confident worldwide, according to the Global Consumer Confidence Index survey released in November by research firm The Nielsen Company. Does the fear of losing your credit card make you check your wallet every five minutes to ensure it's intact? A better and safer option is for you to go in for the SBI Platinum Card. Life insurers are constantly coming up with innovative plans to woo customers. Now, it's the turn of HDFC Life, which has launched ProGrowth Maximiser, a 10-year Ulip. A look at the recent rulings that can affect you:
Is it a winning market? You could play it for profit if the set of favourable factors, such as improving corporate performance, FII inflows and the upswing in hiring, continue.
The story on investing in the current market boom (Finding Value at 21,000, November 2010) was informative. But isn't it better to book profits rather than try increase exposure to equity?
Diversified investments in healthy sectors have helped MONEY TODAY-Value Research Lifestage Model Fund Portfolios earn steady returns in an erratic market.
The low cost of term insurance allows customers to buy adequate life cover. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you go shopping for one. Insurance continues to be missold despite industry's claims to the contrary and senior citizens are the softest targets as they don't understand the newfangled products.
Structured products such as capital protection funds allow investors to gain an exposure to equities without the risk of a downside. In the third part of the series on investor psychology, learn why you tend to carry your losses or are blindfolded by small profits.
The second quarter results for 2010-11 indicate that the Indian markets have bounced back, with most companies exceeding analysts' expectations. The second quarter of 2010-11 saw few surprises, with growth continuing in sales, order pipelines and earnings in domestic investment and consumption-driven sectors. It may have been a record year for IPOs, but investors need to be cautious, as the Sensex has breached the 20,000-level.
With its swings and surprises, growth and aggression, 2010 has left an impact. Here, four industry experts recall why the passing year is likely to be etched in memories - theirs and investors'.
Amisha Vora, joint managing director, Prabhudas Lilladher, talks to R. Sree Ram about what the Indian investors can expect in the current market boom.
Taxspanner.com will answer queries on tax, Antony Jacob, CEO of Apollo Munich, will deal with health insurance, and Anil Rego, CEO, Right Horizons, will tackle financial issues.
It's yet another primer on markets, but both veteran and novice investors can benefit from the lucid, sound advice.
Stand-alone health insurers are making a mark by introducing novel policies that cover everything from joint families to a visit to the dentist.
Not if you are investing through a bank or a brokerage house. The fixed charges levied on mutual fund trading facility and debit of securities from a demat account will be too high.
Mid-cap funds continue to fare better than the equity diversified large-caps, returning 37.9 per cent in the past one year compared with the latter's 25.6 per cent. Small- and mid-cap stocks continue to do well, with eight stocks doubling in value in the past six months. While retail investors seem upbeat in the current market scenario, corporates and advisers are more cautious, according to the latest J.P. Morgan Investment Confidence Index. Quantum Long Term Equity has delivered steady returns, beating the category and benchmark in the past three years.
Anybody who had invested in Tata Consultancy Services in November 2007 would have more than tripled his money in the past three years. But few investors did.