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  • Ulips, which not long ago were the darling of insurance brokers, have fallen out of favour among intermediaries after the new norms for the product came into effect from September 1, 2010.
Perspective Economic boom to spurt number of Indian millionaires

Economic boom to spurt number of Indian millionaires

The economic boom has catapulted thousands of Indian families into the millionaire league and the number is poised to surge. A survey by Kotak Wealth and CRISIL explores their world.

Banks to pay for failed ATM transactions

From 1 July 2011, if your bank fails to reimburse you the money debited wrongfully from your account due to failed ATM transactions within seven days of your complaint, the bank will have to "pay a compensation of Rs 100 per day".

RBI committee seeks savings interest rate reviewal annually

A committee formed to review the government's savings scheme has recommended that the interest paid on savings instruments under the scheme, except post office savings accounts, be reviewed annually and benchmarked to government securities.

New rules for banking, insurance sectors that could affect you

A look at the recent rulings from banking, markets and insurance sectors that can affect you.

Internet infrastructure's contribution to India's GDP rising

Internet infrastructure in India might still be rudimentary, but it still is emerging as a significant contributor to the country's gross domestic product (GDP).

Govt body to maintain database of mortgaged properties

The Central Registry of Securitisation Asset Reconstruction and Security Interest of India, a government company, has been incorporated for the purpose of operating and maintaining a central database of mortgaged properties.

Corporate leaders on what's making news in world of business

Corporate leaders on what's making news in world of business.

Interesting facts from the world of business

Rs 42,570 cr was collected by the general insurance industry through new policies during 2010-11, up 21.7% from Rs 34,984 cr last year.

RBI hikes key policy rates yet again to tackle inflation

As inflation rose from 8.7% in April 2011 to 9.1% in May 2011, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) couldn't afford to ignore the soaring prices in its mid-quarter policy review.
Smart Spending Buying an eco-friendly car? Check out CNG, LPG variants

Buying an eco-friendly car? Check out CNG, LPG variants

Although alternative fuels, such as CNG and LPG, have been powering vehicles on Indian roads for some time now, the public awareness of these cleaner and cheaper options still remains inadequate.

Review of the latest gadgets, cars in the market

Sam Abraham introduces new products and services to help you zero in on those that offer value for money.
Careers Tips on how to balance professional and personal life

Tips on how to balance professional and personal life

Equilibrium, as in nature, is a vital state of contentment. Knowing that you have control over the choices you make is important to enjoying your work, says Devashish Chakravarty.
Insight Best private and public sector banks to take loan from

Best private and public sector banks to take loan from

Are you scouting for a loan to buy a house, a car or for your child's education? Given below are the best deals on offer from public and private sector lenders.

Tata Coffee among stock market toppers in the past year

Tata Coffee is among the top gainers in the last one year with return of 118%.

ICICI Prudential has outperformed since the start

ICICI Prudential Focused Bluechip Equity Retail has outperformed its benchmark index and category since inception.

Large-cap equity funds safest in volatile market scenario

As equity markets have remained volatile since the beginning of 2011, large-cap equity funds proved to be the safest bet for investors with average 1-year return of 8.65%.
Real Estate Renovate, upgrade your property to attract high rental rates

Renovate, upgrade your property to attract high rental rates

Improve your old building's facade, upgrade existing features and add modern facilities to unlock the income potential of the properties.
Commodities Geojit Comtrade's CP Krishnan on how spices trading is getting popular

Geojit Comtrade's CP Krishnan on how spices trading is getting popular

CP Krishnan, Whole Time Director, Geojit Comtrade, tells Rahul Oberoi how spices trading is growing in India.

Spices give good returns for your investment portfolio

You can add some spices in your investment portfolio since they are likely to give good returns during the coming months due to supply constraints.
Talk Back Money Today readers write back to the executive editor

Money Today readers write back to the executive editor

The cover package on mutual funds (Hooking the Best Funds, June 2011) was highly instructive as it went beyond just ranking the various schemes available in the market, says HARI SHARMA from New Delhi.
Insurance How to cut down auto insurance premium costs

How to cut down auto insurance premium costs

A recent Irda ruling has raised the cost of insuring your vehicle. We look at how you can cut your premium costs with the same cover.
Investment IPOs launched between 2007 and 2009 not successful in market

IPOs launched between 2007 and 2009 not successful in market

More than half the IPOs that hit the markets between 2007 and 2009 are trading under water.

How investors can gain from company stock splits

How do share prices react to stock splits? How should an investor react to this corporate announcement? We give you a lowdown on different aspects of stock-splits.

Investing in rare coins, currencies can help your portfolio

You might have invested in the forex market, but have you ever consider including rare coins and paper currencies in your portfolio.
Savings Better savings options available at higher returns

Better savings options available at higher returns

Parking your money in savings account is not the wisest thing to do. There are several alternatives that pack better returns with safety and liquidity.
Mutual Fund Money Today reviews mutual funds with best prospects in future

Money Today reviews mutual funds with best prospects in future

Though there may be some rough patches in the near-future, the long-term prospects for the MONEY TODAY-Value Research Lifestage Portfolios remain strong.
Query Corner Your tax, loan, investment questions answered

Your tax, loan, investment questions answered

I have invested in eight funds over the past four years, of which four are not performing. All SIPs have a 8-10 year investment horizon. What should I do to rebalance the portfolio? asks Kartika K.
Banking Cibil MD on how the credit bureau helps consumers take best loans

Cibil MD on how the credit bureau helps consumers take best loans

Scores assigned by the Credit Information Bureau (India) Limited (Cibil), the country's first credit bureau, has a direct bearing on the fate of all prospective borrowers in the country. Arun Thukral, MD, Cibil, tells Tanvi Varma and Dipak Mondal about how both lenders and borrowers can benefit from the bureau's work and the initiatives in the pipeline.

Alternative ways to become a credit-card holder

Banks may reject your credit card application on various grounds. Know the alternative ways in which you can still become a card-holder.
Company Stock Banking stocks safest investment option at the moment

Banking stocks safest investment option at the moment

The banking sector may not be the hot spot to be in right now, but watch out for cues on when to get in.
Tax Investing through children, parents helps save tax

Investing through children, parents helps save tax

Optimise your investments and save on taxes by routing them through parents and children.
Editors Note Money Today Executive Editor Sarbajeet K Sen on new Irda rules for Ulips

Money Today Executive Editor Sarbajeet K Sen on new Irda rules for Ulips

It is almost a year since the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) issued its new guidelines on unit-linked insurance plans (Ulips) on June 28, 2010, forcing an overhaul of the product offerings. Critics have been silenced with the new norms resulting in moderation of commissions and charges, thereby leaving more to be invested.