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Talk Back Money Today readers write back to the Editor

Money Today readers write back to the Editor

It is possibly true that Ulips have become more customer-friendly since the new norms came into effect in September 2010. However, as your figures suggest, there has been a sharp drop in Ulip sales, writes Sapan Kapoor from New Delhi.
Real Estate Hills popular destination for holiday homes, investment

Hills popular destination for holiday homes, investment

As people look for respite from the fast-paced city life, hills are becoming popular destinations for holiday homes and investment.
Smart Spending How to best save on your technology expenditure

How to best save on your technology expenditure

Technology comprises a substantial chunk ofbusiness costs. Saving on it could give small firms a little more capital to work with.

Auto Build rates best cars in various price categories

We give car enthusiasts their due and rate cars on how well they suit a driver, classified into six price categories. Here's the first part of the three-part series.

Reviews of the latest gadgets in the market

Sam Abraham introduces products and services to help you zero in on those that offer value for money.
Careers Why professional networking via social media helps your career

Why professional networking via social media helps your career

Professional networking is possibly the single most important skill that contributes to your career development, says Devashish Chakravarty.
Investment Tips to best manage a diverse investment portfolio

Tips to best manage a diverse investment portfolio

Diversification is the key to portfolio construction. Though spreading your risk helps in minimising losses, you should guard against 'over-diversification.

List of debt funds that offer better returns

Funds with exposure to long-term debt have failed to gain from rising interest rates. There are other debt options that offer better returns.

Non-convertible debentures offer better returns than FDs

Non-convertible debentures offer 2-3 percentage points more in interest than bank fixed deposits for a slight increase in risk.

Research before investing in IPOs, funds and insurance policies

Before investing in IPOs, new fund offers and insurance policies, make sure that you are familiar with their growth prospects and associated risks.
Perspective Bajpai committee suggests guidelines for New Pension Scheme

Bajpai committee suggests guidelines for New Pension Scheme

Post offices, telecom companies, pension fund managers, FMCG firms and third-party corporate agents may soon offer products of the New Pension System if the recommendations of Bajpai committee are accepted.

What experts are saying about latest in world of business

"Typically, in a rising interest rate scenario one should invest in debt assets with short tenures since assets with long-term maturities tend to lose out more," says Ganti Murthy, Head, Fixed Income, Peerless Mutual Fund.

Interesting facts from business world

51% of the countrys workforce is self-employed, while 15.5% are salaried employees and 33.5% are casual labourers, according to the 66th survey conducted by the National Sample Survey Office.

Recent rulings in banking, stocks, telecom sector

Recent rulings in banking, stocks, telecom sector that could affect you.

Security, higher salary most important for job hunters in 2010

What are the most important factors one considers while accepting a new job offer? It seems Indian job seekers considered job security and higher salaries as key for taking a job.

Using ATM of other banks now chargeable beyond 5 transactions

From 1 July, savings bank account holders are allowed only five free transactions from ATMs of other banks, including cash withdrawal, balance enquiry and changing your secret identification number.

India 12th largest in HNI population in 2010

India's population of high net worth individuals (HNIs) continued to grow, making it the world's 12th largest in 2010. In 2010, it grew at 20.8% to 153,000 from 126,700 in 2009.

RBI monetary tightening continues, loan interest rate up

You can expect another round of increase in bank lending and deposit rates when the RBI continues with its calibrated monetary tightening in its quarterly policy review on 26 July 2011.

Irda extends health cover portability deadline to October 1

Insurers are seeking more 'clarity' and time to implement the portability of health insurance and, therefore, the Irda has postponed the implementation by three months to 1 October.
Query Corner Money Today experts answer tax, banking, insurance queries

Money Today experts answer tax, banking, insurance queries

I wish to invest Rs 1,000 per month (SIP) for my daughter's education. She's two years old. What would be the best asset allocation plan for this? asks Sanju Kumar from Hyderabad.
Insight Best housing loan deals in the market

Best housing loan deals in the market

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.

VIP Industries among top gainers on stock market in past 6 months

VIP Industries is among the top gainers in the last six months with return of over 46%.

Birla Sun Life equity fund has outperformed in past 5 years

Birla Sun Life Frontline Equity has outperformed its category in the past five years.

Diversified funds give poor returns on volatile market

As equity markets remained flat since April 2011, most diversified equity funds over the past one year gave a rather miserly return of below 5%.
Insurance Tips to safely buy insurance policies online

Tips to safely buy insurance policies online

Buying insurance online has its benefits. However, there are disadvantages that a consumer should be aware of.
Editors Note Money Today's Sarbajeet Sen on stock market uncertainty and investor sentiment

Money Today's Sarbajeet Sen on stock market uncertainty and investor sentiment

The markets have been hovering within a narrow range for many months now. As an equity investor, you are probably unsure of the next move. However, the silver lining is that the India story is still very much alive