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Insight Fears of recession in US, UK hit equity funds, stock market

Fears of recession in US, UK hit equity funds, stock market

As stock markets fell sharply on the fears of double-dip recession in the West, equity funds showed negative returns over the one-year period ended August 9, 2011.

UTV Software among top performing stocks in last six months

UTV Software is among the top gainers in the last six months with return of over 112%

Favourable deals on home, education, car loans

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.

Mutual Fund watch: Reliance Regular Savings Equity outperforms

Reliance Regular Savings Equity has outperformed its category in four of the past five years.
Smart Spending Reviews of latest mobile phones, gadgets, tablets in market

Reviews of latest mobile phones, gadgets, tablets in market

Sam Abraham introduces new products and services to help you zero in on those that offer value for money.

Auto Bild ranks best cars within your budget range

We give car enthusiasts their due and rate cars on how well they suit a driver, classified into six price categories. Here's the second part of the series.
Careers Put references on resume with care, companies are rechecking

Put references on resume with care, companies are rechecking

Often the starting point of background check of job-seekers is reference contacts in the CV. Reason enough to select the referee with care, says Devashish Chakravarty.
Investment Tips for safer investment when a company is delisting

Tips for safer investment when a company is delisting

Do you rush to buy a stock at the hint of a firm's delisting plans? While this offers scope for making easy money, a wrong move can lead to pain.

Invest in debt funds, against fixed deposits, for better returns

One needs to evaluate one's investment horizon, risk appetite and liquidity requirements before deciding between fixed deposits and debt funds.

Buying artwork is expensive but a lucrative investment

Buying artwork is an expensive but lucrative investment. Make sure you stay put for the long term.

Mid-cap firms best for long-term investing, better growth

Mid-cap firms have over the years shown a faster rate of growth, making them ideal investment options for the long term.
Talk Back Money Today readers write to the Editor sharing views on issues

Money Today readers write to the Editor sharing views on issues

Buying a home in the hills as a summer retreat or second home is surely gaining popularity as mentioned in your story (Lure of the Mountains, August 2011). As a native of one of the hill regions, to me, the trend is a bit disconcerting, says Arjun Singh from Darjeeling.
Perspective Business leaders on the latest developments in personal finance market

Business leaders on the latest developments in personal finance market

"US downgrade and concerns over growth in developed markets led to further selloff in the markets. There is a possibility that money will move out of risky assets like equity," says Mahest Patil, head of equity, Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund.

Interesting trivia from the business world

55 million additional jobs India needs to create by 2015 to maintain the current ratio of employed people to total population of 39%.

Sebi seeks more disclosure from fund houses on closed debt funds

Sebi has asked fund houses for more disclosures in scheme information documents of close-ended debt funds on securities in which they will invest.

Recent rulings from stock markets, banking sector to affect you

A look at recent rulings from markets and banking sector which can affect you.

Committee submits recommendations for safer banking norms

A committee headed by M Damodaran, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India, has recommended many steps to make banking more convenient and safe.

Pay transaction fees for mutual fund investments above Rs 10,000

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), which banned entry load in August 2009, has allowed mutual fund distributors and agents to charge Rs 100 as 'transaction fee' per subscription for investments over Rs 10,000.

Irda seeks guarantee on maturity of ulip pension plans

Irda, in its new regulations on ulip pension plans, has said that while it doesn't want to fix a guaranteed rate of return on pension plans, it wants some guarantee in absolute terms at the maturity of the pension plan.

Gold safest investment option as stocks hit on global cues

It's gold that's shining the brightest at a time other investment options, equity and real estate, have been hit by the crisis in the global economy and land acquisition problems, respectively.

RBI's fight with inflation hits bank loan rates

After the Reserve Bank of India hiked the short-term policy rate in July to tame inflation, over a dozen banks raised lending rates.
Commodities Invest funds in oil, oilseeds for steady returns

Invest funds in oil, oilseeds for steady returns

If you are looking to diversify your portfolio, you can invest some funds in oil and oilseeds for steady returns.
Money Today Basics Why financial planning is important for investors

Why financial planning is important for investors

Investor Awareness Initiative-2011, organised by Money Today in collaboration with ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund, will spread awareness about the role of financial planning in helping you achieve your financial goals.
Query Corner Money Today experts answer your loan, tax, insurance queries

Money Today experts answer your loan, tax, insurance queries

I am 26 and earn Rs 35,000 per month. I have four dependants and am the sole earning member of the family. Should I go for a unit-linked insurance product or a term insurance policy? asks Sachin from Mumbai.
Insurance How to smoothen the process of claiming insurance

How to smoothen the process of claiming insurance

An insurance claim is to be made in accordance with policy conditions, usually relating to the extent and quality of information provided to support the claim.

Should you keep your insurance covers separate or bundled?

Should you keep your insurance covers simple and segregated or bundle products, buy riders to get protection at a discounted rate? We try to resolve the dilemma.

How to avoid rejection of your insurance claim

Rejection, of any kind, hurts. If it is an insurance claim, the double blow of financial and emotional setback can be even more stressful. Here we tell you how to avert such a situation.
Tax Filing income tax returns in time saves much trouble

Filing income tax returns in time saves much trouble

Missing the deadline for filing income tax returns can be rectified by filing a late return. As long as you do not have tax losses to be carried forward or tax that is still payable, it is possible to avoid negative consequences as well.
Mutual Funds For fixed income, investing in debt funds better than fixed deposits

For fixed income, investing in debt funds better than fixed deposits

If you are seeking fixed income, don't jump on to the FD bandwagon just yet. Tax adjustments could make debt funds better investment options.
Editors Note Money Today Executive Editor on land acquisition, home buying troubles

Money Today Executive Editor on land acquisition, home buying troubles

In our cover story, we set out for you in great detail how you should approach the purchase of property to minimise your risks. We also give you the lowdown on how the tussle over land acquisition processes is likely to impact you as a property buyer.