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Feb 28, 2012
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Mutual Fund Mutual Fund watch: AIG India Equity - the inconsistent performer

Mutual Fund watch: AIG India Equity - the inconsistent performer

AIG India Equity mutual fund has outperformed its category average twice in past four years.

Gold as an asset class outperforms most others

Gold as an asset class outperformed most others in recent times. Gold ETFs have given an average return more than 20 per cent in the past four years.

Mutual Fund investment: Don't change plans according to market trends, stick to goals

ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund, in collaboration with Money Today, organises an investor conference in Kolkata. Excerpts from the interactive session.

Diversified investments in promising sectors help control losses

In an erratic market, diversified investments in promising sectors has helped money today-Value Research Lifestage Model Fund Portfolios to control losses.

Small-cap funds help spread risk, yet make gains

The number of small-cap stocks is large and finding a quality stock that can give high returns over a long period is tough even for equity analysts.
Insurance Unit-linked health plans - Should you invest your money or not?

Unit-linked health plans - Should you invest your money or not?

Apart from giving health protection, unit-linked health plans help build a corpus that can be used to meet expenses not covered by health policies.

Now insurance covers for amateur sportsperson, lost keys, kidnapping attempt

Indian insurance companies have started underwriting quite a few atypical policies. Here are a few of them -

New, reworked Ulips may not offer better returns

Many insurers have reworked Ulip charges, but the impact on returns may not be much.
Query Corner Money Today experts answer all your financial queries

Money Today experts answer all your financial queries

Money Today experts answer all your financial queries - from investing to tax related, insurance or loan related.
Banking Money Today assesses best banks to take home, auto, education loans from

Money Today assesses best banks to take home, auto, education loans from

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

Short-term deposits offer better returns than savings bank accounts

The high interest rates on savings accounts that some banks are offering to woo depositors may not be as attractive as they seem. If you, too, are planning to switch loyalty, explore options such as high short-term deposit rates offered by your existing bank.
Perspective Gold buyers relieved as govt makes hallmarking mandatory

Gold buyers relieved as govt makes hallmarking mandatory

The government has made it mandatory for all jewellers to get pure gold jewellery hallmarked by assaying centres approved by the Bureau of Indian Standard.

Sebi launches toll-free helpline for investors

You can ask for guidance pertaining to status of companies, opening demat accounts and lodging your stock market or company-related complaints.

Recent rulings from banking, capital markets and telecom sector to affect you

RBI has allowed trading in two-year and five-year interest rate futures. The futures contracts will be on two-year and five-year notional coupon bearing Indian government securities.

Govt to set up pension, life insurance funds for NRIs

The government has cleared a proposal for setting up of a pension and life insurance fund for overseas Indian workers in the Emigration Check Required (ECR) countries.

World Bank cuts global growth forecast, warns of troubled times

The World Bank has cautioned developing countries of shocks and urged them to prepare for a further downside.

Interesting facts and numbers from around the world

Interesting facts and numbers from around the world.

Personal Finance experts on latest trends in the sector

Personal Finance experts on latest trends in the sector.

RBI lifts Rs 50,000-a-day cap over mobile banking transactions

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has removed the transaction limit of Rs 50,000 per customer per day on mobile banking transactions.

Tax-saving infra bonds from L&T, SREI Infrastructure and IDFC open for subscription

Looking to save on taxes? Tax-saving infrastructure bonds from L&T Infrastructure, SREI Infrastructure and IDFC have been opened for subscription.

Qualified foreign investors can now invest directly in Indian equities

India has liberalised foreign investment in stock markets. Qualified foreign investors (QFIs) can now invest directly in Indian equities.

Not the best time to invest in gold, silver

Gold and silver prices have fallen in the past few months, but they are expected to fall further. Even analysts, who expect prices of these metals to strengthen in the long term, are not very optimistic about the near-term outlook.
Stocks Rajesh Exports among top gainers in last 6 months

Rajesh Exports among top gainers in last 6 months

Rajesh Exports is among the top gainers in the last six months with return of around 34 per cent.

Many firms have FCCBs due for redemption, invest in them with caution

The stock market, already worried over India's current account deficit, is now feeling the tremors of foreign currency convertible bonds Indian companies issued more than three years ago.

Tips to invest in holding companies - firms which hold shares of other companies

Some holding companies offer long-term value and diversification, but be watchful of dividend taxation rules.
Real Estate The ready-made homes - Modern building techniques replace brick, mortar

The ready-made homes - Modern building techniques replace brick, mortar

Conventional brick-and-mortar construction technology is giving way to modern methods. You may be able to buy a ready-made home in a few years from now.

Tips to buy property outside India at bargain prices

If you are planning to buy a holiday home or villa, don't limit your search to Indian destinations. You can buy good properties abroad at bargain prices.
Talk Back Money Today readers write to the magazine's editor

Money Today readers write to the magazine's editor

Money Today readers write back to the editor of the magazine, sharing their valuable feedback.
Careers Career tips: Best to choose a job according to your personality

Career tips: Best to choose a job according to your personality

Understand which profile suits you through psychometric tests. Map your work values by listing your preferences in descending order or by rating them on a scale on parameters such as creativity, leadership, change, teamwork, social impact, knowledge, respect and so on.
Technology Web stores get popular - Tips to set up your business online

Web stores get popular - Tips to set up your business online

E-commerce is growing rapidly in India  as web stores become popular among Indians. Learn how to set up your own shop online.
Tax Invest in tax-saving funds to beat declaration deadline, get good returns

Invest in tax-saving funds to beat declaration deadline, get good returns

Financial planners suggest tax-saving mutual funds, called Equity-Linked Saving Schemes, best serve the purpose by combining tax benefits with wealth creation using equities.
Smart Spending Top android smartphones under Rs 10,000

Top android smartphones under Rs 10,000

Android phones no longer cost exorbitant prices. Here are your options for a budget of under Rs 10,000.
Editors Note From the Executive Editor

From the Executive Editor

The worst may not be over for the rupee given the continued pessimism gripping the domestic economy and the stock market