- After the 2008-09 crisis, the housing segment was the first to recover in the real estate market. Now, prices have peaked in several locations and any price increase in these markets will be inflation-driven.
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In spite of the ups and downs, the portfolios have managed to regain strength. In the last quarterly review in June, two of the portfolios, Wealth Maximiser and Money Builder, had negative returns. Both have shown profits this time. Online platforms, which offer click-of-mouse transactions and consolidated viewing of portfolios, that too without any annual fee, can be a better option. Banking stocks managed to deliver double-digit returns in the five-year period as is evident from the average return given by banking sector funds.
Wockhardt is among the top gainers in the past six months with return of over 170 per cent. Research reports by well-known firms can move stock prices. And if the report is too harsh on the company, the result is a bitter controversy, with both sides pointing fingers at each other. Insider trading, a subset of securities fraud, is a dominant evil in stock markets across the globe. But the sad thing is that retail investors, the biggest losers in such scams, know little about the evil. Here's our attempt to change that. Investors should keep in mind that real estate companies are highly sensitive to interest rates. Any rise in interest rates and inflation affects them adversely. Also, if the economy is in a bad shape, the sector will face a lot of challenges.
The National Housing Bank (NHB) has asked housing finance companies not to charge pre-payment penalty on a dual rate loan, after the same has been converted into a floating rate loan. Sebi has given its nod to AMFI's transaction platform that offers a single window to both investors and distributors to transact with multiple fund houses. Sebi has come up with a slew of measures to increase retail participation, give more flexibility to mutual funds and companies issuing initial public offers and encourage distributors. Some of these steps may, however, result in higher cost for mutual fund investors. Interesting trivia from the world of personal finance. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has said that investors can invest up to Rs 50,000 (lump sum or SIP) in each fund house every year without having to quote PAN. A look at recent rulings which can affect you
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Sam Abraham introduces new products and services to help you zero in on those that offer value for money. Specialty stores are the latest in-thing in e-commerce. While the earlier websites followed the 'all-things-under-one-roof' strategy and became the virtual versions of department stores, the new ones sell only one type of product. Here are some such single-vertical websites. The simplest way to save on petrol costs is to buy a fuel efficient car. So, Auto Bild give you the most miserly petrol cars in four price brackets. Money Today takes a look at the different ways to buy physical gold and some important things you should know before purchasing it through each of these routes.
The average age of workers in any Indian company will be in the twenties over the next few years. The drop in the average age of managers at workplaces also brings challenges for all stakeholders.
Third-party insurance is compulsory for vehicle-owners. But not many seem to remember to claim it when their vehicle is hit by another. Even if they do, they probably drop the idea after learning about the complications involved. If you stop paying premium before the end of the policy term, you are entitled to receive an amount, called surrender value, depending on the number of years completed, the premium and the bonus received.
Financial planners are increasingly recommending Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to investors who have long-term goals and want to invest in equity without taking too much risk. However, there are certain things you need to know before investing in ETFs. You can diversify your portfolio to include funds that tap the world's largest economy. We look into the merits and risks of investing in the US equity market in the present scenario. Companies in automobile, metals, infrastructure, and real estate sectors remained under pressure in the first quarter. But private sector banks, and companies in IT, pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors put up a good show.
Export pull can be a big plus for any asset. While it's a general rule that commodities with good export demand can deliver good returns to investors, it's not the only rule.
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Buying a home is most often a tough call, not just for the financial bit of arranging for the down payment and bracing for a lengthy period of repayment of the home loan.