Money Today Archive April 2, 2009 Issue
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Edition: April 2, 2009

Cover Story

Rakesh Rai

How to negotiate smartly

If a severed salary or a pink slip seems imminent, don’t despair. A bit of planning and a lot of savvy talking could help reduce the damage—or see you out on your terms.
  • The new corporate lexicon Forced to cut flab without seeming to be fascist, companies are deputing HR personnel. Here’s how they are couching bad news in benign terminology.
In this MT Issue
Sushmita Choudhury
Thanks to the recession, luxury retailers are offering unheard of discounts. If you are an aspirational buyer, designer labels may be within your reach.
Mutual Fund
Sameer Bhardwaj
At best, insurance-topped mutual funds are an addon to your existing insurance and not a replacement for pure insurance.
  • Birla Sun Life: A safe player Birla Sun Life is a 15-year-old fund house and is very strong on debt. The bulk of its debt assets is in cash funds.{mosimage}
Tax
Usually, money to charities is given from the post-tax income. Charitable contributions do not attract any tax.
Stocks
Auto and auto component companies fared well in the past 3 months. And IT companies found ways to beat the slowdown.
  • Are the brothers grim at Reliance? The rift between the Ambani brothers and the possibility of a patch-up have affected the prices of the shares in the two Reliance groups.
  • The first building blocks After almost a three-month hiatus, Dipen Sheth decides to venture into the stock markets and buys 10 stocks for reconstructing the Safe Wealth portfolio.
Portfolio Doctor
Kamya Jaiswal
Kolkata-based Das is reaping the benefits of disciplined investment. Now, he must rein in the urge to play with stocks and continue to invest regularly to beat inflation.
Books
Fun to read, this comprehensive self-help book is full of astute learning which could help you.
Query Corner
Ashish Nagarkar of Nagpur wants to know which form of investment in gold can be the most profitable. Here are the pros and cons of investing in different forms of gold.
Insight
A snapshot of the rupee’s performance to help you take decisions on travel and overseas investments.
Editors Note
Alam Srinivas
Money Today's cover package in this issue is close to my heart. Simply because I was there; I was out of a job for five months last year. But I survived.
Talk Back
We do not give information on seasonal sales abroad as the time period and nature of offers vary...
Upfront
Narayan Krishnamurthy
India’s insurance regulator now appears to be following the corporate sector’s credo—tough times are the right time to take difficult decisions.
My Idea
Namrata Dadwal
After sifting through a range of professions, 49-year-old Atul Aggarwal decided to dabble in leather.

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