Money Today Archive August 6, 2009 Issue

Edition: August 6, 2009

Cover Story

Do you need a planner?

A financial planner might not be a priority for you, but we show how the services of a professional can help improve your portfolio.
Mutual Fund
The Money Today-Plexus Management new fund evaluation takes a look at the Franklin Build India Fund.
Technology
Our respect for search engines was sparked by Ask Jeeves and Yahoo. It turned to reverence with Google, and now, there’s Microsoft’s Bing. However, these tools offer general results. For a focused probe, you require a niche tool. We list out the search engines that will help streamline your efforts.
Stocks
Auto firms have fared well in the past year as excise cuts and low interest rates have helped sustain sales.
  • A world of options Options offer a cheap and safe way to take leveraged market positions. Here are some terms used frequently while trading in them.
  • Strategy begins to pay off The recent sell-off has given a boost to Wealth Zoom. Our fund manager is convinced that as the global economy worsens, the shorts will rake in more profits.
  • Paying the price for costly buys The acquisition of some global brands and firms by Indian entities has been disastrous for shareholders. We tell you how to size up such deals.
  • No way to go but up The IT sector is showing signs of a revival but have the good times returned? We look at what lies ahead for some key stocks.
Portfolio Doctor
Kamya Jaiswal
Pune-based Talwalkars have invested in so many products that it is impossible for them to manage their finances or plan accurately.
Books
Narayan Krishnamurthy
Read these books to ease into the concepts of personal finance even as you improve your economic worth.
Query Corner
Certain perks given to an employee are taxable. In case of interest-free or concessional loans, the difference between the prescribed interest rate and the rate paid by the employee is the perk value for which he is taxed.
Insight
If the market price of the stock falls below the price at which it was offered to the employees, stock options fail to serve as incentives.
Editors Note
Change is the new buzzword all over the world, and if people are not quoting Gandhi on the subject, they are quoting Obama.
Talk Back
Most Websites clearly mention the specifications and condition of the product.
Upfront
Narayan Krishnamurthy
If you have been waiting for an opportune time to take that home loan, or a car or education loan, you’d best not defer your decision much longer.
My Idea
Namrata Dadwal
The one-time bank manager, Kuldeep Kalsi, 55, dug into his passion for plants to set up Yuccabe Planters, which produces outsized pots.

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