Money Today Archive December 13, 2007 Issue
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Edition: December 13, 2007

Cover Story

Kamya Jaiswal and Babar Zaidi

Financial diet, for now and later

Find out how the perfect portfolio has benefits similar to that of a balanced diet and also what your asset allocation strategy should be like.
Mutual Fund
Alroy Lobo
Alroy Lobo, Chief Strategist & Global Head-Equities, Kotak AMC, tells us his investment mantra and advises on which stocks to go for.
  • Energising profits Here we evaluate mutual funds and bring you the report card. This fortnight it's the Paribas Select Thematic Funds Energy Opportunities.
  • Hit the bull's eye all the time Arbitrage funds offer modest returns and attract lower taxes. Replace the debt funds and fixed deposits in your portfolio with these low-risk funds.
Tax
Amitabh Singh
Budget 2007 brought employee stock options in the fringe benefit tax net. Find out why this should also be of concern to employees.
My Story
Rakesh Rai
Cousins Ruby and Shikha Goel took NIFT to court when it refused to refund their fees even though they withdrew their application before the academic session.
Technology
There are many contenders to the iPhone. They might lose out when it comes to awesome design, but in terms of utility, many of them are streets ahead.
Stocks
MONEY TODAY scans dozens of research reports from investment houses every fortnight to present you the six most relevant stock recommendations.
  • Energy, power sector soar, IT hit Strong second quarter results have kept the momentum across all sectors except IT, which has been badly hit by the rise of the rupee.
  • An oil story that isn't scary Buy into a sector that will remain relevant in market boom or bust; zero in on a stock that will grow aggressively over the medium term; buy it at a point where it represents attractive value.
Travel
Sushmita Choudhury
...while planning your next holiday need not cost you the moon. Some of the most memorable accommodation options are cheaper than staying in a hotel. Take a look.
Your Wallet
Namrata Dadwal
MONEY TODAY starts a new section highlighting the least expensive model in a product category. It's digital cameras this fortnight.
BASICS
Take the following quiz, prepared with the help of iTrust financial advisers, to know if your financial understanding is ahead of, or behind, your age.
Portfolio Doctor
Panchkula-based Meenu and Amit Sharma must invest more and increase equity exposure to make full use of the power of compounding.
Books
Babar Zaidi
This so-called self-teaching guide to the derivative markets is too dense for the lay reader and hardly demystifies the complex world of options.
Query Corner
There has been a spate of queries on life insurance, one of the most crucial financial products. We answer three instructive ones.
Editors Note
Rohit Saran
The Vaids, Chandoks and Guptas are ordinary people fighting for their financial rights — and winning them. And their victory is significant as it's the triumph of every Indian financial consumer.
Talk Back
The reinvestment ideas covered in the story are applicable equally to flats and independent houses. And in most cases, reinvesting make bigger difference to the price of a flat than that of a bungalow.
Upfront
Narayan Krishnamurthy and Devangshu Datta
When shopping for fruit, you can get foxed by vendors selling apples of the same size and colour, at different prices. Investors face similar confusion when buying stocks.

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