Money Today Archive December 28, 2006 Issue

Edition: December 28, 2006

Cover Story

By Devangshu Datta

Identifying India's Most Wanted

To find out which were the stocks most wanted by mutual funds, we examined the portfolios of all open-ended equity mutual funds and equity-oriented balanced funds.

  • Follow The Leaders Many of today's leading stocks we re also leaders yesterday and will be tomorrow. Find out which a re these stocks and whether you should invest in them.
  • Winners in the Making In the past two years mid-cap stocks have given some of the best returns and posted some of the worst losses. Here are the funds' favourites.
  • For the Brave Hearts Stocks that can make a fortune for you, or lose the one you invested in them.K nowing you are in the company of institutional investors is some comfort.
  • The Leading Industries Your search for the most rewarding stocks should start with the most favoured industries because the strongest industries often produce the best stocks.
Mutual Fund
The regional model is a marketing ploy. In the end, the SBI One India Fund is just another diversified equity scheme.
  • Want to Beat SIPs? Invest Through VIPs

    Systematic investment plans have been a hit with investors because they help break investments into easy-to-pay instalments and deliver good returns. But there’s another instalment plan that beats even SIPs in returns. It's the value investment plan or value cost averaging. Here is a low-down on VCAs

By Surya Bhatia
Job hops often lead to confusion over filing of tax returns. Surya Bhatia of Asset Managers helps clear the air
My Story
Rajshree Kukreti
Vimla Batham's journey from writing to printing
Devangshu Datta

Can you "google" without Google? Yes, of course! The default search engine has become synonymous with "search" much like "xerox" and "photocopy".


This selection of research reports gives information and opinions on companies and industries.

  • The one rise that isn't good

    I N S I D E
    Safe Hands
    Mani Bhai
    Trend Spotting

    Count all the worries you have as an investor. Stock market may slow its unprecedented journey of wealth creation. The real estate boom may lose steam, if not bust. Value of your precious metals may not rise as fast as it has in recent years. Interest rates on small savings or deposits may fall

New Business
Rajshree Kukreti
If entrepreneurship is also about turning failures into successes, Kunwer Sachdev is a born entrepreneur.
Sector Scenario
The Indian mobile market is in the sweet spot with regard to growth.
Expert View
Investors keenly watch the monthly updates of mutual funds and jump on any stock that the funds have added to their portfolio.
  • No more of one-size-fits-all The general insurance industry has undergone a major transformation in the past few years. Increased consumer awareness of the benefits of insurance has generated many more buyers, doubling the industry's premium income in the past five years.
  • Venturing into the Unknown There is nothing more difficult to handle, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its outcome, than to take the lead in introducing a new order of things.' -Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince.
  • In Defence of Long Tenures One thing that many in today's world seem to be missing in the mad rush for up to three times jump in salaries and instant growth is the value in building tenure.
Small Fortune
If you are a pan masala regular, here is a simple calculation of how much you can save if you quit cosnuming the stuff. If a 35-year-old addict kicks the habit, he can save up to Rs 5.6 lakh by the time he celebrates his 60th birthday. Here's how:
You may buy shares of roughly 6,000 companies listed on the BSE or NSE, but your portfolio will only boast of a fraction of that.When you buy a stock in a business, you become one of its owners.
Portfolio Doctor
With a large chunk of his savings in equity, software engineer Ganapathi Raman Balasubramanian is an aggressive investor. But he needs to rejig his insurance policies and invest a little more in debt instruments for stability.
By Narayan Krishnamur thy
If your idea of investment begins and ends with a savings account with a bank, then this book, which attained cult status, is just for you.
Editors Note
By Rohit Saran
You are as good as the company you keep
Talk Back
At a time when BPOs and IT companies are hiring loads of young professionals at high salaries, the young generation is having the time of their lives.
  • Talk back 'I never knew my passion for electronic goods could help me save on taxes.'

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