Money Today Archive January, 2010 Issue

Edition: January, 2010

Cover Story

The best buys

Seven equity analysts give their wishlist of promising sectors and stocks for this year and spell out the reasons why they prefer these scrips.
Tax
Babar Zaidi
Did you know you are required to pay tax if the value of select assets exceeds a certain limit? Find out more about wealth tax and ways to avoid it.
Stocks
Kamya Jaiswal
Market rookie Kamya Jaiswal is set to invest in stocks. In this series, we bring you excerpts from her diary to help you learn from her mistakes.
Investment
Rakesh Rai
D. Swarup, former Chairman, PFRDA, talks about the tepid response to the New Pension Scheme and the measures required to get it off the ground.
Real Estate
Manu Goswami, Head, Marketing & Sales, Jaypee Greens, talks about the things to consider before investing in a theme project.
Portfolio Doctor
Regular readers might be taken aback at this new avatar of one of the most popular sections of the magazine. New readers might wonder about all the fuss. In the interest of full disclosure, let us try and explain what it's all about.
Books
Babar Zaidi
Do you feel like kicking yourself for the mistakes of 2008? If you are like the millions of equity investors who do, Market Panic by Stephen Vines should help you avoid repeating the costly blunders.
  • Trading routes Read the book only if you want to benefit from investor psychology or if you are an aspiring trader with strong fundamentals.
Query Corner
If shares are transferred from your wife's demat account to your account, it will be treated as a sale and she will be taxed for the capital gain.
For The Record
While online trading allows retail investors to buy and sell stocks on their own, it is important to be familiar with the trade jargon. Here are some basic terms and their implications.
Insight
Accidental death cover is not a replacement for life insurance. It covers death due to an accident, while a term plan covers death under any circumstance.
Editors Note
The day of reckoning, according to the Maya calendar, is some time in December 2012. And if Hollywood is to be believed (own up, those of you who watched that disaster epic 2012), the only survivors will be those who can cough up $1 billion to escape on a modern-day Ark.
Talk Back
The story on the impending Goods and Services Tax (Will it Help Cut Prices? December 2009) raised pertinent questions on the impact of the new tax structure on consumers.
Smart Spending
Sushmita Choudhury
In this series we review new products and services to help you sort the best buys from those that do not offer value for money.
  • Not so cheap trills While the pay-per-second plans may seem attractive, consider the other tariff schemes offered by telecom operators before picking up one.
Perspective
Sushmita Choudhury
Despite the fact that luxury cars constitute only 3-4 per cent of total car sales, India is emerging as a key market.
  • The pros and cons of the realty bill Think real estate and what is the first adjective that springs to mind? Murky? How about transparent? Perhaps not yet, but if the Model Real Estate (Regulation of Development) Bill is passed, customer rights will get a fillip.
  • The cult of the mighty little people Have you heard of Cindy Naugle? The 61-year-old book keeper from Fort Lauderdale, US, recently won a $300 million lawsuit against Philip Morris, the makers of her favourite cigarette brand for 25 years, due to which she is battling lung cancer today.
  • A nest egg that can be dipped into at will The over-riding advantage of the New Pension Scheme (NPS) launched in 2009 has been its flexibility, be it in terms of plan options or fund managers.
  • Food for thought Ambivalence is always fishy. More so when it comes from the finance minister of India on a subject as critical as the frighteningly high food inflation.

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