Money Today Archive January 8, 2009 Issue

Edition: January 8, 2009

Cover Story

What the Experts hope to do in 2009

Money Today speaks to financial experts to know what they hope from 2009. Their answers speak a lot.
Mutual Fund
Money Today-Plexus Management new fund evaluation: The fund’s timing is just right. Also, the open duration of the fund makes it viable for people who may be rethinking about investing in the existing ELSS funds.
  • Fact of the matter Amutual fund scheme’s fact sheet is like a monthly report card. It provides information to investors about where and how their funds have been deployed.
If you have lived in India for more than 182 days in a financial year, you will be considered a resident of India under the Income Tax Act. So your income, including the one earned abroad, will be taxable in India. However, you may get benefit under the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement.
Ever since playing acquired the e-dimension, gaming has become a serious business. The fun remains intact, but the figures have bloated: the console gaming development market is expected to be worth Rs 260 crore by 2009.
One of the better surprises of 2008 is the steep fall in crude oil prices. From a peak of $146 per barrel on 3 July, it tumbled to $40 on 5 December. The government may cut petrol prices again to appease voters.
  • As safe as a bank Public sector banks have been seen as safe harbours for your money. Now, it appears, these stocks could also help you weather the meltdown.
  • A fresh start in the new year Dipen Sheth has wiped the slate clean. He has sold all the stocks in both the portfolios to raise more cash and has listed potential ones he wants to buy.
Risk is defined as the uncertainty of an outcome—opportunity or threat—of actions and events. It is assessed as a combination of the likelihood of an eventuality, its impact, and the severity of damage caused.
  • Longer life, lower premium Women should take a life insurance policy at the earliest, especially because their longer life spans ensure that they pay a lesser premium compared with men.
Sushmita Choudhury
With lower salary hikes and slow hiring predicted across sectors, pay for performance is set to be the norm for the new year.
Just a year ago, the Indian economy was humming like a well-oiled machine. Today, it is stuck in a rut, as is clear from the macro-economic indicators. Money Today looks at how six key parameters have deteriorated over the past 12 months.
Portfolio Doctor
Kamya Jaiswal
He has a knack for winning TV reality shows and recently pocketed Rs 61 lakh. But Ashutosh Big Boss Kaushik is in desperate need of an investment strategy.
Tanvi Varma/Money Today
Exploring dualties to make good investment decisions is a novel approach, but it takes a savvy global investor to practise it, says Tanvi Varma.
Query Corner
Analysts often refer to the support and resistance levels of stocks and indices. These are technical indicators based on the historical price trends. Here’s what the two terms mean.
Depression, recession, bear market... all have translated to job scares, a slowdown in demand and panic attacks. Here is a recap of the spillover effects of the ongoing economic imbroglio in the last fortnight, across the globe.
  • 2008: Figure it out From the inflation highs to the Sensex lows, from the searing interest rates to the freeze in liquidity, the past year featured some of the most jarring figures in financial history. Here are some numbers that must have made you think.
Editors Note
Alam Srinivas
My investments are in a shambles. This is because I missed out all the bull runs since 1986, when I joined the profession. I have never invested in shares and mutual funds except once.
Talk Back
Money Today has constantly endeavoured to bring stories that can help you save and spend smartly. You can also save and drive a hard bargain if you conduct your own survey of product prices at different vendors/locations before buying.
When the Wall Street was breached, the Indian bourses had to battle a tsunami. Succumbing to panic, institutional and retail investors frantically pulled out money from the stock market and mutual fund schemes.
Now and Then
Heightened competition in the wash-care segment has helped keep the prices down. For consumers, there is choice at every price point.
My Idea
Namrata Dadwal
The search for a reliable astrologer led Hemang Arun Pandeet, 32, to start GaneshaSpeaks, an astro consulting Website. Forecasting fortunes has proved fortuitous for the Ahmedabad-based engineer.

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