Money Today Archive March 2011 Issue
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Edition: March 2011

Cover Story

Are you protected enough?

Are you insured enough?

Well, did you see the rate chart of that speciality hospital next door? Your finances could be under stress, should you need its services as an in-patient. So, have you thought of buying a health insurance policy?
Mutual Fund
Tanvi Verma
Looking Beyond Borders
Bouyed by liquidity, global funds have beaten domestic ones over the last six months. The rally is expected to continue, especially for commodity funds.
  • Profit from a Balancing Act Balanced funds provide the best of both equity and debt, varying their exposure to maximise profits or cut losses, in a volatile market.
  • Corrective Gains As the markets correct, for the Money Today-Value Research Lifestage Portfolios it is an opportunity to buy units at low rates.
Stocks
Rahul Oberoi/Money Today
Crashing Against Rate Barrier
Following the seventh round of benchmark rate hikes in 2010-11, stocks of rate-sensitive sectors - banking, auto and realty - have seen fall in prices.
  • 'Markets will shine in late 2011' Kedar Deshpande, Head (Retail Broking), Edelweiss, tells Rahul Oberoi why the Reserve Bank of India could further tighten policy rates in the next few months.
Editors Note
Sarbajeet K. Sen
So, portability of health insurance policies is round the corner. From July 1, disgruntled consumers will be able to change insurers seamlessly. Is that good news? Surely, it is, but only for those of you who do have health cover.
Commodities
Rahul Oberoi/Money Today
Fuelling your Investments
With demand remaining strong it may be a good time to have energy commodities - heating oil, gasoline, natural gas and crude oil - in your portfolio.
  • Brace for More Oil Shocks Higher oil prices will mean inflation, lower growth and a weaker rupee - putting paid to a decade of progress.
Talk Back
The popularity of insurance plans for children seems amazing, especially its high market share of all policies issued (Handle With Care, February 2010), writes ANIL BHARDWAJ from Kanpur.
Smart Spending
Chandralekha Mukerji
20 ideas for an inexpensive home makeover
One of the basic and economical ways to give a new look to your living room can simply be by emphasizing on a particular corner or an object.
  • Financial planning and You A survey conducted by the ING group to gauge the 'financial intelligence quotient' throws up some insights into the behavior of Indian consumers regarding financial planning.
Last Word
Timing Matters
Events do happen. A search in time could help avoid some pain, at least on the financial front.
Perspective
Tanvi Varma/Money Today
Pay More, Earn More
With banks raising their interest rates, your monthly outgo towards loan repayment will go up. However, there's some respite in form of higher deposit rates.
  • Money Merchants Do you often run out of cash when you go shopping? If you need to withdraw some money from your bank account, you will now have the option to walk into a merchant establishment with your debit card.
  • Ferrous Futures Exchanges, such as the Multi Commodity Exchange and the Indian Commodity Exchange, launched iron ore futures on 29 January 2011.
  • Quotes "In the (health insurance) portability era, service will be the differentiator. If you move to the right company, you would get better service," says Amarnath Ananthanarayanan, CEO and MD, Bharti Axa General Insurance.
  • Owner or Tenant? Did your landlord increase your house rent again? Do you feel that you are paying too much as rent? Should you buy a property in a locality that's close to your office as well as children's school?
  • Sebi: Change at Helm U.K. Sinha has taken over as the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), the capital market regulator, with effect from 18 February 2011.
  • Best Route Forward Smart order-routing can help you to discover the best price available on the two major bourses - the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange.
  • Regulator Watch A look at the recent rulings that can affect you.

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