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Many companies are setting up budget hotels, which should help resolve this issue and provide quality service at reasonable rates.
  • Save up to Rs 12,000 a year Money Today has done some calculations to discover that, on an average, an urban Indian family could be shelling out close to Rs 12,000 a year as fees.
Mutual Fund
The only possible advantage that the fund offers over the Nifty and the Sensex ETFs is that its investments will adhere to Islamic norms.
  • Reliable growth Reliance Mutual Fund  is the biggest fund house, with 136 fund schemes across different investment categories.
  • Art of allocation Asset allocation funds can churn the corpus across asset classes as per the changing economic conditions.
According to the Income Tax Act, the property on which the capital gains tax exemption is claimed cannot be sold before three years of its purchase.
Brinda Vasudevan
Here are some phones that dare to differ, add zing, up the comfort quotient-and may even be in the market soon. The prices are on hold, but the concepts are up for appraisal, says Brinda Vasudevan.
R. Sree Ram
Don't shy away from equities because of the slowdown. Here are four investment ideas that could yield rich rewards if you stay put for the long term.
Sushmita Choudhury
Taking a foreign holiday during a recession can translate to big savings. Sushmita Choudhury looks at five popular destinations that are worth a visit.
Portfolio Doctor
Kamya jaiswal
Chennai-based Nachiappans have missed the crucial years of investing and must go full throttle on equities to make up for the loss.
P.V. Subramanyam
The collision model proposed to ride out the choppy economy may seem abstruse to the lay reader, but paying heed to the 'signals' may prove profitable, argues P.V. Subramanyam.
Query Corner
Arun Kumar Bannerjee of Bokaro has no liabilities and has already invested nearly Rs 13 lakh directly in stocks and through equity mutual funds. Now he wants a monthly income for his living expenses.
Money Today Basics
Though there is no clear definition of a bear market, in India such phases have lasted anywhere from 56 weeks to 84 weeks, with the market losing between 41% and 57% from the peak levels. Here are some ways to survive the meltdown.
Here’s a look at the job prospects over the next few months based on surveys.
  • Change in AUM of MF industry The AUM witnessed a drastic fall in Oct and Nov 2008 after the FMP liquidity crisis, but the inflows have been rising for the past two months.
  • Top ten lenders JP Morgan has loaned Rs 261 crore to Godrej Consumer Products.
Editors Note
Alam Srinivas
Every bear phase comes to an end and is followed by a new, and usually a longer, bull era.
Narayan Krishnamurthy
Sebi has gone on record to say that it’s working on the details of a variable mutual fund structure, triggering renewed hopes among investors.
My Idea
Namrata Dadwal
Bengaluru-based Rafiullah Baig, 35, aids corporate recruitment and helps detect crimes by analysing handwriting.

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