Money Today Archive May 15, 2008 Issue
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Edition: May 15, 2008

Cover Story

What to check before you sign

Checklist before you take any steps towards being your own boss.
Mutual Fund
Narayan Krishnamurthy
With the emergence of quant funds, the fund manager could soon lose his job to a computer. Well, almost. But what does that mean to you?
  • Add glitter to your portfolio Investors who want to benefit from the global demand for gold by investing in the precious metal and in companies involved in its production.
  • 'Cut losses in time' They compare apples with oranges. Investors should realise that risk profile differs for products and the one with the higher return always comes with a higher degree of risk.
Tax
Rental income is taxable under the head “income from house property”. The net income under this head is clubbed with your other income and is taxable at the rates applicable to an individual.
Technology
Try any of the utilities mentioned on this page and you will never again want to use the official Windows alone. These programs offer functionality that goes way beyond Windows, and even better, most of them are free.
Stocks
Dipen Sheth
With both global and domestic cues far from encouraging, our fund manager Dipen Sheth decides to cash out to reduce volatility shocks.
  • Mindtree among top-rated IT stocks The least expensive stocks are the ones with the lowest PE ratios and the most wanted stocks are the ones most actively traded in the past 15 days.
  • Global markets local reactions How much does the performance of global markets affect Indian stocks? Money Today looked at select global indices over the past 15 months to get some answers.
Investment
Sukumar Rajah
The market seems to be up one day and down the next. Should you wait for things to stabilise before buying or selling?
BASICS
If you’re tempted to be a part of the growing ranks of franchisees, take this little test first.
Portfolio Doctor
Ghaziabad-based Seema and Praveen Lamba must streamline investments and increase equity exposure to meet all financial goals.  
Books
Kamya Jaiswal
Discovering the hot stocks of tomorrow isn’t only for investment gurus and fund managers. In this book on investing in growth stocks, Michael Moe explains how ordinary investors can do it too, says Kamya Jaiswal.
Query Corner
There are several factors that should be taken into account before you take a decision. The most important is your ability and inclination to take risk.
Editors Note
Rohit Saran
In recent years the world of investing has changed dramatically with a profusion of choices. This is ideal time for books on investing— books that are clear, comprehensive and appetising for the lay reader.
Talk Back
There are not enough budget hotels in the country. But with Indians becoming more mobile, many companies are waking up to this business opportunity.
Upfront
Conventional wisdom says that if you want to profit from the stock market, you need to buy low and sell high. And conventional wisdom is bang on.
Now and Then
This is one trend which has already shown signs of reversing. Competition from low-cost airlines has forced the railways to reduce AC I, II and III-class fares for three consecutive years.
My Idea
Rajshree Kukreti
Bengaluru-based Umesh Malhotra set up Hippocampus to lure children away from TV and computer games to a world of books and outdoors.
Financial Rights
Priya Kapoor finds how Jitendra Nair forced a credit card company to reverse his dues.

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