Money Today Archive November 13, 2008 Issue
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Edition: November 13, 2008

Cover Story

No one is panicking

Retail investors are still bullish. They want to invest in small- and mid-cap stocks. Most haven’t stopped their SIPs, but a majority have lost money on derivatives. Here are some results from an exclusive survey of 304 investors across five metros.
  • 10 commandments In the current economic environment, you need to make some modifications in your investment and saving strategy. Rakesh Rai lists out the new canons of prudent investing to maximise gains.
  • When in doubt... ...ask the expert. Two financial planners answer readers’ queries about riding the current market volatility.
  • Insuring a safety net The policyholders have nothing to worry. While LIC enjoys sovereign guarantee, the private players are governed by strict regulations, says Narayan Krishnamurthy.
  • Still a lot of sheen left There’s renewed interest in gold and debt products as these are seen as safe vehicles. But some debt options carry an element of risk, says Tanvi Varma.
  • Is it time to buy? Mutual funds are far from dead. With prudent fund selection and a long-term horizon, you can’t lose, says Kamya Jaiswal.
  • Weapons of mass destruction Dabble in the derivatives market without the lifebuoy of knowledge and you could be swept away, says Babar Zaidi.
  • ICICI: Victim of perception Many banks had exposure to Lehman Brothers, so why was ICICI Bank singled out by the rumourmongers? Kamya Jaiswal explains.
  • How safe is your bank? Despite the rumours, Indian banks are unlikely to suffer much in this shakedown, thanks to ruthless regulations, says R. Sree Ram.
  • How to get out of the squeeze The current market crunch has seen you hurtling towards a bottomless financial pit and your wealth has eroded substantially. Find out how you can prevent it from declining further—even make it grow.
Mutual Fund
Shruti Kohli
A good fund manager is critical to assessing the risk-return potential of the fund.
  • Stretching too far Money Today-Plexus Management evaluate UTI Wealth Builder Fund Series II: In these troubled times, it is better for investors to stick to proven fund schemes rather than invest in new ones.
  • 'Do not sell funds now' Do not invest at one go; invest systematically every month. Keep a horizon of two to three years for all equity investments, says Swati Kulkarni.
Tax
Anyone who works with the same company for more than five years is eligible to receive gratuity.
Technology
Harpreet Singh
If you believe technology has made things simpler, you obviously haven’t uploaded a video on the Internet. Here is a glossary to help you understand the different video formats and how you can convert one to the other.
Stocks
Here’s what the value of Rs 10,000 would be on 22 Oct if invested at the beginning of these time periods.
  • 10 blue chips you can now afford There's a saying among savvy investors: Be greedy when others are fearful. Despite the stock market mayhem, this may be right time to buy.
  • The clock is ticking... ... as Dipen Sheth waits for the bad news to spread and weak investors to panic and sell. This is when valuable companies will be available at rock-bottom prices.
Portfolio Doctor
Despite a late start in financial planning, this doctor couple—planning to get married in November this year—can make up through disciplined investment in equities.
Books
Alam Srinivas
Every crash in America has been followed by obits on capitalism and the role that greed played during periods of speculative exuberance. The book brings to life America’s love-hate relationship with the Street’s aristrocrats, and its own economic ideals, says Alam Srinivas.
Insight
A snapshot of the rupee’s performance to help you take decisions on travel and overseas investments.
Editors Note
Alam Srinivas
In the midst of party, everyone forgot that it had to end some day. And that they would have to wake up with a killing hangover.
Talk Back
It was a pleasure reading the article on Pulkit Gaur. We are a Kolkata-based venture capitalist company and would like to fund him.
Upfront
Apart from the M&A activity, which saw the birth of JetLite and Kingfisher Red, many carriers are signing agreements with regional players, like the GoAir-MDLR Airlines pact.
Now and Then
The falling production and rising exports of tea have pushed up the prices in the domestic market.
My Idea
Rajshree Kukreti
Making a success of a unique concept came easy to this Mumbai-based marketing consultant. Bhavna Jasra, 36, helps people freeze their memories by framing sculpted hands and feet.

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