Money Today Archive October 2010 Issue
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Edition: October 2010

Cover Story

Rakesh Rai

Time to shop smart

It's the season to drive a hard bargain in the residential real estate sector as desperate builders offer discounts and freebies to clear their inventories.
  • 'Coming months look bright' The next few months will provide a lot of opportunities for consumers to bargain as real estate firms try to clear their inventories that have built up in the past six to eight months.
  • Poised to zoom Though real estate is showing signs of revival, it will translate into higher stock prices only when there is a pick-up in the commercial space.
  • Gain from realty stocks Investing in real estate stocks, as opposed to a direct exposure to realty, is not only a sound strategy but will yield rich rewards in the coming years.
  • Flexi bargains Customised home options, with desired floor plans, layouts and fixtures, are the new lures being used by developers to bring in customers.
  • Locked treasure Senior citizens can use their homes as retirement plans through the reverse mortgage scheme. It helps generate an income without having to part with the house.
  • Should you prepay? Prepay a home loan if you have surplus cash, but this is not the only factor that you should consider.
Tax
Arvind P. Datar
Arvind P Datar
Instead of replicating the old Act, we should focus on executing the existing laws.
Technology
Harpreet Singh
You can use technology not just to enhance comfort and convenience, but in these inflationary times, to save money as well.
Stocks
R. Sree Ram
Sharmila Joshi, Emkay Global Financial Services
Sharmila Joshi, Co-head, Private Client Group, Emkay Global Financial Services, spoke to R. Sree Ram about the right strategy to adopt in the current market scenario.
  • Picking tomorrow's winners today In the second part of the series on celebrity investors' strategies, Sameer Bhardwaj tests Joseph Piotroski's method of picking unpopular stocks that have a high growth potential.
  • Bet on Change While both forward and futures derivative contracts help reduce losses, the latter is preferable as it offers lower risk and is more liquid.
Expert View
Devashish Chakravarty
Performance doesn't always equate to good appraisal. It's a year-long process requiring focus on communication and attitude too, says Devashish Chakravarty.
  • 'Coming months look bright' The next few months will provide a lot of opportunities for consumers to bargain as real estate firms try to clear their inventories that have built up in the past six to eight months.
  • Should you prepay? Prepay a home loan if you have surplus cash, but this is not the only factor that you should consider.
Banking
Tanvi Varma/Money Today
The banking sector is on a dream run, outperforming its peers over the past three years. Tanvi Varma finds out whether the upswing will continue.
Financial Planning
Anusha Subramanian and Rajiv Bhuva
Venture capital is not the only option if you are seeking funds for the early stages of your start-up. Try a simpler route-seed funding.
Books
Riju Dave Mehta

Celeb American investor Jim Rogers sweeps up his financial savvy, peppers it with pragmatic posits on life and packages it as an overtly impassioned legacy for his two daughters in A Gift to My Children: A Father's Lessons for Life and Investing.

  • Course Correction The handy guide provides tips on how to ensure smooth career transitions by realigning your working style.
Query Corner
My company deducted more tax than was due because I failed to submit proof of tax savings...Can I file a delayed return to get my refund?
Editors Note
Rakesh Rai
Today, realty companies and builders are saddled with inventories of unsold flats that have piled up in the past year or so. Their desperation to clear inventories offers home buyers the perfect opportunity to hone their negotiating skills and hunt for bargains.
Smart Spending
Namrata Dadwal
Namrata Dadwal reviews new products and services to help you zero in on those that offer value for money.
  • The best car your money can buy In the last part of the series, we rate all the cars in the Rs 6-18 lakh category to help you choose the one that suits your needs.

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