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Puja Mehra
June 17, 2009
At the close of the UPA’s last term in April, BT rated its top economic ministers. Our conclusion: the good, the not-so-good and the bad individual performances collectively drew a zero. Still, voters handed it another—stronger—mandate. Here’s where the new ministers stand for earning a 10 for UPA’s second tenure.


Shalini S. Dagar
May 28, 2009
India’s biggest conglomerates feel the pain after an adventurous bout of mergers & acquisitions in the boom times.


www.businesstoday.in
May 19, 2009
There are companies in many sectors that are bucking the overall hiring trend. These are financially-strong companies that want to be more competitive in the market. Upping the hiring momentum, these companies discover a slowdown is a good time to cherry-pick talent. Saumya Bhattacharya, E. Kumar Sharma & N. Madhavan report.


www.businesstoday.in
April 30, 2009
Some 16 months ago, Anthony Bolton, the 55-year-old MD (Investments) of Fidelity International, passed on the baton to a younger breed of fund managers at Fidelity Special Situations Fund, a value-focussed, often contrarian equity portfolio, in the UK.


Anand Adhikari
April 30, 2009
Slowdown is a time to refrain from the adventurous and return to the safe, tried and tested. Here’s a walk through what’s once again in flavour and what’s gone out the window.


www.businesstoday.in
April 2, 2009
Lean manufacturing, just-in-time or toyota Production System (TPS) are hallmark management philosophies that have dominated production practices since the 1950s.


Suman Layak
March 19, 2009
The swiftness and the savagery of the global downturn have caught business by surprise—the bigger the corporation, the bigger is the surprise. But few analysts expected Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Group to be hit. After seven years of a heady upcycle, Reliance Industries finds itself hemmed in a downturn that’s perhaps the worst ever since it went public 31 years ago. Suman Layak reports.


Anand Adhikari
March 19, 2009
In the boom times, promoters had to just say a price, merchant bankers nodded, and investors blindly lapped up those initial public offerings. Today, however, much of those thousands of crores is either still lying unused or being deployed in areas not indicated in the issue prospectus.


Rachna M. Koppikar
February 19, 2009
As equity remains in the dumps and debt an expensive proposition, private equity finds its place in the sun. But in today’s sombre times, the rules of the game are different, and decidedly in favour of investors.


www.businesstoday.in
February 5, 2009
In every game there are dark horses and the stock market is no exception. In the 2004-07 bull run, it was the mid-cap and small-cap stocks which outperformed the broad market.


Suman Layak
February 5, 2009
The sharp drop in crude prices comes as a boon to some sectors, and a curse to others. The big question, though, is: How long will this softness last?


www.businesstoday.in
February 5, 2009
BT speaks to 11 of the brightest minds on Dalal Street and gets them to identify their favourite long-term value picks in 2009. These stocks are only for long-term investors.


Clifford Alvares
February 5, 2009
The third quarter results confirmed the worst fears that the slowdown has hit companies hard. And the next quarter is likely to be worse.


www.businesstoday.in
January 22, 2009
China’s runaway growth is losing steam. Business Today excerpts a recent review of the Chinese economy published in NCAER’s monthly newsletter Macrotrack to highlight how bad the slowdown really is and how it impacts India.


Rahul Sachitanand
January 8, 2009
United Technologies (UTC), the $54.8-billion (Rs 2,74,000-crore) diversified industrial conglomerate, and its 51-year-old President & CEO Louis R. Chenevert, are no strangers to India.


www.businesstoday.in
December 25, 2008
BT asks the who’s who of India’s corporate world—as well as some professionals and leaders from other fields for good measure—to jog their memory and recall the best advice they ever got. What the advice was, who gave it to them and when, and how it helped them.


Shalini S. Dagar
December 25, 2008
Oil prices fell as sharply as they had risen in ’08, making it the best news of the year-end. But supply and cost considerations point to an upturn in 2009.


www.businesstoday.in
December 11, 2008
The fortnight’s burning question. Do you think the cut in petroleum prices is a wise decision and can be sustained?


www.businesstoday.in
November 27, 2008
Can the ‘King of Good Times’ survive the turbulence in the current aviation downturn? In an exclusive interview that started well past midnight and continued for over two hours at his residence on Delhi’s tony Sardar Patel Marg, Mallya shed light on what has been dragging Kingfisher down and how he will get the airline flying high again.


K. R. Balasubramanyam and Kushan Mitra
November 27, 2008
Vijay Mallya’s aviation business has landed in a sea of red. Mallya has a survival plan, but he may need to look at drastic options to stay afloat. K. R. Balasubramanyam and Kushan Mitra go into the details.


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