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ML Research Desk 07 December 2006
Of the 15 mid-cap funds with a one-year record, only 7 have beaten their benchmarks. Analysis by ML Research Desk MoneyLIFE has been extensively tracking the performance of the fund industry since its launch and has proved, through its research, that more than half the funds fail to beat...

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If and when asset management companies are listed, sell all your funds and buy the stocks of AMCs! Here is why This magazine has repeatedly proven that a large number of funds underperform their respective benchmarks. Intensive fund tracking in the US spread over the last 40 years reveals...

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If and when asset management companies are listed, sell all your funds and buy the stocks of AMCs! Here is why This magazine has repeatedly proven that a large number of funds underperform their respective benchmarks. Intensive fund tracking in the US spread over the last 40 years reveals that...

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Most commodities and stock exchanges have come up in the last 130 years or so and because the old ways of doing business were too risky, they led to frequent bankruptcies and market-cornering. Coffee, one of the largest traded commodities in the world, is a good example. The first coffee...

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“I believe that there is a  promising future for scooters that are insight- fully positioned, since such scooters will offer customers several meaningful benefits that motorcycles cannot” - Rajiv Bajaj, MD, Bajaj Auto in Business Line “We hope to buy a stake in this  company (Toorak...

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NASA has set up Red Planet Capital Inc. a venture capital company. What can we learn from it? “Its gravity is weak, its atmosphere thin, its surface sealess, its soil poisonous, its sunlight deadly in its levels of ultraviolet, its climate beyond frigid. It would kill you in an instant.” It, if...

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Only ant-like perseverance can transform the backward and beautiful North East, says Sucheta Dalal. Here is the story of one such effort It requires great courage and tremendous determination to work in the beautiful but violence- ridden backward terrain of India’s north-eastern states. In...

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Is business protocol outdated or out of fashion - in this age of the ‘informal’? Not quite One of India’s largest textile mills was on an expansion spree.  Worldwide demand was increasing rapidly. There was need to set up at least two more plants -- one in India; and two others at overseas...

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A slew of new funds is offering combined flavours. Some will work. As usual, you can never know in advance which one Pru ICICI’s new fund, Equity and Derivative Fund, has two flavours. One is designed to appeal to the conservative investors and the other is more geared to take advantage of...

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It is a real challenge for extremely busy folks to join a fitness programme. Motivators have to resort to all sorts of stratagems to get them to find time. One involves making use of the bed itself as the fitness gym. The logic: even busy people have to lie down, some place, to sleep. So why not...

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Dividends and interest remain unclaimed because of callousness of companies. For solutions, write to us When investors fail to receive or encash interest or dividend cheques mailed to them by companies or mutual funds, the money stays in a separate account gathering interest for the company....

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It is a debt fund that is benchmarked against Nifty. It is called Index Enhancer but it will not buy index stocks. With at least 55% invested in debt, it warns you that it will be a high-risk fund. How much stranger can mutual funds get? Among the long list of mutual funds that are...

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An “I am right” attitude imposes a barrier on assimilation of wisdom from others and the environment The dictionary meaning of ego is “I; self of any person; self esteem”. However, “egoistic”, means conceit and an exaggerated sense of self! On a day-to-day basis, we come across various forms of...

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It is not easy to create proof of identity and address that are acceptable to banks, brokers, SEBI and other regulators quickly. For the common person, the most dreaded thing today is Know Your Customers or KYC. For every kind of financial transaction, whether mutual funds or stock trading or...

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Some Suggestions for SEBI I am listing down some suggestions for SEBI to implement which would benefit mutual fund investors. 1. Format of data sheets, application forms and other forms of all mutual funds should be identical to enable easy comparison and filling. Usually, clients want us to...

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The growth of Divi’s shows no signs of slowing down Differences between drug companies are very significant. Some of them are focused on contract research. Others are focused on domestic formulation. Some others are focused on the off-patent opportunity. To know about the risks and...

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Another new fund flavour. Will it work? It is the business of asset management companies to gather assets because they make money on the money they manage. To claw assets out of investors, AMCs come out with products of different flavours - balanced funds, contra funds, flexi-cap, MIPs, rural...

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Marico has an interesting portfolio of products built slowly over a long period Between 1996 and 2002, consumer products companies suffered badly due to poor off take. From 2003, they have enjoyed tremendous volume growth as overall economic growth and consumption picked up. In this boom, it is...

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Three new arbitrage funds have been filed. Do they make much sense? Three fund houses have filed for launching arbitrage funds: Canbank, Tata and Standard Chartered. Some time ago, SBI came out with its Arbitrage Opportunities Fund and, before that, UTI launched its Spread Fund. Do arbitrage...

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ML Research Desk 23 November 2006
Sector funds focus their attention on the stocks of just one sector. Buying them is a bad idea, as we had pointed out earlier. But if you must buy one, which one should you go for? ML Research Desk offers the options The theoretical case for sector funds is very strong because it can be based...

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