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AIA is expensively valued and justifiably so AIA Engineering Ltd, an Ahmedabad-based company, is a niche player in the value-added high chrome metallurgy segment catering to cement, mining and thermal power industries. All these sectors are doing extremely well and AIA has been riding that...

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ML Research Desk 23 November 2006
These companies have been doing very well for the last five years but are not on the market's radar yet. Are they worth buying?Analysis by ML Research Desk Most investors, including fund managers, react to market conditions like lemmings, stampeding into stocks when the market is rising...

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Gary Smith, a professor at Pomona College in California does very interesting studies on stock markets. One of his creations is a FUN Index of catchy stock symbols, tagged to American stocks. He asked his finance students to pick their favourite stock symbols among the 33,000 ticker symbols that...

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How is wine as an investment? “First Growth Bordeaux of 1990 vintage has beaten the S&P 500 hands down over the last 15 years.” Internationally, arguments like these float around in favour of wine as an investment. With the help of selective facts you can argue that fine wine is a better...

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Earnings growth overshadows inflation fears What a difference five months can make. Inflation is back in the news but, unlike in May when investors panicked globally and sold off risky assets as if there is no tomorrow, this time, the market has shrugged off the trend and has focused on the...

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Positive thoughts and nutrients nourish and nurture Joan Collins, the great Hollywood Diva says she doesn’t give her own age (73 years) much thought. But she does get startled whenever she sees it mentioned in print: “Wait a minute,” she says to herself. “That can’t be right. It’s...

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Given the tremendous dearth of people, employers cannot sneer at distance learning anymore, finds out Chikita Kukreja Some 30 years ago, the government was promoting distance learning. It remained a part of government schemes and did little to advance the logic of alternative means of...

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Fidelity Mutual Fund advertises the fact that it has a very cerebral research-based approach. Its advertisements advise you to stay invested through ups and downs and not time the market. But what is the origin of Fidelity and how straight-laced was it in the initial years? Fidelity’s website...

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“The total addressable market in India has overtaken Australia and South Korea. Apart from Japan and China, it is the fastest growing market in the Asia-Pacific” - Raghu S, National Manager-programmes, Acer in Financial Express “Our global franchise has been seeing a huge amount of investor...

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Ahmedabad is yet to take off in as big a way as Pune or Hyderabad. That’s the opportunity, says Gaver Chatterjee Ask any expert on the five hot cities for investment in the realty sector and Ahmedabad may not quite figure in the list. But no expert will deny that the city holds potential for...

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Meet Shraddha, an NGO that fights autism with creativity and love to empower a set of differently-abled adults says Sucheta Dalal If you have noticed some beautifully finished silk bags with bangles or gajras for handles, stunningly crafted gift boxes, decorative candles or festive leaf pressed...

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Fix what is possible, argues Sucheta Dalal Jeremy Seabrook, a renowned dramatist and author, writing in the Financial Express (Embalming the Fractured Society) says that a recent survey by Agewell Research and Advocacy Centre in New Delhi found that about “one-third of elderly people face...

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Ahmedabad is yet to take off in as big a way as Pune or Hyderabad. That’s the opportunity, says Gaver Chatterjee Ask any expert on the five hot cities for investment in the realty sector and Ahmedabad may not quite figure in the list. But no expert will deny that the city holds potential for...

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It will test your patience. It may even turn you into a wreck, says Girish Borkar The Finance Ministry has made e-filing of returns mandatory for most companies other than those claiming exemption under Section 11. In order to comply with the e-filing provisions, I downloaded three separate...

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Hexaware is another stock that has shown strong recent price strength but is probably running ahead of itself Hexaware is a provider of IT and business process outsourcing services with specialisation in enterprise solutions, application management, e-commerce, and embedded systems, born out of...

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Five years after iPod revolutionised the music distribution business, a fresh set of changes is about to happen Five years ago, the music industry was revolutionised by the mind-boggling popularity of Apple’s iPod. Is the competition now catching up with the iconoclastic company? Will some...

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Foreign firms eye Indian broking business The direct business beneficiaries of the scorching rise in stock prices are brokerage firms. From small fragmented regional ones to large organised corporate entities, most stock brokers are minting money. In fact, the scope and scale of the business...

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Credit card companies have a funny system of overcharging the customers in foreign currency transactions. You catch them and they promptly reverse it. If you don’t, they make crores through this malpractice Last time, I wrote how it is prudent to keep checking your credit card account to...

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Sensex is up 51% since June 14. Among the 49 sectors we track, steel, auto and printing & publishing were the worst performers. What are their prospects? From the panic bottom it hit in mid-June, the market has risen by about 50%. The continuous robust growth of the Indian economy, supported...

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Consumers are “protected” while buying matchboxes but not when they buy a property with their life savings When we buy something, we look at the printed price, whether it is a chewing gum or a matchbox or a school textbook. Law demands the printing of maximum retail price (MRP) on every...

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