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The title seemed so out of sync with MoneyLIFE’s contents. And then, on page 314, the link was suddenly brought home: “In economic terms, India is now the world centre for cricket”. It seems India now provides 60% of the world’s cricket income of multi-million dollars and that, for being the...

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A s a boy, Stuart Kelly loved books so much that he was willing to work on weekends to pay for them. He would starve himself so he could give his lunch money to the cause. There was just one problem. He found: “From Shakespeare to Sylvia Plath,great writers had written works which I could not...

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Each time the market swoons, the media blames it on them and the regulator wants to “legalise” them. What are hedge funds and how do they function? There is a sense of shock and awe in India about hedge funds. What is it that gives these funds such an aura? Just as the seemingly omnipotent...

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American Girl started as a direct-mail operation in Middleton, Wisconsin in 1986 and now sells more dolls than everyone else except Barbie. It does not merely sell handsome 18-inch high dolls. It offers the “whole world” as the corporation’s literature puts it, of each of its eight fictional...

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Some technical analysts rely on an arcane 13th century arithmetic series, called the Fibonacci sequence. A recent study says that it is false belief Many traders believe that clues to where the market is headed lie in the work of Leonardo of Pisa, a mathematician who lived in the 12th and 13th...

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A skill much in demand and plenty of training courses available, says Gaver Chatterjee Walk into a beauty parlour today and chances are that 50% or more of the clients are involved in getting their hair dressed. One couldn’t have dreamt of it in India a decade ago; even hair bleaching was not...

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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 you haven’t guessed, is Mars. The writer is Oliver Morton, and if you haven’t...

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Eveready Industries sells batteries and tea. That is ironic because the company looks drained out When companies restructure, they make news. The usually uncritical business media lap up the restructuring story and peddle it to the public. Often, the restructuring story and all the subsequent...

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You can be creative interpersonally, externally and as as a manager Creativity begins in childhood and we continue to use it in our personal and professional lives as adults. Creativity comprises inventiveness and resourcefulness, which varies with different individuals and changes at different...

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In the race to innovate, India’s reputation for hospitality may give us a head start, says Shreedhar Kanetkar David Craig from Tucson, Arizona, is 23 years old. Until recently, when he accepted an offer from Infosys Technologies to spend six months’ training at its Mysore campus, he had never...

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Our Model throws up 6 excellent stocks that will let you sleep peacefully and beat the market. Analysis by ML Research Desk Smart investors look to pick up stocks that look "cheap." With the Indian equity market at lofty levels, are there any bargains left in the market? One way to find out...

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A warranty for your property is an obvious idea. Why are more builders not offering it? Ask your builder but before your do,here is what you should know Whether we are buying a toaster, a washing machine or a refrigerator, we get warranties and extended warranties. Even the smallest items of...

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Teams that work out of fear become submissive and dependent I write this article on October 2, so I can not resist the temptation. If “Munnabhai” could leverage the Mahatma’s principles, then we could certainly use a bit of ahimsa, satyagraha, harmony and peace for conflict resolution at the...

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From an investment perspective, insurance is inefficient due to its very high selling costs. But even in an era of transparency, insurance companies hide this fact from the customers Life insurance has been sold either on the fear factor or on tax breaks. Mutual funds have been sold as...

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ML Research Desk 09 November 2006
Mutual funds can be injurious to your wealth in many ways. The first, major independent analysis of the fund industry, by ML Research Desk, underlines this Mutual funds are a great product. They help you to channel your money into the stockmarket in a painless, and hopefully professional...

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There is no consensus on where home loan rates are headed The home loans see-saw which has caused considerable consternation in the real estate market is once again in the news and this time the question is “will the rates for home loans dip?” Though rumors have been doing the rounds that...

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Vivek Ranadive has clearly addressed his recent book “The Power to Predict” to chief executives and corporate visionaries. He exhorts the business community, with single-minded passion, to adopt predictive processes to “create opportunities and beat the competition”. In his own words:”To advance...

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HSBC and Lotus have filed for identical offerings Mutual funds have turned into commodities. We have often documented how funds are copying each other’s ideas. Now two fund houses -- HSBC and Lotus -- are launching schemes that are mirror images of one another. The schemes are called HSBC Tax...

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File a complaint; you may turn lucky Behram Aga represents hundreds of thousand investors who trusted companies with their money in the 1990s during the first flush of economic liberalisation and having burnt his fingers, prefers to stay away from the market. He says, “The small investors...

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