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Month: January 2012

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The School Of Hard Knocks

I write at Yahoo: The School Of Hard Knocks Many of us desire to make money from the stock markets, because it doesn’t seem to take a lot of skill. After ...

Off-Topic: Hurry, Cleartrip?

There’s been some brouhaha about a new feature at Cleartrip which tells you how many seats are left (at the mentioned price) when you search for tickets. A ...

SEBI Pushes PMS Minimum To 25 Lakh

The Securities and Exchange Board of India, the market regulator, has upped the minimum investment in Portfolio Management Services (PMS) to Rs. 25 lakh. The ...

Chart Of The Day: Bank FD Rates From 1976

The RBI has provided rates that banks used to give for one year deposits, all the way back to 1976. Here’s a plot of the “high” rates today (9.25 to ...

HUDCO and IRFC Bonds With Tax Free 8%+ Interest

When you invest in a fixed deposit, the interest you receive is taxed as income. At the highest tax bracket, you pay 30% on that interest. That means a bank FD ...

The Irrelevance Of The Sensex

At Yahoo, I write on the Irrelevance Of The Sensex: In a recent trader meet, a speaker asked on stage where the market closed last. Answers were ...

RBI Cuts CRR by 0.5%

The Reserve Bank of India has cut the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) for banks, as a percentage of deposits, to 5.5% from the earlier 6%. This is, they say, to ...

RBI Policy: Inflation High, CRR Cut Unlikely

Two things are expected of the RBI today, in their monetary policy statement. One, that it will not raise interest rates – a stance taken already in end ...

The 9% Move This Month, In Context

The week ended Jan 20th has seen the market up more than 9% for the month, in a recovery that is as stunning as it was unexpected. With 2011 going down more ...

New SEBI Listing Norms To Curb IPO Abuse

IPOs have gone down massively in the recent past (see IPOs largely suck in 2010-11) and a large number of them have gone down over 80% from listing prices. ...