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Food Inflation Rose for the Second Week on the Trot

Hello Friends here we come up with the Latest Agri Commodities updates from various parts of the country.

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Food Inflation Rises for the Second Week

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Food inflation rises for the second week

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Annual food inflation rose for the second week on the trot, affirming RBI’s fears of a spill over into other commodities and services and mounting pressure on the government to take more measures to arrest prices.

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Annual inflation in food articles rose to 17.56 per cent for the week ended January 23 from 17.4 per cent in the previous week, partly due to a poor harvest after the worst monsoon in nearly three decades, according to data released by the commerce ministry on Thursday.

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While prices of wheat, pulses and vegetables have increased, cereals and rice have become cheaper.

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Fuel price inflation, in tandem with global oil prices, increased to 5.88 per cent from 5.7 per cent in the previous week, spurred by a spike in light diesel oil and furnace oil prices.

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The wider inflation, as measured by the wholesale price index (WPI), has already risen to 7.31 per cent for December, forcing RBI to raise its forecast to 8.5 per cent for the fiscal year-end.

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In Other major Commodities Update, there is a news of Centre approving the largest quantity of wheat under its open market sale scheme (OMSS) for bulk buyers to consumers in the North zone and India’s corn exports could drop by 60 %in the year.

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Nod for salve of 4.4 Lt wheat in North:

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The Centre has approved the largest quantity of wheat amounting to 4.43 lakh tonne under its open market sale scheme (OMSS) for bulk buyers to consumers in the North zone.

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Sources said, for bulk consumers in South zone around 2,01,000 tonne of wheat has been approved by the government for sale from Food Corporation of India (FCI) godowns till now.

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While for East zone, largely comprising of states like West Bengal, Orrisa and Bihar, around 63,900 tonne of wheat has been approved.

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Almost 1,07,000 tonne of wheat has been approved for sale in West zone of the country and 9,500 tonne has been approved for North-Eastern states.

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Of the 8.4 lakh tonne of wheat, approved in total, almost 77% amounting to around 6.36 lakh tonne has been lifted by bulk consumers till Wednesday.

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Corn exports likely to decline 60% this year:

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India’s corn exports could drop by 60 % in the year to September due to a poor domestic crop, quality issues, lower global prices and good crop prospects overseas, traders and industry officials said on Thursday.

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Likely exports are between 1.0-1.3 million tonne due to late harvests because of the drought and rising domestic demand, Amit Sachdev, India representative of the US Grains Council said.

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Investment Opportunities for Non Resident Indians (NRIs)

Hello Friends here we bring you guys a write up on “Online Non Resident Indian (NRI) Trading” and info on “SMC’s state-of-the-art Online Trading facility“.

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Investment Opportunities for Non Resident Indians

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With Indian economy, witnessing a phenomenal growth since the last decade and after being touted as a success story even after downturn of last year, more and more of NRI corporates and Investors, beside multinationals, are lining up to enter the Indian share market.

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But it becomes very important for NRIs to select investment avenues with due diligence as situation is turning better but still somewhere delicacy remains.

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The challenge for NRIs here is to recognize best-in-class investment products and facilitators to help their investment needs in India.

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Most of the reputable and registered brokers in India offer Online Trading facility in various financial products for NRIs.

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One of the India’s largest and experienced provider of online trading services,

SMC Group is also now providing an online trading platform for NRI’s (based

all across the globe) in various products for eg; Equities, derivatives, apply

online for IPOs and invest online in Mutual Funds.

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SMC Online, no doubt, is having a range of online investment products.

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With a SMC’s state-of-the-art Online Trading facility, buying and selling of shares is now just a click away.

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With this SMC’s state-of-the-art Online Trading facility platform, NRI’s all over

the world can receive benefits in as below:

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1. Online trading account in NSE & BSE

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2.  Online trading account in Equity, Futures & Options through NRO account

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3.  Online IPO & Mutual Fund Investments facility through NRO account

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4.  Online trading account in DGCX

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5.  Online Back-office support

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6.  Research reports on email

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7.  Investment in Insurance

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Through this SMC’s NRI Online trading platform, non resident Indians living around the world, can enjoy a hassle free investing process in India.

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Moreover, SMC’s state-of-the-art Online Trading facility is fast, safe and secure.

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Whether, one is an experienced securities trader or new to securities trading, he/she will be happy to have a long term investment association with SMC.

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Next Blog we would try to read about the SMC categorized Online trading services on the basis of its customer’s investment needs.

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Stay Tuned for more on this 🙂

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Indian Economy Set to Become World 3rd Largest in PPP Category

Indian Economy Set to Become World 3rd Largest in PPP Category

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According to a latest report by consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), India could move into third place in the individual country GDP ranking in the purchasing power parity (PPP) category ahead of  Japan in 2012.

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This report projections stand against the Goldman Sach’s projection of 2032 in its BRIC’s (Brazil, Russia, India, China) report.

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China, which was projected by BRIC’s report to overtake the US as largest economy by 2041, looks set to achieve this by sometime around 2020, the PwC report said.

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“It seems highly likely that by 2030, China will clearly be the largest economy in the world on this measure (PPP), ending over a century of US economic hegemony,” top official of PwC, said in the report.

It said the credit crisis has accelerated the pace at which the emerging economies will overtake the developed ones.

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The report also projected that India is likely to grow faster than China after 2020.

“This is because of India having a significantly younger and faster growing population than China, and also due to it having more catch-up potential as it started from a lower level of economic development than China,” it said.

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However, the report cautioned that India will only realize this if it continues to pursue growth-friendly economic policies of the last two decades.

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As per the report by 2020, it is projected that seven largest emerging economies, E7 (China, India, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, Indonesia and Turkey) would be overtaking the G7 (US, Japan, Germany, UK, France, Italy and Canada) economies.

This will lead to a tectonic shift in the global economic power.

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Weekly Update of The Market (1st – 5th February) Part 1

Hello Friends, here, we bring you the weekly overview of the Indian as well as of the Global economy and along with the latest global business and industry updates.

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Weekly Update of The Market (1st - 5th February) Part 1

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A bout of volatility was witnessed in the domestic market throughout the week due to

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1.  F&O expiry,

2.  unfavorable global cues because of gloomy earnings forecast,

3.  anxiety about China‘s monetary tightening,

4.  the deteriorating finances of countries ranging from Greece to Japan and

5.  India’s central bank‘s decision to raise the CRR to 5.75.

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But on later days of the week, US Federal Reserve’s decision to keep interest rates unchanged boosted sentiments of global markets.

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Closer home, investors also heaved a sigh of relief as the central bank kept key interest rates unchanged at the quarterly policy review indicating that it would maintain a balance between price stability and growth and raised its GDP growth projection for the current fiscal to 7.5 %.

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The RBI at its quarterly monetary policy review raised CRR by 75 basis points to suck out excess liquidity from the banking system to the tune of Rs 36000 crore.

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On the flip side, the challenges that RBI foresees for the economy is fiscal consolidation.

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The central bank lifted its wholesale price index inflation forecast for the end of the fiscal year in March 2010 to 8.5% from its earlier forecast of 6.5%.

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RBI also said it expected inflation to moderate starting in July 2010, assuming a normal monsoon and global oil prices holding at current levels.

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Moreover, US Federal Reserve too maintained interest rates at near zero levels and vowed to do so for an extended period of time.

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Additionally, it also signaled its intention of unwinding the massive monetary stimulus that it had undertaken during the peak of the crisis.

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Lets Know About Economic Indicators :)

Hello Friends here we come up with our another write up on “SMC Gyan Series”.

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Lets Know About Economic Indicators

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Topic is “Economic Indicators”.

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Economic indicators are important as they provide an accurate account of nation‘s economy at various points of time.

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There are various types of economic indicators that deal with different periods of time and there are others that deal with separate administrative divisions like states for example.

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They are important in context of analyzing nation’s economy.

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In this Blog, we would know what are major economic indicators ?

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Major Economic Indicators :

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1. Industrial Production:

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Measures the change in the production of the nation’s factories, mines and utilities, industrial production.

Also measures the country’s industrial capacity utilization.

2. Gross Domestic Product (GDP):

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Indicates the pace at which a country’s economy is growing or shrinking.

3. Purchasing Managers Index (PMI):

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This index includes data on new orders, production, supplier delivery times, backlogs, inventories, prices, employment, export and import orders.

4. Producer Price Index (PPI):

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Measures average changes in selling prices received by domestic producers in the manufacturing, mining, agriculture, and electric utility industries.

The PPIs most often used for economic analysis are those for finished goods, intermediate goods, and crude goods.

5. Consumer Price Index (CPI):

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Measures the average price level paid by urban consumers (80% of the population in major currency countries) for a fixed basket of goods and services.

6. Durable Goods:

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Measures new orders placed with domestic manufacturers for immediate and future delivery of factory hard goods.

This figure is a useful measure of certain kinds of customer demand.

7. Employment Cost Index (ECI):

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ECI counts the number of paid employees working part-time or full-time in the nation’s business and government establishments.

8.Retail Sales:

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It is the indicator of broad consumer spending patterns and is adjusted for normal seasonal variation, holidays, and trading-day differences.

9. Housing Starts :

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Measures the number of residential units on which construction is begun each month.

Thus to conclude Economic indicators is a tool for an investor for knowing the economic world.

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It also simultaneously a tool to smartly make money out of the sensitive movements of the financial & commodities market.

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Morning News Capsules – 29th Jan 2010

Hello Friends, here, we bring you the latest updates from the Indian market and Industry.

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Latest updates from the Indian market and Industry

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NEWS CAPSULES

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India’s food price index rose 17.40 percent in the 12 months to Jan. 16, rising for the first time after falling for three consecutive weeks, while the fuel index was up 5.70 percent.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), the country’s largest power equipment manufacturer, signed a joint venture (JV) deal with Madhya Pradesh Power Generation Company Ltd (MPPGCL) for setting up a 1,600-Mw supercritical thermal power plant in Khandwa district.

• State-run Hindustan Petroleum Corp plans to invest Rs 25,000 crore to set up a refinery with an annual capacity of 15 million tonnes a year on the west coast.

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The new refinery may be located anywhere between Mumbai and Goa on the western coast and is being mulled to make up for the space constraint the Mumbai refinery faces.

HCL Technologies said it has received a contract worth around Rs 231 crore from UK-based defence equipment maker Meggitt for providing engineering services.

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Meggitt signs $50 million (around Rs 231 crore) global engineering transformation services agreement with the company’s engineering and R&D services (HCL ERS) division.

Tata Steel said its net profit on a standalone basis for the quarter ended December 31 more than doubled to Rs 1,190 crore against Rs 466 crore a year ago.

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The company’s profit grew on the back of higher demand for steel from automakers and builders.

Sales for the company grew by 33 per cent to Rs 6,307 crore in the period.

Jindal Steel & Power (JSPL) said its consolidated net profit declined by 3.20 per cent to Rs 874.35 crore for the third quarter ended December 31, compared to the same period corresponding fiscal.

Cipla has posted a 29 per cent increase in net profit at Rs 289 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2009.

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The company had registered a profit of Rs 223 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous financial year.

Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) today reported a fall of 52.6 per cent in net profit at Rs 379.09 crore for the third quarter of 2009-10.

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It had a net profit of Rs 799.84 crore in the year-ago period.

Cairn India today reported a 23 per cent rise in net profit to Rs 291 crore in the third quarter.

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The company had a net profit of Rs 290.96 crore in October-December compared with Rs 236.42 crore in the corresponding period previous fiscal.

• An increase in total expenditure, coupled with a heavy deferred tax burden, pulled down the consolidated net profit of Tata Tea Ltd by 77 per cent to Rs 92.23 crore in the quarter ended December 31, 2009.

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The company had clocked a profit of Rs 396.12 crore in the corresponding period in the previous financial year.

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Now, Trading in Derivatives Contracts in 3 More Currency Pairs :)

Trading in Derivatives Contracts in 3 More Currency Pairs

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Spirits of indian investors and institutions dealing in foreign currencies were boosted by the latest news of regulators allowing Indian bourses to start trading in derivatives contracts in three more currency pairs.

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Rupee-Euro, Rupee-Japanese Yen (JPY) and Rupee-British Pound (GBP).

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Currently, only trading in futures contracts in Rupee-US Dollar is allowed on the bourses, which began on the NSE on August 29, 2008, followed by MCX-SX.

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Permission from the banking regulator Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) came within a month of the combined turnover of the two forex derivative boursesNSE’s foreign forex trading segment and MCX Stock Exchange (MCX-SX)— crossing the combined turnover of the cash market of NSE and BSE.

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Last fortnight, the forex derivatives markets recorded a turnover of nearly Rs 34,500 crore, compared to about Rs 23,200 crore on the two bourses’ cash segments.

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Although BSE offers forex derivatives trading, the segment is yet to take off.

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Following the global trend, where forex trading volumes dwarf volumes in both equities and commodities, the forex derivatives segment in India took just a year and a half since their launch to surpass the turnover in the cash segment of the bourses.

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However, spokespersons from both NSE and MCX-SX said that these bourses will start trading in these three new pairs very soon.

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Indian Private Equity Industry to Hit By US Banks Curbs : Experts

Indian Private Equity Industry to Hit By US Banks Curbs

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In case, US President Barack Obama‘s proposal to curb the role of commercial banks in hedge and PE funds is implemented, then fund-raising could indeed become a very tough task for Indian private equity players.

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But at the same time, the move could help Indian funds take part in more deals, market players insist.

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Obama has proposed to bar commercial banks from owning, advising and investing their own capital in PE and hedge funds.

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Though most investors in Indian PE funds are university funds, endowment funds, pension funds, insurance funds and institutional investors,  the industry expects the move to impact fund-raising in the long term and in big way, as banks will be barred from taking part in these funds.

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A large number of venture capital and PE funds of US-based commercial banks had reduced their exposure to India during the economic slowdown.

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Though few big ones like Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch etc; stayed back in the market.

Indian PE players hope to get more deals if these players vacate the market.

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Market experts do not see any significant impact in the coming few months, but cannot deny that a slowdown in USA market will surely impact the Indian private equity industry.

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They feel that any curbs on banks would make fund-raising a very difficult task since banks were the biggest contributors of funds.

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Industry players say the focus will shift from funds of banks to fund of funds, pension funds, and university and endowment funds.

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“It will be difficult to put a number as these transactions are structured in a complex manner.

But I believe a significant proportion of investments in India-based PE funds come from balance sheets of these banks.

These firms will be affected and will have to look for new sources of money,” said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, equity head at SMC Capitals.

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Wise Money Weekly Update of The Market (Week: 25th – 29th January)

Hello Friends, here, we bring you the weekly view of the Indian as well as of the Global markets and latest global business and industry updates..

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Wise Money Weekly Update of The Market (Week: 25th - 29th January)

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A sell-off in global stocks, disappointment from key corporate earnings like L&T, possibilities of further monetary tightening by China and US president‘s proposal to put new restrictions on big banks weighed heavily on the domestic markets.

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In the forthcoming week, domestic markets are expected to remain volatile as traders roll positions in the derivative segment from January 2010 series to February 2010 series.

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Markets will also take cue from monetary policy which is scheduled to come out on January 29.

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Though tightening is largely expected by way of Cash Reserve Ratio hike as RBI has already started the first phase of ‘exit’ in its October 2009 policy statement but there is a belief if the RBI sucks out some liquidity, it may not raise interest rates, since liquidity is excess in the system.

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The Indian food price inflation is largely due to supply constraints.

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But going ahead anticipation of decline in food price inflation & lower borrowing from government in future because of huge money raising plans through disinvestment are some of the factors that are likely to determine RBI stance on increasing policy rates.

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The widely watched wholesale price index rose an annual 7.3% in December 2009, its highest since November 2008 and accelerating from a 4.8 % rise in November 2009.

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Food prices rose 16.81 % in the 12 months to 9 January 2010, easing from nearly 20 % in early December.

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On the Global economic front, GDP of China returned to double-digit growth in the fourth quarter of 2009 at 10.7 percent, and over the full year GDP surpassed the government’s target of eight percent.

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Back at home, domestic economy, which grew at 7.9% in the September quarter, is expected to grow 6-6.5% in the December quarter.

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The World Bank has raised its forecast at 2.7% for global growth in 2010.

Moreover it has raised its forecast for US growth in 2010 to 2.5% growth, after predicting 1.8% in June.

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Japan’s gross domestic product will expand 1.3% this year, more than the 1% predicted in June.

The euro area’s economy is forecasted to grow 1%, compared with the earlier estimate of 0.5% expansion.

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Hello Friends, here, we bring you the weekly view of the Indian as well as of the Global markets and latest global business and industry updates.

Mutual Funds : Marginalise Your Investment Risk

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Mutual Funds : Marginalise Your Investment Risk

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Topic is “Mutual Funds : Marginalise Your Investment Risk
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Mutual funds are the best investment tool for the retail investor as it offers the twin benefits of good returns and safety as compared with other avenues such as bank deposits or stock investing.

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Choose the wrong fund and you would have been better off keeping money in a bank fixed deposit.

Keep in mind the points listed below and you could at least marginalize your investment risk:

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1) Past performance –

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While past performance is not an indicator of the future it does throw some light on the investment philosophies of the fund, how it has performed in the past and the kind of returns it is offering to the investor over a period of time.

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Also check out the two-year and one-year returns for consistency.

How did these funds perform in the bull and bear markets of the immediate past?

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Tracking the performance in the bear market is particularly important because the true test of a portfolio is often revealed in how little it falls in a bad market.

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2) Know your fund manager

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The success of a fund to a great extent depends on the fund manager.

The same fund managers manage most successful funds.

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Ask before investing, has the fund manager or strategy changed recently?

For instance, the portfolio manager who generated the fund’s successful performance may no longer be managing the fund.

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3) Does it suit your risk profile?

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Certain sector-specific schemes come with a high-risk  high-return tag.

Such plans are suspect to crashes in case the industry loses the market men fancy.

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If the investor is totally risk averse he can opt for pure debt schemes with little or no risk.

Most prefer the balanced schemes which invest in the equity and debt markets.

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Growth and pure equity plans give greater returns than pure debt plans but their risk is higher.

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4) Read the prospectus

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The prospectus says a lot about the fund.

A reading of the fund’s prospectus is a must to learn about its investment strategy and the risk that it will expose you to.

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Funds with higher rates of return may take risks that are beyond your comfort level and are inconsistent with your financial goals.

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But remember that all funds carry some level of risk.

Just because a fund invests in does not mean it does not have significant risk.

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Thinking about your long-term investment strategies and tolerance for risk can help you decide what type of fund is best suited for you.

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5) How will the fund affect the diversification of your portfolio?

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When choosing a mutual fund, you should consider how your interest in that fund affects the overall diversification of your investment portfolio.

Maintaining a diversified and balanced portfolio is key to maintaining an acceptable level of risk.

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6) What it costs you?

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A fund with high costs must perform better than a low-cost fund to generate the same returns for you.

Even small differences in fees can translate into large differences in returns over time.

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Finally, don’t pick a fund simply because it has shown a spurt in value in the current rally.

Ferret out information of a fund for at least three years.

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The one thing to remember while investing in equity funds is that it makes no sense to get in and out of a fund with each turn of the market.

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Like stocks, the right equity mutual fund will pay off big — if you have the patience.

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Similarly, it makes little sense to hold on to a fund that lags behind the total market year after year.

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