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Weekly Update of The Market (08th-12th February)

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

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Weekly Update of The Market (08th-12th February)

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After starting the year on a good note & Indices making fresh highs within few weeks many Asian markets have corrected between 7 to 10%.

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The global sell off over sovereign debt problems in Europe and an unexpected rise in jobless claims in US put investors on the defensive mode.

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The anxiety about sovereign debt in Greece, Portugal and Spain sparked a sell-off in the Euro & has led strength to US dollar.

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Foreign investors sell off is an outcome of dollar-carry-trade unwinding as when they borrowed the dollar was cheap & now it is recovering.

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Investors viewed the markets in year 2010 with confidence in view of recovery gaining momentum is now shaken over the debt problems, nascent economic recovery & confidence of the governments that stand behind the euro.

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Efforts of China to curb lending preventing overheating in economy also pose a risk to derail the global recovery.

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Back at home, the effect of turmoil in the international market also made government to think its strategy on ambitious disinvestment programme.

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Lukewarm response to the NTPC, the much awaited issue managed to get subscription of just 1.2 times on its closing day.

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The maximum bid of 20.87 crore shares was put by Indian institution under the first time adopted French Auction route.

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This has challenged the finance Ministry hopes on the proceeds from disinvestments to make up the sliding revenue & rising expenditure.

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While it looks that PSU disinvestment may not yield desired results on market weakness, the 3G auction i.e. expected to garner Rs. 35,000 crore could be postponed to next fiscal year.

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The fate of some of the IPO’s like NMDC, Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd and Rural Electrification Corporation that are on the disinvestment agenda before March 31, looks tough to sail through, if the stock markets do not rise and big investors do not come back.

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On the contrary, Banks like Bank of Baroda & Indian Bank that were expected to raise money overseas have put now their plans on hold.

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The good news from the external sector continued as the data showed a 9.3% annual increase in exports in December to $14.6 billion, a second consecutive month rise.

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While imports increased by 27.2% from a year earlier to $24.75 billion.

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Food inflation remained at high levels & rose to 17.56% in the week ended 23 January 2010 from 17.40% in the previous week on the back of rising pulses & potato prices.

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Markets are likely to take a closer view of the advance estimates on economic growth for the current fiscal ending March 2010 scheduled to be released on Monday.

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In the days to come an activity in the sectors like railways, fertiliser, textiles, pharma, education, power and infrastructure may be seen on expected positive policy announcements and budgetary sops.

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It was clearly mentioned last week that world markets are going in downtrend and one should be careful in such a scenario and that one should be moving in cash.

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Now the markets have taken a very sharp fall last week due to rise in Dollar Index and fall in all asset classes.

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The coming week might see some counter rally from lower levels.

Nifty faces resistance between 4900-5000 levels and Sensex between 16400-17000 levels.

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If we talk about commodity markets then one can see that strengthening dollar and lack of firm global cues had pressurized commodities prices to move southward.

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Investors are selling riskier assets and putting their money in dollar as a safe haven buying.

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Debt concerns facing Greece, Portugal and Spain coupled with dollar index which is trading above the mark of 80 is most likely to compel commodities to trade lower.

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French and euro zone GDP, USD advance retail sales, USD U. of Michigan Confidence will give further direction to commodities.

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Investors should keep an eye on gold – silver ratio.

It was 58:1 few months back, now reached to 67:1 on MCX, heading towards the level of 70:1.

It is demonstrating more selling in silver.

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Stay Tuned for More on weekly updates.

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Moneywise…Be Wise ;)

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Why should I Invest ?

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Where do I Invest ?

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Who would Guide me to take informed decision on my Investments ?

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d) Recipient of ‘Major Volume Driver Award’ from BSE for last three years consecutively.

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Set Up New Financial Plans After A Divorce !!

Set Up A New Financial Plans After A Divorce

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You need to do long term financial planning when you are going through a divorce.

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It’s important that you recover from the split by assessing your situation as singles and setting up new financial plans with a focus on longevity.

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Here are five simple steps for building your financial future after a divorce:

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1. Start with a plan.

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Take a look at your finances before the divorce and then subtract what you’ve lost to give you a good perspective on your fiscal situation.

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Be realistic with yourself and set a budget that you can easily manage with your new single status.

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2. Check your credit.

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Maintaining your credit is an important step in walking away from a divorce financially intact.

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Examine your credit reports and ensure that any name changes or card closures are accurate and taken care of.

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3. Ensure your retirement.

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Confirm that all of your retirement arrangements are intact and that any assets or funds you are entitled to have been taken care of.

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Division of savings and accounts should be paramount in your review.

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4. Obtain the necessary insurance.

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Examine your insurance policies and make sure that you and your property are still covered.

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5. Review your taxes.

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Understanding the tax ramifications of your divorce is a key part of planning for your financial future.

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Confirm that all tax responsibilities between you and your spouse are coordinated appropriately.

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Farmers in Upbeat Mood over Prospects of Commercial Crops

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

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Farmers in Upbeat Mood over Prospects of Commercial Crops

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Farmers in upbeat mood over prospects of commercial crops

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Vagaries of nature may have dampened the mood of farmers in the district of Guntur in Andhra Pradesh with fears lingering over decrease in the yield, but the first signs in the yield of commercial crops are already indicating towards a record production.

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The prolonged drought which delayed the sowing operations in kharif last year meant that the acreage has decreased by about 20,000 acres.

The year 2008-2009, the paddy yield has shot up to 12.96 MT in 2009-2010.

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The drought, however, seems to have hit the prospects of cotton farmers as the yield had been reduced by 1.25 lakh MT.

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As against the total yield of 6.61 lakh MT in the year 2008-2009, the yield has fallen to 5.36 lakh MT in the year 2009-2010.

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In comparison, chilli farmers are smiling as both the acreage and production have shot up considerably.

The yield has shot up by 40,000 MT and the acreage too has increased by about 40,000 hectares.

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In the year 2008-2009, statistics available with the Agriculture Department showed that, chilli was sown in 63, 628 hectares and the cultivable area went up by 67, 867 hectares.

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In Other major Commodities Update, there is a news of soyabeans and corn rice rising the most last week and on the other news, sugar prices surging up by Rs 14/kg in Kerala after the subsidy rollback by state govt.

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Soybeans, Corn Rise Ahead of U.S. Forecasts for Crop Reserves:

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Soybeans rose the most in almost a week on speculation that U.S. crop reserves may be lower than earlier estimates.

Corn and wheat also advanced.

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Soybeans for March delivery rose as much as 13.25 cents, or 1.5 percent, on the Chicago Board of Trade, the biggest intraday gain since Feb. 2.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expected to cut its projection for soybeans reserves before the 2010 harvests to 221 million bushels in a report on Feb. 9, from the 245 million estimated last month, a Bloomberg News survey showed.

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Subsidy rollback pushes sugar prices by Rs 14/kg in Kerala:

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Kerala government’s recent decision to stop Rs 28-crore subsidy to its grocery retailing arm Supplyco has pushed sugar prices by around Rs 14 per kg in Supplyco’s outfits.

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Though, sugar prices in state-run shops is still lower than the open market price of around Rs 45 per kg or even Nafed-fixed price of Rs 41 per kg, but low stocks have minimized the benefit of low prices.

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Rising Food Prices Burden the Poor

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

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Rising Food Prices Burden the Poor

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Rising prices burden the poor:

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Rising prices of essential commodities coupled with wage deflation and increasing joblessness are pushing the poor households in India to a point of distress.

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Cosmetic measures of the government are unable to address the situation.

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The government of the day is harping upon the idea that an annual GDP growth rate in the range of 7% to 9% would be able to address the situation.

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The country has already experienced a GDP growth rate of 7.9% in the second quarter of the current fiscal 2009-10, but the situation has not improved.

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This is enough to prove that the GDP growth rate alone would not solve the problem.

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Government’s heavy dose of fiscal stimulus can give a big push to the corporate performance and post a good industrial growth which has already been possible in the second quarter of the current fiscal year.

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In Other major Commodities Updates we have information regarding dip in sugar output and regarding centre’s direction to state govts to rationalise taxes on food items in order to check price rise.

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Sugar Output dips 2 lakh tonne:

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India produced 7.84 million tonne (78.4 lakh tonne) sugar till January 15 in the current season (October-September), lower by 2 lakh tonne compared to the output in the same period last year, industry body Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said.

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ISMA attributed the fall in output to sluggish supply of the cane in Uttar Pradesh, the second largest sugar producing state.

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Centre to ask state govts to rationalise taxes on food items to check price rise:

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The central government is expected to strongly emphasize on states the need to rationalize their tax structure on food grains and sugar to bring down price of essential commodities at the forthcoming meeting of state chief ministers later this week.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will hold the review meeting on food prices with state chief ministers.

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According to official sources, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar is also expected to list the steps taken by the central government including :

extension of deadline for white and raw sugar, extra allocations of wheat and rice over normal PDS supplies—announced after the meeting of cabinet committee on prices last month.

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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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Rajasthan Exempts VAT on Sugar

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

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Rajasthan exempts VAT on sugar

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Rajasthan exempts VAT on Sugar:

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Now sugar would be cheaper by Rs 2 in Rajasthan.

Rajasthan government has decided to exempt VAT on imported sugar in the state till June 30.

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This will help in reining the spiralling sugar prices in a week’s time.

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“The state imposes 4% VAT on sugar. With this exemption, the prices will go down by Rs 160 per quintal,’ says a government official.

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According to Indian Sugar Mills Association, the world sugar economy is facing significant gap between world consumption and production for the second consecutive year.

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The first revision of the world sugar balance for October 2009 to September 2010 puts world production at 159.887 million tonnes, raw value, up by 6.911 million tonnes or 4.5% from the last season.

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The global use of sugar is expected to reach 167.134 mn tonnes.

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Therefore, the world statistical deficit is expected to reach 7.247 million tonnes as against 8.404 million tonnes projected in September 2009.

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Sugar Trade Association of Rajasthan secretary Ballabh Kabra said that this decision can make way for sugar mills to buy imported sugar. “This is the first step to cool down the prices.

We are waiting for government’s nod for importing sugar on our own.

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Sugar prices in Rajasthan are hovering around Rs 41- 43 a kg.

Apart from 4% VAT, sugar attracts mandi tax of 1.6% and an entry tax of 0.25% in Rajasthan,” he said.

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In Other major Commodities Update, we have news about the easing of food prices in coming days as signaled by the Food and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar.

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Food prices to ease next fiscal: Pawar

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Food prices are expected to decline in the next fiscal on the back of higher farm output and the only worry then for the government would be on storage, Food and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has said.

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He, however, said that the country would remain import dependent when it came to pulses and edible oils for the next 10 years.

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On the possibility of prices coming down in the next financial year beginning April one, Pawar told in an interview to a news channel: “100 per cent”.

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In 2011-12 the problem which the government of India will have to worry about (is) what to do and where to store”.

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Food inflation touched 17.40 per cent for the week ended January 16 on account of high prices of vegetables and pulses.

On controlling prices of pulses, the minister said.

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RBI Increases CRR, Kicked off its War against Inflation

RBI Increases CRR, Kicked off its War against Inflation

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has kicked off its war against inflation and build-up of inflationary pressures by announcing a surprise increase of 75 basis points in the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR).

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Cash reserve ratio is the minimum liquid assets, banks have to retain against deposits or park with the central bank in the form of government securities.

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The CRR will be hiked in two stages : 50 basis points from Feb 13 and another 25 basis from Feb 27 – from the present 5 percent, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor D Subbarao told.

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However, in a cautious move not to disrupt the money supply, the RBI left the key policy rates – repo and reverse repo – unchanged.

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“As a result of this increase in the CRR, about Rs.36,000 crore of excess liquidity will be absorbed from the system,” Subbarao added, as he presented the third quarterly update of the central bank’s monetary policy for this fiscal.

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Subbarao said the cut in excess liquidity will help anchor inflationary expectations and that the recovery process of the economy will be supported without compromising on price stability.

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As inflation was steadily growing and the economy was slowly returning to higher growth trajectory, it was expected that the RBI would tighten monetary policy.

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But the 75-bps hike, according to investors, is a “more hawkish” move than many expected.

The market had expected and was prepared for a 50-bps hike.

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Central bank has said the action was necessary as the “rapidly rising” food inflation was putting pressure on other sectors as well.

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India’s inflation jumped to 7.31 percent in December, 2009 from 4.78 percent in November, mainly driven by high food prices.

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The questions cropping up as a result of this move are :

-Will this move by the central bank going to check the inflation?

-Moreover, what implications this step holds for the economic growth?

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Stay Tuned for More.. 🙂

Mutual Funds : Marginalise Your Investment Risk

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

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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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