• 4 investment segments to watch in 2014 January 16, 2014

    1. Real Estate The year 2013 was not really great when it came to investing in real estate. Prime areas in Mumbai actually saw a fall of around 10 percent, while the suburbs managed to maintain the price range. Real estate is a difficult business to understand. Since developers are...
  • Happy to recommend owning India: Morgan Stanley's Jonathan Garner July 23, 2013

    JONATHAN GARNER Age: 48 Designation: Chief Asian and emerging markets equity strategist Career: Joined Morgan Stanley in November 2006. Previously worked with Credit Suisse from 2000 Morgan Stanley's Jonathan Garner tells Pravin Palande and Shravan Bhat that emerging markets have been a huge success story in terms of development and...
  • Penguin offers Ravi Subramanian Rs 1.25 crore for two-book deal July 18, 2013

    Ravi subramanian's move from Rupa Publications to Penguin India may not be about the money but you cannot be blamed for thinking it is. The publishing giant has offered the author Rs 1.25 crore for a two-book deal making it the highest advance given by them to any Indian writer....
  • Investment mantra for 2013: Accumulate, but don't get too greedy January 24, 2013

    Stock markets have years that are horrible and years that are cheerful. For example, 2007 was cheerful, while 2008 was horrible. A rarity is a year that approaches the investor with the look of the Grim Reaper but turns out to be Santa Claus; 2012 was such a year. ...
  • 3 regulatory changes that you should take note of January 2, 2013

    Frank-Dodd Act - the legislation is the US' response to the global financial crisis of 2008. The Act was signed into law in July 2010 by President Barack Obama. Some of the major aspects of the Act include regulation of mortgages, loans and credit cards, overseeing Wall Street and systemic...
  • Real estate buyers can't accept that prices may fall July 26, 2012

    Pranay Vakil Age: 65 Profile: Chairman at Knight Frank Private Limited in Mumbai, India. He co-founded this joint venture company in 1995 with Knight Frank, UK. Career: Has provided consultancy services to corporations on mergers and takeovers in the real estate market for 18 years. Co-Chairman of the Federation of...
  • India should not take growth for granted: Manoj Pradhan June 26, 2012

    Manoj Pradhan Age: 42 Profile: Global Emerging Markets Economist at Morgan Stanley Career: He has served on the faculty of the economics departments at the State University of New York (Stony Brook) and the George Washington University in Washington DC from 1998 to 2004 Education: PhD in Macroeconomics from the...
  • Sliding euro will impact sensex February 22, 2012

    Hedge funds and professional investors are always looking for countries with lower interest rates where borrowing is cheaper and then invest the same in countries with higher interest rates. Earlier, it was the Japanese yen that gave them this opportunity. After the Lehman crash, the dollar became the funding currency...
  • Warren Buffett: The sage of Omaha January 21, 2012

    Every April, all money roads lead to the Woodstock of capitalists - Berkshire Hathaway's annual conference. Thousands across the world - scores from India - listen to the sermon of the Sage of Omaha: Warren Buffett. The gospel, they hope, will change their lives. Yet, living according to the gospel...
  • A brave bomeback for comic book hero Bahadur December 12, 2011

    It is said that Chambal is the valley where the lions breed. This is the opening line from The Red Brick House, the first 'Bahadur' comic which was released by Indrajal comics on December 1, 1976. The comic was an instant hit during those days because it was a realistic...
  • Satyajit links finance with popular culture December 9, 2011

    This is more like a book of history and quotations. How much of it is first hand reporting? Satyajit Das: I started this book in 2005. During the past six years, the entire financial crisis played out. A chunk of the book is first hand reporting. I did not want...
  • A Kotecha contributes towards India's universities November 23, 2011

    Just inside the office of Pashmina Realty in Worli, there's an entire wall covered by a poster of LIFE, an NGO (non-governmental organisation) whose Mumbai chapter focusses mainly on health, education and low-cost housing under the Asit Kotecha Foundation. The poster is full of slogans written by Pashmina employees who...
  • HSBC Mutual Fund's gear up for global collaboration November 1, 2011

    After a lacklustre performance in the last three years in the equity category, HSBC Mutual Fund is gearing up for some serious changes. Tushar Pradhan, the chief investment officer (CIO) of HSBC Mutual Fund, has been given the responsibility to manage the HSBC Equity Fund along with three other equity...
  • How the volatile rupee has fallen October 11, 2011

    A sudden wave of volatility in the Indian rupee has increased the degree of risk for companies and the financial system as a whole. Over the past three months, the rupee has fallen 12 per cent against the dollar and could even slip to the 52 mark if European debt...
  • Indian banks healthy but stress signals showing October 5, 2011

    The past three months have been tough for Indian banking. High interest rates and threats of a global recession have taken their toll on bank stocks. The NSE banking index fell 15 per cent compared with the Niftys 11 per cent slide in the past three months. Indian banks, ironically,...