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Ground reality

Muthukumar K

Affordable housing is the only silver lining in an otherwise lacklustre real estate market. Investors need to tread with caution »
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NPS Rebooted

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Anand Kalyanaraman

The National Pension System has become more friendly in recent years. But some dampeners remain. Here’s how the key changes affect you as an investor »
BANKING

Don’t count on it yet

Radhika Merwin

If one were to go by numbers alone, the doubling of banks’ net profit in FY17 appears heartening. B... »
AUTO

Hurdles out of the way

Parvatha Vardhini C

A slew of regulatory and macro-economic issues applied the brakes on the performance of auto compa... »
OIL AND GAS

A purple patch

Anand Kalyanaraman

The oil and gas sector is going through a purple patch. Aggregate profit of hydrocarbon companies t... »
PHARMA

Not so healthy

Dhuraivel Gunasekaran

Caught in regulatory tangles and pricing pressure in key markets, most companies within the pharma sector have delivered dismal performance over the past year or so. In 2016-17, revenues of companies... »

The Will and Way towards financial closure

MEERA SIVA, NALINAKANTHI V

When a loved one departs, the bereaved family needs to sort out financial matters. Here’s a check-list to ensure a smooth transfer of assets and liabilities »

Dealing with special situations

Meera Siva, Nalinakanthi V

If the person who is no more was part of a family with special needs children, a few additional things may need to be kept in mind. If the deceased was the legal guardian for a special needs child, th... »

‘Wi-Fi will help expand reach of broadband internet’

HETAL GANDHI Director, CRISIL Research

Hetal Gandhi, Director, CRISIL Research, shares her view on the telecom sector.What has been the trend in telecom companies’ spend on network infrastructure, given their increasing debt levels and pre... »

Stock up on commodities

Rajalakshmi Nirmal

Stock prices of commodity producers are closely linked to underlying commodity prices. An analysis of the linkage and what it means to you »

Key into the Digi world

Gurumurthy K

Not so long ago, credit and debit cards were the most prevalent cashless payment options for individuals. But the government’s move to scrap the ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes in November last year has brought... »
INFRASTRUCTURE

Beware of bumps

Muthukumar K

The business of roads and other transport-based infrastructure services provided a silver lining in the cloud for infrastructure companies in 2016-17. About 8,200 km of roads was constructed in 2016-... »

Closing accounts with institutions

Meera Siva, Nalinakanthi V

As a part of financial closure, various financial accounts — with banks, brokerages, mutual fund houses, insurance — must be closed or transferred. This must be done by the co-account holder, nominee... »

Surrender of PAN, Aadhaar

Meera Siva, Nalinakanthi V

With identity theft rampant, if PAN and Aadhaar are not surrendered, it could lead to misuse of the numbers. Here is how you deal with the procedural aspects related to surrendering identity cards wh... »

Hello, what’s up with telecom?

TRAI will write to telcos to sound them out on the new exercise,
which will be then followed by meetings in January - Photo: VV KRISHNAN

Bavadharini KS

Plenty, since the sector is a battle arena where only the fittest will survive. We screen the key players through four key parameters to show you where they stand »

Be safe in cyberspace

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Gurumurthy K

As more people take increasingly to digital payment modes, the number of frauds in this space is also increasing. Net banking and cardsIdentity theft is the most prevalent fraud. This means stealing y... »

Riding the frenzy

Lokeshwarri S K, Parvatha Vardhini C, Dhuraivel Gunasekaran, Anand Kalyanaraman, Radhika Merwin

Is the steep run-up in stock prices and rich valuations making you nervous? Here is some advice from star fund managers to help you keep your balance »

The choice of top 10 stocks/sectors in a fund's portfolio is important as the top picks usually occupy a major portion of the portfolio, determine the level of diversification and help funds gener... »

Buying a house to just rent it out may not be a lucrative option in India, shows study of data provided by JLL India. Average rental yields were 3.1 per cent, as of May 2017, for top six cities in... »

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