On balance, MFs pip ULIPs as primary investment vehicles

They were once criticised and even shunned by many investors because of high costs, lack of liquidity and relatively opaque portfolios. But unit-linked investment plans (ULIPs) are back in the reckoning as they move to more nimble cost structures and better disclosures. For investors, the comparison with the most preferred financial product of our time […]

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As slowdown bites, Lifestyle International eyes single-digit growth this fiscal year

The ₹4,000-crore fashion retailer Lifestyle International is eyeing ‘single digit growth’ this fiscal. Same store growth has been ‘flat’ so far, but is expected to pick up over the next few months. The slowdown, according to Vasanth Kumar, Managing Director, Lifestyle International Pvt Ltd (India), is primarily due to delay in new mall construction and a […]

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‘I don’t see real estate as an investment now’

Navi Mumbai-based Balaji Gopalaswamy, 41, a manager at a private firm, always thought he had his finances sorted. “I have been working for nearly 14 years, so I had some money saved up. I used to invest in mutual funds, periodically. I had also taken term insurance and steered clear of instruments that mix insurance and investments,” […]

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Mastercard to invest $1 billion to develop India as global tech node

This investment will help foster innovation and increase Mastercard’s speed-to-market capabilities and value-added services Global card payments major Mastercard, on Monday, said it will invest $1 billion in India over the next five years, with plans to make the country a global technology node for its platforms. The company has already invested $1 billion in […]

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Softbank investing in Jio as Mukesh Ambani deleverages business

NEW DELHI: Japan’s Softbank is reportedly looking to make a $ 2-3 billion investment in India’s fastest-growing telecom firm Reliance Jio as billionaire Mukesh Ambani looks to deleverage business by selling stakes. This comes on the back of reports of Saudi giant Aramco in discussions to buy a 25 per cent stake in Reliance Industries’ refining and […]

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The education system, as it stands today, doesn’t make the grade

Our current school curriculum is purely academic in nature and assumes that all those who complete the compulsory stage of elementary education will continue on to secondary and then to higher education.(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times) India’s Right to Education (RTE) Act guarantees free and compulsory education for children between the ages of six and 14. […]

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Mediation trumps business as Saudi Crown Prince heads to New Delhi

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s two-day trip to India was meant to be about business but a terror attack changed the plan. A suicide bombing on Thursday left 41 Indian soldiers dead in Kashmir, leading the Saudi delegation to calm the situation between India and Pakistan, two of its close allies. Prince Mohammed will arrive in New […]

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eToro Survey: 44% of Investors Identify Education As Main Barrier To Crypto Trading

Lack of Educational ResourcesShutterstock A new survey from eToro has found that nearly half of online investors state that a lack of educational resources is the main reason for not trading crypto. The global investment platform commissioned Provoke Insights, an independent market research and strategy firm, to conduct the online survey among 1,000 online investors […]

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